I had the privilege to teach a five wee evangelism class at the Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, AZ. I saw the students for three hours every afternoon from Monday through Thursday. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to dive into the Bible teaching what the gospel is, teaching Biblical doctrines of sin and salvation, and introducing Bible memorization for presenting the gospel. We spent each day opening in worship and prayer then getting into the lessons integrating Power Point into my teaching. I taught the gospel beads as a main tool for Bible verse memorization as well as providing each student with the gospel bead tract and beads of their own for presenting the gospel where ever they may go. From the feedback that I got from the students, I would say that teaching the gospel beads in the context of formal education was successful in giving each student a vehicle to memorize the gospel. We had a student, Wilford Bilagody (Wolf), who testified to the ease of using the gospel beads to present the gospel at a family gathering.
Each student had to prepare a gospel presentation to present in front of the class as well as giving their personal testimony in front of the class. I was truly touched to hear each student’s personal testimony of how Jesus Christ changed their life from darkness in sin to the wonderful light of salvation and growth through the Holy Spirit.
My prayer is that each student would flourish in the spreading of the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ where ever they are lead by God for their future ministries.
It’s one thing to learn the gospel, memorize Scripture, and wear the beads … it’s another thing
to actually go out and use them. After Morgan and I were in Ocean City, MD with Connor, I returned to serve with believers from all over the United States and share the gospel in Washington, D.C. during the 25th anniversary of FreedomFest DC, or Christ-on-the-Mall on July 4th. This was my third year joining with a large team to devote the entire day to sharing the gospel. This year a couple of associates from Open Air Campaigners (OAC) and Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) joined with a group from Ohio to create an exciting time in the Kid’s Area for the kids to have fun, play games, listen to childrens messages and hear the gospel.
While my associates were doing a gospel message on the OAC sketch board, three students from Ohio (not related to the Ohio group we were working with) came up to me to ask me what I was doing. I did not know it at the time, but the to girls were believers and the guy they were with was not. I spent about a half an hour to 45 minutes talking with the young man while the ladies watched as I presented the gospel using the beads. This young man had an issue with God forgiving him from what he had done, so I opened the Scriptures and had him read for himself how God can forgive all of our wrongdoings if we turn from our sin and trust in what the Messiah had done on the cross, shedding His blood for you and for me.
It was truly a wonderful experience to see this young man come to the realization that his sins were forgiven and that he had full assurance of a new life in Jesus Christ according to God’s Word.
Preaching on the boardwalk in OC and counseling with the gospel beads afterwards.