Written by: Harvesters Ministries
Article source: JOY! Magazine
The birth of a vision 20 years ago
During an outreach in Malawi we had a huge response and saw 30 000 people saved during one-on-one sessions. What was deeply disturbing was the knowledge that many of these people had been ‘saved’ over and over again as missionaries and evangelists moved through their villages. Discipleship was non-existent; and most believers lacked assurance of salvation.
The question was if the little old lady who was sitting under the tree came to Christ, how could she become a disciple and not just a convert? The whole idea of modern evangelism resulting in multiple converts and leaving them undiscipled is not a Biblical concept. The Lord started to bring about a stirring and an anger, a holy righteousness for the system.
We asked ourselves, how do you change a person and a community? What would bring transformation? Two things were lacking: people needed the Word of God, and there was a desperate need for new churches. The Gospel has the power to save! The Church can keep people from straying from the Truth.
Thus, in 2000 we started planting churches through evangelism, discipling new believers and training pastors.
Date published: 14/03/2020
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