Evangelism in the Dominican Republic – Day 1
Matthew 9:35-38 – And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
It has been exactly 1 year since I last blogged about anything. It isn’t that I ran out of things to say, just ask my wife or anyone that I work with and they will tell you that I always can find something to say about anything (FYI…not always a good skill to have).
But I felt I needed to get back into the blogging scene when I decided to take a mission journey to the Dominican Republic. Let me back-peddle a little.
A while back I virtually met this guy Tom. Tom is looking to expand his non-profit, Oasis World Ministries. The organization does to big programs: water wells around the world and evangelism training for pastors. This intrigued me and I wanted to go on a mission journey with him.
Originally, this was planned for November. We would be going to Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, and South Korea. It was to be 12 days long and we would get a few days in each area. Then Tom went and blew his Achille’s. That ended that trip and postponed it into 2022. The next trip would be in January, but I was already planning on a vacation with the family. So that left February.
The plan was to go to Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Well, COVID had other plans. Both Jamaica and Puerto Rico wouldn’t allow large groups to gather. This effectively ended the evangelism training we were going to be doing, so those countries were removed. Then Haiti continues to descend into more and more danger if you are a visitor. We were asked not to come because of the danger by the Haitian government.
That left the Dominican Republic. Our trip went from 10-12 days to a long weekend. I would leave on 2/10 and return on 2/14.
So, on 2/10, I boarded a Delta flight for ATL where I would officially meet Tom, and then we both went off to the DR together. When we arrived, we were met by 2 men, Javier and Pedro. Javier is a pastor and the country manager for Oasis World Ministries. He doesn’t speak any English, so that is why Pedro was accompanying him. Pedro speaks English, French, and Spanish.
We headed to the hotel and met up with CiCi. She is the country manager (along with her husband) for El Salvador and the Latin America administrator for Oasis World Ministries. She works directly with all the country managers to make sure that all their paperwork is in on time.
As you can gather, Oasis is pretty big. While they have a skeleton staff that works in Minnesota, they are currently in 51 different countries and have country managers in most of them as well as administrative assistant in many of them.
Once at the hotel and checked in, we had a pretty awesome dinner at the hotel and then Tom, CiCi, and I gathered together for a couple hours more to discuss the weekend as well as an idea for large-scale summits in Asia, Latin America and Africa throughout 2022.
Friday morning came way too quickly and we were off to the church to spend the day teaching. We were going through the program called 5-Star Evangelism and the tool, One Minute Witness.
The 5 stars of evangelism are:
The entire day was spent explaining each point and how important they are.
- This is the fuel for the tank of evangelism. Without compassion, you can never lead the lost to Christ.
- You can’t have compassion if you don’t have tears for the lost.
Psalm 126:5-6 – Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
- The best way to have tears for them is to befriend the lost.
Luke 5:32 – I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
- Most Christians don’t feel equipped to share their faith. This provides a simple, replicable tool.
- Once they know the tool, it is time to use it.
- This is where the One Minute Witness comes in.
- May I have permission to ask you a question?
- What was the best thing that ever happened to you?
- May I tell you what the best thing to ever happen to me was?
- There was a time I was (pick 3 adjectives to describe your life before Christ)
- But (what happened to turn your life to Christ)
- When I learned that Jesus died and rose again for my sin, I (did you commit your life to Christ, etc….)
- Since coming to know Christ, my life has changed (3 ways that your life has changed)
- If I never would have come to Christ (what would have happened?)
- The entire One Minute Witness is meant to direct people to Christ in 1 minute.
- Once you do that, then if they seem like they are tracking with you, ask them “If you were to die tonight, where do you think you would go?
- Be someone who is trained to train others on sharing their faith.
- This is simply building the skills necessary to share your faith. Practicing over and over again.
- Your mission field is wherever you are at that time.
- Once others are sharing, the Gospel math is about multiplication, not addition.
- The 2 parts to multiplication are:
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 5:18 – And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit
- Go. Remember, your mission field is wherever you are.
Mark 16:15 – And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Once we walked people through the One Minute Witness, we went out into the streets to try it for real. In that hour, 48 people came to Christ! Many more were prayed over for their hurts, hang-ups and trials.
We ended day 1 with a meeting with leadership from 12 different church networks or denominations representing thousands of churches throughout the Dominican Republic. By the end of the meeting, several of these bishops, presidents or superintendents committed to training people to use this tool to reach the lost.
Many people are opposed to systematizing the Gospel. I used to be one of them. But the older I get, the less I remember, so it makes it easy on me if I only need to remember the highlights of my story that brought me to Christ. Plus, most people will only give you a minute or two to share your faith anyway. Having a tool that can help you get the Gospel in a person’s ears quickly is beneficial.
Tomorrow, we go back to the same group. We complete the day with more detailed training for them, more on-the-street practice, and I will be sharing a message that targets the compassion aspect of the 5-Star evangelism.
Looking forward to seeing how many people God brings into His kingdom tomorrow!