Vacation time: See the world, share the gospel

Busselton JettyIt’s that time of the year again when people are planning for the mid-year holidays. You might already be making up your packing list: beachwear, swim gear, sun block and not forgetting, the camera.

As believers, there’s something else you should consider as part of your gear. How about taking along resources so you can share the gospel with the people you meet on vacation?

When you’re on holiday, you may have opportunities for extended conversations with others and even form friendships with them. When this happens, it becomes easier to share the good news.

Consider the people you might meet on vacation:

  • Fellow travellers in your group tour
  • Other vacationers at a resort
  • Your host at a bed and breakfast or Airbnb house
  • Timeshare vacation neighbours
  • Cruise passengers or crew
  • Fellow passenger on a flight
  • Fellow campers at a camping site

With these types of people where you have more time to connect, start by showing genuine interest in them. Be curious about their jobs, their families, their hobbies. Ask questions. Build trust as you relate to them. Prayerfully look for opportunities to steer the conversation towards heart matters. Talk about matters of faith, or where you draw hope and strength, or where you find wisdom for life’s journey or even how you decide the final authority on what is considered right and wrong. You can tell your new friends that your source on all these matters is the Bible. And if they express interest, this is the appropriate moment to offer them a book or other resource that will explain the central message of the Bible.

How do offer them a book? Here are two ideas. You could say:

“We have talked a lot about our lives and where we find meaning in life. I’ve enjoyed our conversations. Here’s a book that I really like. It has helped me in my life journey. The book is a guided tour through the Bible. It strips off religious jargon and lets the ancient book speak for itself. I’d like you to have it. I think you’ll enjoy reading it.”

Or if you are leaving a card for a host, you could write:

“I’ve really enjoying staying at your place. You’ve been a wonderful host and it was good to get to know you better. I would like to give you this book. It’s been such a help to me to get a perspective of life that makes good sense. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it too.”

If it’s possible, offer to stay in touch with them. You could befriend them on Facebook or Twitter, or exchange phone numbers or email addresses. Being able to continue the friendship is helpful. It allows you to follow up and discuss the book and lets you speak into their lives.

“Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:8 NASB).

As you enjoy your vacation, may you also bless another with the life-giving message of the gospel.

Suggested resources

By This Name: This book addresses the widest range of worldviews and addresses many questions that people have. We have this in a number of languages.

The Story that Matters: This small 64-page booklet provides a succinct but sufficient explanation of the gospel. It is a lot lighter to pack so it’s possible to carry many copies on your trip.

The Lamb: If you’ll be at a location with families, consider taking a copy or two of The Lamb. Though written for children, we’ve seen parents and even grandparents come to faith through reading this book.

Translations: If you’re going to a foreign country, do check our list of translations to see if we have a book or audiobook in the appropriate language. It’s possible to engage in cross-cultural missions even while on holiday! Check our list of translations.

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