In an animistic, "power-fear" culture an effective presentation of the good news carries immense spiritual authority when the audience can see that it rests upon God’s Word and bears the authentic stamp of answered prayers.
The title of "missionary" or "church planter" is often a hindrance which can be overcome by an access ministry, which helps the church planter prayerfully look for the person of peace. In order to win many, we focus on a few.
The life of Jesus points to this essential and central theme of prayer first and ministry second. If prayer was so important to Jesus, the very Son of God, how much more important is it for those called to serve His mission?
Much like the anticipated arrival of a new child, spiritual conversion is exciting and worthy of celebration. But after the excitement wanes, the real work of the Church begins -- the life-long growing and maturing work of making a disciple.