I believe evangelism is important. That’s why I am pleased with some of the latest efforts among Southern Baptists. Many of you have heard about the “Who’s Your One?
” initiative championed by Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear
Others may be familiar with the upcoming Baptism Sunday
(Sept. 8) promoted by the North American Mission Board
. Some of you may have even heard about the evangelism spotlight
with SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd
that will take place at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
’s annual meeting in November.
Yet, when I think about evangelism, one of the first thoughts I have is about Pakistani brothers and sisters I met in 2017. Here is an excerpt about them from an article I wrote
“Pakistani Christian refugees have many reasons to remain quiet about their faith. Many of them have lost family members or were brutalized for their belief in Christ. Even as they flee persecution and seek resettlement, they often risk imprisonment under strict immigration policies in [Thailand and] other countries.
“Yet, many of them refuse to stop sharing the gospel with people they encounter, even if it increases their risk of imprisonment. As one aid worker put it, they cannot live in hiding.
“Even as well-meaning volunteers urge them to keep a low profile, Christian refugees crowd into small apartments for Bible studies, sing hymns that waft through building complexes and share the Good News with their neighbors. I learned from asylum seekers that genuine faith is resolutely evangelistic in nature; it cannot be concealed.”
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