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This month’s picture comes from the church planting effort in the Dominican Republic. This is a relatively new church plant; the building was constructed with the efforts and resources of the local Christians. The work is overseen and supported by the elders of a church in the region. [Click picture to enlarge.]

Guayabal, Dominican Republic

Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared ministry and mission work for over 50 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 in my family. 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

  • April 2021--Special Report #1 [Dominican church planting]
  • With international travel restricted, in April 2020 I suspended international mission and ministry travel.
    Looking forward with prayer and faith, I am tentatively anticipating the possibility of some limited mission travel in late 2021, with the resumption of more normal scheduling in 2022. Contact me for details.
  • You Can Share the Good News! -- Developing Your Evangelism Muscles

    My wife and I exercise several times each week. As we grow older, we recognize the importance of keeping our muscles active and strong. Physically, we are able to do more, we are able to do more longer because we exercise. We are stronger, we have more endurance.

    Have you considered your evangelism muscles? Are there exercises we can do that will help us build our evangelism muscles? The answer is "yes!" Exercising a muscle simply means using the muscle repeatedly in order to build strength, endurance, and joy. When I was younger, I loved to run. The more I ran, the further I could run, the longer I could run, the faster I could run, and it was fun to run.
    Running enabled the "more" -- more distance, more time, more speed, more joy, more often. Exercising our evangelism muscles will have the same impact. More spiritual conversations, more people, more opportunities, more often. How can you exercise your evangelism muscles?

  • Be Jesus' presence everywhere you go. Radiate the presence of Jesus, in your attitudes, actions, words, example.
  • Talk about Jesus in daily conversations and you will become comfortable talking about Jesus.
  • Learn to ask questions, learn how to develop interest in others, learn how to evaluate needs.
  • Learn how to evaluate hearts, develop evangelistic perception. (Think of the parable of the sower-soils.)
  • Practice, practice, practice: pray into the heart of Jesus, go forth seeking the lost, be the presence of Jesus, talk about Jesus, initiate spiritual conversations, ask questions, invite.
  • Physically, some muscles are harder to develop. Think about levels of physical exercise-beginner, intermediate, advanced. The same is true of our spiritual, evangelistic muscles. Begin with the easier exercises mentioned above. Focus on one exercise for a day, or several days, perhaps a week, until you are able to do it naturally and easily.
  • Eventually, you will be ready for more difficult exercises -- proclamation and persuasion.
  • For the most part, our traditional methods of evangelism put the responsibility for the entire evangelistic process on one person. One person, one prospect. Biblically, evangelism is the work of the spiritual body. Traditional methods of preaching the gospel become less effective as time passes, traditional methods of preaching the gospel are less effective in today's world. Still, people have needs and desires: relationships, to be welcomed, to worship, to know more about the Bible, to be able to understand and explain faith.

    I challenge you to test and exercise your muscles. Which are your strongest muscles? Who in the church has the strongest persuasion muscles? Who in the church has the strongest proclamation and gospel presentation muscles? Who has the best friendship muscles, establishing relationships and presence? Who loves to talk, and talk, and talk? Who is a good listener, asking questions, learning, helping, encouraging?
    I encourage you to strengthen all of your evangelistic muscle set, but I especially want to encourage you to find your gift, and use your gift so the local church can be more effective in evangelism.
    God wants us to exercise our muscles and reach out with the gospel. Strengthening our evangelistic muscles will help us grow spiritually, will help us share Jesus more comfortably, will result in the lost being saved, will contribute to the numerical and spiritual growth of the church.

    Philemon 6: "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." As you develop evangelistic muscles and share your faith, you will grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and became a stronger disciple.
    The goal is to S.H.A.R.E. our faith. The next article in this series will suggest a memorable model that will help you make sharing faith a part of your conversations every day!

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    The article is also available at this link: You Can Share the Good News! -- Developing your Evangelism Muscles

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