James Seddon’s challenging hymn, ‘Go forth and tell’ was the title for The Open-Air Mission’s (OAM) training day on Saturday, April 14, in Bromsgrove.
Open to anyone involved or interested in open-air evangelism, we were so encouraged to have 160 attending from different parts of the country and all walks of life. We benefitted from helpful ministry and practical instruction.
Following registration and an opportunity to browse information and book stalls over coffee, the main session began. After the singing of ‘Go forth and tell’, 2 Corinthians 5 was expounded by Mike Mellor (one of the committee overseeing the work of OAM). He tackled the subject of ‘how do we keep going?’ We were exhorted to persevere in our service for the Lord. What motivated the apostle Paul to continue in his gospel endeavours should motivate us too.
Various seminars then took place. These included: ‘Don’t be a boring preacher!’; ‘Engaging with atheists’; ‘Teamwork works!’; ‘Sharing your faith with a Muslim’; and ‘Matters legal and practical’, delivered by the Christian Institute.
The last session brought us all back together for a question and answer session. This was a profitable time, learning from the panel of experienced gospel workers.
During free time there were opportunities for fellowship and networking. It was lovely to introduce those interested in getting involved with those who lead regular open-airs in their locality.
We rejoice at how the Lord abundantly blessed this occasion. Our prayer is that biblical and winsome evangelism would have been cultivated among us. Who knows how the Lord will use these 160 people to reach out in their own localities? As Paul said, ‘Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men’ (2 Corinthians 5:11). May God help us to go forth and tell the wondrous gospel, reaching the people where they are.
J. P. Earnest