The Changing Face Of Evangelism – The Unchartered Territory (Easter Crusade 2016)

Okay, so I have been privileged to be on a number of outreach programs across the length and breadth of Ghana. On these occasions, I have discovered something that is somehow fascinating which as an evangelist could dampen my spirit and attitude towards missions.
 
It appears the older generation or folks (that is, a vast majority of them) are sick and tired of hearing the gospel and so would not waste their time to attend crusades unless one miracle or the other is promised. Others naturally are weak and tired.  The children, yes the children are always there and it’s so easy to ignore them. Their stature more often than not is that kind that communicates, “what is the essence of the gospel to these ones?”, and that is where we get it wrong. Jesus Christ once told His disciples to allow the little children to come to Him for such has the Kingdom of Heaven been prepared.
 
These little ones in our view may be irrelevant, immature but the master has need of all creation. They are not any less of God’s image. They form a part of all that God is reconciling to Himself. Why ignore them?
 
It is about time we pay much attention to these young ones than the older folks who have lots on their mind. From these little ones, we learn lessons which, even though may seem insignificant, are of so great a value. Lessons which cannot be taught otherwise: lessons older folks would struggle to learn any other way. From these angels, we learn the art of total submission and discipleship, we learn to believe without seeing,  to trust without knowing where it leads us.
 
The world is yet to see witnesses more effective than the kids we may ignore as we evangelise.  They spread the gospel one to another as each child shares the joys of what he has heard with his companion whose company he shares. See them troop into crusades in strings. Not in singles or doubles but in troops. The Lord’s little army.
 
Although it is the Holy Spirit who convinces us of sin and of righteousness, the older folks are difficult to bend but with the young ones, proper teachings would influence their whole being as they grow in stature, wisdom and favour before God and man. Invest in the young ones. Let’s not ignore them. Apart from the loud music, only God knows what else draws them into His presence. Let us not drive them away but instead utilize every soul the LORD brings our way.
 
There’s a charge we have to keep, a calling on the lives of all Christians who reach out to win souls for the Lord. It is that we train up a child in the way he should go so that he may not depart from it. You are tasked just as much as I am to extend a warm welcome to these ones into the kingdom. We are assigned to lift every fallen child, wipe every tear stained face, raise every dashed hope, restore lost purposes and fill the hearts of all these kids with the warmth of God’s love.

 

Do not hesitate to acquire training on how to evangelize to children. They are assets in God’s kingdom.

Operation Save Body And Soul (Easter Crusade 2015)

“Operation Save Body and Soul” our annual Easter Outreach Crusade, was this year taken to the people of Yamoransa and New Ebu in the Central Region. It was held from Thursday 2nd April, to Sunday 5th April under the theme: “Using Our Diverse Gifts”. This year’s outreach was in collaboration with Pioneers Africa (a missionary institution with over 130 African missionaries in different parts of the continent) and International Evangelical Ministries (a local church in Yamoransa). 120 Joyful Way members from Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast participated.The first night was spent in Yamoransa where we hosted a film show. We were filled with joy as a total of 104 people gave their lives to Christ that night. Day two was spent doing door-to-door evangelism in the two towns. We had the chance to interact with the people and share our faith with them in an atmosphere where they could feel comfortable and ask questions. That evening, we moved our film show to New Ebu while a music crusade was held in Yamoransa. The children of Yamoransa would not be left out, as they arrived in their numbers for the crusade. Our well-trained child evangelism team took them aside and engaged them in Sunday school action songs, memory verses and a bible lesson on the Prodigal son. They numbered 80 in all. In New Ebu, 120 adults and 150 children attended the film show. 55 adults received salvation.

A medical Outreach was held on Saturday, 4th April at Yamoransa. A team of 60 health professionals led the outreach from 9am to 2pm, working hard to attend to the over 300 people that came for medical care. They consisted of 12 medical doctors, 14 medical students, a drug regulator, 5 pharmacists, 7 student pharmacists, 2 physiotherapists, 2 bio-scientists, 2 student bio-scientists, 4 optometrists and 7 nurses. 4 nurses, an ambulance driver, nutritionist and hospital administrator also volunteered from the local Biriwa Hospital. We were blessed and grateful for donations received from: Hills Pharmacy, Indus Pharmacy, Spintex Chemists, Lekma Hospital, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Pharmanova Ltd and Add Pharma. Oh the joy and laughter that could be seen and heard as children, youth and the aged left the outreach grounds clutching their drugs and full of hope that they were going to be well again…not just from the drugs, but from the prayer and faith we shared with them that afternoon.

At the same time, a team of Joyful Way members visited the Biriwa Hospital to donate various cleaning and housekeeping items to the Out Patients’ Department and Children’s ward. We spent some time praying and encouraging patients as well.

The day didn’t end just yet. Later that evening, we held Crusades simultaneously in Yamoransa and New Ebu. Mr. Michael Charway and Mr. Cornelius Habadah gave the sermon and led people to Christ in the respective towns. Again, the children were given their own special attention. A total of 300 children and 159 adults gave their lives and rededicated their lives to Christ.

The final morning of Easter Crusade 2015 was spent in a praise service with the International Evangelical Ministries and our new converts at Yamoransa. We tore down our tents and packed up our equipment, leaving Yamoransa and New Ebu with testimonies on our lips and assurance that there was great rejoicing in heaven over the souls that had been saved. All glory to God!