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Ron McManus: Leadership center launched (December 30, 2001)

Norman Arnesen: History's supreme event (December 23, 2001)

Dr. Everett Bartholf: Help for the holidays (December 16, 2001)

"Auntie" Anne Beiler: God has a plan (December 9, 2001)

Mary Inman: Raising seven sons for Christ (November 25, 2001)

Tony Hall: Feeding the hungry, one person at a time (Novemer 18, 2001)

John Maracle: A growing Native American Fellowship (November 11, 2001)

Al Peterson: Praying for national leaders (October 28, 2001)

Beverly LaHaye: The family is God's gift (October 21, 2001)

Terry Meeuwsen: Putting family first (October 14, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Changing the world, one student at a time (September 30, 2001)

Nate Cole: You are not alone (September 16, 2001)

George Cope: Training pastors, missionaries and evangelists (September 9, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: Breaking down the barriers (August 26, 2001)

John Kilpatrick: The blessings and challenges of revival (August 19, 2001)

Marie Colwill: A passion for evangelism (August 12, 2001)

Lottie Riekehof: The Joy of Signing (July 22, 2001)

John Castellani: Teen Challenge: The Jesus factor (July 15, 2001)

Mike and John Tompkins: Publishing newspapers and proclaiming the Good News (July 8, 2001)

Chuck Girard: Music, marriage and ministry (June 24, 2001)

Stanley Burgess: The value of a godly father (June 17, 2001)

Dennis Franck: Single Adult Ministries Agency (June 10, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: The work of the Holy Spirit (May 27, 2001)

Stephen Tourville: The changing church in America (May 20, 2001)

Margaret Columbia: Raising 17 children for Christ (May 13, 2001)

Donna Fahrenkopf: Wanted: a life change (April 29, 2001)

Sean Smith: Spiritual attacks on young people (April 22, 2001)

Josh McDowell: Is the Bible true? (April 15, 2001)

Joyce Meyer: Being a practical Christain (April 8, 2001)

Paul Drost: Multiplication (March 18, 2001)

Bill Bright: Fasting for 40 days (March 11, 2001)

Beth Grant: Women in ministry (February 25, 2001)

Alicia Chole: His people and His presence (February 18, 2001)

Cris Carter: Playing on God's team (January 28, 2001)

Randall K. O'Bannon: The value of life (January 21, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Secular colleges: a vital mission field (January 14, 2001)

A passion for evangelism

(August 12, 2001)

Marie Colwill, 84, has attended First Assembly of God in Sioux Falls, S.D., for more than 65 years. "The fire of a soul winner still burns hot in her," says Pastor Ron Traub. "She often stops me and, with a twinkle in her eye, reports that she led someone to Jesus this week." Colwill spoke recently with Scott Harrup, associate editor, about her passion for personal evangelism.

Evangel: Why is personal evangelism so important to you?

Colwill: I long for other people to have what I have – Jesus in my heart. I was told about Him as a child and read the Bible growing up. Eventually I realized I needed a Savior. When I accepted Jesus into my heart I was about 18. It gave me a peace and a joy; I could sleep at night. It seemed like the grass was greener, the birds sang sweeter and the sky was bluer. I had such a deep, settled peace.

Evangel: How did you hear the gospel?

Colwill: I had attended a church growing up, but it was at First Assembly that I remember an altar call that really convicted me. I couldn’t go to the altar. I got up and went outside. That conviction stayed with me. A little later, my husband and I were fishing with friends on a Sunday. I felt convicted again and told my husband we should be in church. He promised to take me that night. After that service I practically ran to the altar and I accepted Christ.

Evangel: One of your strategies for witnessing is the "wrong number" method. Tell us about it.

Colwill: A few years ago, it seemed I started receiving more wrong number phone calls. When people would call and ask for someone, I’d say, "No, that person doesn’t live here, but did you know that God has such a love for you that He wants you in heaven with Him?" Some callers would get kind of quiet and I would say, "You know, the Bible says that we need to be born again." And I’d quote a verse or two. And I’ve been able to lead several people to the Lord. Now when the phone rings, I walk to the phone praying, "Is this somebody that needs Jesus?"

Most people are polite. I did have one lady who called and said, "Here I am, calling a wrong number, and I get preached to. Preach to somebody else!" And she slammed the phone down.

I said to myself, "Lady, you don’t know what you’re missing."

Evangel: What are some other witnessing opportunities you have?

Colwill: I have cleaning help, and different people come on different weeks. I let them do their work and then I say something like, "Hey, have you heard that a person needs to be born again to get into heaven?"

One of the cleaning ladies recently accepted Christ. After I led her to the Lord, she gave me such a hug. A couple years ago, a traveling saleslady accepted the Lord. Before my husband passed away, we had a Sunday school bus route for 18 years and I led several of those children to the Lord. I’ve also led a number of my grandchildren to the Lord.

Evangel: Is there anything else you would like to say?

Colwill: I often think of the verse, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father" (Matthew 5:16). I want to bring glory to God. I’ve always been quite verbal and bold, and I’ve asked the Lord for holy boldness. I get excited about opportunities that present themselves and I hitch onto them. I love to talk to people about spiritual things.

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