Over the last couple of weeks it has been an intense but fruitful time. We’ve had 8 times of outreach doing personal evangelism, 8 times of outreach doing door to door evangelism (1 time = 1 ½ hr a day)
Through these outreaches about 25 students have shared the gospel with about 400 people and approximately 30 people have received Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
We have completed the Open Air and Preaching and Communication parts of the SOE. The students have been so inspired by this. We have had 3 days of Open Air Evangelism, approx.. 10 hours of preaching in the open air all up over these 3 days. Each of the students preached at least twice. We saw many people respond to the Lord through the preaching of the Gospel. We had many Indian Fijian people listening to the gospel as well which was a real encouragement to the team as the Gospel rarely gets to these folk in Fiji.
All the students were able to build and draw a good size crowd. One student in my team (we had 4 teams in different areas in Suva) preached his message and was then talking to an older Fijian man. He said “you were preaching about me. I’m trying to avoid hell by going to church!” that afternoon he placed his trust in Jesus to save him for the first time in his life. In the open air we saw many respond and trust in Jesus alone to save them. I preached twice and all up I had the privilege of seeing about 14 people respond to Christ. All the other groups saw people respond as well and others in my team were also able to lead people to Jesus. The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few.
While we have been here I have been invited to preach and train in a number of churches. Last Sunday evening I spoke at an evening church service focused on youth. This was a great encouragement. About 6 people confessed their hearts desire was more for the world than to love and live for the Lord. They made a commitment to no longer live for other things or people but for Jesus.
We are now in our final week of the school. Over the next few days we will be reaching approx. 320 kids with the gospel. The students of the SOE as so excited about all that the Lord has done in and through them and many are now realising that this is a neglected area of evangelistic ministry that really demands attention if we are serious about trying to reach our communities with the Gospel. Over 50% of the world’s population is under 18. Who will reach them?