Friday, October 31, 2014

I Want to Share Something Truly Life Changing...

The Lord has been impressing upon me the need to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This is for me. This is for RMI teams too. Seriously, I/we have the greatest news, we MUST share it with those who haven't made a decision to follow Jesus.  Let's respond to God's call upon us to share something truly life changing.

I have shared it twice in the last week. One individual responded that he is already a follower of Christ. The other I am honestly not sure. One thing I know, I was faithful and both heard the clear and simple good news. The rest is up to the Lord.

2 weeks ago we had a team here who had 17 people respond saying they wanted to follow Christ. The local church wrote those names down and will follow up. How COOL is that!

Do you struggle with sharing your faith? I totally get it. But, I want to encourage us all to not make it more difficult than it is. Seriously, the Gospel itself is simple. Maybe because we have found it so life changing we make the Gospel more difficult than it actually is? True, it is REALLY important. True, it may be DIFFICULT for someone to submit to it's reality. But, it is not a difficult message to deliver. Our job is to be courageous and get out there and share it and let the Spirit of God work in those who hear the message.

When you come to Haiti, be ready, because we want to give you an opportunity to share. I call it Yard2Yard evangelism. We go with you to homes with a leader of the local church, a home chosen by the church, because they believe the Gospel should be shared there. No matter what the person's response, the church WILL follow up. Among others, you will have an RMI Translator with you, but we want to encourage you to be ready to share! So, if you are coming to Haiti, this is for you. If you are not coming to Haiti, this is for you too! There are lots of ways to do this, but here is a simple 3 step process that anyone can use..

  1. Pray and Believe: Prayerfully consider in your own mind and heart Romans 1:16 and Joshua 1:9.
  2. Go and Share: Ask, would it be ok if I shared something from the Bible with you?  If they say no, ask if you can pray for them.  If they say no (not likely), move on.  Assuming they say yes, share Romans 3:23, 6:23 and 10:9 (and/or 1 John 1:9).  Recite these from memory, or read them from the Bible and ask if they understand.  If they don't understand, give a quick explanation.
  3. Boldly Ask: ...would you like to make a decision right now to follow Christ (this decision in itself requires belief and confession).

This is a team from McGregor Baptist Church having a
Gospel conversation during Yard2Yard evangelism.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

We've Been Silent. Why?

Life can get busy.  I don't care if you are in the US or on a foreign mission field. Life gets busy.  You've been there.  We all have periods of extraordinarily intense responsibility, pressures, problems, etc.  For the purposes of personal preservation, these seasons will often force us to circle the wagons, go dark, and increase our focus on a decreased number of things.  The last month or so has been exactly that for us.

What have been our pressures?  Continued reentry struggles from furlough/home assignment.  Teams and lack of teams. Arrival of new missionaries and lack of missionaries as some were traveling.  Lack of rest and time with family.  Self imposed unrealistic expectations.  Start of school.  Sickness.  Lack of time in scripture.  RMI Projects. Internet Issues. Challenging goals. Broken stuff.  Changing the world.

Pray for us as we continue to walk through these days and be strategic about navigating our way out of this season.