“Hi Marc, thanks for coming by. What brings you here this evening?”
This is how I began one of the very first chats I ever took as a volunteer. Although, I had been serving on the Need Him Global Board of Directors for several years, chatting with seekers was a new and somewhat daunting step for me.
Marc responded with a number of questions, all of which reflected his clear understanding of the Gospel. The longer we chatted, the faster my heart was beating. While he definitely understood the Gospel, I couldn’t tell if he was actually ready to believe it. Our conversation reached the point where all that was left for me to do was to come right out and ask him. So I went for it, and then waited nervously for his reply.
Marc’s response left no doubt. He did indeed believe, so I helped him pray about the salvation he had gained through his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
To top it all off, when I asked him if he was Jewish since his name ended in a ‘c’ rather than a ‘k,’ he replied affirmatively which blessed me all the more since I’m a Jewish follower of Christ as well.
Does every chat I’ve taken result in the seeker being saved? Of course not – we all know it doesn’t work that way. But as I and thousands of other volunteers have live conversations about Jesus with the lost, God’s Kingdom is advanced because when His Word is proclaimed, it never returns void but always accomplishes His purposes (see Isaiah 55:11).
Shortly after that conversation with Marc, the Board of Directors formally and unanimously voted to make regular volunteering a required Board member responsibility. To God’s glory, Directors have been conversing with seekers ever since.
I’m not exaggerating when I say having live conversations with seekers is the most unique aspect of Need Him Global. While proclaiming the Gospel is obviously a very good thing to do, few if any Christian organizations provide an opportunity for seekers to respond the way Need Him Global does. The sheer volume of Jesus-centric live conversations speaks for itself:
Nearly 275,000 in 2014!!!
Does all this make you think about becoming a volunteer? Please contact us and know we’d love for you to join us in answering seekers, and if you do, I promise you’ll be blessed as well. As the Apostle Paul said in Philemon 6:
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
This article was written by Need Him Global Board Chairman Dave Turtletaub.