Is there any hope in a pandemic? How can lock-downs, closure of churches and schools, job loss, poverty, hunger, illness, hospitalization, and medical costs contain any hope for us? Pandemic means an epidemic that effects everyone. Maybe we can turn it upside down.
Let’s imagine salvation and the love of Christ becoming an epidemic that spreads throughout the world. Then it becomes a pandemic of hope. SHARE users are observing, close up, the amazing expansion of SHARE Evangelism.* It is a unique combination of evangelism and livelihood skills training. As a result, SHARE Evangelism is on the leading edge of a massive church planting movement. SHARE Evangelism is the tool that is being used by God to usher in a pandemic of hope.
SHARE, in its many forms, is now actively in use in more than 42 countries. We (Rick and Barbara) are so excited for the close association we have with Bishop Aynaki (eye-knock-ee) Moksi (mock-see) of Burundi, Africa, which is between Kenya and DR Congo. We have known him for several years and Rick has been to his church several times to teach SHARE Evangelism, sports evangelism, and to lead a preaching conference. Bishop Aynaki is a pastor, prolific church planter, and expert SHARE Evangelism Leadership Trainer.
Bishop Aynaki first contacted me about three years ago to express interest in what he saw on my Facebook page. He could hardly wait to see the SHARE Evangelism Leadership Training Manual. The next week he was scheduled to attend a church convention covering five countries. During his long train ride across DR Congo, he translated all 60 pages into French. When he arrived at his destination, he located a typewriter and typed the entire French document, made copies, and bound them for the leadership of the convention. The leaders liked it so much that they wanted to be a part of the training. They cancelled most of their program and spent several days teaching SHARE Evangelism. The crowd grew large in anticipation of something unique, but their meeting place was small, so they limited the crowd to 100. There was a large overflow crowd all around the outside. At the conclusion many were saved and immediately baptized.
Most of our recent contacts have come through WhatsApp and Messenger. They come from all over the world. Few people have computers, so they struggle with inadequate phones and undependable electrical power. We have to be creative to get the material to them, but when it arrives, their reaction is an overwhelming thanks. Some of the quotes from them include: “Thank you so much. We didn’t know there was anything like this,” and “This is great! I am excited to share this with our church leaders,” and “What a wonderful gift. Thank you.”
Finally, this SHARE pandemic certainly needs no vaccine. Like any pandemic, it thrives on infection. Let us pray that the infection that triggered the Pandemic of Hope will continue to spread and that its excitement will remain high. Rick, Barbara, and Aynaki need your prayers for strength, health and determination as they go into battle for the hearts and souls of people everywhere.
*SHARE Evangelism is specific training that is part of SHARE Institute, International. It has also been known as SHARE Ministry, SHARE classes, SHARE outreach, etc. It was established in 1990 in Davao City, Philippines, where several thousand people were touched with the Gospel during the first year, and hundreds were saved and guided to the nearest evangelical church. SHARE Evangelism has been quietly expanding to many countries. Now it is exploding as a world-wide church planting movement. SHARE is an acrostic that stands for Serving Him And Reaching Everyone.
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