So here I am on the train back home thinking about the weekend just passed, I’ve got an extra shot of espresso in my coffee and a 50 minute journey to reflect and jot down some observations. I’ve been in two different areas of the South West-Wellington and Torquey. Both events had a focus on outreach into their communities, a desire to let those who haven’t got a clue about the Christian faith an opportunity to connect with the message.
Much of the past 48 hours has had an emphasis on training- getting people to have a go and do something new. For me, I also did something new in the way I delivered the training: in Wellington as part of thinking through how members of the public may feel entering a hard to look into building I sent the church members off to place a bet in one of their towns bookies. Alongside this we had such fun meeting people and giving away gifts from the church. A novel experience for most of those who joined the training!
I also dared to do something unusual in both places- to lead teams of Baptists in prophetic evangelism through the growing phenomenon of Treasure Hunting. It’s unusual in as much that many Christians believe in a God who speaks and likes communicating with his creation, but to put that into action is another thing all together!
Furthermore none of the groups I trained had actually done anything like it before and while nervous were willing to give it a try and see what happened. I won’t pretend that it wasn’t difficult and that people were somewhat terrified, yet much to the surprise to some of those who joined me they met people who 1: were chuffed to hear good news. 2: wanted some prayer and 3: learnt that God knows them inside and out and cares for them deeply.
I also did something new this weekend. I joined a large team from Upton Vale Baptist Church on their Saints on the Street outreach. For those of you who don’t know St. St. it is a Sunday ‘out there’ church activity showing and telling something of the good news of the Christian Message. The thing is I didn’t plan this event, I joined it, an activity that the Church has been doing over a year every fortnight to meet people in their community.
Refreshing- church looking out.