Evangelism experiences 3

As noted in the overview, this is part of a series of evangelism experiences I want to share. Please feel free to add your own.

This is about “drive-by evangelism” – unavoidably brief but significant encounters where you share what you can.  I don’t recommend this as a normal practice.

I was in the Denver airport with my family once.  We were temporarily in different spots (gathering luggage and such) when I was approached by a Hare Krishna member.  I literally had 45 seconds to talk. 

Without thinking I gave the shortest Gospel presentation I ever have.  It was very clear and direct.  I basically told the guy (in a nice, calm voice) that he was in a false belief system, who Satan was, who Jesus was, why he needed Jesus and that I would be praying for his soul. 

I wish I could describe the look in his eyes.  He was desparate and seemed to realize he was trapped in a cult.  He sincerely said, “Yes, please pray for me.”  I walked with him over to his companion and repeated myself, and again he asked me to pray for him.

I prayed for him many times during that vacation and whenever I think of him (like now).  I prayed in general and also specifically that God would send others with a more robust explanation of the Gospel – along the lines of Matthew 9:38: “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  When I get to Heaven I’ll learn how God worked it all out.

Sometimes you get a chance to rehearse what you want to say and sometimes you don’t.  But I encourage you to always be open to opportunities. 

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Speaking of Hare Krishnas, I had a less dramatic encounter once coming back from a business trip in the Far East.  I was going through LAX and was exhausted.  I must have looked like a great target, because a Hare Krishna lady made a beeline for me.  She was most eager for me to read some books she was carrying.

As tired as I was, an idea hit me.  I reached down and pulled out my Bible (it was a full-sized one), smiled and told her she should read my book first.  She laughed and noted that my book was much bigger than hers.  She realized I wasn’t likely to convert and begged off.

Moral of the story: Always travel with a Bible.  Best case scenario, you convert the cultists.  Worst case, you chase them off.  It’s win-win.

7 thoughts on “Evangelism experiences 3”

  1. Neil,

    Today on my way from work, I read Matthew
    “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

    I’m glad I got to see a real world application – much better than calculus!

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  2. That is one of those verses you have read so many times but can miss a key element of it. I always read that passage as just encouraging us to share the Gospel. But when I was in Kenya in 2005 an article in Disciple Magazine noted how He is telling us to pray for others to be sent out as well.

    I offer that verse to others who may be in situations where others may not listen to them (e.g., family members). We can share where we can, but we can pray for others to come into their lives who the loved ones will trust and listen to.

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  3. Neil, I was in the midst of a discussion where the moderator began mocking Christianity. He told us that no where in the bible did Jesus ever claim to be God.

    I just happen to have my little bible in my purse and was fresh off a study on Christ’s deity after witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses. So I politely disagreed with him, pulled out my bible and began sharing with him some of the scriptures in the book of John where Christ Himself claimed His deity. (John 5:18, John 10:33, John 8:58-59)

    You can imagine the discussion after that point and several people came up to me afterwards with more questions about Jesus!

    That was when I knew that I could never go anywhere without the bible again.

    Thanks to technology, I now carry not only the Romans Road Map verses, but 9 versions of the bible, commentaries, Oswald Chambers My Utmost devotional, Bible dictionaries, Strong’s Concordance all on a little memory chip on my PDA cell phone.

    Just imagine what God expects of me now!

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  4. Carlotta, now that is being prepared! You’re a real 1 Peter 3:15 person. Blessings to you and I know God will use your willingness and preparation for his glory.

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