Christmas is a season of GOOD NEWS posted by Evangelism Explosion on Dec 20, 2021
Christmas is a season of GOOD NEWS and I have some to share with you: 2021 has been a historic, record-breaking year for Evangelism Explosion!
EE has a 60-year track record of wonderful Gospel ministry. For quite a few years, we have seen (on average) roughly one profession of faith for every dollar donated to the ministry worldwide.
Just to be clear, when we say “profession of faith,” we’re referring to those who listen to and respond to the Gospel, placing their trust in Jesus alone for eternal life. Since we can’t actually know a person’s heart, we simply say that they made a profession of faith.
Over the past ten years, we’ve seen this number decrease from over $1.50 per profession of faith to around $1 per profession of faith:
However, during 2021 the professions doubled in relationship to donations!!! Why? I’m sure there are many reasons, but I’ll name three:
Historically, EE has been a movement of the laity. The vast majority of those involved in EE training are volunteers. This has enabled EE to field a tremendous front line force at a relatively small cost.
COVID required us to make greater use of online resources, vastly increasing our potential reach and involvement (especially in hard-to-reach nations).
Alarming death statistics and overall fear required everyone to come to grips with one of our key diagnostic questions: “Suppose you were to die today, do you know for certain that you have eternal life?” We’ve seen this create a new openness to the Gospel. For instance, the decades-long average of one person receiving God’s gift of eternal life for every three times the Gospel was shared (33%) rose to slightly more than one person praying to receive Christ for every two Gospel presentations (50%).
So, a greater reach combined with greater receptivity has resulted in a historic, record-breaking event: in this past reporting year, EE has seen an average of TWO people professing Christ for every dollar given. That’s right, our effectiveness and impact DOUBLED! Glory to God!
In the midst of a global pandemic, reported professions topped 14 million souls in 2021. This is the highest annual number that we have ever seen!
How’s that for some GOOD NEWS this Christmas season?
As Chairman of the Board of Directors, and on behalf of our entire global team, please allow me to say THANK YOU for the investments you’ve made into this worldwide outreach. May the Lord bless you in a mighty way for making His Gospel a priority in your life and ministry.
Blessings to you and yours this Christmas,
Dr. David Self
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Evangelism Explosion International
PS: As you contemplate your year-end giving, please consider Evangelism Explosion, as we labor to carry the Gospel to those who have not yet heard. Thank you!