Khalid, Salah, Edgar, Mina, and others
"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction." 2 Timothy 4:2 One thing that is scary about initiative evangelism is the fear of the unknown - we don't know who God will put in our path or what their spiritual needs might be. On a walk in the neighborhood today I came across a variety of people who are in different places in matters of faith; three teenagers who attend church on Sundays and know a lot of church jargon but look, speak and act like their worldly friends the rest of the week; a Catholic grandfather from Mexico who reads the Bible to his grandchildren but says he doesn't really understand it himself and wondered how he could know he will go to heaven; a suspicious bicyclist who declined to discuss his religious beliefs; and two brothers who are Muslims from Morocco and very open to talking about spiritual matters. Just as the above passage explains, at times I felt called to " correct, rebuke and encourage" people, and most conversations required "great patience and careful instruction". This may sound like it requires a long process of preparation, but I believe the best teacher is practical experience. We do need to work at being well prepared but we need to begin preaching the word sooner rather than later, "in season and out of season". Jesus sent out His disciples long before they seemed ready, and He does the same for us!