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In his book, the Heart of Deacon Ministry, Tom Stringfellow tells a wonderful story about watching one of his friends, Gary develop as a witness. They were visitation partners for several months and Gary watched several people come to Christ.

Gary and his wife were cultivating some friends, hoping to see them come to Christ. He invited them over to his home for lunch one Saturday afternoon with the intention of directing the conversation toward spiritual matters. He told Tom that he should casually "drop by" about 2:00 because he would have them ready for him to present the plan of Salvation and pray the sinner's prayer with them.

"Gary," Tom said, "that sounds like a fine plan. I'm so glad you've worked with this family and are concerned about their souls, but there's a problem." "What's the problem?" Gary asked. "Well, there's a football game Saturday afternoon and I'll not be coming by your house." "You mean you'd miss an opportunity to lead someone to Christ over a football game?"

"You've watched me lead numerous people to Christ over the past few months, haven't you?" "Well . . . yes." "You know the plan of Salvation as well as I do, don't you?" "Well . . . yes." "Then you share the gospel and you pray the sinner's prayer with them. I'll be by the phone if you need me."

Tom did get a call that afternoon, but not at 2:00. At 4:00, Gary called him to report that not only did the husband and wife accept Christ that day, but the two teenage children did too. The entire family of four was reborn in Gary's living room. (Parakaleo: The Heart of Deacon Ministry, p. 46-48)

As a Spirit filled man, Gary received the training he needed, then became a witness himself, and Tom tells me, he continues to witness to this day. 

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