I knew I should have paid better attention in school. I never knew learning was that important. As a missionary I've really learned that language is so important. Without it we cannot communicate the Gospel effectively to those who so need to hear it. For the last 10 years I've been trying to learn Croatian, it is a difficult language and mastering it has proven difficult. By God's grace it's coming along and I'm able to communicate effectively the greatest message ever told to these dear souls.
So why am I back in school? The answer is because there is a population of souls within Croatia who have their own language. Now it's true that most of them can speak Croatian, but their mother tongue is not Croatian, but a Romanian dialect. After driving through the village God convicted me and told me to try to learn their language. What a door that could be opened if I could speak to them in their own language. Just imagine how many more people could hear the Gospel. What an opportunity before me!
What about the opportunity in front of every American! How many different language groups live around the Dallas Fort Worth area alone! What if Christians tried to learn Spanish, African, Chinese and etc. I know the cliché, they live in America, bless God they need to learn English, and they should. But why can't we learn their language while they are learning ours so that we could preach the Gospel to them. Immigration is not only a problem it can be a great opportunity! It all depends on how we look at things!
Maybe you can't ever be fluent in another language. I don't think I can be either, but we could learn enough to preach the Gospel to those who have never heard it! Maybe if we turned the television off 1 hour a night and spent the hour learning Spanish or Chinese. How much could we accomplish for the Kingdom of God!