In July 1986, I attended the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
The week-long conference held in Amsterdam came at an ideal time in my life and ministry. Having been in evangelism for 13 years and seeing God work in powerful ways to bring people to Christ, I was blown away to see what he was doing around the world. The main sessions featured some great speakers, whose presentations were very motivational. When I reflect back upon that week, I see how God orchestrated two things that increased and expanded my vision.
First, I was appalled to meet evangelists that I discovered did not even know the Lord. One even confessed to me that he was not certain that if he were to die he would go to heaven.
I asked him, “If you stood before God and He were to ask you why He should let you into heaven, what would you say?”
He replied, “I have lived a good life and try to do what is right.”
I asked if he would be willing to meet with me, so I could show him from the Bible how he could know he was going to heaven.
He answered, “Yes.” I arranged a time to meet with him, but unfortunately, he never showed up.
More than ever, God used that moment to show me the importance of clearly preaching the gospel around the world.
Second, it was amazing to see the way the church was expanding in areas of the world I had never even visited. I made up my mind that I wanted to go to some of those areas to preach the gospel and train believers in evangelism. I soon started getting multiple invitations to do just that and accepted most of them.
Nothing I had participated in up to that point in my life expanded my vision more than that one week conference just for those like me—itinerant evangelists.
Editor's Note: The above picture was taken when Larry attended the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in July 1986.