About SMSC EvanTell

Mary Margaret Gibson is the Ministry Director of EvanTell's Save the Mother, Save her Child(TM) ministry, (SMSC). SMSC launched nationally in 2008 and provides onsite Instructor-led, and free, online evangelism and discipleship training to pregnancy help centers in the U.S. and internationally. More information about EvanTell is available at http://www.evantell.org.

10 Opportunities to Share Your Testimony

There is a new blog post  on our EvanTell site by Mary Margaret Gibson, SMSC Ministry Director, describing a number of opportunities to share your personal testimony.  If you have not taken EvanTell’s training for How to Create Your Three-Word Testimony, you can download it HERE!

Click HERE for more information about EvanTell’s work with pregnancy centers.

 

Being like the “men of Issachar”…and the women, too…

iStock_000004701536XSmallUpdated on July 6, 2018. 

In 1 Chronicles 12, the men are listed who went to battle with King David.  In this list are men who led as many as 40,000 men into battle.

And, in that group, were a band of men from the ancestry of Jacob.

32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;

The history of this band also includes one of my personal heroes,  the great prophet,  judge, and leader of Israel, Deborah.  You can read about her in Judges 4 and 5.   One of the gifts God gave Deborah was the ability to use her intellect and courage to lead Israel even when they were faced by forces that appeared insurmountable.  They knew what they needed to do and they did it.

Dr. James Emery White wrote about the men of Issachar in 2015 in this blog post.  I highly recommend it.

The thing that differentiated the men of Issachar was that they not only knew the times and what the situation was, they knew the power of God to overcome any obstacle.  They also knew the times were dangerous and, like Deborah, they knew what to do!   So we, who know the power of God, and the battle being waged for life, from conception to natural death, clearly recognize that there are some things that we must do.  Like the men of Issachar, we need to be active in some specific ways:

We must reinforce the truth that the spiritual battle for the lives of God’s children is a battle we can engage in every day on our knees and on our feet.  Prayer, Scripture, the gospel and ministries of mercy are powerful weapons in this battle.   You will not hear this on the news – it is not their business.  It’s our business.  We know that without God’s engagement the lives of people at every age and stage are at risk.  We know that God is more powerful than the forces of darkness.  There really is no better strategy for us than to do what He means for us to do – love Him, make Him the center of our life.  Love the people the way He has taught us – feed them, help them, share the gospel, help some more.  

What will happen if we do not do these things?

homeless-personIf someone does not care, no homeless person  will receive help from organizations like the Salvation Army or from our churches.  Should our church do more? Maybe by supporting a homeless ministry and sharing the gospel there?

No prisoner will meet Jesus through a Bible study and learn how to live free, even though incarcerated, if there were not free-on-insideorganizations like Prison Fellowship International.  Their lives mean something!  Should our churches expand our view of life to include those children who have an incarcerated parent?  What could we do for their family?

If people were not praying, and giving, and standing for them every day…

Mom_NurseNo person facing an unexpected pregnancy would find accurate health information, practical help, the gospel, or the love of an authentic person, at a church or a pregnancy center.  (This link is from the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs and has sub-links to major pregnancy center networks.)  The lives of every mother, father, and baby mean so much!  Our churches can make the difference in whether a pregnancy center can serve our
community — or not.

military-familyNo veteran’s family would have a church to back them up when mom or dad is deployed.  Every military family needs us to care about their lives!  Do they have friends in our churches to care for them?  Do they know the Lord, Jesus?

No suicidal teen, whose loneliness is so deep that only death seems rational, would find a free Christian counseling center or HOPE LINE  waiting for their call.  Our churches need to help staff places of peace for teens who need counseling.  Can’t we build counseling centers where desperate teens go?

glad-to-see-youWithout someone who cares, no sick, aged, disabled person would receive Biblical hospice care from caregivers who use a Biblical approach to support those who are dying or grieving the loss of a loved one.

Are we fighting the fight for the soul and life of every older person?  Do we share the gospel in the nursing home, hospital, and senior center?

 We hope to inspire folks to get involved in support of the lives of God’s children in their town. There are so many ways to serve that every Christ-follower, equipped with the gifts God gave him or her can be engaged somewhere for the lives of the people around them! The people of the God of the Bible stand for good and life!  We care about protecting the unborn child of God because He loves them and us.

I pray many will join us, get involved, share the gospel, encourage their family and friends in the fight for God’s image bearers at every age and stage of life.  Love and serve God among His creation.  Pray. Share the Gospel.  Work. Love. Prop up the good!

 

 

And God said, “Where are you?”

Note: Today’s post is the third and final post in a short series on “Authentic Life.” Read Mary Margaret Gibson’s first post here and Dr. Kathy Koch’s second post here.

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by Mary Margaret Gibson

“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:8–9)

Of course, God knew where they were.

They were hiding. Since that day, our fear and shame indicate a broken relationship with God caused by a person’s decision to ignore God’s commands. Our Creator made Adam with five deep needs and before that point had satisfied them all:

Security – God was Adam’s security. He made Adam in the “image of God” making it possible for him to have independent thought, emotion, reasoning, and the gift of naming creatures. God gave Adam everything he needed. God saw that Adam would be lonely, so God gave him a companion and helper, Eve (Gen. 2: 18–25).

Identity – Adam was God’s friend. Adam walked in the garden God made for him.

Belonging – Adam was a child of God, a member of God’s earthly family.

Purpose – Adam had a grand purpose. He saw every animal God had made and gave a name to each one. He must have done a good job. “Whatever name Adam gave became the creature’s name (Gen. 2:19–20). God approved. It was good!

Competence – God gave Adam the competence to fulfill his purpose to the glory of God.

But, after Adam and Eve defied God’s explicit command, Adam hid.

It was the first time on earth that any person was afraid of God. Until then, Adam knew in his heartand mind that God was “on his side.”

Adam had to leave the garden because separation from God is the penalty for sin (Rom. 6:23). He and Eve had to take up residence in the world, and they took their five core needs with them. Every child born since then inherits the same five core needs and the same inclination to sin (Rom. 3:23). God had us in mind, though. He knew how we would be restored to that wonderful relationship with Himself.

God IS On Your Side!

Recently, EvanTell (all about the gospel) and Dr. Kathy Koch (the core needs expert) launched a unique initiative called Authentic Life: Our Needs – God’s Answers. God is still able and willing to satisfy the five core needs we all struggle to fulfill in our life without Him. He built into us a longing for Himself.

In December, we will launch a seven topic video training module for Authentic Life. (You can read more about it HERE.) We have created “God’s Gift to You!”—featuring a gospel presentation and discipleship materials equipping people to share Authentic Life with the upcoming generation.

In this initiative we teach people their need to trust Jesus as Savior in a fresh way using core needs.

The first missionaries using Authentic Life will be the staff and volunteers of EvanTell’s Save the Mother, Save her Child ministry — Pregnancy Resource Centers helping people with many challenges in life, including unexpected pregnancy. The women and men needing the wide-ranging help of pregnancy centers will hear the hopeful news, “God is on your side! Right now! And so are we.” Many will hear the gospel and trust in Christ as Savior — the hopeless will have hope restored, forever. They will know Authentic Life.

Pray. Pray for God’s Gift to be received.

Why Share the Gospel in Mercy Ministry?

DangerThe world is full of very real dangers  –  violence, poverty, broken relationships, poor health, emotional disturbance, disrupted communities…so many things.  All these things can hurt us and we spend our lives trying to avoid them or change them! But none of those things is as dangerous as failure to trust the only One who can provide our permanent hope and security – Jesus Christ.

The Bible describes the situation:

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son of God has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”  1 John 5:11-12

One either has eternal life in Jesus, called the Christ (Savior), or eternal life without Christ.  God Himself sends people to be carefully served by us in our ministries and provides the opportunity for us to partner with Him to show people the way to Jesus and eternal LIFE.

StubbornWe can help someone realize that when anyone leaves God out of their worldview, decisions, relationships, and actions it is called “sin” and causes the person to be separated from God, who is holy and cannot tolerate sin. Essentially the person is saying, “I can do this myself.  I don’t need God.”

As a result, the person operates at a terrible disadvantage every day!  He or she faces life without a relationship with the God  of the Bible — from whom all truth and good  comes!  He or she faces eternal life separated from God forever. But God provides a remedy for this condition because He loves each person!

Paid in FullA person can be rescued from this sin condition, and receive God’s gift of relationship and LIFE.  From the moment of decision to trust Christ alone as Savior, a believer is declared forgiven and adopted by God.  Christ, the Son of God, died as the substitute for their sins, rose from the dead, and was seen alive by hundreds of people, proving that death and sin were conquered forever. (2 Cor. 15:1-8)

For those who trust Christ as the One who paid the full penalty for sin, God gives the gift of eternal LIFE in relationship with Himself.  No one earns it.  God gives it once and for all! Eternal life includes all the work of God’s grace day by day, to help the person who has been made new – no longer estranged from God but now adopted by God into His family.

This eternal life gift extends out through all of life on earth as the Holy Spirit gives strength to a believer to resist sin and choose truth.  He provides comfort, teaching, and power as  Christ continues to intercede for the believer, all the way into joyful eternity.

The message of God’s grace to sinful men is not merely a proclamation of eternal condemnation [for those who do not trust in Christ]; it is rather that the chief of sinners may be saved through the Savior that infinite love has provided.” (Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, Volume 4, p. 433)

In The Evangelism Study Bible, p. 1176,  there’s a note on 1 John 4:11 that helps us understand why to share the gospel with someone.  It’s entitled, “Love is Putting Somebody Else First.”  It says, “Through His death on the cross and resurrection the third day, Jesus Christ satisfied the wrath of God against our sin.  Now God freely extends eternal life as a gift to all who trust His Son.”  And, “Christians who demonstrate sacrificial love stand out like a lighted billboard on a dark night.  When others notice our love, we have a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus.”

Prepare to help a new Christian to grow in their faith, to learn to pray, to become established in their understanding of Scripture — in short, help them find a home in a church that loves new believers and knows how to help them grow in their spiritual life.

Pray that God will cause  you and partners in your ministry to think of others first and share the gospel.  Be one of those “lighted billboard” people that God will use to both LIVE the gospel through your ministry, and SAY the gospel so it can be heard by a person who does not know Him.

Learn more here: Online evangelism training is available through EvanTell,  24/7, Free Online Evangelism Training.

Immeasurably More Than You Could Ask or Imagine

Guest Blog By:  Melissa Heiland, President, Beautiful Feet International (BFI)

1-Home Melissa (2)Melissa Heiland is the founder and President of Beautiful Feet International, a Master Instructor for EvanTell’s Save the Mother, Save her Child and You Can Tell It!  evangelism training.  She is the founding missionary of
international Centro Prenatal pregnancy centers.  You may discover more about Beautiful Feet International pregnancy centers and ministry here!   We are so grateful to the Lord for our partnership with BFI.

“What began as a dream of opening a single pregnancy center in the small fishing village of Tarcoles, Costa Rica, has grown into a national phenomenon.”

In 2012, we received a call from a former colleague of my husband offering us the use of a house in Costa Rica. Immediately, I knew that God wanted us to start a pregnancy center.

Recently, I conducted a training of 32 Ticas (Costa Rican women) from around the country. We currently have Training Group Centro Prenatal Costa Ricacenters in
Tarcoles
and Jaco on the coast, in Heredia near the capital city, and in Upala on the Nicaraguan border.

We have plans to open 3 more centers in 2016 including one near Talamanca where the indigenous people live. Each of our centers is staffed by Ticas as a volunteer ministry.

WCentro Prenatal Costa Rica, BFIe have seen 100’s of people trust Christ through the ministry of Centro Prenatal in Costa Rica, including moms, dads and grandparents. The clients are discipled using devotionals written specifically for use during pregnancy and baby’s first year.

We have come full cycle as we have 3 former clients who are now serving as volunteers in the ministry.

God has also given us the privilege of opening 2 centers in Mexico and one in Togo, West Africa.

MORE:  Click for Melissa Heiland’s site.   Beautiful Feet International and Centro Prenatal centers in Costa Rica are featured in this article by Mission Network News – “Are Your Feet Beautiful?” by Ruth Kramer, January 2016.  Melissa’s devotionals in both English and Spanish are available here