Two profess faith via online ministry
A mission to serve Christ, fueled by technology, is building a bridge to salvation for people on the other side of the world. Southwestern Ph.D. student Beau Brewer, a volunteer evangelist with the online ministry Need Him Global, recently led two men, one Hindu and one Muslim, to profess faith in Christ.
Need Him Global is an online platform providing people a safe place to ask questions and talk about Jesus. Through online chat, text-messaging and phone conversations, thousands of people daily learn how a relationship with Christ can change their lives. Last month, Brewer, a Ph.D. candidate in evangelism, led Gaurav, a man living in India, and Mohammed, living in Jordan, to salvation.
Via a chat message, Gaurav, a Hindu, said he wanted to know more about Christianity. “Show me the path,” he wrote.
“Being at peace with God is not automatic, because by nature you are separated from God,” Brewer told him. “Sin is anything or anyone you place in priority before Almighty God, who is also Jesus.”
Brewer encouraged Gaurav to admit that he had sinned, repent, believe that Christ died for him, and receive Christ into his heart through prayer.
“God’s love bridges the gap of separation between God and you,” Brewer wrote. “When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sins. You cross the bridge into God’s family when you receive Christ.”
Gaurav then prayed, acknowledging his sin, professing faith in Jesus, and asking for forgiveness. “I now invite You to come into my heart and lead my life,” he prayed. “I want to trust You and follow You.”
“You are no longer a Hindu,” Brewer wrote. “You are now a Christian. Read your Bible, pray to Jesus, and love those around you. Look for opportunities to share your new faith.”
“Please pray for our new brother, as he is from a Brahmin family,” Brewer wrote in a praise report following the conversation. “He will likely come under great persecution for his newfound faith in Jesus, but he couldn’t wait to be saved.”
Brewer also led Mohammed (Moe), a Jordanian man, to salvation that same week. Moe opened a chat conversation to learn about Jesus. “My family is Muslim, but I have never been a practiced Muslim,” he wrote. “I have been trying to convert to Christianity for a long time.
“I believe it’s a beautiful religion, and I would like to learn more, and I believe that Lord Jesus is the Savior of the world. I believe He wants to save everyone. I just don’t know how to pray and learn more about Christianity.”
After questioning, Moe admitted that he had sinned many times. “Do you think I should go to a church and ask to be baptized?” he asked.
“Baptism doesn’t save you,” Brewer answered. “You cross the bridge into God's family when you receive Christ by personal invitation. Moe, would you like to trust Christ and know the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior and God?”
“How can I pray?” Moe asked. “Do I just talk to Jesus through thoughts?”
“Prayer is just having a conversation with God,” Brewer explained. “Moe, the Scriptures are very clear that if you will pray or ‘call’ on the name of the Lord Jesus, He will save you. This prayer, spoken in genuine faith, will begin a real relationship between you and Almighty God.
“There is nothing magical about these words. It is your faith that Jesus can save you that saves you. If you prayed in sincere faith to Jesus asking for God’s forgiveness, then you are now a part of the family of God. You are now and forevermore a Christian.”
“Am I not accepted by God until I get baptized?” Moe asked. “You are saved now,” Brewer told him. “You are completely accepted by God. Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience.”
“You now have eternal life,” Brewer concluded. “We will meet one day in heaven!”
In praise reports of both of these interactions, after sharing about Gaurav and Moe’s salvations and inviting prayer for their spiritual growth, Brewer joyously concluded, “Ring the bells of heaven!”