Youth Group Learns About the Diversity of Religions in Houston

This past Friday, Pastor Kim led the summer youth group on a Nehemiah Vision Tour. 

The group outside the Hindu Temple. 

The group outside the Hindu Temple. 

This was the first time visiting different religious spaces and worship sites for many in the group.

The first stop on the tour was a Hindu Temple.

We learned a little about the Hindu religion.

The young people were able to ask questions about Hindu and see how they worship. They also got to notice the differences between Hindu and Christianity.  

The next stop on the tour was a Jewish Synagogue. The synagogue they visited had a Torah from the Czech Republic that survived the Holocaust.

The group with the Rabbi at the Synagogue.

The group with the Rabbi at the Synagogue.

 This was an interesting visit for many of those attending since Jesus was also Jewish. The young men and women were able to ask questions to a Rabbi. One of the questions was how they view Jesus. Another interesting thing the kids found intriguing; was the reason for having two kitchens and how it helps prepare kosher meals.  

After visiting the Synagogue the group took a break for lunch, and lots of water. The Houston heat didn't take a break for the tour.

In front of the 72 foot statue at the Buddhist Temple.

In front of the 72 foot statue at the Buddhist Temple.

When we finished lunch we headed to a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple.  

They have a 72 foot tall statue of the Loving Mother Quan Âm. The statue is considered one of Houston's seven wonders.

We were taken on a tour of the grounds and gardens by Linda. We met a Buddhist monk. We learned a little bit about the life of Buddha. Linda also challenged the group to try quieting their mind to demonstrate meditation. 

After we visited the Buddhist Temple, we made our way to an Islamic Mosque.

This was an interesting visit. Everyone had to remove their shoes, and the men had to sit separate from the women. One of the members then gave us a brief description on what it meant to be Muslim. He also took questions from the group. Some of the questions were how they view Jesus and the bible, how do they get to heaven, and do they believe in an afterlife.

Everyone eating lunch and talking about the day's experiences so far. 

Everyone eating lunch and talking about the day's experiences so far. 

After visiting all the different places, Pastor Kim then spoke with the group about being a missionary to all sorts of people even in their own community. He told the youth they don't have to travel far to spread the Good News. He stressed the importance to find common ground and not be disrespectful in order to effectively share the Gospel with people of different faith. He also pointed out some of the differences between all the religions we visited today and Christianity.

If you would like to take a Nehemiah Vision Tour or learn more about it please contact Pastor David Kim, Mission Director, at davidkim@linchouston.org.

See below for more photos from the group's tour.  Everyone had a great time, and you can tell by all the fun they are having in the photos.