I’m very happy and very tired. Last Saturday was Walpurgis night which for some reason is a huge thing here in Uppsala, hundreds of thousands of people fill the streets and so it’s a great opportunity for evangelism. We were out with the Pancake church at a central square and ministered to hundreds, and one guy from Morocco came and wanted to get saved. Just like that. He had some extremely bad experiences from Islam and had realized that Jesus is the Way, so we helped him receive Him.
The next day was Sunday, I was organizing the service for our house church and we got a new visitor that I had been in touch with on Facebook. She wanted to be saved as well. We rejoiced, prayed with her and then talked about and answered questions that she had about the Old Testament, God’s character and other religions as we went out to evangelize according to our “Come in, go out” principle.
And then last Tuesday my friend Johannes and myself were invited to a folk school where we got to speak about faith, doubt, atheism and theism for three hours. Johannes has struggled a lot with atheism and I used to be an atheist in my early teens before turning to God. We covered several arguments for God’s existence as well as sharing our own stories and answering questions, and it was appreciated.
When I arrived home, a woman contacted me on Facebook and wrote: “Hi! I know that we don’t know each other. But I have read a bit about you and saw that you are a Christian. I want to become a Christian. What should I do?” Praise the Lord. I explained that it’s very easy to become a Christian and wrote down an example of a prayer that she could pray. She did, and then I send her some information about good churches in the town she lives in.
It’s common among Western Christians to talk about evangelism as sowing seeds that may produce crops later on. A lot of times salvation is described as a process that takes time. And often that’s true, in all of these cases there has been a process and indeed that process is still going on.
However, just viewing evangelism as a “sowing” thing may excuse poor results or low expectations. Jesus actually described evangelism as reaping: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (Jn 4:35). I am so thankful that we’ve had a weekend of reaping. The key of course is to be consistent in evangelism on the streets, on the Internet and in everyday life.