Despise Not Small Beginnings

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.’”
—Mark 16:15

Dr. Kennedy’s church (Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, Florida) grew exponentially when they learned how to engage in personal evangelism and train others to do the same. Out of that grew Evangelism Explosion (or EE), which is now all over the world.

Here is an update on that ministry: Dr. John Sorenson, Dr. Kennedy’s handpicked successor as the president of EE, told Dr. Kennedy in 2006: “If things stay on track and we do the things that the EE Vice Presidents think we should do, we’re going to see 100 million people come to Christ in the first fifteen years of the third Millennium.” Dr. Kennedy told John to “hold that thought,” and he went off and came back with some papers that he had been studying. He had calculated that in the first 1,500 years of the Church, 100 million people had come to Christ. Then Dr. Kennedy said, “Now you’re saying that in fifteen years we are going to see that number of people come to Christ through EE?” John went on to say to the folks at a recent EE banquet, “While we don’t take any credit, it’s all the work of the Holy Spirit, the truth is, we’re going to pass that number. It’s not just going to be 100 million, it is going to be 103 or 104 million. Glory to God!”

Whatever you have in your heart to do for the Lord, do it with gladness and with all your heart. Do not despise the day of small beginnings. All great works started very small and humbly.

Heavenly Father, we praise You that You do great things, even with small beginnings. Thank You for the amazing ways You are at work in our world. Lord, give us strength to be world-changers as we share the message of Christ and Him crucified…