Quite simply put philosophy means the love of knowledge. Fittingly, my mission philosophy is the love of people One of the most profound and moving aspects of Christianity its its emphasis on love. Even when I was an atheist I had a very hard time to find nothing but respect for Jesus, even if I hated Christians and Christianity. This Jesus character was very, very hard to dislike.
While reading the gospel we can see a few simple facts about Jesus' idea of missions philosophy: he met people where they were and he met their needs. He used metaphors that people could relate to, and told stories that simply made it impossible not to be compelled by. He also fed people, healed their illness, and made their spiritual life his prime concern. This is what will always govern my work.
As a non- believe there was virtually nothing you could have said to get me into a church. I found church extremely boring and I would much rather be in a bar. I also could not stand Christians: they were judgmental, hypocritical and solely emphasized things that were convenient to them. Being in a missions field, I am constantly aware of my own baggage and how it could potentially be a source of a stumbling block in the life of a non believer.
The first person I got to minister to here is a prime example of all this. I was on a phone call and I saw him sit down behind me. As I saw him making calls I went over and bought him a coffee. The likelihood that he would not talk to me after that was about 0 percent. As we shared it I got to find out that he was Nepal and had a 5 year old son he was working to support. We instantly connected on this as my daughter was in Seoul, the capital.
After we talked for a while I got to invite him on a boat ride in a canoe. Again, after this kind of interaction, the likelihood he would have said no was getting smaller and smaller. We got to talk about life as a foreigner Korea and his job and so on. Later that week I got to come to his Indian restaurant where he was a cook. I later brought them some coffee and snacks. I have yet to invite him to church but the foundation for a friendship is absolutely primed. I plan on first inviting him to a non threatening skating park outreach that is being planned. I have laid the foundation with a friendship and the love of him he sees me will always be that of Jesus Christ!