The “Washington Post” published an article recently about how missionaries are spreading the Gospel with great effect by means of the new information technology. Drawing on the truth that “faith comes by hearing the Word of God,” they are distributing audio recordings of the Bible in local people’s languages and giving them play-back devices. They are showing a film of the life of Jesus to people who have never seen a movie before. And they are teaching children to read by means of ingenious curriculum using the Bible and tape-recordings that students can follow along with. The result is that the children are loving Jesus and absorbing His teachings, as are many of their parents as well.
What surprised me is how positive the article was. It raised the usual issue of whether or not it is right to proseletyze and to impose our culture, but the point emerged that more and more Americans are become Buddhists, so what is wrong with more and more Cambodians becoming Christians? The article, which focused on the Christian revival in Cambodia, also quoted a local official who said, If the Buddhist monks have problems with this, let THEM start teaching children how to read.