It was 6AM and the lights were already on. At the end of long week of meetings, Rudy had agreed to get up and be sure that breakfast was ready for anyone who had an early flight that day. Our CLC leaders from around the world had gathered in Fort Washington for important meetings this past week. No one had really thought about breakfast on the last morning when all the meetings were done and people had to leave early to catch flights to the other side of the globe. Nobody that is except Rudy. Without complaint he simply did what he had been doing for a long time – serving without complaint.
Spending time with Rudy is to watch a servant evangelist at work. I met Rudy a year ago in Thailand when we worked at a missions conference together and served at a huge book table. During our down time, we got to walk through the night market of Chiang Mai and I watched Rudy come alive. People were gathered in huge groups to shop, eat and have fun. Somehow, Rudy could look through the masses and see people as the individuals they were. He was forever stopping to get into conversation and learning about the people themselves. At one particular moment, he stopped to talk with a man who made musical instruments. After a brief conversation, our group was ready to move one, but Rudy wanted to linger. Even as Rudy ran to catch up with us, he realized he needed to say one more thing to this man and leave a gospel tract with him. He just couldn’t help himself.
A few weeks ago, my pastor was preaching from the book of Isaiah and shared this quote from C.H. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers” who lived in England from 1834 to 1892. This is what he said about the urgency of evangelism,
“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”
Watching Rudy at work was like watching a professional football player diving for the knees of everyone with whom he interacted. No one who served him a meal, cleaned his table or took his credit card was safe.
Rudy Kujier is a Dutchman with a heart for the world. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he spent nearly seventeen years working for CLC in Spain. During that time, his passion for evangelism was a core part of his ministry and affected everything he did. Following that time, he spent the next decade as a chaplain in the Rotterdam shipyards working with a Christian ministry to share the love of Christ with sailors from all over the world. Who knows how many people that we will meet one day in heaven because of Rudy’s exertions.
This week, our ministry appointed Rudy as our Global Mobilizer. In this role he will be heavily involved in recruiting, fund raising and of course – evangelism. His urgency to win the lost is infectious and yet his approach is not obnoxious. In a world that is wary of anything that looks like proselytizing and treats the word “conversion” like a dirty word, Rudy is a breath of fresh air. His approach is just like Jesus – empathetic, loving and persistent. As I think about the future, I can’t wait to see this humble servant evangelist recruit, train and inspire a new generation of literature evangelists.