Each one has a name—and a story.
Like Ruth, a suicidal woman and self-described former devil
worshiper who felt unworthy of God’s love because of her past
Or Aban*, a 21-year-old Muslim man from Pakistan who wanted
to know more about this Jesus who sacrificed His life for him.
In the past six years, over 50 million people like Ruth and
Aban have come across BGEA’s evangelistic website, PeaceWithGod.net
(or PazConDios.net in Spanish). On friday, the organization’s
internet evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus—which oversees
PeaceWithGod.net—thanked God for the 10 millionth indicated decision
“It’s humbling and overwhelming to realize that God has
given us the opportunity to introduce the Gospel to so many,” said
Search for Jesus Director Mark Appleton.
God has drawn people to PeaceWithGod.net all kinds of ways.
Maybe it’s through an online ad or a facebook post or a link on
someone’s blog. However they get there, each one is exposed to the
unchanging Gospel—how God’s love for us runs so deep that He wants
to guide us through life and spend eternity with us. And how we must
first repair the broken relationship between us and Him by putting
our faith in our mediator, Jesus Christ.
Each one of the 50 million visitors who have experienced the
Gospel has had an opportunity to respond, and on friday, commitments
to Christ came from places like Argentina, Hungary, Egypt, Cuba,
India, Malaysia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all over the U.S.—from
Philadelphia to Detroit to Hermosa Beach, California.
Take 30 seconds to watch indicated decisions for Christ
surpass 10 million.
It’s not lost on the ministry that in each of these
locations is a real person with real needs. The goal with all of
them is to share the hope offered by Jesus Christ, to disciple them
in their faith and, when possible, to connect them with a local
One-on-one connections and follow-up have taken place with
over 1.3 million of those online visitors so far—the ones who have
passed along their contact info so someone from the Search for Jesus
team can be in touch.
“With the growth of our reach, God has also raised up a team
of ministry partners all over the U.S., Canada, and now Mexico to
bring personal ministry to our online presence,” Appleton said. “It
is this team of nearly 600 trained coaches that bring depth and
value to Search for Jesus.”
The ministry just reached another milestone last month: five
years of volunteers, each one trained to offer spiritual guidance
through live chat, email or an online discipleship course called
Know Jesus. With hundreds of volunteers now, the ministry has made
personal connections with thousands of people around the globe.
Claire* recently found the ministry online and committed her
life to Christ. Her comment to the team was short and sweet: “Thank
you, I feel like a ton of bricks has been lifted off my shoulders. I
just gave it to Jesus.”
An Illinois man named Don decided to take the Know Jesus
course and thanked his online discipleship coach, Dennis Fischer, at
the end: “Thank you for the time you spent with me and the
encouragement you supplied. I enjoyed this course and it has helped
me to remember what God did for me. He accepted me as I am and
continues to do a work in me. I have located a local church and am
enjoying my daily prayer and study time with Christ, and I look
forward to my journey now that I have been found.”
Personal online ministry wouldn’t be possible without a team
of trained volunteer coaches making one-on-one connections. Read how
this volunteer base has grown and why these online coaches serve.
Are you interested in volunteering with this 24/7 global
ministry? See how you can get involved.