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Why are we in ministry? What are we hoping God will accomplish? We have two goals in mind:
I became a Christian at age 20, and I can’t remember a time after I got saved that I didn’t have a burning desire in me to share Christ with others – anybody – everybody. I couldn’t “not” share Christ. Like Paul in Athens, my spirit was constantly “provoked within [me]” () by the idolatry around me. For the nearly 17 years since then, sharing Christ with the lost has been on my mind and heart constantly, and there is no greater joy than to reach out to others to share how they can be forgiven of their sins and reconciled to the Holy God of the Universe.I’m excited to be a part of an organization like Open Air Campaigners, because for over 100 years, OAC has been going out to where the people are to engage them with the claims of Jesus Christ in a loving, Biblical manner.
I am part of the OAC New Hampshire Team, and this is exciting because Boston isn’t very far away. Because of its rich history, Universities, Hospitals, and tourist attractions, people from all over the world come to Boston and New Hampshire, and we have the privilege of sharing Christ with all the nations right here.
One of our core values is to not just go out there and share our faith, but to come alongside Christians to help them share their faith too.
The call to be an Evangelist is found in Ephesians 4:11: “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers.” But the reason for this call is in the very next verse! “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). All OAC Evangelists love being out where people gather to share Christ with them, but we also love meeting with Christians to encourage and equip and guide them to have evangelism be a natural extension of their lifestyle.
If we’re honest, most Christians view evangelism similarly to how they view kissing their “Aunt Edna” at Thanksgiving. They know it’s the right thing to do, that it’s expected, but they don’t want to because it’s awful.
I want to be a “cheerleader,” so to speak, on behalf of evangelism. I have found great joy in stepping out in faith and engaging a stranger or a loved one in a gospel conversation. And I’ve seen that it’s not just me. I’ve seen others who initially said they wanted nothing to do with this leap for joy after seeing God work through them!
Evangelism is good news for Christians! When we trust God and intentionally engage with an unsaved person, God does amazing things. And that should be no wonder since Jesus Himself said that He came to “seek and save the lost” ().
Please contact me if I can be a blessing to your church by coming and providing some fun, hands-on training. I’d be more than happy to help out any way I can!