In the book, T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution, Ying Kai, the co-author with Steve Smith, told what happened when he was an IMB missionary serving in a large Asian city. It’s adapted here for clarity:
Every morning, Ying went to a local restaurant and ordered a bowl of soy milk and a donut for breakfast. He was always asked, “Do you want an egg in it?” And Ying always said, “No,” because it cost extra.
One day, Ying went with Grace, his wife, to a new restaurant. As usual, he ordered the bowl of soy milk and a donut. However, this time the owner, who was very busy asked, “One egg or two?” Ying said, “One.”
When he returned to the table with his wife, she asked him, “Why did you get an egg today?”
“Oh!” he said. “Today he did not ask me ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but just ‘one’ or ‘two.’ So I said, “One!”
Ying watched the owner. He always asked people “one or two eggs?” Nobody told him “No!”
Ying credited God for showing him this truth. He said, “Yes, I am sharing the gospel and it is a good thing. Why do I need to ask their permission? I need to just give it to them.”
He began to change his approach. Rather than ask permission, Ying began asking, “Do you want to hear how I was a bad person?” They always would agree and he’d lead them to faith in Jesus.
Not only did they become believers, but they started small groups that became churches. Within four years, Ying and Grace helped to start 400+ new churches with thousands of newly baptized believers.
So, when can we talk about training your church in witnessing and church planting?
-- Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership, Cincinnati Area Baptist Association