Of our activities held in October, our point of interest came at Clay Ash-land where we went out to share the gospel of Christ to a rural community through home visits and sports activities. Pastor Nathaniel Goodly who was our host, assigned to us youths of the local Evangelical Lutheran church congregation in Clay Ash-land to show us around the community. We split the group into two so that we could reach out to more people in the space of time we had. Pastor Goodly pointed to a particular community and suggested that a strong team go in that direction because a lot of people in that community were members of the church before but for some strange reasons they have just stopped coming to fellowship and church activities. At that point, we just knew the kind of people we were going to meet: The Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman so to speak. Nicodemus, a respected leader who knew the law but did not know Christ, the Samaritan woman was barred by cultural laws and traditions from interacting with a Jew yet a Jew had the answers to her problems.
On the surface, Nicodemus had nothing to do with the Samaritan woman. Nicodemus sought Jesus out while the Samaritan woman sought out by Jesus. Nicodemus was a favored Jew and a religious leader, but this woman, she was despised and an outcast from decent society.
On a deeper look, these two individuals had a common need: to know God the father through Jesus, the son. Jesus looked beyond the surface to reach out to these people. He needed to overcome barriers to converse with them: gender, racial and social. Like Nicodemus, we came across people who felt they knew about Christ; they even knew scriptures. One old man told us I have been a lay reader in the church for years. I read the scriptures to People in the church. “I know Christ, I know God, just that I have stopped going to church for over 4 years now. But I am a Christian”. How is that possible, a Christian who has not been with fellow believers for over four years. We also came across an Imam who accepted us and listened to us quietly and asked some trouble shooting questions about the possibility of Christ being May’s boy and at the same time God: But this is the point: Sometimes it is easier for us to reach out to people like Nicodemus-people who to some degree look like us, talk like us and are at least as well -respected as we are. Our challenge as we strive to follow Jesus example is to step out of our comfort zones to interact with people who are radically different from ourselves. That is certainly one way in which we can follow in the footsteps of the Savior, and, when we are truly devoted to sharing the Good News with other, the Holy spirit will help us to overcome barriers.