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The Key to Evangelism

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC,   
 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.
Years ago, the China Inland Mission discovered that the number and spiritual strength of the converts at one station far exceeded anyone's expectations and could not be accounted for by anything exceptional about the missionary personnel there.  
The mystery remained unsolved until Hudson Taylor visited England. There, at the close of Taylor's message, a man from the audience stepped forward to greet him. In the ensuing conversation, Taylor learned that the man had detailed knowledge of this station.  
"How is it," asked Taylor, "that you are so conversant with the conditions of that work?"  "Oh," he replied, "for four years I have corresponded with my missionary friend there. He has sent me the names of inquirers and converts, and I have daily taken these names to God in prayer."  
Taylor realized the answer to the puzzle: the daily, specific, prevailing prayer of this man had brought eternal fruit for God's glory.  
God wants us to prevail in prayer with Him concerning His plan of salvation for all people, both here and abroad.  
In private, devote yourself to prayer. Pray persistently, watchfully, and thankfully. Pray for the workers, for open doors for the gospel, and for clarity in presenting the gospel.  
In public, your godly walk is the basis for your effective witness. Winsome words that are gracious, interesting, and sensitive are the means for effective witness.  
I hope you're encouraged to pray for revival and to be a part of it through godly witness.
  
See you on Sunday!
 
In the light of His glory and grace: 
 
Pastor Dou