by Mark Wolter Konichiwa! As Doug said, I am Doug's twin brother who lives in Kyoto, Japan.
Doing missionary work in Japan is often times a slow process. It takes time to build a trusting relationship that can bear the weight of "heavy" discussion about God. While this may be true to some extent in America also, I have noticed that Americans are generally much more comfortable sharing their own opinion- about almost anything - if asked.
When I was in college, a good friend of mine named Chris was always brimming with the gospel. Almost every other week he would come to Bible study and say, "I had an opportunity to share the gospel with someone!" Finally, after several weeks of this I just asked, "How do you get all these opportunities?!" He just handed me a tape and said, "It's all there. Just listen!"
Listening to Bill Fay's tape, "How to Share Your Faith Without an Argument" became one of the biggest tools God used in my life to get me into a life of faith sharing. Being naturally somewhat of a "quiet" guy, and not an apologist by any means, I was caught immediately with the fact that by God's grace, I could do this! Sharing your faith doesn't have to be about convincing anyone. In fact, that is exactly what it is NOT! If you convince them, they are not saved! "No man comes to the Father unless the Father draws him." (John 6:44) Sharing your faith, as Bill says, is, "Living your life out for Christ" and "loving others by asking good questions". I encourage you to equip yourself and listen to this message - the same one that changed my life 10 years ago. Be forewarned: You may end up a missionary too!