I’m often asked what it is that churches can do to share the good news of Jesus with people in their community. The answer I give often surprises them: ‘just do something!’ Really, anything?!
I believe that God wants to use our gifts, creativity and personalities to let others in on what we have as Christians.
Today I worked with a group from Purley Baptist Church. Most of the 30 or so who had gathered for the training were nervous and unsure about ‘going out’ to meet people to share good news.
It was simply the best to see people’s confidence grow, as in the morning they met people when they nervously went out to meet people. They did something called treasure hunting which is to ask God for clues as to the people they will meet and then go and see if they can find them- many saw from doing that exercise that God REALLY does speak and use us to meet people.
The willingness the team had to do something new in the afternoon that was creative and gentle really encourage me… One story in particular blew me away (read below…)
One of the ideas was to write on a mirror the things we felt God wanted to say to people as we sat outside a cafe with a cuppa enjoying the sunshine! A lady who passed looked at the mirror, asked about it and engaged in conversation… She was very emotional seeing the words written like ‘important’ ‘loved’ and ‘precious.’ The ladies who spoke with her carried her bags home, were invited into her home and prayed with her too.
So simple… Being available means God is able to use us! And he really does.