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Five Souls in Six Tries

[China: Feb 5, 2014]

There are some who say openness to the Gospel is waning in China. Any maybe that's true. Maybe the great door of opportunity is beginning to close. Maybe in some places or among some social groups. But not everywhere in China. One of our colaborers has had the chance to share the Gospel six times in two months with just two to five people at a time, and seen five people receive Christ's gift of salvation.

For years, we've had an evangelism/discipleship meeting on Thursday nights. We have half a dozen trained disciplers there who can lead someone to Christ and teach them how to continue growing in Christ. They are doctors and lawyers, photographers and businessmen. We even have one or two full-time evangelist/disciplers there every week. Teachers and students regularly share with their friends and invite them to our meeting to learn more. The influx of new students waxes and wanes throughout each year.

This year, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, there was at least one curious newcomer each week. Piqued by the zeal of other new students or the faithful testimony of older students and teachers, these newcomers came to learn about this Jesus.

With Christmas on the way and our team's Christmas celebration preparations moving into high gear, most of the trainers and long-time students used the regular study time for practice. One new teacher wasn't involved in those preparations, so each week's new seeker was handed over to him.

The first week, there were two: a couple of fresh college grads just starting out in their careers. After hearing and seeing the Bridge Illustration of the Gospel, the young man acknowledged that he had accepted Christ as Savior his last year of high school; the young woman confessed that she had never heard it before. But that didn't stop her from praying on her own, "God, I believe that Jesus is Your Son and that He died on the cross for my sins and rose again on the third day. Thank You!"

The next week, the young man, a mechanic by trade, returned to keep studying, but he would have to get the same lesson again. He brought a college classmate of his, and someone else brought a friend! Both wanted to know what made their friends believe in Jesus. So our new mechanic friend watched again as his teacher explained the Gospel using the Bridge Illustration. Our mechanic's classmate knew something about Christ, since he had brought him to a college fellowship before they graduated, but he was never sure where his friend stood. That night his classmate accepted God's forgiveness through Jesus; the young lady expressed gratitude for the clear explanation, but declined to embrace Christ.

After a Thanksgiving break, the mechanic was back and his teacher was eager to continue his training. But another two new friends showed up, and theirs was the only small group available. The mechanic would have to wait another week. Or would he? His teacher asked him to do his best to recall whatever he could of the Bridge and draw it for the group. Nervously, he began. His teacher expected only that he'd sketch out a rough approximation of the illustration, but the mechanic blew away his expectations. He drew it out step by step and explained it in enough detail for both these newcomers to understand exactly what God had done for them. In the end, it was a split decision: one believed, the other didn't. Our young mechanic bore his first fruit that night!

A doctor in town for several months of continuing education came a week later and put his trust in Christ for salvation. A college student on break from school overseas was back in town. She had been attending a church near her school, but so far had not embraced Christ. She came to our Christmas program and was stirred, but still wasn't ready. Then a couple weeks after that, she showed up on Thursday night. After a brief review of the Bridge Illustration, her heart finally opened to Christ. With tears in her eyes, she professed faith in Christ's atonement with simple but clear words.

Five new souls seated with Christ in the Heavenlies, and in only six attempts at sharing the Gospel over the span of about two months. From where we sit, it doesn't yet look like the harvest in China is drying up.

In fact, our team still feels short handed. They're overwhelmed by the opportunities to share Christ and disciple young believers. Wouldn't you like to share Christ this often? Wouldn't you like to have a steady stream of new people to disciple? Then come join our team!

If the door is beginning to close, then time is short. China needs a whole lot more people sharing Christ there right now before this incredible time of spiritual openness is truly passed.

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Motivated by Christ’s Great Commission to preach the gospel to every creature, Training Evangelistic Leadership’s primary objective is to recruit, train, and send forth local Gospel teams that reap public decisions for Christ with personalized follow-up. In countries where public preaching is possible, teams are sent forth to publicly proclaim the gospel. In others, personal evangelism is emphasized. Emphasis is always placed on shepherding those who make decisions for Christ into local churches.

TEL teams operate with three primary ministry distinctives:

  1. SERVING the national culture and local society by leaving the fruit of our evangelism and follow-up within the local churches.
  2. BLENDING missionaries and nationals together with equal status and opportunities into a mutually uplifting relationship.
  3. CONTINUING our missionaries on a lifelong basis by their bonding with the language and culture and continuing to develop a living fellowship with Jesus Christ.

TEL labors to train Asian evangelists for the harvest in a home environment. We apply Mark 3:14 by inviting Asians to live “with us” in full-time training programs of several months duration, where they are quipped both in the classroom and on the job for effective evangelistic ministry. Graduates of TEL training programs serve in churches, mission agencies, and as TEL staff. TEL also helps equip church leaders in effective evangelism and disciplemaking through training seminars.

In addition to team evangelistic ministry, all TEL missionaries and national workers labor to multiply their witness through personal disciplemaking.

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Training Evangelistic Leadership (TEL) was launched in Singapore in 1970 by Rev. Roy Robertson out a recognized need to develop more full-time Asian evangelists. He invited six men from five Asian countries to live in his home for a year to receive on-the-job training in evangelistic ministry. The vision of TEL continued to expand as Roy and his wife Phyllis conducted similar training programs through homes in Japan, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines.

TEL was initially formed by Roy as a project of The Navigators but has since become an independent mission agency that operates with an international board of directors in Denton, TX. Roy, who founded and continues to serve as International Director of TEL, sailed to China in 1948 having been appointed The Navigators’ first missionary by the organization’s founder Dawson Trotman. Roy labored in the ministry of evangelism and disciplemaking through The Navigators in many Asian countries until his retirement in 1986. Upon his retirement, Roy renewed his commitment to continue the ministry of evangelism and training in Asia full-time through TEL. The resultant fruit of that commitment, TEL is now a mission agency which is blend of about half international missionaries and half national workers operating in 6 Asian countries and in the United States.

TEL continues to labor in South and Southeast Asia with a vision to preach the gospel to every creature through direct proclamation and through training others who also desire to labor in this vision. The harvest is still ripe in Asia and TEL is trusting God for full-time missionaries whom God has called to help complete the work of evangelism in Asia through serving in gospel teams and training others to do the same.

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TEL's ministry is to help equip God's people for effective ministry to others through evangelism and discipleship. Toward that end, we offer several types of materials for purchase and some of our overseas materials for direct download. Thanks to Discipleship Library (External Link), we are also pleased to make available many of Roy Robertson's messages from his 50+ years of missionary service.

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