Just a few days ago, all available YWAM Northwoods staff participated in being taught a specific tool for Evangelism. Campus Director David Holmbeck was our teacher. The last time he taught this way to share about God, he was in Kenya. That same night, we got into our vehicles and headed towards Eau Claire (the nearest mid-size city) to practice what we were taught. If I may, I would say that all of us were nervous. Some were less nervous than others, of course…but those butterflies in our stomachs were fluttering. No, we didn’t talk to 30 people each. Not everyone we talked to was receptive or wanted Jesus in their lives. God did do some really special things, though. Our staff split up into pairs of two, or went solo. Some places we went to were the mall, a hospital, the university, and a bar.
At the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Nicette (Communications Department Staff) walked up to three girls who were sitting outside talking. According to what she had learned, she asked each of them to respond to her question of “What’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to you?” It turned out that two of the girls were Christians. Nicette then asked if she could share with them what the greatest thing that had ever happened to her was, and they said yes. She then shared about her relationship God, and why it is the greatest thing that has happened to her. The girl who wasn’t a Christian got to hear both of her friends’ testimonies as well as Nicette’s.
An uncharecteristic nervousness set in as Terri entered Oakwood Mall. After she took a moment to tell God how she was feeling and ask Him to help her, Terri felt a certain peace and felt that she would know who the right person to talk to was. As she walked down a hallway, she felt drawn to a particular store. It just so happened that the store was empty, except for the young woman working at the register. The woman remarked at how boring it was being all alone with no customers. “So you have a minute to talk?” Terri asked, and then began a 30 minute conversation about church and relationship with God. When Terri looked at her watch and realized it was time to leave the mall, she also noticed that the store had suddenly filled with customers again. God’s timing was perfect.
As a campus we want to be more diligent and intentional in sharing what God has done in our lives. We want to bring His light into the darkness and bring Him glory. Sometimes it seems too hard, we get nervous, we’re worried about what people will think. Here’s another way to look at it: Evangelism training= 4 hours. Gas money= $15. Travel time= 1 hour. Nervous level= 5 to 9. Knowing that you have obeyed God and He has used you to encourage someone= Priceless.