How Can They Hear?

Although I had been on a previous mission trip, it had not involved street evangelism, and, to be honest, I was a little anxious.

By Bob Logsdon

Bob Logsdon evangelizing on the strees of Bogota, Colombia.

I had the privilege to travel to Bogota, Colombia, for a week of evangelistic ministry. Although I had been on a previous mission trip, it had not involved street evangelism, and, to be honest, I was a little anxious. The plan was for us to visit a different church each day and to be paired with an interpreter and a church member so that we could knock on doors to share our personal testimony. We would also use an EvangeCube to tell the story of Jesus and His saving grace. The local church member would then pray with those who accepted the Lord and take pertinent information so the church could later do personal follow up.

On our first day out, we were taken to a very poor neighborhood located upon a hillside. The church where we gathered was small but large in enthusiasm and spirit. I was assigned a young woman who was extremely shy and, if possible, even more nervous than I was. We began by climbing a huge set of steps to the homes we were to visit. When we reached the top, I was out of breath and barely able to talk. I was just about to ask my companions to let me catch my breath when they knocked on a house door and a woman immediately answered. I can only imagine what she must have thought when she saw me wheezing and hardly able to speak. Nevertheless, I presented my testimony and used the EvangeCube to tell the story of the Lord. To my surprise, she immediately accepted the Lord. It was only after we had moved on to the next house that I realized I had been so focused on catching my breath and talking to the woman that I hadn’t even thought about my nervousness.

The remainder of the trip I had no fears about approaching individuals and sharing the Gospel with them. Our group went on to work with two other churches and a street ministry team and 283 people professed faith in Jesus Christ!

Among the highlights of the trip for me were seeing the local church members confidently growing and boldly going into their neighborhoods to proclaim God’s Word and seeing broken and downtrodden individuals accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. One team met a young man who was taking drugs and upon hearing the Gospel message he immediately gave those drugs up, along with his drug paraphernalia, and entrusted his life to the Lord!

What’s so exciting for me is the knowledge that God’s Word is powerful and can change people’s lives. But we must remember that it does require someone to present it. As Romans 10:14-15 says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? … As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Bob Logsdon evangelizing on the streets of Bogota, Colombia. 
Bob Logsdon evangelizing on the streets of Bogota, Colombia.

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