The ‘Trotro’ Prophets and Evangelists

Sometimes they are the first people you meet when you board a “trotro” or bus but mostly they wait till the bus gets full and perch by the “mate” or the bus conductor. A number of them wait till the bus starts moving before starting the church service.

“Close your eyes and let’s pray.” That is how they start the service.  Some of them raise songs which they expect people on the bus to respond to. They then pick a verse in the Bible and start to preach. They shout “Amen” and expect everyone on the bus to respond “Amen”. Woe unto you if they discover you are not taking part in the service, or you have your ear phones stuck in your ear and looking through the window unconcerned. If you are fortunate they may let you go but you are likely to turn into the subject of their sermon.

“Some of you feel you are too big to respond to my sermon huh?” they will begin, “I remember I was ministering on a bus and there were a group of men who refused to respond when I screamed ‘Amen.’ Do you know what happened to them? The car had an accident, I didn’t die, those who responded ‘Amen’ didn’t die but the group of men who refused to respond died and were burnt to ashes, so if you ignore me, you are likely to suffer a similar fate.” They will conclude.

We know a number of them are genuine Christians who are responding to our core mandate and following the Scripture in Mark 16:15, He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  Christian Blog Ghana therefore sampled a few opinions of Believers to ascertain how they felt about  bus evangelism –

“Personally, I don’t have any problem with it. There are televisions in some of these buses so why can’t we have preachers on them as well,” one of them responded.

“I really cannot stand them. I think they can preach when the bus is stationary but they can sometimes distract the driver. “

“Some of them really deceive the passengers. You do not even know where they get the sermons from.”

“I know genuine people who preach on buses. Such people are professionals in their uniforms. I remember a man working with the Forestry Commission who preached on a bus but some of them, I think they are doing it because of the coins they will get from the passengers.”

What are your views about these people who preach on buses?  Have you shared the word of God with other passengers on a bus? Is that something you will ever consider or are considering to do? We would love to know what your thoughts..

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Winning Souls at the Drinking Bar

Who do you evangelize to? Are there specific people you should be targeting when evangelizing? Will you evangelize in a drinking bar or to prostitutes on the streets?

Who do you evangelize to? Are there specific people you should be targeting when evangelizing? Will you evangelize in a drinking bar or to prostitutes on the streets?

In the previous post, I mentioned how I broke my “evangelism silence” and ended up speaking to more people than I had ever imagined.  Today, I hope I get readers like you to help me answer the questions a number of questions which will clear certain doubts on the believers’ minds.

I was faced with these problems when a group of us went out last Sunday to evangelize. We passed in front of a drinking bar when we were suddenly approached by a group of men in the bar. They invited us into the bar and asked us to share the word of God with them. They provided us with a time limit of 5 minutes. We prayed and started sharing the word about the love of God based on John 3:16.

The men were silent and receptive until we concluded the message. They asked us if they could ask us questions and probably have a discussion with us based on the word we had shared with them. We told them they could ask us questions but whether we can sit down for the kind of discussion they want to have with us is something we would have to postpone till a later date. These innocent words got the men infuriated. They started using all sort of words to describe us, accusing us of choosing the easier aspect of Christianity.  We were not bothered by their words though because we knew they were under the influence of alcohol but my mind started to wander if as Christians we choose the “easier” route as these men described it.

We know Jesus Christ came for the lost sheep (Matthew 15: 24) so as Christians are we limiting ourselves when it comes to evangelism? Do you suggest specific times and venues go out and win souls? What are your experiences? Let us know your thoughts via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Evangelism and the Faith

One of our mandates as Christians is to go into the world and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit – Mathew 28:19.  This is also known as the Great Commission. The Great Commission or evangelism is not only speaking to people about God but another way of doing that is through our actions and our words.  People should have a change of hearts by observing your actions.

As we know, we have been mandated to win souls and it is a fact that most of us shy away from this duty that has been bestowed on us. We shy away from this basically because we are afraid people will turn us away or they will not want to listen to what we have for them or they may ask us difficult questions that we may not have answers to.

Personally, I had never evangelized to anyone until it was added to a course I was reading at church. It was not as difficult as I had imagined it. The people I spoke to were much more receptive. Within an hour, we had spoken to over 15 people and we believed they were going to be saved.  I have taken part in three separate evangelism programmes in my church after I was able to break the barrier.

I also believe in what the Bible says Romans 8:30 which says, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

You may not feel qualified to speak about the goodness of God with other people but bear in mind that God used Moses who stammered, Jeremiah, Gideon, and others back in the day so if we avail ourselves, God is ready to use us. As my one of the teachers in my church puts it, “this is the work that brings the most blessing to us Christians.”

Have you taken it upon yourself to evangelize to people? How were you able to break the “silence” the first time? We want to hear what you have to say on Twitter and Facebook.