Today was our monthly church activity. This month we focused on an evangelistic outreach instead of a communion type activity.
The outreach was very simple; split into groups of 2 or 3 adults, take two The Bridge tracts, and explain the Gospel using the tract (which has great visuals and lends itself to a quick visual presentation) to two people. Simple right?? James says that when he led us in prayer right before we headed out that we all looked unmotivated and mostly scared. But 16 of us went out and faced our fears. When we all got back everyone was excited about how God had worked and is looking forward to making this a regular part of our church life. James mentioned that for him the first two presentations he fought to overcome his fear. The next three or four he was filled with compassion and thankful for the chance to share the good news with them.
I went out with 2 ladies, one an older believer but only 19 years old, the other was an older lady but young in the Lord, we also took along one kid. The younger lady had never shared the Gospel with adults and all her street work was limited to inviting children to kids clubs or church events. The other lady had watched others do it but was still not ready to share. So, I jumped in with my foreign accent and weak Portuguese and talked to our first group with included 3 pre-teen boys. I checked with Bruna to see if she wanted to talk to the next group we encountered and she said she was ready. It happened to be 2 men out washing their car. She did an excellent job presenting the Gospel and the men received us pretty well. We ended up talking to an older lady at a bus stop, two teenage girls, the couple in the above photo, and ended with a group of three adults standing outside their home. I was SO proud of Bruna for taking the courage to reach out to these people and share our greatest gift. We PRAISE God that everyone listened and was willing to take the tract. All in all, our 5 groups were out for an hour and talked to more than 30 groups of people! God is SO good! It is neat too that we only HAD to give out two tracts but everyone gave more!
After the evangelistic activity we went out to visit one of our people who has recently moved. We are so thankful that the door is still open to be involved in their lives. Pray that Kelly will make efforts to worship with us at Redemption Baptist as there doesn't seem to be a good church close to her new home. Pray for Rodrigo as he showed great interest as James read Scripture with him tonight. He professes to have trusted in Christ last year but says he has fallen away due to laziness.
God's Word was sown today in many hearts, PRAY that it will bear fruit.