My husband, Roger, was in international sales before we became missionaries. His region stretched 11 time zones, from South Africa to New Zealand. We moved to Singapore and began to learn effective ways to minister in that multicultural city-state. We learned to work hard, live transparently, be available, and leave our preferences and prejudices behind.
We made it our ambition “to lead a quiet life” in order to “win the respect of outsiders” (1 Thessalonians 4:11,12) in Singapore. We worked hard, accepted responsibility, demonstrated respect, and became teachable. Chinese friends taught us to kayak in the South China Sea and to use chopsticks to toss “Lo Hay” during Chinese New Year. Malay neighbors helped me purchase beautiful silk outfits and taught our sons to order satay with spicy peanut sauce. Indian friends taught us to make homemade curry and find the best textile bargains. New Zealand friends taught us the intricacies of rugby and cricket and how to make a proper pot of tea.
We stayed positive about living overseas and remained teachable. This caused our friends to begin asking questions about life and our God. Over roti prata and chai, we had opportunities to share the reason for the hope that is within us, Jesus Christ.
God opens lots of doors; when we walk through them, a whole new world of adventure and opportunity awaits!