I recently returned from a trip to Nepal, strengthening pastors in their ministry. One of the things that most encouraged me was the fact that many in Nepal are turning to Christ. I spoke with one pastor who told me how it can happen. He told me of how people are longing to learn how to read. So, people begin a literacy class, teaching Nepali’s how to read. As the class progresses, those learning Nepali come to know and trust the teacher. They also are attracted to the manner of his/her life. As the primary text in these classes is the Bible, the students are also exposed to the gospel. You put all of these things together, and the students often turn from their sins and believe in the Savior. This is what I call “low hanging fruit.”
How different this is than in America, where most people are skeptical. Furthermore, the majority of Americans are self-sufficient and see no need for Christ in their lives. The fruit in America hangs much higher, and it takes much more work for people so see their sin and their need for a Savior. “We preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those whoa re the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24).