What do olives, wood, mountains and
heat have in common? Not much unless
you are at Los Olivos (the olives) Baptist
Church, in Las Maderas (the woods),
at the mountains in the heat of a
Practically Speaking English is an outreach ministry of Jody Kennedy International founded under the charter of LOVEM Ministries, Inc. which is a United States 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Practically Speaking English has the sole and intentional purpose of reaching the non-English speaking world with the Gospel of Christ. While we are giving people what they want (English), it is for the purpose of giving them what they really need (Christ).
The secondary purpose of this method is to encourage and build the local church in the host country.
Evangelism through English ... emphasizing the importance of building a trusting relationship and then sharing the gospel with unbelievers for the purpose of salvation.
Using a unique blend of friendship evangelism and an English curriculum we developed especially for this ministry, we are able to gather hundreds of nationals together for a one-week or two-week conversational English event in a local evangelical church or university campus. Each volunteer teacher takes classes of 10-20 nationals and begins to build a relationship with them through the English lessons. After only a few days, the friendships are established and each volunteer teacher is invited to present their testimony to their classes and clearly present the Gospel message. During the final day of the event, the Gospel is again presented through preaching, and the nationals are encouraged to respond to the message. We are seeing adults by the hundreds respond to the simple Gospel message with sincere acceptance of Christ the Savior. Thousands of adults, teens and children in Eastern Europe, Central America and South America have invited Jesus into their lives.
Follow-up and discipleship are important to this ministry. Therefore, the host churches with which we partner in the host country make a commitment to following up on each national, regardless of their decision. The church receives from us the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of each student, and whether or not they made a decision for Christ. As many church members are also involved in our English courses, the unchurched students have developed relationships with the church and church members.
The attraction of learning the English language, especially conversational English is a consistently powerful tool in bringing the best and brightest of the non-English speaking world into contact with serious Christians who boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Literally, thousands of adults have come to Christ in the former Soviet Union, Cuba, some Islamic countries, and Latin America. Among these are mayors of major cities, government officials, university professors, doctors, lawyers, researchers, leading businessmen and women and military professionals. There is no way to predict the eternal impact of taking the Gospel to such influential, motivated and high-ranking people.