By Josie Rabbitt Bingham
ANAHEIM—”Who’s your one?” is the question visitors were asked when they stopped by the North American Mission Board’a (NAMB) Who’s Your One exhibit at the 75th anniversary of the National Religious Broadcaster’s (NRB) convention in Anaheim, California March 26-29.
The theme of the convention, Proclaim 2019, celebrated the diamond anniversary of religious broadcasting in North America.
“…God may use you to touch one, but the one you touch may touch thousands,” Johnny Hunt told Christian media who attended NRB’s pre-conference “Proclaim 19” event. “If I’d have lived that many years ago, wouldn’t it have been great to have had the testimony that I’m the one that invited Billy Graham to go hear Mordecai Ham?”
Hunt serves as senior vice president of NAMB’s evangelism and leadership group.
J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, launched Who’s Your One in partnership with NAMB earlier this year to share how important a single number is.
“It doesn’t matter how many buildings we construct, churches we plant or sermons we preach if we’re not intent on doing everything so that lost men and women and children will experience the transforming work of God,” said Greear. “We must do whatever it takes the reach the lost, and it starts with one.”
Who’s Your One is for individuals and the churches.
“The United States has a population of 328,700,000,” said Greear, “But 246,000,000 are lost. That one meaningful interaction for Christ? That’s the true difference maker. One friend, one family member, one co-worker, one person at a time … we want to see God move in our nation like we’ve never seen before.”
During the NRB convention, NAMB representatives shared details about the new personal evangelism initiative, which is accompanied by a kit to train, encourage and equip people to focus on one person God has brought into their lives. Participants are asked to pray for “their one” and seek opportunities to share the gospel with them.
Several of those who visited NAMB’s exhibit saw ways they could incorporate Who’s Your One into existing ministries.
Larry Pillow lost his son, Matthew, who was 28, to an overdose in 2003. And when Pillow visited the Who’s Your One booth, he explained his one is every person who is or knows an addict.
“My dream is for children to have sober parents and for parents to have sober children,” said Pillow, who founded We Can Ministries—an addiction treatment facility on a 105-acre farm. “I pastored for many years, but in 50 years of ministry, starting this was the best and most fruitful opportunity. I don’t like addiction, but I love addicts, and they will each be my one.”
Bruce Bruinsma, author of The Retirement Reformation, also stopped by NAMB’s Who’s Your One exhibit. He described how the 15 percent of the American population that is retired can use their time and talents to find their one and pray for him or her.
“When people share their retirement plans, they often say, ‘I can’t wait to do nothing!’ but that is not biblical,” Bruinsma said. “We need to use that time to honor God with rest and with prayer and with opportunities He’s laid before us. Who’s Your One is a great concept for all generations.”
The Who’s Your One toolkit is made for pastors and church leaders to shepherd their congregations in sharing their faith with their one person God has called each of them to.
“It’s also important for the individual to know how to share their faith,” Andrea Smith, executive director of Simply the Story—a method for sharing the faith simply and with precision—said as she visited NAMB’s Who’s Your One exhibit.
“We teach evangelism through specific methods of story-telling, but Who’s Your One is an ask to focus on praying for opportunities to evangelize,” Smith said. “It’s personal. It’s simple. It’s biblical and exciting! If we are sharing the gospel, we definitely should be praying about how and who. Who’s Your One gets that.”
Learn more at whosyourone.com.
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Josie Rabbitt Bingham is a writer for the North American Mission Board.
MASHALLTOWN, Iowa (BP) — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams have begun cleanup work in Marshalltown, Iowa, following a devastating tornado July 19.
A Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief team arrived Tuesday to set up incident command at Iglesia Karios in Marshalltown. Chainsaw teams from Iowa have dispersed throughout the city to clear debris. An SBDR feeding team has prepared meals for recovery workers in the area.
Additional SBDR volunteers from Kansas-Nebraska and Florida already are on the ground in Marshalltown. Carlson, co-director of Iowa Baptist Disaster Relief, expects volunteers from other nearby states to arrive later this week and early next week. Teams from other states interested in providing assistance should contact their state disaster relief director.
“It looks like a war zone to tell you the truth,” Carlson said. “When you go downtown, you’ll see a lot of glass and brick everywhere.
“On the east part of town, there are about 10 blocks that are very heavily hit. There’s really not many trees standing. A lot of those homes aren’t livable,” Carlson said.
The EF-3 tornado injured at least 235 people in the town of 27,000 located 50 miles northeast of Des Moines. Carlson estimates that at least 100 homes were destroyed. Many more homes will take substantial work before people can return to live in them. Carlson believes it will take months, if not years, for Marshalltown to rebuild.
Some of the worst damage in Marshalltown came to the town’s courthouse and the brick buildings in the town square. In recent years officials and property owners had slowly worked to revamp the buildings, many of which are now destroyed. Jenny Etter, executive director of the Marshalltown Central Business District, estimates that the city had spent $50 million in building renovations since 2002.
A dozen or more tornadoes hit central Iowa last Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The two biggest tornadoes, both rated EF-3, hit Marshalltown and Pella, with peak winds of 144 mph.
SBDR chaplains are also in Marshalltown to provide support and counsel to residents impacted by the tornado. Sam Porter, the North American Mission Board’s executive director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, prays the SBDR response will provide volunteers opportunities to share the Gospel.
“[The] number one goal with disaster relief is to earn the right to share the Gospel,” Porter said. “We work with those impacted. We treat them with respect. We pray with them. When they ask the question, ‘What makes you do this for no charge?’ that’s when you’ve earned the right to share the Gospel.”
The Marshalltown tornado comes on the heels of the SBDR response to flooding in Des Moines, Iowa, where teams wrapped up work last week. Eight people came to faith last week during SBDR efforts in the capital city, Carlson said.
Porter and Carlson urge Southern Baptists to pray for Marshalltown and the rest of Central Iowa.
“Pray for all the people who live here,” Carlson said. “A lot of them lost their homes. They lost their cars. They lost their job. There is a lot of a need here.”
Tobin Perry is a writer for the North American Mission Board.,
Published April 2, 2019