College Student: Evangelism is Difficult!

We were at the beach with friends when Riley, a college student, asked me about evangelism. “Everywhere I go people need the Lord. We’re the ones who need to tell them—yet I find it difficult.  Can you give me some pointers?”

“Riley, often the easiest way to learn to share your faith is to just start doing it. I have some tracts with me.  Why don’t we walk on the pier and talk to some people.  People on the pier usually don’t have time constraints; they’re fishing or enjoying the view.”

He was eager to watch and learn. I thought the survey method would be simplest: “Hi there! We’re doing a one-question survey. Would you be willing to answer a question? The question is:  If you were to die today, do you know where you would go?”

Most said they’d probably go to heaven because they were good people.

I’d say,  “I’m sure you are good. But the Bible tells us nobody is good enough. That’s why Jesus came—to die for your sins and mine—so we can someday freely enter heaven. I have a little booklet, Would You Like To Know God Personally? It explains how to make Jesus Christ your Savior.  May I give it to you?”

I had written on the back of each booklet, a website where people can receive more information and a free online mentor to counsel them.
The website,  is from of Global Media Outreach.

One guy said he’d probably go to hell.  I said, “You know, we’re all sinners and we all deserve to go to hell. That’s why Jesus came—to save us–so we don’t have to end up there. I have a little booklet with information right from the Bible. It explains how we can make Jesus our Savior and Lord.”

He eagerly began reading it.

Riley, who was shadowing me, said, “Why are you leaving these people with a booklet? Why don’t you encourage them to pray and receive Jesus now?”

“It’s because they may not be ready.  This is the most important decision of their lives. People need time to think about it and to digest it.  It took me weeks before I could make the sincere decision to surrender my life to Jesus Christ.

“If God is drawing them to Himself, then God will use the booklets. You and I are simply scattering and planting seeds. Someone else will water them.  God will make them grow.”

  • So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.    1 Corinthians 3:7
  • Salvation is found in no one else,  for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”    Acts 4:12
  • You may read the booklet we used here:


[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:  and


About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to College Student: Evangelism is Difficult!

  1. Jenna says:

    Why does it take time to digest and decide? If salvation is truly a free gift, shouldn’t it be easy? I’m a believer but am sorting my thoughts on the gospel. Is surrender to Christ a prerequisite to salvation or a work of the Spirit once one has accepted the free gift through belief that Jesus paid for his sins?

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Jenna, for your excellent question. People are all different. Some may immediately know they are sinners and need a Savior. They may desire to immediately turn from their sins and follow Jesus.

      Then there are others. I attended church and heard the gospel all my life. I knew I was a sinner and had accepted Jesus’ forgiveness for my sins countless times. Yet it wasn’t until I was 27 and made the decision to surrender my life to Jesus that I became truly born again. I had to make a sincere decision to repent: that is, to get off the wide road of life and start walking on the narrow road.

      Unfortunately, the gospel message has become too easy: “Just receive Jesus’ free gift of salvation and you will be saved.” Or, “Just repeat this prayer …”

      Repentance is overlooked. Most people want their sins forgiven so they can get right with God. Yet, they must be willing to repent: turn away from their sinful lifestyle and start living a Spirit-filled life pleasing to God. They must be born again.
      ~ Kathleen

  2. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, my observation is that too many, if not most, Christians are intimidated by the thought of evangelism. I agree with you that a great way to learn how to share one’s faith is by doing it. Kudos to the college student for his zeal.

    • Kathleen says:

      I absolutely agree, Frank! I believe fear is what holds most Christians back. What I have learned is that the more I do it, the easier it becomes. I’m sure that’s true of most people.

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