Changes, Challenges, and Victories.

These last few months have been amazing, challenging, and life changing. After serving on a church staff in some capacity for 17 years, we are now missionaries right here in America. I am on the road constantly as an evangelist: preaching, speaking, training, and equipping. It has been a major adjustment, and such a shift from our ministry “normal”. This change is taking time to adapt to, and spiritual warfare is more intense than we’ve ever experienced. The enemy is NOT happy about what we’re doing and his attempts to discourage and distract us have been nonstop. But…GOD!!! God is blessing in ways that we’ve never experienced before in our lives, and there’s a deep joy that we simply cannot explain. Even though change is difficult, there is so much affirmation that this is what we’ve been called to do…and being in the middle of HIS work is always exhilarating!! In four short months, there have been countless professions of faith, numerous believers mobilized with the Gospel message, and many lives miraculously transformed by the power of God!! Lately, the Lord has answered prayers that my wife and I have been praying for several years. We’ve experienced breakthroughs in our family recently that can only be explained by the presence of an omnipotent God…and can only be answered with our praise and adoration. ALL praise and glory to God!!! He has affirmed His call on us for this new adventure with divine revelation, and we are humbled and overjoyed. God is so much bigger than what we could ever imagine. He is always working around us, and working things out in ways we may never expect.

There are so many of who you are partnering with us through prayer, encouragement, and financial support. I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you. You are making a difference in so many lives and in so many ministries by supporting us and our ministry. We are so thankful for you! We are also asking for more supporters. Sure, if God leads you to support us financially we would be grateful and God will surely honor your giving (more info on that here). However, my main focus here is prayer. As we continue to see the gospel advanced in so many ways (even some new ways on the horizon šŸ˜Š), we ask that you would join our prayer team. Please contact me personally at jon@ebaw.org if you sense a calling to be a part of our team of “inner circle intercessors”. This is a group of people who commit to praying for us daily and for specific requests. If you choose not to commit to that level of involvement, would you please consider praying for us regularly? You don’t have to contact me for that, just add an alarm/reminder on your phone/calendar to pray for us weekly, monthly…however God leads you. We know and value the power of intercessory prayer, and we appreciate your commitment! Your partnership means more than we could ever fully express, and be assured that your support is making major Kingdom impact! Once again, thank you for your love and support. Keep shining and sharing!

Jon Burdette

Next Generation Leader

A Message From Next Generation Leader Jon Burdette

Happy New Year! The phrase ā€œnew yearā€ took on a whole new meaning for me and my family this year. After serving on staff in wonderful churches as youth pastor and senior pastor over the last 17 years, we now embark on a new missionary journey. We stepped out in faith and answered the call to evangelism in September 2018. We entered a time of transition that was filled with excitement, anticipation, and if Iā€™m totally honest, fear of the unknown. We have trusted God to direct our steps and He has been faithful, as always. Our focus for the remainder of 2018 was to have a healthy leadership transition from a church plant that I pastored the last four years. The church has been so gracious and supportive every step of the way, and we are so grateful for such a loving church family at New Heights.Ā  We thank God for His great faithfulness and provision during this transition, and we also thank YOU for your prayers and support. Many of you I have never met, and you donā€™t even really know me yet. But you know the heart of Dennis Nunn and the vision of Every Believer a Witness, and you have prayed for me and my family. THANK YOU!

With the beginning of 2019 our family has launched into a new beginning of our own. I am absolutely thrilled to be on board as the Next Generation Leader of Every Believer a Witness!! God has affirmed my calling to full time evangelism in various ways, but none greater than with my own family. I am blessed with a beautiful wife of 15 years and two children, Evan (13) and Shailynn (12). They take this calling seriously, and they have embraced and modeled a Gospel advancing lifestyle in their own circles of influence. Along with my personal commitment to share the Good News of Jesus, my wife and children also have Gospel conversations regularly and have all led someone to faith in Christ recently (praise God)! Ā I could not do this without the love and support of my family, and their response has been the most inspiring part of this journey (and it should be)! Why does my family have such an urgency? Because God has used Every Believer a Witness to challenge and impact them personally. How are they able to share the Gospel so fluently? Because they have been trained and equipped! With every new person I talk to about our ministry, I hear a deep concern from them about the spiritual condition of their family, friends, and co-workers. With every pastor I meet with, I see a holy discontent in them about how most of our churches and leaders are not prioritizing what matters most. This is the reality across our country, which is why we have set a God-sized goal of training 50,000 pastors by the year 2026! By the grace of God, we plan to accomplish this with our development of online training and the multiplication of church-wide and pastor equipping conferences. Pray with us and this bold vision that can only be accomplished by the power of God through the radical obedience of his people! God is up to something massive in our midst, and YOU are a part of this as you partner with us in prayer and financial support. I sense revival brewing, and God knows we need it now more than ever. Please join me in calling down the fire of revival from Heaven! Only God can send it, but I believe He is looking and longing for living sacrifices like us. In our response to God in praying, giving, and sharing the Gospel, may our actions echo the cry of Isaiah: ā€œHere am I! Send me!ā€

God bless you and thank you for your partnership in the Gospel!

94-Year-Old Veteran Trusts Christ

If you receive our monthly newsletter you may recognize this story. I received theĀ  following from Dr. AlexĀ  Duvall of Georgetown, South Carolina in April:

Hank Winter, a retired U. S. naval captain, is a 94- year-old veteran of both WWI and Korea where he served as a fighter pilot. He is myĀ  wife’s grandfather,Ā  and I have known him for about 20 years. He has always epitomized gentlemanly behavior, generosity, and graciousness. For the past few years, he attended church regularly, but if you asked him about his faith, he would honestly admit that he was not a believer in Jesus Christ. About two years ago, we had a conversation about his objections to belief from an apologetics approach, and it went nowhere. My wife andĀ  herĀ  sisterĀ  bothĀ  wrote letters encouraging Hank to come to faith. While appreciated, these letters did not bring him to faith in Jesus Christ.

Then in the fall of 2016, my local church hosted Every Believer a Witness with Dennis Nunn for their annual revival week. Despite being a believer for many years, evangelism was a great struggle for me. I was hoping this event would be a help inĀ  that department; boy, I was not disappointed! Never had I encountered such an encouraging, Biblically-based, and practical teaching on the reason and way to be a faithful witness for Jesus Christ. Over the course of five sessions, I gained both the easy-to-understand methods and the opportunity to practiceĀ  witnessing thatĀ  made filling the Great Commission in my daily life seem not only possible but even rewarding! I continued to not only pray for those who God had laid on my heart for salvation but to look for ways to witness to them. Hank was at the top of my list, as well as on several others’ prayer lists, and it was not long before it appearedĀ  time was running out for him to accept Ā Christ.

In January of 2017, the heart failure that for so many years had not been able to slow down Captain Hank Winter began to take its toll. He was hospitalized twice that month with trouble breathing and also had an infection in his lungs and blood stream. He would have periods of timeĀ  whereĀ  heĀ  was short of breath even sitting in a chair, and despite good medical care, he had minimal improvement. During both his hospitalizations, I took my Bible and with his permission read variousĀ  passages toĀ  himĀ  andĀ  discussedĀ  theĀ  gospel. Ā I concentratedĀ  on passages such as theĀ  sinner on the cross and the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard toĀ  emphasizeĀ  that the grace offered through Christ is available to latecomers just as much as those who accept it early in life. We discussed theseĀ  spiritual mattersĀ  for awhile, andĀ  although heĀ  considered them more seriously, still belief eluded Ā him.

Shortly after coming home from the hospital for the second time, Hank went to his doctor who is a Christian partner of mine and had prayed for Hank and witnessed to him in the past. Hank was given the choice to go to the hospital yet again with little chance of significant improvement or to take a palliative approach to his illness by concentrating on his quality of life at home with hospice.Ā  HankĀ  choseĀ  theĀ  latter option. I visited with him a few times at hisĀ  home and had some good discussions, but Hank was still unconverted. I remembered Dennis teaching that we are just as faithful when we share the gospel with those who reject it as we are with those who accept it; salvation is of the Lord. However, I, along with many others, sure was praying hard for Hank’s conversion, including my young childrenĀ  whoĀ  knewĀ  the stakes.Ā  All theĀ  while, Hank’s health continuedĀ  to be precarious.

Then in the course of just a few days, I experienced a barrage of adverse events that started with a brand new generator suddenly breaking with no explanation and culminating on a Wednesday at work with me having the most crushing day in over a decade of practicing medicine. I recalled what Dennis had said in his last session: if you are serious about sharing the gospel, expect some resistance from Satan. I almost was not surprised, and looking back, God had preparedĀ  meĀ  for it.Ā  How do you respond to the worst day you have ever had at work? Comfort food or drink? Sulk? Retreat to a circle of close family and friends? Exercise? Listen to music?Ā  In and of themselves, most of these are not bad things, but perhaps something bigger was going on, and I felt the Lord had shown me what it was. In a strange way, I was encouraged because if there was truly spiritual warfareĀ  at playĀ  andĀ  all thisĀ  trouble had suddenly appeared, Hank must be close to salvation. I responded in theĀ  only way I felt was truly fighting back; after work, I went back to Hank’s with my Bible and witnessed to him again. He did not convert then, but I felt I hadĀ  responded faithfully and that God would not lay Hank’s eternal soul on so many hearts without plans to show His power to save.

After hearing that Hank had further declined, I went back over to his house the following Sunday evening. There were no high and holy prayers or notable special preparations; I just went. Hank had a lot of questions about dying and was having fears about death and hell now that he felt he was staring over the edge of the cliff. I read a few passages emphasizing the open invitation to come to the One who gives peace and takes away the sting of death. Ā I,Ā  along with myĀ  believing mother-in-law who is his ever-present caretaker, held hisĀ  handsĀ  andĀ  prayed.Ā  TheĀ  Holy Spirit didĀ  the work only He can do, and Hank Winter repented of hisĀ  sinsĀ  andĀ  calledĀ  on the Lord to accept him. When he opened his eyes, his fear and shortness of breath had passed.Ā  At 94 years old, his spiritual man had just risen from the Ā dead.

I am sharing Hank’s conversion story with his permission. He may be late to the fight, but Captain Hank Winter made the decision to be faithfulĀ  toĀ  hisĀ  Lord’sĀ  order from Acts that “you will be my witnesses.” HeĀ  hasĀ  firedĀ  oneĀ  last missileĀ  despite being unable to leave home and struggles to even walk to hisĀ  front door. It just goesĀ  to show, every believer can be a witness.

 

Alex Duvall

From Dennis: “Don’t give up on sharing your faith with your family and friends!”

EVANGELISM – ā€œCome and seeā€ OR ā€œGo and tellā€

As I read the history of Israel and her kings, I am reminded that there is a great difference in evangelism methodology in the Old Testament (Covenant) and the New Testament (Covenant).

In the Old Testament, Israel was Godā€™s chosen nation. When the temple was built in Jerusalem for his Name, Godā€™s presence dwelt visibly in the Holy of Holies. Outsiders (foreigners, non-Jews, gentiles) were welcome to come and worship Jehovah in Jerusalem. When Solomon prayed his prayer of dedication, he said:

ā€œAs for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your nameā€” for men will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched armā€”when he comes and prays toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.ā€

Even when Jesus was in his earthly ministry, it was still ā€œcome and seeā€; e.g. Andrew & Peter and Philip & Nathanael (John 1) and the woman at the well (John 4).

But when Jesus gave what we refer to as ā€œThe Great Commissionā€ to his disciples, He told them ā€œgoā€, ā€œI am sending youā€, and ā€œbe witnessesā€ in various locations to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

The most common philosophy today in our churches is more like the Old Covenant than the New Covenant. Many Pastors exhort their people to invite their friends to church. I read on one church web site where members were exhorted to ā€œget them here and we will share the Gospel with themā€. And while we certainly should invite our friends to church, this should NOT be our primary focus, but rather one method.

The primary focus should be exhorting and training our people to share Jesus in the ā€œas you are goingā€ of life.