Formed over three years ago, the TMC Evangelism Society gives students opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Newhall and the Valencia COC campus. Those who participate gather every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:45 p.m. in the Gazebo on the TMC campus and carpool together to the chosen location.
After praying, the team split into groups of two or three and passes out gospel tracts. Students look for opportunities to share their faith with people they see and use the tracts as conversation starters.
The TMC Evangelism Society also meets every Friday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. for evangelism training in the Biblical Studies Center. Senior biblical theology major Andrew Felts leads the training, and topics include general apologetics and how to evangelize to people of various religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.
“Our goal for the evangelism society is to equip TMC students to be faithful ambassadors of Christ,” Felts said. “Regardless of whatever major you are, whether you’re Bible, science, business, we’re all called to obey the Great Commission of Christ in Matthew 28 to go out and make disciples.”
Students see the importance of evangelizing and fulfilling their God-ordained mission.
“I wanted to go…because we are told as Christians to go out to the world and to make disciples of all the nations, and also, I believe that by going out and speaking the Word, I’m bringing glory to God,” said junior Biblical Counseling major Sean Kim.
“I don’t normally end up saying that much, but it’s good to watch and learn and to have a firmer understanding of the gospel,” said sophomore communication major Alexis Sudol. “And it’s really just an encouragement for me with other nonbelieving family members and friends to be able to witness to them.”
The response from the believing community refreshed the TMC Evangelism Society.
“We actually got a response this semester from a Christian at COC…and she was really encouraged and blessed by what we were doing in sending tracts there. We’re grateful for that,” Felts said.
Many Christians are timid about sharing their faith with unbelievers, but those who went and evangelized had a reassuring message.
“You don’t have to be like George Whitfield,” Kim said. “God has you at the right place at the right time, and He uses humble people. I don’t know everything, but I know the one nugget of truth: the Gospel. That’s all we’re called to do. So be encouraged and don’t be scared. Don’t fear; the Lord will be with you.”
By Katelyn Walter