Marc Randall was a successful computer programer in Silicon Valley, but God sent him to the mission field in Zambia. Now he reaches out to the lost across Southern Africa with both low tech and high tech. His innovative ideas and enthusiasm for reaching the lost will inspire you as you listen today.
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Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:00):
Mark Randall was a successful computer programmer in Silicon valley, but God sent him to the mission field in Zambia. Now he reaches out to the lost across Southern Africa with both high tech and low tech, his innovative ideas and enthusiasm for reaching the lost will inspire you as you listen today.
Evangelism Podcast Host (00:22):
Jesus said go into all the world and preach the gospel. Welcome to the evangelism podcast with Dr. Daniel King we’re Daniel interviews, full-time evangelists, pastors, missionaries, and normal everyday Christians to discover how they share their faith, their powerful testimonies and amazing stories that will inspire you to reach people with the good news. And now here’s your host, missionary and evangelist Daniel King.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:59):
Welcome to the evangelism podcast. I’m Daniel King. And today I have a very special guest with me, Mark Randall. Thank you for joining me on the evangelism podcast. Thank you,
Marc Randall (01:08):
Daniel. It’s really good to be with you.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:11):
So we are here in the nation of Malawi for the love Malawi festival with a global network of evangelists, a ministry under the ministry of Luis Palau. And you’ve been helping to organize this event. So it’s wonderful to get to spend some time with you. If finally meet you. Thank
Marc Randall (01:27):
You so much, Daniel. It’s good to meet you also.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:29):
I know we’ve been Facebook friends for a while, but this is the first time we get to meet face to face. So tell me a little bit about yourself. How did you become a believer in Jesus?
Marc Randall (01:37):
Sure. I’m a 43 years old right now and I became born again when I was 25 years old. So I grew up in Canada in a non-believing home. When I was 14, 15, I rebelled I to drugs. Alcohol got arrested many times never finished high school. So many things I just rebelled. There’s a God-shaped hole in my heart that I was trying to fill with so many different things and nothing actually worked. I ended up teaching myself computers. And so when I was 21, I moved down to the silicone valley and lived there doing computer work for several years. After that got laid off from work. My dad died two years after that, after that just started searching out, there has to be more, more, more to life than what I’ve been living for because I had so much success in life yet my heart and my inside was so empty on the inside.
Marc Randall (02:23):
So I started going to church in Canada, moved to the east coast. Once a university started going to church for the first time in my life. I just saw that people in the church had something I didn’t have. And so God just revealed himself to me. I just knew that I knew that I knew that God was real, but I knew that I was away from him because of the sin in my life. So there was one night where I got down on my knees and I cried out to God with all my being just said, God, I believe you have a son. Jesus. I don’t know exactly what this means, but I ask you to forgive me. I want to be right with you. I want a relationship with you at that point, God forgave me and my life changed a new heart. And just everything in my life changed after that, like you made have peace joy contentment for the first time in my life. And just God started to restore all the brokenness and everything else. And just sent me to the, on this amazing journey that we’ll be talking more, I think with Daniel in a few minutes.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (03:08):
Yeah. So now you are a missionary living in Zambia. How did you end up in Zambia? Great.
Marc Randall (03:15):
It was in a 2007. Most of my training has come from an evangelist from the UK. So he invited me to Zambia in 2007. So I came on five short-term mission trips here, pretty much. They were like the book of acts. I get time of salvation people gain physically healed, demon possessed gain, set free. It was like for me, the coolest thing. Then it was finally in 2014 that just God spoke to me in the most clear way. I knew that I knew that I knew that God was speaking to me, that he was calling me into Zambia. It was almost like I was stepping into something much greater than myself. So I knew I was stepping into a calling and stepping into something very special, but I had no idea, really all the plans and purposes that God had in me coming to Zambia to Africa, but just that I was to come. And just that it would be something greater than I could imagine.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (04:02):
So tell me what type of missions work you’ve been doing in Zambia now in Malawi, you’ve been to some other African nations
Marc Randall (04:10):
Doing many things right now started organizing these larger evangelistic outreaches. So God’s opened that up, which is amazing. So we’re planning in 2023, a big nationwide campaign in Zambia for pastors I’m using the technology that I knew before. So I’m resourcing thousands of pastors using memory cards and wifi points and tablets. So getting out theological resources to pastors, so helping them in that way doing evangelism training with churches and then also working on mobilizing nations to see Muslims come to Christ. So working on that, getting out of them in a big way, and then also we’re doing prison ministry. So we’re doing crusades with all the prisoners in Zambia and hopefully other countries soon.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (04:55):
I think it’s neat that you’re from Canada. We have a ministry in Canada, king ministries, Canada. What, what part of Canada are you from?
Marc Randall (05:02):
I grew up in Vancouver, but then I became born again in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and lived most of my Christian life there.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (05:09):
Neat to see that God is using Canadians to reach the world for Jesus very much. So your background is in working with computers before you got saved, and now you brought that over into your ministry. What are some things that you think that we can use technology in? What are some ways that we can use technology in order to reach people for Jesus?
Marc Randall (05:34):
Okay. Different ways, like on the trip here, something that I’m going to start working on as a crusade kind of management system. So like it can help for administration stuff like just to get things out, to plan events and that way it can be used in an amazing way. I’ve heard I know many people that are using Facebook and other social media platforms and they’re reaching literally thousands or millions of people like in using those platforms to get out. Technology can be used to help believers, to communicate, to get out resources to them. And so using technology where before you might just have a small Bible school, but now you can reach literally millions of people or train millions of people. So it just really amplifies what you’re able to do for a very, very small amount of money if done in the right way. So you can do so much more using technology for if you’re training in evangelists, you get them a memory card that has a full library on it. And then you can get out to people that way or the same with pastors. So using technology, you can do a lot more for a very little amount of money.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (06:32):
And so have you been giving evangelists little memory cards with libraries on them?
Marc Randall (06:37):
Some evangelists, yes, but it’s mostly been pastors so far, but that is coming in the near future.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (06:41):
Wow. I have some tremendous resources for helping evangelists, training them, how to share their faith, train them, how to do crusades and stuff. And so I’d love to give that to you and you can put it on the card and give it away. I donate it to you free of charge and let’s get it into as many hands as we can.
Marc Randall (06:58):
That sounds fantastic. Thank you so much. And I’m going to get you a wifi point.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (07:02):
Yeah. I think that it’s really neat that there can be tremendous synergy when people collaborate and work together in April, you did a large event in Zambia. Tell me about what God did. You brought a variety of different evangelists together, and it was a collaborative effort. What happened?
Marc Randall (07:21):
It was amazing. It was my first time actually organized in a large evangelists like event. So we had over 40,000 people attend I think around 3000 or more decisions for Christ. We had all these different evangelists work together, work with the local pastors. It was amazing. Just God opened incredible doors. We had like over 800 people in the marketplace here in the gospel get shared. And so it was just incredible just seeing everyone come together as one and then see God show up in the most amazing way. It was very special.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (07:49):
What were some of the results from that? How many people came? What city were you in and what type of results did you see?
Marc Randall (07:57):
We were in Livingston’s Zambia. So it’s one of the seven wonders of the world. We saw
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (08:04):
Tell me why it’s what’s there
Marc Randall (08:06):
Victoria falls. If you’ve seen that Agra falls, it does not compare to to Victoria falls much, much better come to Zambia.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (08:15):
Yeah. And of course, Livingstone named after the great missionary Explorer, David Livingstone,
Marc Randall (08:21):
And he has impacted so many people in like Africa. It’s amazing how he first brought the gospel to Africa and just what started I think from him coming here. It’s amazing.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (08:31):
I really like that this week we’re going to be in blant tire, which is named after the birthplace of David Livingstone back in, in Scotland. I didn’t know
Marc Randall (08:42):
That. That’s amazing.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (08:44):
Yeah. So, so there’s a bland tire back there in great Britain. And now we have a bland tire and Malawi and we’re going to be preaching the gospel of, but of course, David Livingstone wants such a Explorer, went all over this part of Africa, opened it up to, to exploration. And now many people here in Malawi are Christian because of the work that David Livingstone did. It’s amazing. Okay. So you were there in Livingstone, near Victoria falls. How many people got saved?
Marc Randall (09:16):
It was about 3000 decisions for Christ. And so we were in the prison. We were in the marketplace. We went to the youth to a youth correction center. We basically went to every opportunity that we had. We went to share the gospel. So about 3000, I think
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (09:30):
How many evangelists are going into areas that are very dangerous and sometimes it’s important for their technology to be encrypted. Talk to me a little bit about that in, in what we can start to develop as believers in order to protect those evangelists or missionaries who go into closed access nations.
Marc Randall (09:55):
Okay. Very important. My background actually is computer security. So first thing we need to train these evangelists on how to properly secure their smartphones and our laptops. So they need to be encrypted, encrypted in a certain way. You need to make sure security updates and you have good policies on the way that you protect your laptops and your devices. Then also the people that you work with in those nations, they need training on how to properly secure their devices, because that can be a major thing. If one person gets compromised, then the whole network can go down. Cause all the details are on there. Or if you’re traveling evangelists, you have the numbers for all the pastors in the country. Someone gets your phone and then it takes off all the contacts or it looks at your chats. You could compromise the people that really need protecting.
Marc Randall (10:36):
So you need to be very careful. So training you need to have standards in place where you use certain programs for end to end encryption like signal would be a good program to use. Whatsapp is still good, but signal is fantastic. Just with the way that they have Anton encryption, I just program something similar to signal for another ministry up for Muslims. And so I’ve learned all about the encryption. That’s underlying it. So signal would be the way to go and it’s very secure and you can do a good job with that.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (11:04):
So over the next couple of years, you’re planning to do several large collaborative events in Zambia. Tell me about what you would want to do. What, what has God put on your heart to do?
Marc Randall (11:15):
It just seems to be growing and growing. Like, I mean, one thing is having evangelists work together. So just having the different evangelists and ministries, collaborate and work with each other, then it’s also seen, I mean, revival come within the local church. So when we come to an area, pastors get built up, believers, get just like get set up for sharing their faith, which is amazing. Then just seeing multitudes come to Christ. Like I would literally like to see like in every region across Ambia to see an outreach happening or like every, just every province, pretty much in outreach happening at the same time. So we’re just looking for doing large events where we could have like 10 or more cities having large events at the same time and then send up other into the surrounding areas in the city. So that’s the hope that we have right now for 2023.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (11:58):
So if someone is listening and they want to come on a mission trip to Zambia, they want to join in. And one of these large collaborative efforts, how can they find you? What is your, what is your website where they can find more information about you?
Marc Randall (12:14):
You can go to Africa of evangelism.org. So HTTPS colon slash slash Africa, evangelism.org G, or you can email me at mark M a R C at Africa, evangelism.org. So come to Zambia, everyone so far has had a very good experience and I know it would be very special for you to come. So please come and get in touch with me.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (12:41):
Yeah. How many, how many evangelists would you like to come to Zambia?
Marc Randall (12:45):
We’re actually thinking of having a few hundred people come in 2023. So if you’re listening that you’re born again, you have a call for evangelism, get in touch and come. We can talk.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (12:55):
Wonderful. Well, brother, mark, thank you so much for being on the evangelism podcast. I love your ministry. I love your, your heart for God. And especially your understanding of these technological issues that can really help evangelists
Marc Randall (13:09):
So much. Like I’ve been starting to even to talk with other ministers. Now we’re helping them with technology where if you have some technology aspects, you can just multiply your ministry so much more like with you’re doing a little, you could reach the whole world and just have such a greater impact using technology. It’s very easy to do, but then sometimes it’s just knowing the right way on how to do it, but you can do so much with technology.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (13:32):
You know, I’m very excited about coaching evangelists and developing resources for evangelists, videos, written material. I’ve written a bunch of books on evangelism and I’m working on writing several more and kind of my, my vision is to have a Bible school on a disc where I can give an entire training on healing and evangelism and prayer, everything that, that someone needs in order to become a mature follower of Jesus.
Marc Randall (14:05):
That sounds amazing. And yes, you can do that. And I’m going to give you actually part of the ministry. We have wifi points. So when I get to the U S next, I’m going to give you a wifi point. So you don’t even need a memory card. You’ll bring around a little device. And then within a few minutes, everyone around you can have that on their device. And that’s someone I’m going to give to so that that’ll help you out. I think that even to create their own memory cards from that, there’ll be even better for you.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (14:27):
Wow. That’s awesome. Thank you, brother mark. I didn’t even know that existed and now you’re telling me about it, so well, thank you. So, so I’m so excited about what you’re doing. Thank you for being on the evangelism podcast so much. Thank
Marc Randall (14:37):
You for your ministry and just, yeah. Thank you so much. God bless you.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (14:41):
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