A while ago I started a series called "Reaching Others". The mission of the journals in this series is to help and encourage everyone to reach someone with the message of Jesus. When we think about this concept most of us pull away from the idea for fear of rejection, and also because we're not even certain where to begin the conversation when given the task to "GO OUT" and talk to someone about Jesus. In this series, it's my mission to give you guys encouragement, and practical examples on how to reach people. In the first journal I gave you the example of "God's Love Letter" - you guys can read all about it here children-of-god.deviantart.com…
In this journal I'll be telling you details of another outreach I did with another group - it's a very different approach and I think you might like it
I like to call these type of outreaches "Compassion Outreaches".
The purpose of this type of outreach is the following:
To meet their needs (food, clothes, etc.)
To introduce Jesus to them.Compassion Outreach
We did this outreach two months ago (March 2015) in a very poor area. Food and jobs weren't things that a lot of people had, and most families went to bed hungry every night. It was an area that the group leader saw had a dire need, and she works in this area constantly, spreading the message of Jesus and raising funds to help feed and assist as many families as possible. She arranged an outreach in this area by going from one house to the next (she took a group of people in her ministry and literally walked from house to house), knocking on their doors and telling them that they're a Christian ministry that will be giving out food and clothing on a certain date, that this will happen in the local park and that they should come to receive what they need. Being a very poor area, they were welcomed and most people came on that day.
On that day, I went out with the group leader and some volunteers, to the local park. The group leader divided us into 3 groups: (1) One group to give out food and clothing, (2)one group to tend to the children (games were played, sweets given out and they were told about Jesus) and (3) another group that will go to each person and talk to them about Jesus. I fell in the last group, the group that went to each person to tell them about Jesus. Naturally I was terrifyingly nervous, but I decided to ignore my fears and boldly walk to each person I felt I had to talk too. The group leader gave us each a notebook and flyers, telling us to take down the number and address of each person we talk too (if they would give it to us) and to also give them a flyer. She instructed us that, by the end of the morning, she didn't want to see one person without a flyer - we were to talk to everyone and not skip a single person. It was simple enough, and before we knew it the park was swarming with people. I think almost everyone the group leader went to see in the previous weeks to get them to come and get food and clothing arrived. The park was absolutely swamped.
I went about and a girl caught my eye. She was very friendly and she agreed to let me talk to her when I asked her if I could talk to her about Jesus. Due to the area she lived in, she had had a very difficult life and I started the conversation off by asking her to seriously let me know what her feelings were towards God. With her, it felt like a good place to start the conversation. When you go out and talk to people, you'll realize that you don't start the conversation the same with everyone - God will guide you on what to say, and what to do when you talk to people like this. I know it's frightening when you think about it, but God is with us, so I always just go out and trust that He'll be with me and guide me on what to say
The morning passed as I spoke to this girl - after our conversation she agreed to give me her address and her phone number. I also spoke to another girl and a lady who was standing nearby listening to the conversation I had with the girls. When I looked up at the park after this, everyone in the park had flyers in their hands. Our group had sweeped through the crowd with amazing speed and everyone had accepted the chats from the group, and their flyer.
You might be thinking by now, why did we ask for their numbers and address'. Well, what we did that day wasn't the full extend of the outreach. The group leader would take the numbers and address' from our group members and then she would visit the houses on our lists with her ministry members. There they would talk to the people again, and invite them to join their cell group
This way, the people who were serious about giving their lives to Jesus wouldn't be forgotten. They would have the opportunity to learn more about Jesus in the cell group, and so grow in their walk with God. After this outreach, the group leader's cell grew by 20 people!
20 of the people we spoke to that day was serious enough about giving their lives to Jesus that they joined the cell group to learn more. At the moment the group is thriving - they're also opening a children's ministry for all the children that joined as well!
All in all, this type of outreach is a wonderful way to reach people for God. Most people in areas like this feel forgotten - the people of God must go out, help them with their needs, and give them the beautiful wonderful message of Jesus
We're having another outreach in the same park next month. We will be giving out food and clothes again. Due to the need in the area, we will have to do this on a regular basis, but we will then also have another opportunity to preach Jesus to someone else who desperately needs Him. I encourage you to do this if you are able. Most churches have outreach programs like this, so I encourage you to join this type of group
Please let me know if you've been part of this type of outreach, or if you yourself have any outreach experiences you would like to share
I would love to hear from you guys.Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31