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Why & How to Publish Your Testimony
Contacts made in our Soul Winning
Booth at Fairs,
Festivals, Flea Markets and Parades receive information with this
Web Address (http://www.AndresUSA.com)
and come here looking for help, encouragement, direction and much
more. Some come out of curiosity. Your Testimony and/or how God has
used you since, would be vital to those newly saved or possibly on
Besides, wouldn't any of us, who truly know Jesus
Christ and His life changing power, want to jump at an opportunity
to tell just one person what happened to us? This could be
your chance to tell 100's, maybe 1000's.
Once your Testimony is in a printable form, print it
and put it in the hands of people you know, in the mail with your
check for bills or anywhere you would put a tract.
The most powerful point for relating Testimonies is
that even the hardest skeptic cannot argue against your experiences.
* They may argue Bible.
* They may argue Theory.
* They may
But they cannot argue against what happened to you. They may
doubt it, but they cannot prove you wrong.
But my testimony is not exciting!
There was a deacon in the church I pastored for many years, who was
saved at the age of 5. I often used him as an example when people
would quiz me about kids claiming to be saved in Children's Church.
They would ask, "Can these kids really be getting saved? Do they
know what they are doing?" I would point out that Bro.
________, the Deacon, says he was saved at 5 and stands firm on his
experience. His Testimony was very short, but very
powerful because the nay-sayers could not argue with the experience
of a Christ loving man.
What are the Steps?
Write out your story as to how you were Saved or Restored or
Surrendered to Christ or all the preceding. Pastors frequently ask
for Testimonies in church services. I am asking Pastors to also
give their Testimony, even Evangelists and Missionaries. Every saved
person has a testimony. Relate it to someone who is searching.
* Must be Emailed or sent on CD or Floppy
(to negate the necessity of our re-typing).
* Less than 3000 words (way less would be better).
* Remember some of the readers will be recent or even
* We will edit for spelling, redundancy, grammar, etc., but will
leave your God-given Testimony in tact.
These do not have to be followed precisely, but keep them in mind.
* Do not use a lot of Christian-type words: grace, redemption,
repentance, Gospel, etc.; most people do not understand them,
including some Christians.
* Give personal details as to your thinking, feeling, emotions, doubts, etc. For instance -
- Do not say you had doubts, but mention
what the doubts were, so others can identify with you.
- If you hated,
tell us the extent and why and who.
- If you sorrowed, tell us how and
- If you were emotional. Do not say you were very emotional. Tell
us that you cried all night, or tears flowed constantly. Give some
description. What exactly were you crying about?
* Write something with which readers of all types can identify: open
and frank details of the lows and eventual highs of salvation and
surrender or restoration.
* The lost, backslidden and new converts do not know much about what
“pleases God”, what a “Christian home” is. Tell about your home
it was Christian, mention the things that made it so
- if it was not
Christian, mention the things that made it that way, too.
* If you loved or loathed reading the Bible, say why, be specific.
* If you enjoyed or despised Church, say why, be specific.
* How does being saved today help? Be specific in a manner which
would be helpful. Remember What, Where, Why, Who, When and How.
* Of course you may use scripture in the narrative, but do attempt
to use verses which say what you intended to say in a plain and
simple manner. Do the chosen scriptures prove your point, If so,
* Do not use “evangelistic exaggerations”. No one reads their Bible
every day and praises the Lord continually.
- Be real
- Sound real
* Do not be concerned about being lengthily with appeals or
invitations to others
to do the same. Just write what the Lord did for you. Be sure to
give God credit.
* Remember, do not write to the Christians in your church, but to
lost, backslidden and new converts who can identify with the true
ups and downs of life.
* After someone reads your testimony, will they say, “I care”? Or
will they brush it off with the thought that you do not seem real or
* If you like, give your Testimony a Title or assign some
subtitles. We will probably give it subtitles if you do not, so it
can be given a Table of Contents. Subtitles also afford a means to
break up the text into readable "White Space" and keeps the
narrative from looking lengthily.
* See other Testimonies to get ideas.
* Encourage your wife, husband, son, daughter, mother, father, etc.
to do the same.
These are Stringent Rules, some may say
These are not rules, but suggestions. It is up to you to
present YOUR testimony.
Use Your Own Testimony
Take the time to write something that will be, not only useful for
this Web Site, but something of encouragement for your family, SS
class, fellow members, or even a useful tool for your own Web Site.
Print up a few copies to keep handy to give to people you witness to
and new converts. Everyone loves to read about a person's personal
Want it back in Printable Form?
When you send your testimony, let us know if you would like for us
to put it in "Tract" form, so it could be copied and distributed by
you and your family.
If you do not want your name
used, sign it with initials or a first name only or just "Grateful",
etc. But if you make up a signature line, attempt to find a
word that truly describes YOU!
G. Steven Andres
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