Who is an evangelist? Anyone who feels the moral responsibility to tell others about Jesus. Anyone who recognizes people are lost without Jesus, that people without God are perishing. ( first national staff member in Poland)
Kay and I are attending the Eastern Europe staff conference in Hungary. We’re in Tihany, a resort area in the summer, but a lake of ice in the winter. [Click here for a map.]
We’re hearing tremendous things. We’re hearing amazing things.
(To see the countries mentioned below, go to LonelyPlanet. Move your mouse over the name of the country on this webpage and see the country highlighted. Very helpful!)
In Romania, a student shared with his roomate. The roommate received Christ and began going around on campus sharing Christ with others. The roommate was talking with his Orthodox priest. The priest asked “How do you talk to people about Jesus?”. The student explained the basic gospel using a simple presentation. The priest went with him witnessing. He saw people coming to Christ. Seeing lives changing has transformed his preaching and ministry. Another priest asked the first priest how to share his faith. They cycle continues, one-at-a-time. This is how movements are born.
In Moldova, 5000 people were contacted through surveys. This was exciting, but how could they followup all these people? Someone suggested using text messaging. So they created 8 messages. They found Christian students who wanted to be a part. The first message begins, “Hello. My name is __. I want to tell you news that changed my life. Call me.” People would call back to hear more. One girl called back and during the conversation, she received Christ. She’s now in a bible study.
Poland is exploring a partnership with Czech Republic. The director in Czech had asked the director in Poland to send staff. The Poland director wondered, “Why are your needs more important than ours here? We have a strategic plan. We have many unreached campuses. We need our staff to do our own plan.” Then he attended the Campus Mission 2007 conference in Busan, Korea. Someone there was speaking on the principle of giving. He talked about tithing. The director for Poland began to think about giving a tithe of his staff to help reach the world, starting in Czech Republic.
And on and on it goes. Our cup runneth over and it’s only Day 1!