Begin by opening up a conversation
“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” —Psalm 139:13-14
Over the past few days, we’ve prepared for this important ministry by reflecting on our testimony, studying God’s Word and memorizing scripture. Today we’ll put these elements together and use them to share the Gospel.
Jesus told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” - Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)
As you join God in this harvest, you must be mindful you are entering a battlefield. The enemy will wage war, placing obstacles in your way to prevent you from evangelizing. He’ll do his best to steal your confidence and replace it with fear and anxiety.
You may undergo “shell shock” with your first ministry experience, especially if it includes a tough one-on-one confrontation. Resolve now to not grow weary in this critical work of evangelizing. Like so many things in life, we cannot judge the value of the effort - nor predict future outcomes - simply by our first experience.
When I first tried to share, I slipped into my old habits as a sales agent. I rambled on and on, trying to explain too much. It was a resounding failure. Jesus’s approach was very different from mine. Let’s see what we can learn from Him.
When she faces the unplanned, share the God's Word
Start by reading John 4:4-29. This is the story of Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Rather than rushing straight into his message, Jesus takes the time to establish common ground. He opens the conversation with a simple request: he asks her for a drink. In fact, his question was a bit shocking to her, because Jews did not associate with Samaritans. This reveals his willingness to break down barriers and show his love to all people. We too must push past our own stereotypes of women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, and open up our hearts to serving them.
In this story, the Samaritan woman doesn’t believe Jesus (just like many women won’t believe you). Jesus wasn’t thwarted by her lack of belief or her attempts to deflect his claims. Rather, he remained steadfast and continued to minister. When she finally opened her eyes to the truth, she went on to share with others in her community. Many came out to see Jesus because of her testimony.
Imagine the impact you can have by sharing the Gospel in your own town. It all begins with being willing and equipped. Begin by opening up a conversation. Ask questions to uncover areas of need, trouble, and pain; then use prayer and scripture to encourage. You can follow through with actionable assistance, like a referral to a helpful resource or by personally ministering to a particular need (donations, transportation, etc.).
Pocket Testament Member Sarah M (Virginia) shares, “I have been handing out Pocket Testaments at a local pro-life pregnancy resource center where I work. I believe it is so important to provide spiritual support to pregnant women in difficult situations, in addition to meeting physical and medical needs.”
Sarah’s testimony shows us the power of ministering to the whole person: spiritual, physical and emotional. As you begin to minister, remember there has to be something wrong or askew in the woman’s life that causes her to view abortion as a solution. Help open her eyes to other life-saving options!
Lord, I bless your holy name and pray you would mold me and shape me to become an evangelist to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Continue to bless my study of your Word and my training. Help me find the opportunities and people who will further equip me for this calling. Please remove all judgment from my heart and grow in me your courage and resolve that I might not become discouraged on the battlefield. In Jesus’s name I ask and believe, Amen.
Thank you God for providing your Holy Scriptures to teach and guide me. Please help me to study your Word daily and gain strength and wisdom from your teachings. Grant me the ability to take what I learn and pass it on to others in need. In Jesus’ name, I ask and believe. Amen.
Join the Conversation!
Share your thoughts, insights and questions in the comments section below. Below are some discussion questions to get the conversation started:
- Have you considered if you hold any pre-conceived ideas or judgments in your heart about women considering an abortion? That’s not easy to reflect upon, since as Pro-Life activists we obviously feel strongly about granting children life, but keep in mind our judgments can still get in the way when we’re trying to do something good. Be mindful of any judgments you might have and pray that God will help you set them aside to minister as kindly and freely as He did.
- Take sometime to put yourself in the shoes of a woman considering an abortion. Think of different life circumstances, feelings, pressures, etc. she might be feeling and pray over those. Pray for women experiencing those pains and challenges. And also pray that you will be considerate of those concerns knowing how big and insurmountable they appear to a woman in those situations.