Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Leading Evangelistic Ministry ‘EvanTell’ Inspires and Challenges Anniversary Lunch Attendees to Share the Gospel Anytime, Anywhere.
By Michael Ireland
Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX (ANS) -- Dr. Larry R. Moyer, founder and CEO of EvanTell, one of the most innovative evangelistic organizations in the world, recently spoke on the state of evangelism in the Body of Christ today.
The 39th EvanTell anniversary invitation-only complimentary lunch was held on Thursday, April 19, at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas, Texas.
A keynote address by Melinda Delahoyde, president of Care Net, the largest network of life-affirming pregnancy centers in the United States, followed Dr. Moyer’s speech.
Through evangelistic events and training seminars, EvanTell has empowered more than 450,000 believers across six continents to share the message of Jesus Christ, which has resulted in more than 26 million presentations of the gospel.
As the chief leader and visionary of EvanTell, Dr. Moyer leads a strong executive team in their efforts to build strategic partnerships with like-minded ministries, such as Care Net.
In 2009, EvanTell and Care Net formed a partnership in which EvanTell provides its own compelling Save the Mother, Save her Child (SMSC) evangelism training and curriculum to more than 10,000 staff and volunteers in affiliated Care Net centers nationwide. The relationship between the two ministries has been more successful than either could have imagined.
Andy Coticchio, president of EvanTell, said: “Care Net has been an outstanding partner for us, extending the reach and accelerating the growth of our SMSC initiative exponentially. We are honored to be connected with such a solid and respected organization that so closely shares our heart to spread the gospel.”
Care Net’s Melinda Delahoyde is equally as delighted with the alliance. “This partnership has resulted in women and families hearing the life-transforming power of the gospel more than ever before in the history of Care Net,” she explained.
“At Care Net, we wholeheartedly support EvanTell’s mission to get the good news out to more and more people in more and more places every day. We are praying that this luncheon will stir the hearts of those in attendance to do just that,” she said.
An accomplished writer and a sought-after spokesperson on pregnancy centers and the emerging culture of life, Delahoyde is regularly relied upon by both Christian and secular media for position statements and leadership in the pro-life, non-profit arena.
She has been quoted widely by the Associated Press, Christianity Today, TIME, WORLD, Gannet News, National Catholic Register and Baptist Press and has appeared on CBN’s 700 Club, Moody Radio’s In the Market with Janet Parshall, Salem Radio News and Family News in Focus. She was a featured panelist on the Ankerberg Media Channel in a series on “Ethics in America.”
Dr. Moyer has authored many books and articles dealing with evangelism, evangelistic preaching, sharing your faith clearly, and misperceptions in evangelism. His latest book, 31 Days to Walking With God in the Workplace, provides biblical encouragement to share your faith as a natural outgrowth of relationships with others.
Other books he has written include Free and Clear, Show Me How To Share the Gospel, 31 Days with the Master Fisherman, 31 Days to Living as a New Believer, and 21 Things God Never Said. Dr. Moyer is also a contributing writer to Preaching, Leadership Journal, Kindred Spirit, and Preaching Today, and is ranked one of the top-ten contributing authors on SermonCentral.com.
Dr. Moyer is a highly regarded evangelistic preacher and speaker at seminaries around the US. He currently serves as visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and guest lecturer at Word of Life Bible Institute and continues to speak to many churches and seminaries each year.
As Founder & CEO, Dr. Moyer leads EvanTell’s efforts to build strong strategic partnerships with ministries that desire to effectively fulfill the Great Commission. As a result, in 2009 more than 58,000 evangelism trainings were reported by its partners. He and his family reside in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, the base for his evangelistic ministry’s operations.
Moyer said that he has enjoyed 39 years in ministry with many milestones. EvanTell’s partnership with Care Net is one of those milestones.
“I wish I could spend the next hour sharing with you all that the Lord is doing through this ministry. Since we started in 1973, we have had one major request of God. ‘Please do something of such a magnitude only You could explain it. That way You will get all the credit and glory,’” he said.
In his speech, Moyer highlighted five accomplishments:
“In these three countries you can give this booklet to one of their citizens and no one can say a word,” Moyer pointed out.
Moyer also stated that in 2011, an average of three people heard the Gospel every minute because of the work the Lord did through EvanTell. He also said that, “And never have we seen lost people more approachable than they are today,” adding: “Most people come to Christ in the midst of insecurity whether that be the loss of a job, loss of a mate, loss of finances, health or a home.”
Dr. Moyer explained that in EvanTell’s outreaches, “we are averaging a minimum of 40 percernt to a maximum of 80 percent non-Christians in attendance.
“A pastor said to me several months ago after one of our outreaches, ‘I never thought we’d have an outreach where we would have more from outside the church than inside the church.’”
Moyer shared another kind of testimony that he said “keeps us awake at night. I share it with the mother’s permission.”
This note was sent to his ministry by Cathie Santee, the proud mom of a Marine in Iraq.
It reads: “Thank you for your wonderful ministry!! My young son, a Marine, had another retired Marine explain the gospel using your method. My son, Danny, couldn’t wait to tell me what he had heard and that it was the ‘clearest’ presentation he had ever heard. His smile and excitement confirmed in my heart he was truly the Lord’s child.
“Six months later in Iraq the Lord lifted my son from the ravages of war and ‘redeployed’ him to heaven. Your ministry to my son has brought me comfort, assurance, and joy in knowing my son is in the presence of the Lord. I look forward to that great day of reunion where I believe his first words will be, ‘Mom, it was TRUE, It was ALL TRUE!’”
Moyer added: “And even though we celebrate all of this, we’re not satisfied. There is still so much to be done! Besides expanding everything you have just heard about, here’s also what we are trying to do:
** Expand and equip our network of indigenous missionaries.
“There’s a huge need to produce evangelism training materials and tracts in-country. To that end we are establishing the EvanTell Training Institute to make all of our training available to our 300 Certified Instructors so they have it in the language they need it in for the country they are living in,” Moyer said.
** Expansion of our workplace ministry network which includes production of 4 online training webinars.
“Someone no less than Billy Graham has called the workplace the next movement of God in America. And yet, would you believe that out of all the workplace discipleship tools that are available, NONE include an evangelism training component? There is a need and we are uniquely equipped to fill it.”
** Expansion of our academic network as we train and equip upcoming generations to share the gospel in whatever sphere of influence the Lord places them.
“For example we are in partnership with Wheaton College to equip students that come out of Christian Liberal Arts Colleges whether they serve as a mechanic or a missionary they know how to turn conversations to spiritual things and lead people to Christ.”
** Train people in disaster relief ministries so that whether it be in our own country or outside America, as they help people rebuild their home on earth they know how to appropriately introduce them to a home in heaven.
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