Getting the whole church involved in evangelism
“We know that in every church, maybe 10 to 20% of the congregation has the gift of evangelism,” says Don Wilkerson. “The thing we need to do is to find these people, to encourage them to come out with that gift and to use it in powerful ways.” Co-founder of Teen Challenge and brother to the famous evangelist David Wilkerson, he is visiting the Island to participate in a conference called Pasión por las Almas, being held starting today at the Templo Pentecostal Asamblea de Dios in Hato Tejas, Puerto Rico.
“Jesus said the fields were ‘white unto harvest’ where?” says Wilkerson. “He said it in Samaria. Because where people are the hungriest, that is where the harvest is.” This is why Teen Challenge goes into the darkest alleys and toughest barrios, to meet the people where they are. “We find that the most effective evangelists are often the newest converts, because pretty much everyone they know is unsaved. Who does the newly saved drug addict know? The other drug addicts. Who did the woman at the well know? Men. She didn’t bring women to Jesus, she brought men. Why? Because she knew men! She had married five men and now was living common law with another, according to Jesus. And this is what the church must do – it must go where the hungry are.”
We did a special interview with Pastor Wilkerson and Rodney Hart, the President of Teen Challenge Puerto Rico, who came by our WBMJ studios today.