FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — Everything was new for David Lawm during this year’s “Revive This Nation” (RTN) evangelism effort. A bachelor’s student at Scarborough College, Lawm, a first-time RTN participant, had never taken a flight by himself, nor had he ever gone out to evangelize. But while preaching at a Burmese church in Kansas City, Kan., Lawm learned that God can use even first-timers like him to impact eternity.
Lawm was one of two dozen students to participate this year in RTN, an annual effort of The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary deploying preachers to churches across the country to lead revivals during spring break. This year, March 6-15, these preachers collectively saw numerous decisions made, including more than a dozen professions of faith.
RTN occurred before states began to implement various travel restrictions to attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“To my knowledge, no seminary or divinity school in the nation has a program like Southwestern’s RTN, where students use their spring break to preach and lead churches in revival and revitalization,” said Matt Queen, L.R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism at Southwestern Seminary. “This past Monday, students who participated in RTN met via Zoom to share how God worked through them. I only wish Southern Baptists could have been a part of that online meeting to hear the amazing ways that God used their evangelistic preaching and personal witness to see sinners saved, saints refreshed, and churches strengthened.”
Lawm preached a total of four sermons, and following his second, two students tearfully gave their lives to Christ. Lawm spent much of his time in Kansas City with the church’s students, many of whom believed in God but struggled too much with doubt to fully surrender their lives to Him.
The night before preaching his final sermon, Lawm felt especially burdened for those students who were still “in darkness,” he said. So, he spent the entire night in prayer, pleading with God on behalf of these students, that God might do something miraculous in their lives.
The next morning, Lawm preached his fourth sermon, and though he extended an invitation, no one responded during the service. He did, however, invite people to speak to him after the service if they still wanted to make a decision. Following the service, 10 students came to him, and all 10 gave their lives to Christ.
“God is still saving people,” Lawm reflects. “God is still saving sinners, and He could use people like me also, who is not very good at words, if we humble ourselves and follow Jesus, follow what He commanded us.
“If we do what we have to do, what we’re told to do, I think that God can still use us.”
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Source: Baptist Press