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Ga. – College students across the United States were joined by believers of all
ages as they participated in Engage24 on Oct. 14, a one-on-one evangelism movement that challenged Christians
to share the gospel with at least one person in a 24-hour time period.
development of Engage24 began in 2011, Brian Frye, the national collegiate strategist
for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), and his team knew encouraging
college students to share their faith required an approach that had never been
focusing on the end result, we decided to, first, focus on the process,” said
Frye. “Instead of only concentrating on how many people came to Christ on one
particular day, we wanted to see how many college students would share their
faith on that particular day. And if we did that first, then we could
ultimately accomplish the goal of seeing people come to Christ.”
The method proved
to be successful for one particular student at the University of Texas at Arlington.
A Cambodian with Buddhist roots, Putti Sok came to Christ after a fellow
student shared the gospel with her. Seeing how one-on-one evangelism changed
her life, she is now on staff with Baptist Campus Ministry at the University of
Texas at Arlington and leads their campus’s Engage24 movement.
hard to track the results of Engage24 and see how many college students shared
the gospel during that day,” said Kevin Stacy, collegiate projects specialist
for NAMB. “Hearing success stories like Putti’s is so encouraging because we
get a glimpse of the impact that this movement is having on campuses across the
also serves on the Baptist College Network Committee that helps lead Engage24,
said that they rely heavily on Twitter to track results and read reports from students who had the opportunity
to share the gospel during the day.
the University of Texas at Arlington, schools such as the University of South
Florida, the University of Arkansas, the University of Georgia, Texas Christian
University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary, the University of California Riverside and others
partnered with their BCM groups and accepted the Engage24 challenge.
movement did not stop with college campuses.
what has happened is that there’s kind of a snowball rolling down a hill. We’ve
gained momentum and things are growing and expanding quickly,” said Frye.
nationwide were also challenging their church members to share the gospel for
Engage24. H2O Collegiate Churches in Ohio as well as Cross Church in Springdale,
Ark., are two examples of churches that chose to participate in the movement.
“We are just
telling people to make it what you want. This movement will look different
depending on the context you’re in. It doesn’t matter if you share the gospel
on Oct. 14, or any other day. We just want every college student and every
church member to share the gospel with another person,” said Frye.
the Engage24 team hopes to have more “success stories” coming in over the next
several weeks. Visit engage24.org or find Engage24 on Twitter with twitter.com/Engage24 or #Engage24 to
read different reports and stories from students who took part in this movement
and shared the gospel.
Kristen Camp writes for the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 10/20/2014 2:28:53 PM
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