The Week of the Project
The ideal team consists of a preacher (preferably the pastor), an interpreter, and 3-5 lay people. In previous projects, men, women and young people from all walks of life, ages 13-85, have been used effectively.
The two basic areas of project work are visitation and evangelistic services. Every participant spends two or three hours each morning and each afternoon in scheduled visitations. They witness in homes, parks, factories, prisons, schools, and wherever the host church desires. Many other evangelistic opportunities come outside the scheduled visitation.
In addition to providing interpreters to bridge any language barriers, International Commission asks each person to write their personal testimony. This is translated and 250 copies are printed in the host language. Each witnessing brochure provides that participant’s personal testimony, the plan of salvation, steps for a new believer, introduction to Baptists, and a decision card that is in the language of those to whom we take the gospel. With this dynamic tool, two partners (one from the national church and one from the team) are enabled and equipped to witness, answer questions, lead in prayer, and initiate follow-up — and they could do so using this tool even if an interpreter was not present.
Each church holds nightly evangelistic services. Interpreters make it possible for team members to testify and for the visiting evangelist to preach. The local pastor participates in the invitation and counseling in order to bond the respondents to the local church. The work is hard, the language is difficult, and the food and customs are strange. A project is not a vacation, but a time to work at the task of spreading the Gospel.