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By   •   March 7, 2017   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Do we still need evangelists and missionaries? I respect what you were able to do, but the world has changed because of technology, and I'm not sure if evangelists and missionaries are needed now.


A:

We do live in remarkable times; today almost no corner of the world is unreachable because of technology. I often think of Jesus’ words: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

Every week, for example, our organization hears from people all over the world who are coming to Christ through our internet ministry. Many live in places that are not open to missionaries or evangelists, or that have very few Christians. Almost everywhere someone can open their smartphone and read the Bible or hear a Gospel message—something unheard of only a generation ago. Yes, we live in a remarkable age, and we should make use of every new technology God gives us. Jesus’ command is still in force: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

But the need for evangelists and missionaries is just as great as it ever was—if not greater! Technology is limited, and there is no substitute for personal contact. People who are open to the Gospel often have questions that only an evangelist or missionary can answer. New believers also need someone to help them understand what it means to follow Christ.

Pray that God will raise up a new generation of evangelists and missionaries. Pray too that God will make you a witness for Christ right where you are. Jesus’ words are still true: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37).

Do you understand what it means to follow Christ?

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8 Comments

  1. Samila says:

    I am a missionary. When we are called to be a missionary, this means the Lord needs us even now and I will always do so ’til He comes. May God Almighy continue to use His servant.

  2. Carla Bynum says:

    Absolutely. It took me a long time to surrender everything and step out on my faith. It means completely submerging myself in Christ and totally trusting Him. Exercising patience even if it seems long and hard, allowing the Holy Spirit to teach and guide me, seeking and acknowledging Christ in every way. Turning my will over to him, no longer fulfilling the desires of my flesh. Just doing His will.

  3. Raphaël says:

    Merci, que le Seigneur vous garde, vous bénisse et vous soutienne sur tous les plans. Vous nous bénissez richement.

  4. MÉDARD DU ROCHER-BOPE says:

    Aujourd’hui les nouvelles technologies remplacent les évangélistes et les missionnaires comme l’a dit le pasteur Billy Graham pour l’évangélisation il y a le baptême que quelqu’un ne peut avoir par internet là il faut une personne pour aller dans une rivière. A moins que la formule de baptême change.Mais l’évangélisation avec l’internet sans faute il remplace le missionnaire et évangéliste.

  5. joelle vlaikou says:

    I am so grateful for all the advances in technology and I do believe that it plays an important role in spreading the Gospel but it definitely cannot, will not and must not replace evangelists and missionaries. I live on an island in Greece where I can’t find a church where the true gospel of Jesus Christ is taught. There are hundreds of orthodox church but their teaching is very unbiblical, so I must resort to the internet for true teaching from anointed evangelists and preachers, but how many times have I not longed to be in a congregation and see the preacher face to face and be in fellowship with other christian brothers and sisters. Therefore evangelists and missionaries will always be needed for the Gospel.

  6. Mariclëme says:

    C’est bien vrai que Dieu bénisse tout ceux qui grâce à Internet proclame la parole.

  7. Sue says:

    Technology has help spread Gods word across the world, but not everyone is able to have the tech. that others have. I also look at it this way, I would rather have Evangelists and Missionaries in the world today spreading God’s word and teaching others. Think what would happen if the power was out and there were no more Evangelist and Missionaries, what would the world be like then? God Bless You!

  8. King B.Johnson says:

    That’s right, may God continue to bless everybody who is truly all about spreading the good news!