Language study is one of the hardest and most time-consuming efforts missionaries make.
There is, however, a language which is common to the world and far easier to learn.
This is the language of sport.
When my family arrived in South Africa as lovers of sport, we missed a trip to the Super Bowl by my wife’s hometown team. At the time, we just did not know how to watch the game. Now I could tell you many ways.
Instead of watching the Super Bowl, in the early days our TV was tuned to cricket. I attempted to understand this game and its rules. Especially difficult was the idea of playing to a tie over five days.
I’ve seen how learning, watching, attending, and playing the local sports of a nation can build bridges and bond you to a culture.