This is a small article I wrote for my good friend Dave Bennett who is Director of Bridge Builders, an amazing organization that provides literature for free!
I regularly offer the gospel of John to people who I meet. “This is one of my favorite books and I would love you to read it.” I explain to people that I have given many copies to people for free as I think the message and stories found in it are amazing! Some people ask me what the main theme of the book is all about. Once I shared with a man that it was about having a new start in life. This astounded him as all week he had been wondering how he could have a fresh start.
On Palm Sunday I set up two stalls in the busy city centre of Peterborough. One had an activity for families where children could make an Easter egg to give away with a message of hope inside. We offered the Easter story from Bridge Builders to each one. A Hindu man commended our Easter story sharing and was so grateful to receive a copy of the booklet. He hadn’t encountered Christians sharing their story before and for him this was the first time he had heard the gospel.
The other stall was unusual and I must admit that I didn’t think it would quite work. I set up a big sign that announced ‘free Palm Cross readings.’ At one point I had a queue and over the Sunday morning 40 people sat opposite me waiting for a message from God. I wrote very simple words on the Palm cross, which I explained was from God’s heart to theirs.’ I wrote words of comfort and encouragement and also offered the Easter story from Bridge Builders which many where happy to accept.
The gospels and resources from Bridge Builders help me communicate the wonderful gospel message clearly to many different groups of people. One girl who I met last year joined me with her friends to give out free bottles of water in a city centre. She and her freinds had never been to church before and knew very little of the Christian message. At the end of the day I gave them a copy of John’s gospel each. They promised to read it. A few months later the young lady who had helped saw me and happily told me how she had become a Christian.
Do you offer literature to people you meet?