Rachel is one of thousands of people in the UK who have had a liberating meeting with Jesus through internet evangelism.
In October Rachel signed up to the online Know Jesus course with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). She began a conversation with Maria, her Discipleship Coach, and immediately asked:
“Please help me to get rid of the anger and the depression so that I can be a better mother and daughter.”
“Would you like me to pray for you, Rachel?” asked Maria.
“Yes, why not if you think it will work?” replied Rachel. “I feel like I am at a point in my life I really want to believe because life for me really, really sucks right now. And I can’t live like this anymore.”
Maria believes in the power of prayer, and she asked God to give Rachel peace in her heart, and to fill her with hope. She declared that depression and anger would have no authority over Rachel’s life and rebuked them in name of Jesus.
On the Monday they picked up the conversation again and Rachel wrote:
“Wow, Maria, thank you! Something amazing happened to me over the weekend I can’t explain it other than an immense sense of overwhelming love and my loneliness lifted. I’ve been praying and I have been happy and not depressed. When I start to think horrible feelings I just say: ‘Go away devil, you’re not able to hurt me no more. I’ve listened to your lies and deceit all my life. Well, no more.’ I’ve been reading my Bible. I don’t understand a lot but am learning and I certainly feel like I am being changed.
“This time last week I was contemplating not wanting to live anymore and now the demons I was fighting in my mind have gone. I can’t believe how good I feel. The troubles in my life feel like they’re not troubling anymore, like the Lord has taken them off my shoulders and is correcting my mistakes. Thank you, and God bless you and everyone else. I can’t believe how easy it is just to believe and you achieve his presence.”
Every day thousands of people like Rachel are searching online for answers to their questions, and looking for something to fill the emptiness within. They type in questions like “Does God love me?” or “What happens when I die?”
British people are now active on the internet for an average of nearly three hours a day. It has become like the marketplaces of the ancient world, where the first apostles shared the Gospel.
BGEA’s internet evangelism ministry directs seekers to our website called PeacewithGod.org.uk, where they have an opportunity to understand the Gospel and pray a salvation prayer. So far some 32,000 people in the UK have indicated that they have prayed the prayer, and 5,500 have given an email contact.
BGEA has thirty Email Responders, and Discipleship Coaches like Maria, who befriend these seekers and help them on their journey towards freedom. They also encourage people to join local churches where they can be built up in their new faith.
The harvest is great but the labourers are few. We would love more churches and individuals to join us in this internet mission. You can find out more on our website www.searchforjesus.org.uk or contact Malc Seaman on 020 8559 0342, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Names have been changed to protect privacy.)