What Happened When I Chose Not To Participate In Evangelism

By YWAM Newcastle on April 28, 2017 in Discipleship Training Schools, Evangelism, Outreach

One evening our outreach team was chatting with people and sharing the Gospel at a local mall just outside of Windale, Australia. I didn’t really feel up for evangelism, because God was doing a lot of healing in the deepest part of my heart. I was just trying to find the energy to get through the day, so I decided to sit in the food court by myself, drinking a tea and reading my Bible, with no intention of talking to anyone. 

As I indulged my introverted and melancholy self, I walked into a store looking for a journal. While I was there God told me to buy a journal and pen for a woman who I would meet that evening. With my purchase, I received a beautiful candle for free!

God allowed me to choose not to participate in evangelism, but He still used me to further His Kingdom. 

While walking around the mall in search of the woman who was supposed to receive the journal, I noticed a woman sitting by herself in the food court and God prompted me to give her the candle. As I handed the candle to the woman, I asked if she needed any prayer. She responded that she had an injured back, which made it hard for her to walk. I prayed for her, then as we went our separate ways, I was left wondering if she had been healed.

Later on the night, I once again ran into that woman and learnt that in addition to experiencing physical healing in her back, God healed her emotionally! This healing in turn restored hope in her friend, who I was able to meet as well. 

A short time later, God showed me the woman who was supposed to receive the journal I had bought earlier. After a short conversation and a prayer, this woman began tearing up, overwhelmed by the encouragement.

Just when I thought I was done for the night, an elderly woman sat down right in front of me and we began chatting. As we talked, I ended up sharing my testimony with her, which in turn led to a discussion of recognising God’s voice. I ended the conversation by praying that God would give her a fresh revelation of how to recognise His voice.

Even though that night I had decided to opt out of evangelism, God prompted me to give away the journal and pen that I bought, and He also led me to give a candle to someone else. In one hour, I was able to bless five strangers. God showed me four different people to pray for, and He healed one woman’s back. I was also able to share my testimony. It was amazing! Praise God that His plans are always better than ours!    

I remain in awe that in spite of my plans to avoid evangelism, God used me to bless the lives of others

Brittany Strouse
Surf & Skate DTS Student


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