I have been graced with the precious privilege of preaching the Word of God in 20 different nations, as well as in 25 different languages. It is quite amazing that I have always been blessed with tremendous interpreters, in every one of these approximately 170 foreign mission adventures. There has never been a problem with the translation of the message, UNTIL THIS TRIP! However, I realized in the very first session of teaching, that the young man who was my interpreter, although well intentioned, was struggling to translate the teachings correctly. He must have asked me to ‘repeat my statements’, on at least a hundred different occasions, during that first day. Additionally, the more that he struggled in his interpreting work, the more nervous he became. Friends, it was extremely frustrating to me, as well as to the room full of pastors who were attempting to listen and learn. I was preaching in 90º heat. I was preaching on the other side of the world; so this meant that I was preaching throughout the night, as far as my body clock was concerned. And now, this young man was failing to rightly communicate the truths that I longed for these spiritual leaders to grasp. At the conclusion of that opening day, my mind and heart were being severely tempted to be torn-apart by care, concern and discouragement. On that first evening, I fell on my knees, in the place where I was staying, and began to call out to the Lord. This needy preacher was desperately crying out to my Father to, “please be GRACIOUS and MERCIFUL to us”. For here I was, on the other side of the planet, without a competent interpreter.

 My heart went out to this young man, for I knew that he too had realized that he was not up to the task! I also knew that, if it was at all possible, we needed to make a change of interpreters the next day. For the most important reality that must occur, is for these Indian pastors and evangelists to receive a clear and concise interpretation of the vital truths, which are contained in “Christ-centered Evangelism”. However, I had absolutely no idea where we would find an interpreter, or who could accomplish this daunting task. As we began the next morning’s teachings, I noticed that there was a pastor on the 2nd row, who was repeatedly and faithfully correcting the young interpreter. Not only was this older pastor correcting the interpreter in English, he was also employing theological terms in his corrections. Upon the conclusion of that session, I hurried outside to attempt to speak with this brother. For both the young interpreter and everyone else in the congregation knew that we needed another interpreter, who would be equipped to fulfill this great need! As I talked with this older pastor, he informed me that, he had been a professional interpreter for a number of years! He also had earned three master’s degrees in theology! Moreover, he was presently studying for his doctorate! Immediately I asked him, “Would you be willing to be my interpreter for the rest of the week”? I am so grateful to testify that he responded with these words, “I would be honored to”! Then I asked him, “By the way, what is your name?” He introduced himself with a name that I will never forget. He replied, “My name is GRACIOUS!” Oh, my dear friends, our faithful Provider had been GRACIOUS to answer the prayers of this desperately needy preacher! The new interpreter was absolutely excellent. The Spirit of God united us as one. God graced both of us with a precious liberty and the manifested power of the Spirit of the Lord! Furthermore, the young man, who was my first interpreter, sat on the front row with a smile of thanksgiving and relief!

 I was absolutely amazed to witness the mighty work of our Lord in the midst of these pastors from the state of Kerala! There was a tremendous teachability, a holy humility and a sweeping repentance, which consumed these spiritual leaders. Even though they had been in doctrinal error, (both in their message and methods of evangelism), they exhibited an openness to the correction of the scriptures. When I would speak on a particular area, in which they had fallen into doctrinal or practical inaccuracy, GRACIOUS would begin to weep as he interpreted God’s corrective teaching! As a direct result, the Spirit of God would employ his “broken and contrite heart” to literally sweep through the congregation of spiritual leaders. When I returned home from the Trivandrum conference, I was greeted by the following words of testimony from our dear brother GRACIOUS.

He writes, “Our Lord has given the pastors of the state of Kerala a tremendous New Year’s gift, through our beloved Ed Lacy. God sent him to the state of Kerala to equip us to be both ‘biblical and fruitful’ in our evangelistic mission in India. Even though I have been a ‘mission driven believer’ since 1989, I realized that I had been wrongly taught, concerning many aspects of evangelism! My teacher was a well-meaning teacher. However, he and many others were teaching us many unscriptural things, in relation to both the message that we are to proclaim and the methods that we are to employ! Our Indian preachers and teachers were being taught a ‘Heaven-centered message’, from American preachers who had come to train us. I am sad to say that we Indians are tempted to assume that, ‘if something comes to us from America, then it must be good and right’! However, there have been many doctrines and methodologies that have come to us from the U.S. that had been neither good nor right! For we discovered that the message that we were being taught to proclaim was nothing more than an enticement for people to go to Heaven. We were absolutely shaken with the discovery that the biblical Gospel message does not put the spotlight on a place. The authentic Gospel proclamation places its main focus on the Person and the work of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Spirit of God revealed that we had been critically wrong in both our message and our methods. Consequently, we had also been guilty of deceiving and damaging many souls. These biblical truths were there, before us, the entire time. But we were listening to man-made traditions, instead of carefully examining the instruction manual, in light of the clear teachings of the Word of God! But we have all turned away from our ‘heaven-centered message and our humanly invented techniques and tactics’. We have returned to the biblical ‘Christ-centered message’ that was proclaimed in the Book of Acts. We have committed to employ only God’s ordained means to carry out God’s mission. Bro. Ed, we will never be the same! For our evangelism has been mightily transformed; and we are all eternally grateful.”


These are days of heavy persecution of the evangelical church in the nation of India. Brutal violence is often inflicted on born-again believers by a variety of radical Hindu extremist groups. This vicious opposition of the Gospel, (which has been continually active under previous Indian governments), has been dramatically increasing under the present regime of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For example, during one of their Sunday worship gatherings, some radical Hindu’s had recently attacked the very church where the “Christ-centered Evangelism” pastors’ conference was held. Thankfully, some local police stopped this particular incident. However, in 99% of the cases of the persecution of believers, the radical Hindu’s know that they will neither be stopped, nor punished for their actions. For the present ruling authorities of India, (which are part of a Hindu nationalist organization), will always take the side of the persecutors of the followers of Christ. As a matter of fact, it is the stated goal of these Hindu extremists, that India should be “free of Christians by 2021”. Furthermore, they will go to any extremes of violence to reach their announced ambition. In point of fact, the very day following the conclusion of our conference, I heard the news that one of the evangelical pastors, from the neighboring state to Kerala, had been martyred by radical Hindu’s.

And yet, even though these Indian pastors are facing great persecution from these religious radicals which envelope their tiny remnant, these spiritual leaders are still in need of Biblical training. For in recent decades, both their ‘evangelistic message and methods’ have drifted astray from the divine standard of the Word of God. The prevalent evangelistic message, which is proclaimed by most Indian pastors and evangelists, has wandered away from a “Christ-centered” message; and has become “heaven-centered” in its main focus. Furthermore, these spiritual leaders have become guilty of gradually adopting many ‘American methods’, that are nothing but the concoctions of the arm of the flesh. Oh, but I am so thankful that, (through previous Christ-centered Evangelism conferences), the Lord has raised up a core group of Indian pastors, who have a passion and purpose to take this ‘Christ-centered Evangelism’ study to each one of the 14 major languages of India. My most recent conference in Trivandrum was being translated into the Malayalam language, which is the language of the state of Kerala. This is the 5th Indian language that the ‘Christ-centered Evangelism’ workbook has been translated into!

Confidence in Prayer

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” The confidence that John is referring to is the glorious truth that a born-again believer can come before the Lord, with both a free access to Him and a confident assurance in Him! For our Heavenly Father delights to grace us with an unimpeded approach into His presence. Ephesians 3:12 reiterates this glorious promise with these words, “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him”. The word “boldness” depicts a steadfast confidence to speak freely in the presence of a person of extremely high rank. Well friends, the Person who we are communing with (in prayer) has the highest ranking in the entirety of the universe; for He is both the Creator and Sustainer of it all. He is the great I Am. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Oh, but He is also our “Abba Father”; and we are accepted in the Beloved One. Consequently, we are invited to come into the most Holy place with a steadfast confidence. But you may ask, “A steadfast confidence in what”? I am speaking of the blessed assurance that our Father delights to hear and answer the prayers of His adopted children. Brothers and sisters, we have been graced with a divine pledge that our Lord and God has committed to be our faithful Provider through prayer.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” When I am confident that God has given me to the Lord Jesus and He has given the Lord Jesus to me, then I can also have the abiding assurance that He will provide everything that I will ever need to live a life that magnifies my Savior. Do you know that one of the key reasons that believers do not pray more ‘faithfully and fervently’ is their own lack of confidence in God as their ‘Father-Provider’? They do not really believe, in their heart of hearts, that their prayers will be answered. For they do not truly comprehend that, ‘answers to prayers are primarily rooted and grounded in the promises of God to His children; and not in the performance of His children’! Beloved disciples, our Father desires to hear and answer our prayers far more than we desire to pray. Oh, we must recognize that our God is loving, merciful and gracious to His children who seek Him in prayer. He desires to have intimate fellowship with you. He delights to have personal communion with you. You don’t have to force your way into His presence. You don’t have to beg your Father to give you some attention. Friends, He is always eager for you to enter into His throne room and make your personal petitions known to Him.

“Therefore, brethren, having confidence to enter into the holiest, by the blood of Jesus.” Notice that our confidence is not in ourselves. Our confidence is not in our performance. For our very best day of performance would be as filthy rags to a perfectly Holy God, without Jesus as our Mediator! Our best performance could never merit one answer to prayer. On the contrary, our confidence is in the Person of Jesus Christ; the performance of Jesus Christ; the payment of Jesus Christ; and the presence of the exalted Lord Jesus Christ, at the right hand of the Majesty on high! John Newton writes these precious words of invitation, “Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring, for His grace and power are such, that none can ever ask too much.”

Thank YOU!

I am so grateful to report that the ‘Christ-Centered Evangelism’ study has just been translated into its 5th language in India, as well as its 11th language overall. I will soon be teaching this study to a conference of pastors from various locations in the state of Kerala, India. The conference will commence on January 15th.. Please pray for this needy preacher and each pastor who will be in attendance. Friends, Dianne and I are profoundly grateful for your love for this ministry and for us. Your continual and compassionate intercessory prayers for us; as well as, your faithful support for all of the tremendous open doors of training ministry and evangelistic opportunity to many nations is an immeasurable blessing. You are a vital part of every soul that is saved; every pastor and church planter that is trained; and every congregation who is edified, through the glorious multiplication of discipleship, which is occurring through these ‘equipping conferences’. Please continue to pray that the Word of God may run swiftly and our Savior would be magnified, through each opportunity that is ahead. As we enter into a new year, it is our prayer that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful unto every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…, as we abide in Him! We love you and thank the Lord for you.


I am so grateful to report that the ‘Christ-Centered Evangelism’ study has just been translated into its 5th language in India, as well as its 11th language overall. I will soon be teaching this study to a conference of pastors from various locations in the state of Kerala, India. The conference will commence on January 15th.. Please pray for this needy preacher and each pastor who will be in attendance.