I just want to say thank you. In the midst of the coronavirus and uncertainty, with an incredible amount of unrest around us, you make the continued proclamation of the Gospel possible.
In writing this letter, I have to be candid with you. As I watch what is happening around the world, it’s easy to get discouraged or even fearful. It seems the forces of darkness are winning battles daily.
We’ve seen the coronavirus pandemic impacting nearly every nation, followed by waves of unemployment and insecurity affecting so many families. Churches have closed their doors or trimmed their capacity. Personal connections have been limited with people afraid to venture out.
However, it’s also become clear to me that God is on the move in a way unlike anything I’ve seen in my lifetime. God is working to use these challenges and struggles to call the lost unto repentance and salvation. People are hungry for the eternal promises of Jesus, and God is giving us the opportunity to share His truth with them.
Last month I travelled to Rapid City, South Dakota, to hold a one-day conference called the Church Leaders Summit, a special time intended to encourage and equip more than 100 pastors. While there, I took the opportunity to proclaim the hope of Christ through a live webcast.
On 1st July, I shared the parable of the Prodigal Son, and the meaning of true freedom.
You see, the son felt he had no freedom because he lived under his father’s rules. In essence, the son chose to no longer be a son. He took his inheritance and travelled to another country, where he could live a carefree life, free to make his own choices. And, for a while, he had fun.
However, his pursuit of freedom—life away from his father—left him enslaved in spiritual chains, impoverished and living in a pigsty. He ultimately recognised that his “freedom” was bondage. He stood up and returned home, where his father welcomed him and restored him as a son.
That parable is a beautiful illustration of how God restores us and gives true freedom when we turn back to Him. True freedom doesn’t come from the lack of rules or a multitude of choices. Rather, it’s found in living for God the way He created you to be in a personal relationship with Him.
Over 200,000 viewers from 45 different countries tuned in to watch the stream, and we praise God that many indicated a decision for Christ, returning back to Him.
A man watched the programme from Massachusetts and then followed up with us online. He shared that he prayed for forgiveness and salvation, adding, “Wow! Thank you for your Blood, Jesus. I believe and—like Will Graham asked—I surrender my life to Jesus!” A trained volunteer then shared Biblical truth with him to help as he begins his new walk with Christ.
My friends, in many ways the world looks hopeless. Perhaps like the Prodigal Son, you feel like you’re in the pit with the swine. However, as Christians, we should “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2, NKJV).
Over 200,000 viewers from 45 different countries in to watch the stream
Yes, it’s easy to get caught up in the anxiety surrounding the coronavirus or civil unrest, but if your mind has been transformed by God’s Word, you have every reason to see this world not as hopeless, but hopeful.
I encourage you to continue to grow your faith, dig into the eternal truths of the Bible and—like the Prodigal Son—draw near to your Father.
Thank you, and may God bless you for your faithfulness,
“I asked Siri, ‘How can I get saved?’”
David,* a police officer for 20 years, was recently quarantined for two weeks. He had begun feeling sick and was tested for COVID-19. While he waited at home for the results, he became anxious and troubled.
He asked Siri, “How can I get saved,” and our Search for Jesus website popped up. He clicked to chat with one of our trained volunteers, and this began a Gospel conversation. David said, “I’m so lost and very scared.” Our trained volunteer carefully shared the plan of salvation and patiently answered his questions.
When they looked at John 3:16, David said he recognised the verse because he had seen it on signs at sporting events. However, now the words seemed personal. David asked, “What am I supposed to do?”
The volunteer explained that God wants us to believe and put our trust in Him. The police officer prayed to repent of his sins and invite Jesus Christ into his life as his Saviour and Lord. The chat volunteer encouraged him to sign up for our free Know Jesus discipleship course and talked with him about the importance of Bible reading, prayer and getting involved in a local church.
Volunteers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Spain, US and Mexico are engaging one-on-one with people around the world via the internet. Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue drawing souls to Search for Jesus.
*name and photo changed to protect privacy
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