TAIWAN – Indonesia-based evangelist Stephen Tong held an evangelism conference titled 2008 “Who is Jesus?” In an event held in the four-day conference, Rev. Tong expressed that he needed to exert 20 times more strength when preaching to children to retain their attention, which is a test to his strength and wisdom.
“The success of holding a children’s evangelism conference overturned the psychologist’s judgment that children are unable to stay focused for an hour,” said Tong. “If the Lord is willing, then I will hold similar kind of evangelism conference every year to introduce Jesus Christ to the children from their youth.”
That afternoon, over 5,000 grown-ups and children attended the evangelism conference. Rev. Tong taught the children how to pray and leading them to pray for the poor in this world, the victims of Sichuan earthquake, and even for the community that they live in, their school teachers, their classmates to be able to believe in the Lord peacefully. He then introduced to them Jesus - Holy son in the trinity and the story of him coming down from heaven and born into this world.
At the last altar call, many children rushed to the front and followed Tong in prayers sentence after sentence. This scene greatly touched these children’s parents.
[Editor's note: reporter Ian Hwang from Taiwan contributed to this report.]