I’ve spent much of my working week this week in pubs and on the street…
Not getting tanked up and then rolling out onto the streets drunk you will be pleased to read but rather seeking to be and bring good news to people who have yet to hear it. So, after a total of 7 different pubs and four different towns and cities, what has jumped out to me from this week?
First off, sharing good news is easier than most of us think. One day this week I spent a few hours with a pastor, and for 2 and a half hours non stop we went around the small town centre and we met people who wanted to hear what we had to say, some even asked us to pray with them. My pastor friend and I were amazed by the response of simply going out and we spoke about how often we believe the lie that people don’t want to hear ‘the good news.’
Secondly, a bit of creativity goes a long way. I have an amazing team who work with me in Peterborough who are willing to have a go and take risks at being creative. Today I painted some paintings in the pub and we also had an idea to offer blessing on Friday 13th!
Thirdly, I’ve remembered again this week that God seems to also be in pubs. Last night in London a friend and I ended up inviting a man to sit with us (rather on his own) while we had our dinner. We got him a pint and ended up praying for healing for him as he has cancer and had just been at the hospital having chemotherapy. He was amazed to meet two Christians willing to pray for him.
Lastly, I’ve learnt this week that you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover… I have met people this week who have looked the kind of guys who would rather nut me and tell where to go than be interested in the story of Jesus! I know I shouldn’t, but I’ve been surprised to hear people’s stories and to humbly answer their questions when part of me thought ‘they wouldn’t want to know…’
I want to challenge you to go and share good news with people, offer to pray with those around you and take time to listen to people’s stories and be ready to share yours!