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In my continuing quest to find light, and push off the rise of religious cynicism which comes after 7 years of Christian higher education, I want to note the positive work of ministries, and encourage their efforts.

One of the ministries which keeps coming to mind is World Impact. When I was in college I was part of an inner-city prayer group, who met regularly to pray for the specific needs of the inner city and specific ministries which worked in that spiritually difficult environment. I also helped lead a ministry which worked with an inner city children’s advocacy group. This prompted me to pursue an opportunity to work with an organization over the summer, and as the founder of World Impact so impressed me with his philosophy, I applied and was on my way. Unfortunately, my own impoverished status gave me a choice of doing this work, or working for a salary which would help my return to finish college.

That being the case I have still never lost my admiration or respect for the work of World Impact, and meeting Dr. Keith Phillips before his chapel message at Wheaton still echoes in my memories. His goal is not to put on a show, but to make relationships. In his books he notes the effectiveness of an evangelistic ideal which focuses narrowly and deeply. Make disciples, he says, not converts. Work to find the depths with a small number of people and these people will become the sort who work to find the depths in others.

Such a method of evangelism starts small, without the visual power of a stadium filled with people, but if the few that are taught the depths pass this on, and this pattern continues, over the course of a lifetime significantly more people are able to find light than by the exciting ministry of a charismatic evangelist.

World Impact seeks to be a light by establishing themselves within a community, rather than going and preaching to ministry targets. They do good work, and mix the practical and spiritual aspects of the Faith in the way which has always been a standard for those passionate about Christ in this world.

I admit my occasional bit of cynicism, and I note there is much about the Church which I find frustrating. There are people, however, who humble me because of the respect I have for their lives and work, leaving me only to applaud, without much comment, the work they are doing. World Impact is filled with those sorts of people. As such it’s worth a look, or a donation, or even a commitment of some other kind, if the Spirit is so directing.

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