In every city, there are those who should be more likely to get saved than others. These are the friends, family members, school-mates, and work-mates, of Christians. This group is in proximity to blood-washed, born-again, Holy Spirit indwelled believers, often every day for months, years and even decades. They should be hearing the message of Jesus in various forms so often, that the long-term, continuous wooing of the Holy Spirit draws them to the altar in droves. This is also the group of people born-again Christians are most concerned about. Even genuine believers who are not overly concerned about seeing the lost in their city come to know Christ, want to see their loved ones get saved. The problem is, however, how does one witness to those who are in proximity to us? It is easy to steer the conversation to the gospel once, twice, even three times perhaps, but what do we do after they have heard the gospel again and again, and still reject Jesus? The standard answer is to pray for them, and just be an example. In other words, shut up about Jesus Christ. It is very unfortunate this has become the standard fallback procedure for evangelizing the obdurate unbelievers to whom we are close, because while an example is greater than our words, no example is greater than God’s words. As Lord Jesus Christ said, “It is the Spirit that quickened, the flesh profited nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” We need to keep speaking God’s words. Having been an actively evangelizing Christian in the work force since the 80’s, and now an ordained pastor who still supports his family with a secular job, I have some experience in this. One of the simplest, and best ways to keep a low key, long-term pressure on the lost is through testimonies of people who have been truly born again. It has been my experience that even hardened unbelief is heavily challenged, when over a period of months, they hear story after story after story of different people who met Lord Jesus Christ, and whose lives were transformed by His power. Over the years I have collected many good stories of genuine new birth testimonies, and they are available to use for free if you contact me at [email protected]. Here is a procedure I have found that works when I find myself consistently working with someone. First, I set my spiritual sights on them. I want to see them gat saved, I pray that they get saved, and ask prayer for them at Wednesday night prayer service. I find out what they enjoy talking about, and begin educating myself on those topics so I can be a conversationalist they will enjoy talking to. I begin tithing on my conversations with them. For nine conversations I will talk about things they enjoy. On or about the tenth one though I will direct the conversation toward spiritual things, and give them the gospel. Then go back to being a great conversationalist to them. For about nine more conversations I talk with them on topics they enjoy. Once again though, about nine conversations later I will direct the conversation toward spiritual matters. This time I might use a news article of a drug bust to bring up the topic of addictions. Once that topic is opened, it is natural to mention an interesting story of someone who was saved and delivered from such addiction. I like to use Mel Trotter’s testimony in this case. Afterwards, again I go back to being a great conversationalist for about nine conversations. Once when I was doing this, and it was about time for the tenth conversation, the Holy Spirit seemed to direct me to talk about a new testimony I had just researched, a story of a homosexual who had gotten saved, and was delivered from his cravings. I resisted strongly. I didn’t like talking about it, and I was sure my work-mate didn’t want to hear about it. The burden persisted though, and I told the story. Afterwards there were tears in her eyes, because she had a relative who was homosexual, and was very concerned about him. Testimonies are easy to use, they fit naturally into so many conversations. They also are powerful. They show that God is real, and can be really known by people. They show that sin matters to God, that He went to great efforts to save people from their sins, and He does save people today. It lends justification to Hell. If God has provided a salvation from sin, He will certainly judge those who reject His salvation. It provides a natural backdrop to repeating the gospel, and quoting Bible verses in the story narrative. It brings questions to people’s minds, that open up other conversations. I hope this helps those who are searching for ways to keep witnessing to their lost loved ones.