Evangelize the lost

Discussion in 'Biblical Advices' started by Kevin, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Evangelize the lost

    Last night, my wife and I watched a documentary on strippers in our nation and how they where complaining that they get treated so badly by the club owners. My immediate reaction was "well you want to work for satan then you will get treated the way satan wants to treat you".Then I wondered how do we evangelize such people? How do we get the love of Jesus Christ into their lives?I am sure not going to walk into a strip club and start preaching!Any ideas? Has anybody managed to reach these people?
  2. wow, brother, what harsh thoughts. maybe you should change your mindset first before you start to think of evangelizing them.

    my advice:

    1. Evangelize daily, anywhere and anytime
    2. familiarize yourselves with places near a strip club (such as restaurants and eateries) and go there often, with a partner and with an evangelistic mindset
    3. overflow with the love of Jesus


    I have a churchmate who is a missionary working in Malaysia. one time she went to a restaurant along with another believer, after they finished praying for the food, a waitress came up to them and asked them about their beliefs. they told her that they were Christian missionaries and told her a bit more about Christianity, and then they asked if they could pray for her in Jesus' name, the waitress agreed and so they did (even though it's illegal)

    the next day they went back to the restuarant and found the same waitress, this time, the waitress opened up and told them about her life. she worked as a stripper at night and was going through depression (evidenced by the marks on her hands), my churchmate felt compassion for her and invited her to one of their daily bible studies (after praying for her and giving out a lot of advice and sharing testimonies of her own).

    the stripper went to the bible study and also brought with her a friend who was also a stripper, they accepted Jesus Christ and they are now a member of our house church in Malaysia, and they are bringing more and more strippers to the Kingdom as we speak

  3. That's a great story platinum .

    We are doing a lot of evangelizing in our church and this morning our guest speaker told us first we need to get rid of the mindset that we need to go out and tell every one because it is not about us .... it is the Holy Spirit working through us . The Holy Spirit prepares the people as as we labour in prayer asking God each day there will be people who the Holy Spirit leads in to our path.

    I have an example as we in a restaurant but here in my own hometown . There were two of us having lunch with a missionary friend who was home on furlow , and we got talking to the waitress and told her our friend was a missionary . Next thing we know the owner comes over and wants to know more about his ministry and tells him his lunch is on her . We asked her if she had any prayer requests and she said yes and agreed for us to pray for her and her family .She wanted to know more about the Lord Right in the middle of the restaurant we held hands and prayed for the woman and her needs .. God is so awesome .

    I have found that people respond also if you ask them if you can pray for them and if they have any prayer requests. That open up a big door of opportunity cause when they see that you are concerned about them they respond .

    Also dealing in the gay community , one needs to go down to the areas where they hang out to the coffee shops etc .... make friends with them and develope a relationship of trust . People respond to kindness and that also opens the door to tell them about Jesus .

    I think the same would be good if you feel the Lord leading you to this ministry ... just to find out where they hang out and be a friend to them . Thats what Jesus did . He was a friend to the sinner .

    The main thing is people need to see Jesus in us .
  4. HI Kevin,

    I am involved in Care-A-Van Ministry which is a street ministry here in Batavia, NY. We do just this. We go out to the lost. We go on Thursday nights and we go on Saturdays. The ministry started 8 years ago and I have been involved since this past October.
    On Thurs nites we go out and park in a neighborhood. Our bus is equipped with booths inside, tv, coffee maker and much more.

    We knock on the doors and invite folks out for refreshments and such. We pray before we go that the holy spirit prepare the souls for us. There are souls that show up each time. As they have the refreshments, we just sit and listen. God opens up the doors for the conversations.

    On Saturdays, we go to local neighborhoods and give out bags of food and have clothes available on tables outside the bus. Again as we provide the physical food, God provides the spiritual food. God will open up the doors of opportunity.

    Now I know this is a more organized street ministry, but in my daily walk with God, I pray every day that he give me divine appointments to share his word with whether through a smile, hug or conversation. I also pray to the Lord to give me more holy boldness. I know for me God has given me a gift of Evangelism.
    If you would have told me a year ago, that i would be doing street ministry, I would have thought you were crazy.. God will lead you to where he wants you.

    My heart goes out to these women who are strippers. My heart also goes out to the women (and men) who are involved in porn. There is a reason that they are there.. one.. they do not know Jesus.. they have been through some form of abuse or desperation that led them to that. With most recently having been involved in a relationship where the guy had a thing with porn and God convicted him more and more of it.. he realized that with even looking at Porn he was abusing women.

    We cannot save these souls, but we all know Jesus can. We are to go into the Kingdom and share the good news. Believe me, when I first started in street ministry I wanted to save every soul out there!
    Man did God teach me some lessons. But God is good.
    here is an example of what happened with some folks in the street:


    I will be praying that God sees you and your wife's heart and opens a way for you to share the good news!

  5. I agree totally with not wanting to go in,lol.
    First pray for them, that God will touch them and help them to see the right path, so maybe they will recognize it when it comes their way.
    Flyer's, bibles, christian magazines and other usefull tools can help you reach those that you may not be able to personally. Put them in places that you think those people that you are trying to reach will stuble upon them.
    It is hard to understand why they think that there is no more to life than what they are doing. But, as we all know, sin is a blindfold and without light they have no way of seeing.
  6. I loved this!

  7. Yes, they are harsh thoughts, but for me to say anything else would be a lie and false humilty is nothing more than a lie. Those where the initial thoughts that came into my head, but dont get me wrong, I have a heart for evangelising the lost and my heart truely goes out to them. I dont believe I am the correct person to reach these people as I have no idea of what their lives consist of. I was just wondering how churches reach these people because it requires that Christians get close to them.

    Thank you all for your responses, I am glad to see that many churches are indeed reaching out to them.

    May God be glorified!
  8. Your observation is correct, Satan is a harsh master.
    Personally - stay away from those places unless you are directly called by God Himself.
  9. Kevin .... I appreciate your honesty . Yes we are not all called to the same ministry and isn't that a good thing cause if we were all called to to same one then what would happen to the others ?

    Some are called to minister in communities where we would never want to be and God has equipped them to do so .

    Every one is unique in their own way the God has made them so for us to talk down others who are able it is not for us to do . Jesus was found in places where the people of that day would not go and shows us the greatest example of love and grace. He crossed all the barriers of that time .

    So no matter what others think we must do the same thing . We are not here to please others but to proclaim the gospel to all sinners .

    I can pray for those that go to the prisons , or into gay areas or areas where people are involed in the sex trade . God has given us all the tools of prayer and those my friends are very powerful tools .
  10. May God bless you for wanting to share the love of Christ to these women and may He guide you as to how to reach them. Follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. :)
  11. I don't know if this may help but my cousin is reading this book, "Just Walk Across the Room" by Bill Hybels, wow, I can't wait to read it. Here's the description------

    "Believers universally affirm that evangelism is a vital part of what God calls them to do, but very few make a practice of doing it. They feel awkward and ill-equipped, either because they've never been trained, or because their lack of interaction with non- Christians prevents them from using and developing the skills they do have. Bill Hybels addresses these concerns and signals the next era in personal evangelism with Just Walk Across the Room. Drawing on fresh perspectives from the author's own experiences, as well as time-tested and practical illustrations, Just Walk Across the Room encourages and equips readers to routinely initiate spiritual conversations with those who don't know Christ.

    What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person’s forever? Just a few steps to make an eternal difference. It has nothing to do with methods and everything to do with taking a genuine interest in another human being. All you need is a heart that’s in tune with the Holy Spirit and a willingness to venture out of your “Circle of Comfort” and into another person’s life. Just Walk Across the Room brings personal evangelism into the twenty-first century. Building on the solid foundation laid in Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels shows how you can participate in the model first set by Jesus, who stepped down from heaven 2,000 years ago to bring hope and redemption to broken people living in a fallen world. Now it’s your turn. Your journey may not be as dramatic, but it can have a life-changing impact for someone standing a few steps away from you—and for you as well, as you learn the power of extending care, compassion, and inclusiveness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The highest value in personal evangelism is cooperating with the Spirit, says Hybels. This means playing only the role you’re meant to play—walking when the Spirit says to walk, talking when he says to talk, and falling silent when he suggests that you’ve said enough. Hybels encourages you to “live in 3D” … —Developing friendships —Discovering stories —Discerning appropriate next steps … as a means of learning to understand the Holy Spirit’s promptings. With fresh perspectives from his own reflections and experiences collected during his most recent decade of ministry, Bill Hybels shows with convincing and inspiring clarity the power of this personal, richly relational approach to evangelism. The stakes are high. The implications are eternal. And you may be only a conversation away from having an eternal impact on someone’s life—if you will just walk across the room."

    I really like the reminder to follow and obey the Spirit. Also, that how you are with others, how you live and how you have relationships with everyone shows Gods grace to people, believers and non-believers. Just cool!:)

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