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The Gift of Evangelism

As the Year of Evangelism draws to a close, we have many blessings to count. The Southwestern Union has experienced more growth this year than in any other single year ever. Almost every congregation in our union has been involved in evangelistic efforts, and the reports of baptisms are still pouring in. What a wondrous gift.

But this is not the end. It’s just the beginning. Evangelism is not a one-time event but a way of life. It’s an ongoing process of sharing and growing—and then sharing some more.

When you receive salvation, it’s a gift you can’t keep to yourself. You have to share it with others.

When I was young, I enjoyed skipping stones at the Keene duck pond. If I tossed it just right, the stone would sail all the way across the body of water to the other shore, leaving a trail of ripples in its wake.

It reminds me of these words, “Throw a pebble into the lake, and a wave is formed, and another and another; and as they increase, the circle widens, until it reaches the very shore. So with our influence. Beyond our knowledge or control it tells upon others in blessing. . .” (Ellen White, Signs of the Times, Oct. 20, 1887).

When we share our love for God with others, it’s like that small stone touching point after point, creating circle after circle—in an ever-expanding sphere of influence for eternity.

As Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

During this season of giving and receiving, let’s commit to an ongoing cycle of sharing our faith with others. Let’s make this Year of Evangelism the gift that keeps on giving.

Max A. Trevino, Southwestern Union president
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