24-Day Evangelistic Outreach Bears Fruit on Alabama College Campuses

Jessica Franklin says she’s been a Christian for a long time, and over the years she’s had the opportunity to plant a lot of seeds and help people grow in their relationship with Christ.

But she had never led anyone to faith before.

So when it happened during a recent 24-day evangelistic emphasis at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), “I bawled my eyes out,” she said.

Franklin, student president of Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) at UAB, was one of dozens of BCM students taking part in Engage24 across Alabama’s campuses in October.

The event began several years ago as a national grassroots effort by BCM groups to help students focus on sharing Christ with students on their campus, said Mike Nuss, director of the office of student ministries for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM).

It was originally designed to be a one-day, 24-hour effort, but after the first year of trying it that way, Alabama BCM groups expanded it to 24 days of “intensive personal evangelism,” Nuss said.

And during those 24 days, Franklin and others fanned out across UAB’s campus, engaging students in conversations by doing spiritual surveys. Some students just humored them, Franklin said. But others seemed hungry for the message.

Joe was one of those people.

“He was an international student from China, and I could tell he was really interested in what I had to say,” Franklin said.

He told her that his family was a different religion, one that frowned upon Christianity, so he didn’t know much about it at all.

“I went through the salvation story and asked him if he had heard it before, and he said he hadn’t,” Franklin said. “That shocked me, that here in Alabama there are people who have never heard it.”

She asked Joe if he was interested, and he said he was. They prayed together, and in the weeks since then, Franklin has talked with him regularly and helped him get involved in the BCM’s Chinese ministry.

She said she can see that he’s different. “I could tell the Holy Spirit has taken over in his heart.”

And she’s different too.

“That day as Joe and I talked I felt God move in me in a way I had never felt before,” she said. “God showed me that it has nothing to do with me — it is all Him.”

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Source: Baptist Press