When Evangelism Doesn’t Go As Planned

Recently a
lady evangelist was hacked to death in Northern Nigeria. The details are murky and
the sight gory. Tempted to complain and ask God why this had to happen but I remembered several inicidents in the Bible of Men and Women prepared to surrender their whole life for Jesus. Many of whom died for the sake of the Gospel.

As an evangelist you should be ready to carry the Word of Truth Unafraid of what lies ahead.

Revisiting the death of a prominent evangelist
Stephen, we are reminded that his death introduces another character who strongly influenced the spread of
the gospel, Saul.

When bad
things happen on the mission field, 

the church may be hit,
lives may be lost but not forever,
blood may be spilled but not in vain,
the hearts of the people may be shaken up, but not moved
Nothing can stop the move of
Every evangelist
must realize that the world is a spiritually hostile place. The prince of the
world is not happy letting any of his captives go and as such every Christian
ought to be battle-ready.
On the field we run into various categories of people. Check out short list below…

the resistance; those who do not believe and don’t want others to know about Jesus (soothsayer’s master Acts 16:16-19).

-the hostile; those who hate because you are a Christian and hate you enough to want you dead! (Herod Acts 12:1-3)

the amiable; those who are friendly, lend you their time and ultimately give their lives to Christ *they make an evangelist day a happy one* (the Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8:26-29)

the familiar but resistant; those who know the Bible cover to cover have a different agenda. Remember the Pharisees?

the naive; those who have never heard but would eagerly receive the messenger of the gospel. (the woman at the well John 4).

Fellow Believers; some of them may need our encouragement or spiritual strenghtening. When Aquilla and Priscilla took in Apollos, they strenghtened him and taught him more about the gospel. (Acts 18:26)

Sometimes the field mission goes so successful at other times it is awkward and other times the mission field is extremely dangerous. 
There may be hunger, thirst, nakedness, cold, conflict, disaster, life-threatening situations.

Does it mean you keep your faith to yourself?

No, it can
only mean you pray more and as the Holy Spirit to lead you at all times.
How then does an evangelist prepare for the unexpected?
I love Apostle Paul’s Ministry when it comes to evangelism. There are five lessons which every evangelist can learn from:

1. Apostle Paul was willing to die for the sake of the gospel (Acts 21:13)

2. Apostle was ready to loose all for the sake of the gospel (Philippians 3:8)

3. Apostle relied heavily on the Holy Spirit. He always heard from God. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, revealer of secrets, our guide, our comforter  and we can do nothing without the presence of the Holy Spirit.

4. Apostle Paul was unafraid.  Apostle Paul was rock solid tenacious in faith even when he knew his mission Jerusalem was suicidal, he had so much faith that not even fellow believers could persuade him otherwise. 

5. He had a consistent prayer life. Prayer was one secret weapon that turns things around in the place of ministry. It cannot be overemphasized.

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