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Miracle helps proclaim the truth to farmers in Uganda

Posted: 18 October, 2006

Uganda (MNN) ― Sharing the Gospel practically to change the marketplace is what Harvest Evangelism's Ed Silvoso is trying to accomplish. He's empowering Christian business leaders in Uganda to reach out with the Gospel.
Silvoso recently returned from Uganda where a Christian coffee farmer is using Silvoso's 'Anointed for Business' principles to help farmers who are exploited by coffee buyers. "He organized them into a co-op and many of them are coming to the Lord now because they see that Jesus does have good news for the poor."
While church events are good for evangelism, Silvoso says many people won't step foot in a church. So, he's encouraging Christians to go into the marketplace. "All over the city Christians get together and do transactions in the name of the Lord as well as pray for each other. So, I tell my audience, 'After I'm done, you're going to love Mondays as much as you love Sundays."
Silvoso shared his Marketplace Evangelism ideas trip with 1,400 Christian influencers. He also was able to talk to 34 highly influential non-Christian farmers. Following his presentation he asked them a question. "Is there a miracle that Uganda needs? And two of them immediately said, 'We need rain.' So right there I had everybody hold hands and pray with me. The next morning it was raining 'cats and dogs.' That made believers of quite a few people."
According to Silvoso, this type of outreach can't happen without prayer evangelism. "And I define prayer evangelism as talking to God about the lost, before we talk to the lost about God."
Pray that God continues to use Marketplace Evangelism in Uganda and other parts of the world to bring many to Himself.

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