Published on May 2nd, 2014
The following story comes from Stef!, the children’s publication of VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands, SDOK.
Pastor Kang was a teacher at a Bible school in Asia. The local police did not want him spreading the gospel in their area. The pastor went to prison for many years because of his Christian activities.
Pastor Kang is out of prison now, but the police still watch him and follow him. One day, he decided to visit and encourage a group of churches in the countryside. He set out on his journey on foot, and the police followed him at a distance. The officers had no idea that the trip would take them so far away, and they did not take food with them.
They were very hungry.
Pastor Kang arrived at a church where the Christians were having a meal outside the church. The police stood at a distance and watched. Pastor Kang was grateful for the food. Then he remembered the Bible verse that says, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him” [Romans 12:20].
“Come join us!” Pastor Kang called out to the officers. “Enjoy with us the food God has given us!”
The police joined the Christians for a meal.
- The police would have been happy to put the pastor in prison again. Did Pastor Kang do the right thing when he offered them food?
- What do you think the Christians and the officers talked about while they ate? What would you have talked about with the police if you had been there?