Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
In case you haven’t noticed, we live in an increasingly diverse nation. It is very likely, whether you live in a big city or a small town, you encounter people who do not speak English as their first language. Do those people need the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives?
Of course they do! But it can be intimidating to know how to share when you don’t speak the same language. The good news is that you don’t have to speak the same language to share a pocket Gospel. There are 19 different languages available to share with many of the people you will meet. Some of those languages even come in bilingual versions.
So how can you use these different versions? Here are several great ways:
Today is the day to indulge in that favorite dark chocolate bar or fluffy chocolate mousse. Break out the big scooper for some double chocolate ice cream and make sure to add fudge to everything in sight!
Chocolate is one of those things that we love to celebrate. It is popular all around the world and comes in more varieties that you can count. But did you know that The Pocket Testament League has a long association with chocolate? Our founder, Helen Cadbury, was part of the Cadbury Chocolate family!
Born in 1877, Helen Cadbury was the daughter of the President of Cadbury Chocolates. She gave her life to the Lord when she was 12 years old at a Church meeting with her father and began carrying a Bible with her to school. She would read it to her classmates, many of whom also became Christians. Helen was convinced that if only people would read the Word of God for themselves, they would understand who God was and want to follow Christ. She and her friends sewed special pockets onto their dresses so that they could carry Scripture with them wherever they went and they formed a society that they called ‘The Pocket Testament League’, pledging to Read, Carry, and Share a portion of Scripture every day. In those pockets, they would carry small New Testaments that Helen’s father provided for them.
Even though they were young, Helen and her friends weren’t afraid to share. They shared with other classmates and anyone else God put on their hearts. When she was only 16 years old, Helen shared her scripture with a police officer who gave his life to the Lord!
Sometimes we need to break unwritten rules to reach strangers for Christ. There are evangelism opportunities everywhere we look, even on vacation. Or riding a horse carriage.
Do you know that unwritten rule about riding in the back of a horse carriage? Your driver operates the horse and buggy, you sit quietly snuggled up with your spouse taking in the sights of the city and no one speaks.
But, PTL members Gary and Joan W. from Myerstown, Pa. decided to take a different tactic with their driver while vacationing in Montreal, Canada.
Joan recalled: "There was a horse and carriage driver in Montreal - what a nice guy. He was sharing so much about the city and we gave him a Gospel. He said, 'Thank you.' And he was reading it right away."
Joan and Gary were prepared to share the Gospel message because they followed through on PTL's mission to Read, Carry, and Share God's Word through the Gospel of John.
The question to ask yourself is whether you are prepared to witness anywhere and everywhere this summer. Here are key ways that you can impact people you encounter at home or on vacation this summer.
What emotions or thoughts come to mind when you hear the word “evangelism”? Is it excitement about the privilege to tell others the best news they will ever hear? Is it uncertainty about how to go about sharing the Gospel? Is it doubt that God could use you to impact someone’s life? Is it fear of stepping out into potentially awkward and uncomfortable situations or rejection? We have all had these emotions when thinking about sharing our faith. But we don’t have to be uncertain, doubtful, or fearful to share Christ in our everyday lives with people we know or even with strangers.
Airplane evangelism seems to be very popular among Christians. For some reason, Christians become super bold and courageous in sharing Christ when they are flying 30,000 feet above the surface of our planet but we lose that boldness and courage when our feet are planted on the ground. The Gospel is too good to keep to ourselves and sharing it should be a part of our daily lives and not limited to certain situations or airplanes. And we want you to know that sharing Christ with strangers doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or awkward. The Pocket Testament League exists to mobilize and equip Christians to Read, Carry, and Share the Word.
Don Sunshine offers some tips that will help you share Christ with strangers in a non-awkward way in your everyday life.
Summer vacation means time to host family, friends, and even strangers. But, are you adequately prepared to not just host, but also share The Gospel message with people who come to your house?
It is a daunting task to get everything ready for your guests. First, you have to clean out the guest room that turned into a "storage" location during the winter months.
You also need to assemble a welcome basket of bottled water, an extra toothbrush, travel-size toiletry items, a few snacks, and a towel. You might even write down the WiFi password for easy access to your home network.
Another key item to include are copies of the Gospel of John booklets that you have previously ordered through The Pocket Testament League. This is a great way to start conversation with guests. It will also show your heart behind hosting this summer.
Being a great Christian host is not just about taking care of logistics and basic needs. It's about caring for the actual person or people who enter your home. You could say that it's knowing how to host like Jesus.
When the tradition of Father’s Day began over a century ago, Sonora Smart Dodd, pushed for her city to recognize her father’s birthday, June 5, to honor William Jackson Smart for his determination to sacrifice for and raise his six children alone. The city agreed and held the special event on June 19 to allow more to time to schedule events.
Now, we celebrate Father’s Day by spending time with our fathers, treating them to special meals and gifts, and looking back on memories with them. Over a century has passed, but Father’s Day still upholds the same roots as the first celebration—as a day of giving back.
Memorial Day is coming soon! Break out the flags, pin on the poppies and get ready to hit the parade and welcome in the summer season!
Memorial Day weekend is a great time to share Gospels with servicemen and women, as well as anyone else you may see on the festive holiday. There are some great patriotically themed Gospels to choose from, but anything that you have on hand will work better than nothing at all! Listen to this story from League Member Angelo M. in Pittsburg, PA:
“I am a 28 year old, former United States Marine, I did two combat tours and was overwhelmed with guilt when I got home. About a year ago I went to the veterans hospital for depression, PTSD, and I suddenly lost my father and grandmother. Providentially God sent me a Gospel of John in my hospital room and I was born again right there and have continued in the scriptures and sharing the good news of healing and eternal life since with veterans and the poor and broken down in Pittsburgh. I want to hand out these pocket Gospels of John prayerfully and share the hope and strength in Christ Jesus.”
May is a month of excitement and celebration! In this sunny season, many of you are touching up the final plans for your wedding, graduation, or the upcoming Father’s Day. Even more exciting, you might be spending time with family and friends that you haven’t seen in a while. What a great time to share the Gospel with unsaved loved ones!
Are you unsure how to approach them? Charles Spurgeon recommends, “Let each one of us, if we have done nothing for Christ, begin to do something now. The distribution of tracts is the first thing.” Following Spurgeon’s advice, we’ve created eight Gospel-sharing gift ideas that you can easily make for Dads and grads or give away as newlyweds.