TOMATO FIGHT EVANGELISM

Mark Taylor, Right

It all began when Andrew Taylor and some friends had a tomato fight in the neighbor’s garden. As you can imagine, the neighbor was none too happy and stopped by Andrew’s dad’s house to complain! But the Taylor’s not only worked to resolve the conflict, their son, Andrew, took a special interest in the neighbor, helping him out with yard work. As time went by, the neighbor discovered he was terminally ill, so Andrew asked if they could study The Exchange together; however, he declined with many of the usual excuses: I’m ok, my church is helping me, etc. Andrew decided to leave the Bible study with him in hopes that he might just read it.

One day Andrew’s dad, Mark Taylor, was driving out of the neighborhood when he sensed the sudden strong urge to turn around and check on his neighbor. In answer to the doorbell, the neighbor quickly opened the door and without so much as a “hello” said, “It’s not by works! We’ve got to talk!” He had read through The Exchange Bible study and was under conviction. Mark was able to lead him to Christ and then a short time later he led the neighbor’s son to Christ. Within six months, both the neighbor and his son died.

Often people feel they’ve hurt their testimony with friends or neighbors, so they think witnessing is out of the question. Mark’s story is a great reminder that as believers we should resolve conflicts and invest in people’s lives, regardless of how they treat us. This story is also a stark reminder of the urgency of responding to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. May we become more sensitive to God’s Spirit and work to have uplifting relationships with unbelievers.

WORKS-BASED RELIGION OFFERS NO HOPE!

Rene training for evangelism (Left)

Works based religion is disillusioning. Rene grew up in a denomination that gave no assurance of eternal salvation. “How many works are enough? Does my good outweigh my bad?” Eventually, with the hopelessness of this false teaching, she gave up on church. “What’s the use?”

Years passed and the hardships of life began to take their toll. Among other challenges, Rene’s daughter, a severe asthmatic, was critically ill. Rene began to search for answers. A gentleman handing out tracts came by her home and invited her to a Baptist church. Rene remembered that her sister, Darlene, attended a Baptist church and wondered if it might be the same one. After not having spoken to Darlene for 10 years, she called her. Darlene invited Rene to join her at Westside Baptist in Eugene, Oregon.

After attending a few weeks, Pastor Nathan introduced them to the four-lesson Bible study, The Exchange, so Rene and Darlene began to do it together. On lesson three when Rene learned that Jesus made possible a great exchange – our sinful record for His righteous record – she finally understood what salvation was all about. She completed the 4th lesson and made that Great Exchange with Jesus. Her immediate question was, “What’s next?” So Darlene and Rene did Living the Exchange (a discipleship Bible study) together.

This past week after demonstrating the great exchange that took place on the cross I sat down beside Rene. She said, “That’s the part that helped me understand!” Up until that point I had no idea that I was seated beside someone who had been saved and discipled through Exchange material. How fulfilling! Our mission is not just to see people saved. Our earnest prayer is that believers will lead people to Christ, disciple them and then train them to lead others to Christ. Darlene did just that!

I HAVE NEVER FELT SUCH RELIEF!

The Eastwood Family

“I have to go to church today!” These words from Jodie in Sackville, Nova Scotia remind us that God is drawing people to Himself. Indeed, she did go to church that day at Sackville Independent Baptist where Jeremy & Cheryl Eastwood invited her to do The Exchange Bible study. After studying Lesson 1 she stayed up until 1:30 in the morning reading the book of John.

After Lesson 1 Jeremy invited Jodie to trust Christ, but as he began to explain the decision she said, “I did that. I didn’t use those nice words you just said, but I repented and asked God to forgive me and saved me. I have never felt such relief.”

God is still giving fruit from the sacrifices believers made to help us train in Nova Scotia last summer!

DON’T GIVE UP! THERE IS HOPE!

Torrey & Jalene Jaspers Faith Baptist of Longmont, CO

  • Grew up in church
  • Went to a Christian school
  • Rebellious
  • Expelled from school
  • Ungodly lifestyle

But even in this all too familiar scenario, NO-ONE is past God’s grace! Torrey Jaspers sent a beautiful story of the prodigal described here. Though this young man had twice made professions of faith, they had no impact on his life. “I have spent a quarter of my life already and I have nothing to show for it. I have a lot of knowledge about who God is, but I definitely don’t know him.”

It took two months to work through The Exchange Bible Study. As he put it, “I know all of this but I need to hear it all again so that I understand it.”

Torrey writes,

“When we finished the last lesson his conclusion was that to this point Christ had always been someone that he hoped would fix his earthly life problems, but, as he said, ‘I have never had a heart for God and I need a new heart.’ He understood the positional components of justification, but the idea of Christ becoming his life was a new component of the exchange that he did not understand.
It was so fun to hear him pour out his heart to the Lord desiring to know Christ and to follow Him.”
Christian, don’t give up! Some people have to come to the end of themselves before they really understand the gospel. There is hope!

TEENS SHARE THEIR FAITH!

Jessica (Right)

Mackenzie (Left)

Jessica and Mackenzie Perry, from Folsom California, took The Exchange training last year. At the top of their Find Five list was seven-year-old Erin. Over the past few months they’ve been using the truths they learned at The Exchange as they teach Children’s Church in Roseville, CA where their family ministers every Sunday afternoon. Sunday, after Mackenzie’s lesson, Jessica was able to take Erin to a back room and lead her to the Lord. She writes,

“It was such an exciting moment for me! She was one of my Fnd 5”

The gospel works, and it’s never too early to start sharing it!

ON THE WATCH FOR GOSPEL OPS!

Jon & Joy Fry

Jon & Joy Fry

What happens when you’re looking for gospel opportunities?

Jon Fry from Grace Bible Church in Massachusetts was praying & sharing the gospel in hopes that someone would be curious enough to do The Exchange Bible study with him. Jon writes,
“Laura and her son, David, came faithfully to our Sunday morning services for about two months.  When I offered the Exchange Bible study to them, they agreed.  I was surprised because my faith is small.  Laura seemed especially excited to be learning God’s Word for herself.  She would do the lessons well ahead of time.  I believe she trusted Christ in her home as she studied lesson 4.  Her new life was apparent when she attended church the next Sunday and enjoyed the singing for the first time.  She thought she was a good person and was only coming to church for her son.  God revealed her sinfulness and hopelessness through the Exchange Study.  She has repented and fully trusted Christ alone.  3 weeks after her salvation, she gave testimony to God’s saving grace in her life and was baptized in our church

Dao grew up in a Buddhist home, but wanted to know more about Jesus.  In writing about his salvation and baptism for a church membership class, he stated that he was baptized in an LDS church as a teenager and thought he was a follower of Christ.  He has been coming to our church for the past 3 months. He wanted to join our church, but without a clear testimony, I decided to meet with him.  In meeting with him, I asked if anyone had ever shared the whole plan of salvation with him.  He said no, but was very concerned about his sin.  I used the Exchange GPS tract and gave him the choice to accept Christ right now or wait to think about it.  He was ready to trust Christ right then, not wanting to wait another minute.  He is now going to the do the Exchange Bible study as a follow-up to his salvation.  On his own, he rewrote his testimony for church membership and baptism.  His testimony was as clear as possible with many verses to back up his decision to repent and believe the Gospel.

Our church is praising the LORD for allowing us to see two adults get saved in the same week and be baptized just weeks later.  They are both eager to grow and follow the LORD!

We could not be more appreciative for the clear Gospel presentation in the Exchange materials.  Thank you Jeff and Anna for your ministry to our church, all for His glory!”

SAVED IN THE NICK OF TIME

Tony Slutz

Tony Slutz

A medical doctor from Thompson Road Baptist Church was very burdened for a blind cancer patient and her husband. He described them as “very hard. They will never come to church.” Fully expecting to be refused, this believer invited his seriously ill patient to church and she agreed but said “my husband will never come to church.” Never tell God never! Guess what? They both attended church and the cancer patient walked the aisle to be saved that morning. Pastor Tony visited this gentleman, and though the he tended to scoff, Tony invited him to do The Exchange four-lesson Bible study and he agreed. On Lesson 4 he trusted Christ and within 3 months he was diagnosed with cancer and died. His widow is recovering and is nearly cancer free. Tony’s words – “He made it in, just under the wire.”

Praise God! Tony and this doctor both followed the Spirit’s prompting. Praise God! Another precious soul was added to heaven’s throng!

SO, JESUS TOOK THE RAP FOR ME?!

13912440_1366204243408764_7031466682679498116_n-2The Lord has convicted me for years and years about not being the witness that I should, but it usually only resulted in giving out a few tracts just to help with the guilt, unfortunately. My good friends, Jeff and Deanna Bartlett, have been instrumental in training me to use your “exchange” materials in Deanna’s Bible studies last year and I was determined that I wouldn’t struggle with this the rest of my life, so I tried to own it. I was able to establish a contact with a 20-year-old girl (Kalene) that took my blood in a blood drive in the spring and I reconnected with her this fall. She agreed to go through the exchange with me and even brought along a friend for our “God meetings” 😊 It was such a great tool to be able to start from scratch and work so logically through the Gospel. I can be a very wordy and random person, so it has given me so much more confidence knowing I have a thorough, yet relatively concise presentation. They both made professions of faith. Kalene has been especially fruitful in her growth. She is like a little missionary now, so bold about her newfound faith and wanting all of her family and friends to understand the Gospel, too. She calls me her “God coach” and tells me about different friends of hers that need “God coaching”. I love her terminology! So, we have given out the “exchange” book to a guy friend, that friend that came with her to some meetings and made a profession of faith. Her grandma came to Deanna’s Bible study the last three weeks and had completed a portion of the exchange booklet. I am so excited to tell you that Deanna was able to lead her through the exchange after Bible study last night and she received Christ! When Deanna gave the illustration about the chairs, and demonstrated straddling both chairs, her countenance changed and she got emotional, realizing that that is where she was – putting her faith in Christ and herself! She accepted Christ last night and Kalene said “one down, a million to go”! I can’t imagine The feeling that she has knowing that most everyone she knows is probably not saved.

Also, a friend of mine and I get to teach six middle school students from the public school across the street in a “released time” program. A couple weeks ago, I was able to present the exchange to them, and it was awesome to see the room begin to understand the Gospel… especially when I did the columns and exchanged the names. At that moment, two of the boys said “I get it now!” 😊 Every time I do those columns, I get choked up because it’s such an amazing visual! That illustration has revolutionized my witnessing! When I did that with Kalene, she got teary-eyed and said “So Jesus took the rap for me?!” LOVE it! It seems like it’s always a lightbulb moment.

I finally feel like I’m alive as a Christian and actually starting to fulfill the great commission that I’ve been so lax in most of my life.

Tina Parry, Anderson, SC

GOD SO LOVED ___ _____!

jonathan-speightsYou can easily fill in the blanks. John 3:16 is so well-known! But stop and think for a minute of the scope of God’s mission – THE WORLD. Is His vast mission ours? This photo of missionary Jonathan Speights and a photo of a young man he recently led to Christ in Brazil is so encouraging. Jonathan is sharing the Good News in his corner of the world. Jonathan was trained back in 2007 when The Exchange was called Come and See.

Greg & Linda Waller participated in our seminar in Midland, KS. They take the gospel greg-linda-wallerall over the world using medical help to open doors to give the gospel. Linda writes, “We have used The Exchange method all over the world It is a wonderful way of sharing the gospel with great results. We have over 2500 professions of faith so far this year, each with a one-on-one soul winner.”

May our vision to give the gospel be as big as our awesome God. Remember, God so loved the WORLD…!

 

DON’T GIVE UP!

Pastor Joel and Jonathan

Pastor Joel and Jonathan

A Spanish speaking member of Grace Life in Cypress, Texas has been inviting Jonathan to church for over TWO YEARS! She is his family’s housekeeper and speaks very little English. Praise God, she didn’t give up. This culminated in Pastor Joel and Jonathan doing The Exchange Bible study. Can you tell by Jonathan’s smile? He put his faith in Jesus Christ last week.

Obstacles are a very real part of evangelism, but remember – Nothing is too hard for God. So…DON’T GIVE UP!