Seminary students report 340 professions of faith
June 11th, 2018 / By: Tammi Reed Ledbetter | Special Assignments Editor / comments
FORT WORTH—After six days of door-to-door evangelism, 185 students and faculty from Southern Baptist seminaries made 19,464 contacts, initiated 3,180 gospel conversations and reported 340 spiritual commitments as part of this year’s Crossover evangelistic outreach prior to the annual meeting of Southern Baptists. Local SBC churches throughout DFW hosted the groups after students spent their mornings taking an evangelism class at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
An inability to speak Spanish fluently didn’t stop three students from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from leading a non-English-speaking Hispanic woman to the Lord while visiting Grand Prairie neighborhoods. “We had an English tract and gave her a Spanish language version of the same tract and walked her through it,” explained Brian Steward who was joined by Abby Miller and Misti Short.
That’s when the group turned to the 1Cross app developed by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention to provide 3-minute gospel testimonies in over 60 languages. “We let her watch the video and then she repeated it at the end so we knew for sure she understood the gospel and we got to lead her to Christ.
Over in Fort Worth, Rebekah Goodman of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was walking through a neighborhood with another student, headed to an apartment complex. “We took a wrong turn and walked across to a place we weren’t supposed to be.”
There they encountered a homeless man named Josephus and began explaining the gospel to him. “He had never heard it before and he accepted Christ,” Goodman said. “It was really a cool moment and we weren’t even supposed to be going that way.”
Brian Post and Justin Wine of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary met a man named Javier while visiting a Fort Worth neighborhood. “He said he was fine with speaking English, but I wasn’t sure it was most comfortable for him so we changed over to Spanish,” Post said.
The man said he believed in God, but when asked about Jesus Christ, he admitted he did not. “We talked about what it is to ask Jesus to come into your heart and make that decision for eternity,” Post recalled. “At first he didn’t make a decision, but said he understood and we prayed.”
After more discussion, Post and Wine made sure Javier understood everything Christ had done for him. “‘He said, ‘I am just so thankful for what Jesus did for me,’” Post said. “We prayed again and being able to hear from him was the most important part,” he added, describing Javier’s testimony of faith in Christ.
“I had never led someone to Christ before and he was excited, too, asking, ‘What now?’” The students gave the man a Bible and located a nearby Hispanic congregation to follow up.
When Southwestern Seminary student Esther Constante knocked on the door of a single mother in Fort Worth, the woman told her she was too busy to buy whatever the visitors were selling. Having explained that she had just come out of a difficult relationship, Constante told her, “You know what? You’re not going to be alone anymore because today we are here to tell you that you are not alone.”
The woman began crying and told the students she had asked God to send her a sign because she needed someone to walk with her, feeling alone and tired. After Constante shared the gospel, the woman said, “I want to receive Christ in my life right now,” and prayed to profess her newfound faith.
Constante recalled the woman saying, “‘I just want to hug you all. Thank you for coming to my door. I needed a sign and God sent the Bible to my door.’”
After giving the woman a Bible and connecting her with a local Southern Baptist church, the students told her to start reading the Book of John. She responded by saying she’d start reading that night and would be at church on Sunday. “You could see her face change completely,” Constante said. “It was very encouraging.”