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This month’s picture--one of my favorites! Fifteen years of pictures on my computer, dozens of trips to Latin America, hundreds of pictures. Do I have a favorite? With travel restricted and fewer new pictures available, in coming months I am sharing some of my favorites! [Click picture to enlarge.]

reading to children in Colombia

Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared ministry and mission work for over 52 years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papa. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! The greatest joy of my life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by people around the world!

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MISSION AND MINISTRY SCHEDULING

Due to COVID-19 and the political situation in many part of Latin America, international travel is not advisable. I have cancelled or postponed 2021 international mission and ministry travel.
Looking forward with prayer and faith, I am anticipating the possibility of resuming travel at some point in 2022.
I share a report from the church planting effort on the Dominican-Haitian border: Special Report: Church Planting in the Dominican Republic

You Can Share the Good News about Jesus! -- Six Gospel "Talk Types"

The failure to share the gospel is a failure to talk about Jesus! Too few Christians are talking about Jesus to too few unchurched or unsaved people who are interested.

The church must learn that evangelism is not all presentation and proclamation. Churches and Christians who are serious about sharing the Good News must learn how to talk about Jesus. In this article, I outline six "talk types" - Presence, Pointing, Probing, Presenting, Proclaiming, and Persuading.

First, be Jesus' PRESENCE. Take Jesus everywhere and talk about Jesus everywhere. Be the presence of Jesus in the lives of others. Live your life as an open book so all can see. Demonstrate the spirit of Jesus in your actions, attitude, speech and example. This will open doors for talking about Jesus.

Second, POINT to Jesus. Learn how to initiate spiritual conversations. Learn how to put in a good word for Jesus, how to include a spiritual dimension in daily conversation.

Third, learn the art of PROBING. Learn how to ask questions. Asking questions indicates openness and transparency. Asking questions makes us listen and keeps us from talking too much.

Every Christian can learn these "talk types." Not all Christians will be gifted in presenting the gospel, proclamation, or persuasion, but everyone can demonstrate the importance of Jesus in their own life, can point to Jesus in spiritual conversations, and can learn how to ask open questions.

Fourth, PRESENT the gospel. The truths of the gospel must be presented. It is important that gospel presentation allow the Bible to speak. Inductive learning is more likely to be accepted than deductive. People want to see for themselves. The words of Jesus must be the religious authority by which truth is measured. Presenting the gospel is a learned skill, an art, and also a gift.

Fifth, PROCLAIM the gospel. The church will be well served to have specific events where the gospel is preached or proclaimed. People whose interest has been awakened, people who have questions are often encouraged when they attend major events designed for preaching the gospel. Seeing others respond to the gospel is encouraging. Proclaiming the gospel allows a clear, outlined declaration of truth. In most churches, the task of proclaiming the gospel falls on the preacher. Preachers should include in their personal evaluation an analysis of how effectively the gospel is being proclaimed week after week.

Sixth, often there will be a need for PERSUADING. In local ministry, I would preach the gospel week after week with few visible results. Then during a campaign, a visiting evangelist would help us reap a harvest of souls with several baptisms each night of the campaign. What happened? Many churches have effective proclaimers and personal evangelism workers, but lack the gift of persuasion.

I believe the church that learns how to use these six "talk types" will experience an incredible harvest. Prospects will be identified, more members will become involved in evangelism. The local church will evangelize based on the gifts of the members rather than depending on members to do what they are not gifted to do.

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The complete article is available at this link: Six "Talk Types" for Sharing the Gospel

The article is also available on video: You Can Share the Gospel #3: Six "Talk Types"

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