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From the Spring 2013 issue of Knowing & Doing:  


Sharing the Good News with Delight

by Gerard Long
Executive Director, Alpha USA


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  In 1865 William Booth had a vision from God in which he saw a raging sea with masses of perishing souls in the water. Then he saw a huge rock with a platform rising out of the water, and some of the people were being saved from the raging sea. But his heart broke because so few people who had been saved from drowning had any concern for those who were still perishing! From this vision, Booth started the Salvation Army.
  We need renewal in a fourth and final aspect: in taking action. It’s so easy to hear the message and then do nothing about it.
  I love the film Schindler’s List, in particular, the powerful ending, when Schindler—who has risked his life to save so many Jews in the Holocaust—realizes after the war that he could have done more. He could have saved more victims from the gas chambers. Will there be a time, I wonder, at the end of this age, when we realize we could have done more to evangelize the lost? 

1. Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from the New International Version, 1984.
2. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; repr., New York: Touchstone, 1996), 119.
3. Voice of the Martyrs, September 2011.


Gerard Long had a dramatic encounter with God in 1980, and following that encounter he began to serve in a church in North London.  He was at this church for twenty-two years, including seventeen as a pastor, while also working in the banking and finance industry.  Gerard has a BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance degree and worked for HSBC (one of the largest banks in the world) for 30 years, retiring at the end of 2006 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing.  In 2006, Gerard decided to leave behind his highly paid banking career and join Alpha USA, whose mission is to serve local churches in presenting the Gospel through the Alpha course.  Alpha is now being run in over 169 countries and more than 15 million people have gone through the course.

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