Pray that the Lord would burden the saints in every city to be desperate with Him to gain the increase from the local population, especially the students, so that there will be a greater potential for the Lord’s testimony in the future (John 15:16; 1 Cor. 9:16-17, 22-23).
John 15:16—You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
1 Cor. 9:16-17—For if I preach the gospel, I have no boast, for necessity is laid upon me; for woe to me if I do not preach the gospel. If I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a stewardship.
1 Cor. 9:22-23—To the weak I became weak that I might gain the weak. To all men I have become all things that I might by all means save some. And I do all things for the sake of the gospel that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
We must be desperate with the Lord to gain the increase from the local population. Without gaining the local ones, there is no possibility of having the Lord’s testimony in the future…We must not be shortsighted; we must look forward for the long run. There is no potential for the Lord’s testimony if we do not bring the local people to the church. The potential for the Lord’s testimony is with the typical Americans. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 1, “Enjoying the Lord in His Word by Pray-reading,” pp. 510–511)
The right way to bring the local people into the church is to start the work with the students. It is easy for young people to receive new things because they are curious to see and know things that are unfamiliar to them. If we dispense Christ into the young people, we will eventually catch the older ones through them.
The right way to gain people is to bring students into the church life and then encourage them to meet together in the way that we have described above. Through them we will have a “living advertisement”—a group of young people who are meeting together day by day. By means of these students, it will be easy for us to convince others. The young people will bring in more young people and eventually even older people. In the first semester thirty will be saved. In the next semester these thirty saints will be the seeds we sow, and they will work together with us to gain a larger number of people. If the churches that have students in the local colleges and high schools work in a proper way, they will bring a substantial number of people to the Lord and into the church life after just one semester. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 2, “Los Angeles Meetings,” pp. 103-104)
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