Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Youth in Mission

Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Youth in Mission

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When I hear the term "mission," immediately the idea of converting people of other religions to Christianity comes to mind. Oftentimes, when somebody is said to do missionary work, his/her role of introducing Christ as Saviour and Redeemer from one's sins is emphasized. Is that all that Christianity and mission are about?

In my Indian context, once Christians were known for their honesty, sincerity, love, generosity, etc. -- for all the good qualities one should possess. They stood as witnesses for Christ. But today, the halo attached to Christians is fading away. Almost a majority of those convicted in courts of law have a Christian name!!

It is in this context that I recall something I experienced recently. I had just moved into a hostel for women and it was my first day away from home. Everything was new to me -- the place, people, rules, etc. Shortly after I had settled in my room, in which I was to stay alone for a few days until my room mates arrived, I met a few women who happened to be Christians. (The inmates of the hostel are predominantly Hindus). I introduced myself and asked about the life in a hostel, in general. When these women came to know that I am a Christian too, they invited me to the prayer fellowship they have every night in one of their friend's room. Then they departed. Meanwhile, another inmate, a Hindu girl, knowing that I was new and would be alone in my room, invited me to her room, in case I was scared to sleep alone in the new place. Being somewhat of a bold girl, I stayed in my room alone. The next day, when I met the same girl, she gave me a big smile and enquired how I was doing and if I didn't feel bad sleeping alone. Just a simple act but it meant a lot to me! I got introduced to some more Hindu girls and when I met them again, they always smiled at me and spoke to me. But what I found most surprising and disheartening was that those Christian girls, whom I had met first, never bothered to speak to me or even to give a smile. …

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