Taiwan

His greatest loss, repeated

Alison Wilson February 18, 2015

Tears streamed down Huang’s face as a team of actors reenacted a painful time in his life.

He watched attentively as the drama troupe demonstrated what happened when the Taiwanese factory he worked at closed, leaving Huang and his coworkers with no retirement money after the manager stole company funds. The actors depicted Huang’s fruitless efforts to get his retirement fund back as he looked on from his seat in the audience. When the actors yelled, Huang yelled with them, venting his own frustration with the injustice in his life.

Vincent, a Cru staff member, sat next to Huang through the performance and talked with him afterwards. Huang thanked him again and again for listening to his story.

Then Vincent used the Four Spiritual Laws to explain how Huang could have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Huang responded by praying and receiving Christ. Vincent then introduced Huang to a local pastor. That day was the first time Huang walked into the church in his small Taiwanese village.

Vincent and Grace, also Cru staff, lead people to know Christ intellectually, be moved emotionally, and take steps of action for the glory of God through drama. Using short mission trips to the countryside, performances in the city, and ministry to performers, Taiwan’s Drama Ministry now reaches a broad section of society – from actors to retired miners, like Huang.

Vincent and Grace know that when we listen, we demonstrate that God cares about people and their stories.

“We mainly use a type of improv drama called “playback theater,” which allows audience members to tell their stories, and for our actors to act it out immediately. This helps us as Christians learn to listen first, empathize with the local people, and use our talents of storytelling and drama to “gift back” what they shared.

Through drama, we offer up ourselves to be used by God.  We act out moving stories, listening to them as God listens, and help them speak up against injustices, just as God is God of the helpless.”

Vincent reflects, “I do not know if Huang really knew what it meant to pray to receive Christ. I don’t know if he will go to church again, and I do not know if Huang will receive his retirement fund. It is our hope that once Huang finds a community of believers, he will continue to grow in faith.”

Currently, the Drama team is busy accepting applications for their summer mission trips hoping to meet more, like Huang, who might be moved toward God through drama.

How you can demonstrate God’s love by listening well:

  1. Ask Questions. Ask people about their lives. What is important or stressful to them? I’ve started asking people about their tattoos or how they like their job. By opening up a conversation with people we meet, we live out God’s desire to be involved in people’s lives. Start by mentally preparing 3 questions you can use to start a conversation.

  2. Ask Follow Up Questions. Instead of letting a conversation end after your first question, ask a follow up question like “how does that impact your life today?” or “what happened next?” Active listening draws people out and seeks to know them. Pray for God’s help to know what question and when to ask it as you listen to people’s stories.

  3. Ask THE Question. Bill Bright, the founder of Cru, liked to ask people the question “Where are you spiritually?” followed by “Have you ever heard of the wonderful news about the gospel of Jesus Christ?” While you may find different questions feel more natural to you, don’t forget to ask about the state of a person’s spiritual life. It is the most important question every person will answer in their lifetime.


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