Last year when we went to our local Arab-American event we were filled with no small amount of fear and trembling; after all, we had seen the video of an evangelism team persecuted at a similar festival in Michigan a few months before.
I asked my co-leader, Tom Nance-Ulrich (who has gone to many of these), what we should watch out for in this fair of predominantly Muslim people. “If the leaders figure out that you are an evangelist,” he cautioned, “they will send a guy over to ask you lots of questions to waste your time so that you can’t share your faith while in the festival.”
With eyes wide open we entered through the gates and traveled two-by-two.
After a couple of hours of conversations with friendly people and hundreds of Gospel tracts handed out, we noticed that Tom was missing. In fact, we hadn’t seen him since he issued that fateful warning to us—and it was time to go home.
“Where’s Tom? Anybody seen Tom? Toooommmmm?!!!!!”
Tom slowly emerged from behind a booth and joined us.
“Where were you, Tom? We couldn’t find you and wondered what happened?”
“Oh, I was in a long conversation with a Muslim man who had a whole lot of questions,” he explained. “I thought it was important that I stay and answer him, and uh, uh….”
“Wait a minute, Tom….”
Tom shrugged his shoulders and offered a sheepish smile. “I guess they got me.”
What will happen this time? Find out by meeting us at noon at Hope Chapel to carpool to the 15th Annual Arab-American Day Festival at the Village Green Park, 12762 Main St. in Garden Grove.
Next evangelism training classes:
One Day class: Saturday, September 25,
9am-5pm @ Hope Chapel Del Rey in Westchester
6 Week class: Thursdays, starting September 30
at 7pm for six weeks.
More info: Email me at PastorSteveAtHope@yahoo.com
NEXT WEEK: “The Awakening” Evangelism Conference at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and USC football