On Thursday, April 26th EvanTell celebrated 45 years of ministry at The Crown Plaza Dallas (near Galleria-Addison).
During the event, EvanTell’s Master Certified Instructor Armando Zuniga shared part of his testimony as well as interviewed EvanTell’s founder Larry Moyer about EvanTell’s future direction. As the interview drew to a close, Armando asked Larry to talk about his mentor the late Haddon Robinson.
Larry then presented the first copies of his new book, A Mentor’s Wisdom: Lessons I Learned from Haddon Robinson, to Robinson’s two children Torrey Robinson and Vicki Hitzges.
Dr. James Emery White, the featured key note speaker, talked about 200 leaders from the tribe of Issachar in the Old Testament who understood the signs of the time and knew the course that Israel should take.
Comparing it to today, White said:
“Knowing the signs of the times and from that how to then live has to be the most pressing challenge facing any life and certainly any ministry and particularly now.”
White believes the church today is living in a pivotal moment, possibly even the beginning of a new and seventh era (cf. historian Christopher Dawson’s “Six Ages of Christendom”), with the doctrine of humanity being one of the most pressing issues of today.
In America, one out of every four adults identify with the label “none.” In other words, they have no religious affiliation. Among young adults the percentages are even higher.
“I could tell you there is actually 6 different living generations right now in the United States but I don’t want to add to your stress,” joked White. “Start paying attention to Generation Z.”
Generation Z, encompassing those ages 25 and under, is numerically the largest generation in modern history and by 2020 will constitute 40% of all consumers.
“Generation Z will not simply influence western culture; they will be western culture” said White.
But perhaps more importantly, White argues that Generation Z is the first generation in the United States to have been raised in a post-Christian context. Many of them still believe in the existence of God, but “barely.” Most don’t go to church and by in large are biblically illiterate.
White describes them as a “lost generation—without even the memory of the gospel” leaving a spiritual vacuum in their lives.
White urged attendees to think about how to make a difference in the lives of people all around us, saying:
“What makes the maximum impact on another human’s life is when you are involved with bringing about the intersection of their life with the living God through Christ in such a way that the entire trajectory of their eternity is altered.”
White shared that 90% of believers in America will never share their faith with anyone in their life time, making the support of EvanTell even more crucial.
In his concluding words, White asked: “How do you change the world? Win it.”
He then emphasized:
“I don’t know of anything that’s more raw and unfiltered and pulsating with energy and laser sharp focused on that than what we are celebrating here tonight. It is my honor to be here and say thank you. And to say to all of us here, now get behind these guys. Get behind them. I don’t know of anything or any organization that is doing what they are doing.”
Board Member Wally Gomaa ended the night by sharing his testimony of coming to faith at an EvanTell training 9 years ago. He also talked about EvanTell’s strategy to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ and asked attendees to partner with EvanTell in three ways:
- Prayer for EvanTell staff and the lost
- Continued support from Current Donors
- Support from New Donors (capitalizing on a $122,000 challenge grant for new donors)
By EvanTell’s 50th Anniversary (in 2023), the organization hopes to exceed 50 million presentations of the gospel and 1 million training sessions.
Learn more about EvanTell’s The Unfinished Task initiative and how you can make an eternal difference!
For Further Reading:
- Purchase Larry Moyer's new book: A Mentor's Wisdom
- Visit James Emery White’s Blog: www.churchandculture.org
- Hear about Armando Zuniga’s recent trip to Romania: Master Certified Instructor Takes the Gospel to Romania
- Read Wally Gomaa’s testimony about trusting Christ at an EvanTell Training: Businessman Saved through EvanTell Training
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