How to Get Lost While Doing Evangelism

Like one of my fellow students posted about earlier, we had the opportunity to go evangelizing in a park not too long ago.  We went two by two, and trusting in the Lord to direct our paths.  This time, I decided to take my guitar along with me so that I could play it and draw people over towards me and my partner, and then we could engage them in conversations. Anyway, we got dropped off at this park, I was partnered with another fellow student, and we decided to go walk down the path to see if there were any people there.  First, we see this older gentleman with a dog. He rejected the tract.  So, our number one attempt was a fail, but hey, at least he knows we cared enough about him to try. So I’ll take it as a win in my book.

After that we decided to go by the entrance to the park to sit on the bench and I’d try my guitar tactic.  It didn’t work…and it was a little awkward to be playing my guitar when there was a tennis court right behind us.  So I packed up and we went walking again.  The next three opportunities were a success, the people took the tracts!  Praise God! Now that we had some successes, we decided to walk through the neighborhood to see if there was anyone outside their houses in the Texas heat.

We got a tad lost…so we headed in the general direction we thought the park was after no success with the neighborhood.  When we were nearing the park, we saw a group of teens hanging out with a video camera.  So we went up to them and started talking to them.  It was a great conversation.  After a while we got the chance to share about the School of Discipleship with them, and about India, and about Gospel for Asia.  At the end, we gave them two free books and headed back to our rendezvous point so that we could go home.

This whole experience was exhilerating though!  I was so excited that I got the chance to share with people about Jesus, and that for the most part, they listened!  I was afraid at first that my fear of people would get in the way of me actually having a conversation with people, but God is good and gave me just enough courage and boldness to step out in faith and share.  Praise God!

I love evangelizing now!  When I go home, after I graduate in July, I plan on taking my brother with me to evangelize around my hometown in Pennsylvania.  If God is with me here in Texas, I’m 100% positive He will be with me in PA.

God is good!

Rejection

6/3/10

Tonight we will be going evangelizing. This is a scary thing for me. Talking to people I don’t know and feeling like I am going to be rejected at any moment is not fun.  However the Lord reminded me of a song a couple days ago. It is called ‘Our God is Greater’ by Chris Tomlin.

The bridge goes …

and if our God is for us
then who could ever stop us
and if our God is with us
then what could stand against…

It is from  Romans 8:31 which says

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
They are merely men and He is God! What do I have to fear?
I am to live before an audience of one not many.
And the possibility of me getting rejected NOW is so much more worth the latter which is them being REJECTED in heaven b/c someone (me) wasn’t willing to share the Gospel with them.
So out I shall go with the Lord and His Spirit…in Boldness and love
if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
and if our God is with us, then what could stand against… 🙂

“It’s never too Late”

“It’s never too late”

I’m not sure if I agree with that statement.  As some of you know, I just recently got back from a trip to India with my class.  I learned a lot, most of which I am still processing, but there is one thing that stood out to me more than the rest. There is such a thing as too late.

While we were in India, we visited some religious worship centers.  We also heard multiple testimonies from the brothers and sisters that we met. Looking at the difference between the believers and the non-believers that we met, I was hit with the realization that there certainly is a “too late”.

One true story that we heard was about a mother who sacrificed her two young children because she was told it was the only way she would find peace.  So, after she had sacrificed them, watching them yell to her for help as they floated away in a river, she was met by one of our brothers.  That brother shared with her the hope and peace that is found in Jesus Christ, and she started to cry. She said “why didn’t you come just a half hour sooner? If you had, I wouldn’t have sacrificed my two children, and they would still be alive.”

That poses a question.  Why, when we know and can see all the poverty, and hopelessness in the world, do we just sit back and think that someone else will take care of it?  For this mother, there was a too late for her children. For many, today may be the day that they need to hear about Jesus, yet, sometimes I will hesitate to share it with them.  Why? Is it because I am afraid of what they may think?  Am I afraid of being rejected? What should that matter if a life is changed and I can spend eternity with that person?

The Bible says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)  So, I pose to you the challenge.  Will you step out in faith today to change the lives of millions, or will you sit back and have it be too late?

Unpacking my Faith

In our classes we have been going through a unit on witnessing.  The teachers gave us really good ideas and resources on how to share your faith.  Yesterday, I felt the Lord leading me to share the gospel with one of the delivery drivers who picks up mail from Gospel For Asia.

At first it was really casual and then I started to tell him a few stores from my trip to India.  From there, I began sharing the Gospel with him along with a few verses that the Lord had put on my heart to share with him.  It worked out pretty good, I think. He was very thankful and took it well.  Praise the Lord!  Now it’s up to the Lord to water the seed He planted through my witness.

The next time he comes, I am going to ask him if he as a Bible and if he doesn’t I am going to give him a Gospel of John.  I want to thank my teachers for all your tips and encouragement, it is very helpful. I hope this has encouraged you.

God bless you!

Mission Statement/Vision/Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of Gospel for Asia’s School of Discipleship is to assist men and women to become devout followers of Christ and to fulfill the great commission by enabling them to know Jesus more fully and intimately through the careful study of God’s Word along with practical teaching and training relevant to each individual God given calling.

Vision/Goals for Students

1. To develop a servant life style.

2. To learn practical skills, become more effective in your daily work i.e. time management, scheduling, public speaking, planning and executing projects.

3. To make missions and reaching the lost a permanent part of your life no matter which vocation you choose.

4. To learn to live a disciplined life, balanced with love and grace.

5. To put into practice the daily study of God’s Word, worship, prayer, love and servanthood so that it becomes true godly character and not just a learned habit.

6. To learn that real Christianity is worked out within the body of believers.

7. To embrace the cross (suffering and inconvenience) in order to follow Jesus.

8. To understand that the Christian life and ministry cannot be lived apart from God’s help.

9. To learn that loving one another is the truest mark of a believer.

10. To set personal goals and challenges for the year, along with carefully thought through steps on how to accomplish them.

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