I have always been intrigued with the strategy visualized in Living Proof I (Chapter 12) that the new believer and seeker often provides new sources to fill the pipeline of non-believers in the evangelism process.
In 2003, two businessmen and I planned a fishing trip. We each agreed to invite one non-believer as a guest. Jake invited his fishing buddy, Chin. After the first trip, everyone had such a good time that our host asked if we would like to go fishing three times or so a year. Everyone jumped at the offer (picture below is from our first trip).
After a couple of more trips, Jake asked me to approach Chin about meeting with me in Operation Timothy (OT). I asked Chin if he would like to look at the Bible with me, and he declined. I asked him again a year later, and he accepted. He had become attracted to Christ by seeing the Christian businessmen who had become his friends. We spent one year in OT Book 1, and Chin invited Christ into his life. Two weeks later, he changed to a job that required extraordinarily long hours. We didn’t meet for another three years. Then he found a new job and called me that very week to resume our discipleship relationship.
Now for the crux of the story! Chin has just started Book 3 in OT, and now he has his own Timothy who is a seeker. He has also introduced Jake to a new Timothy and has invited several non-believers to our next fishing trip this month. This paints the story of a nine-year process of bearing spiritual fruit. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness in seeing us through to this point.
“A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation;
I, the Lord will hasten it in its time” (Isaiah 60:22, NKJ).