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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: The Definition of "Evangelist"
By Judy Watters
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I am sure there are other prerequisites expected. An evangelist should be a great communicator and be able to cite John 1:1 and John 3:16 clearly and with great fervor! A class in evangelism would be quite helpful. But at age four, my little Emily couldn't even pronounce "prerequisite."
When our children were preschoolers, all the moms and children spent most afternoons in the cul-de-sac of our street. The moms sat in their lawn chairs as we watched our little ones play together. One day it happened that I was alone with the only mom on the street who was a Mormon. We spoke of the usual topics...our children, our husbands, the weather. Quite suddenly, Laurie looked at me and said, "You know, your Emily is quite an evangelist." We had never talked of spiritual matters before, so it was shocking that she would open the subject. I looked out at my little blonde, curly-headed ball of energy, as she was about to push Laurie's son's face into the grass…again. One look at me made her jump up and scamper away. I turned to Laurie and asked her what Emily had said.
"She asked me point blank if I knew Jesus like she knows Jesus." Laurie proceeded to tell me that she asked Emily, "And how do you know Jesus?" Emily apparently never skipped a beat and told Laurie that Jesus died for her sins and for Laurie's too. She also told Laurie that she knew she was a sinner and had confessed her sins and Laurie could do that too, if she wanted to see Jesus in Heaven someday. Emily even went on to quote John 1:1 and John 3:16 with much hand waving and excitement in her dutchy little voice!
I would like to say that Laurie accepted the Lord that day as her Savior, but she didn’t. Soon after, the family moved to Japan. I have wondered many times if Emily was the first Christian evangelist who Laurie ever heard proclaim God’s Word. Perhaps Emily planted that first seed and someone else enjoyed the harvest. I guess evangelists can come in all forms and any age. At nineteen, Emily continues to spread the gospel on her university campus and has only become bolder in her old age. Looking back, Emily has always had a difficult time with the whole “right of passage” concept. Thank goodness! All thanks to God!
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