Evangelism is like having a much longed for child. All your sisters should be excited, encouraging, and enthusiastic. And to some degree it’s true. If you announce to your ladies’ Bible class that you talked to your best friend about coming to church with you, they’ll all give you a little pat on the back and promise to pray. If you tell them that you signed up to grade correspondence courses or that you are going to teach a community Bible class at the Library, you’ll get proud smiles and offers to help with anything they can do.
But when you joyfully announce something like, “One of the ladies from our prison bible class was baptized this week. She’ll be out next month and she and her kids will get to be a real part of our congregation.”
Do you think you’ll get that pat on the back?
Maybe. Maybe not.