2020 Evangelism Through 2030 Eyes
by Major Ron
There is little doubt that history will
remember 2020 as the year of covid-19. Public gatherings were
restricted to help safeguard the population from the spread of
the virus. The
church and the Army were not exempt.
For the better part of a year, corps around the
territory could not meet Sunday mornings to worship together
as a community.
Programmes normally held at the corps building were suspended.
Bible studies and fellowship groups could no longer
meet in their normal way. Despite these limitations, God
proved yet again that He was faithful to His people, to His
church, and to His Army.
If I were to fast-forward in time to
the year 2030, and look backwards to 2020 through that lens,
key truths emerge.
gospel is more
powerful than the pandemic.
Evangelism is not confined to bricks and mortar.
Throughout history, all kinds of events have threatened
to extinguish the spread of the gospel, but it could not be
done because the, “gospel is the power of God unto salvation
to everyone who believes.”
Despite the need to close our buildings, the gospel
continued to spread.
personal witness helps
Countless reports have emerged of individual
Salvationists who faithfully shared their faith midst
covid-19. Among the myriad of these stories is a soldier of a
corps who was serving as a nurse in a hospital throughout the
fellow workers asked her how she could continue without being
afraid, she took the opportunity to tell them about how her
faith in Christ sustained and strengthened her.
innovation. When one corps bandmaster could no longer hold
band practices at the corps, he built a double-sided lawn sign
and displayed encouraging gospel messages while he played
salvation songs on his cornet. Cars slowed down, joggers
stopped in their tracks, children and parents gathered for a
closer look. The open-air has been reborn in a new way!!
virtual worship is a
Corps officers throughout the territory prepared creative
worship services that broadcast throughout their community and
beyond. Many have
testified that these meetings reached far more people than had
been attending their corps building.
We are now back in 2021. Reports
continue to flow in weekly about how these proven truths are
coming to life in all the corners of our Territory.
May these eternal principles continue to set the agenda
for our efforts to share the gospel in the years to come.