Araw ng Ina Carnation Giveaway sa pamamagitan ng Janie Sjogren

mothersdayAng ilang mga tao kalimutan o maghintay hanggang sa huling sandali upang makakuha ng Nanay isang bulaklak o card. Bulaklak ay maaaring maging mahal kapag binili sa tindahan isa-isa, ngunit maaari sila ay binili para sa mas mababa sa limampung cents kada bulaklak nang maramihan. Your group can probably explain to a local supermarket florist what you are trying to do with your outreach. Given enough advance notice, he or she can order a quantity of carnations and pass the discounted price on to you.

Attach to each flower an outreach connect card and a ribbon. As with a soft-drink or water giveaway, if your’e doing this at a grocery store (where we usually locate), situate yourself by the entrance, not the exit. You’ll want 5+ people per team.

Another version of this is the Secretaries Day or Sweetest Day flower giveaway with a blank card for the giver to write his or her sentients on as a greeting.

Oo naman, don’t give away flowers near a flower vendor.

Where To Go:

  • Campuses
  • Parks
  • Neighborhoods
  • Sporting Events
  • Downtown
  • Commuters
  • Shopping Centers

What You’ll Need

  • Carnations
  • Ribbons
  • Outreach Connect Cards like those below

Mother's Day Connect Card

Mother's Day Connect Card

Mother's Day Connect Card

Panatilihin itong Simple sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

outreachKahit na kami ay may isang dosenang mga punto tungkol dito nagsisimula mahalaga sa buhay outreach ang pangunahing ideya sa likod ng kabaitan Outreach ay medyo simple.

Aking mga hilig ay upang tumalon sa isang bagay na mahanap ko kapana-panabik at upang pukawin up ng mga bagay hangga't maaari. Minsan ang mga bagay na pagpapakilos up lumilikha ng pagiging kumplikado. Buhay lamang na daloy ng direksyon. As others catch the vision of the new thing, before long, the idea can become fairly complicated.

Is there a way to keep things easier? Absolutely!

Outreach is all about one thing – seeing people come to relationship with Christ. The word “outreach” is a more general word than “evangelism.” The first is about the entire spectrum of things we can do that lead up to someone coming to Christ. The term Evangelism is a more concise term that relates strictly to seeing someone cross the line and come into a saving relationship with Jesus.

To keep all of this simple, we need to remember what we are about. We aren’t about 1,000 good things that might better peoples’ lives but don’t include seeing them come to know Christ. If the ultimate outcome isn’t to see them converted then we are losing track of what we are about. We are lost in complexity.

People who stay simple, who are focused like a laser, can be almost rude at times. They tend to be so focused they repel nice people who come with nice ideas about nice things that will bless people. There’s nothing wrong with any of that. There are plenty of places for that in fact. In the area of outreach, however, we must walk out the balance of smiling and at the same time walk in gritty determination to do whatever it takes to venture on.

3 Mahusay Outreach Proyekto Para sa Spring sa pamamagitan ng Janie Sjogren

Spring ay dito at panahon na ito ay isang mahusay na pagkakataon upang maabot ang out sa iyong komunidad at ipakita sa kanila ng Diyos pag-ibig sa mga praktikal na paraan.

Narito ang tatlong mga mahusay na outreach proyekto na ay perpekto para sa spring:

1. Free Car Wash

This is an effective, praktikal na serbisyo. Nag-aalok kami ng isang car wash bawat linggo sa tag-init. Have a professionally made banner or sign that says “Totally Free Car Wash!” o “Free – No Kidding – Pagpapaligo sa kotse!” Have a few people who are not shy, cheerfully yell at cars driving by – “Free Car Wash!” Former cheerleaders are great for this role! This outreach needs a good project manager to organize volunteers, car flow and ensure a quality job.

Purchase high quality car wash soap and do a thorough job – scrub the tires and dry the car. Your hard work will speak volumes about God’s love!

Materials:

  • Connection Cards
  • Free Car Wash Signs
  • Hoses and nozzles
  • Water Source (important!)
  • Buckets
  • Car Wash Soap
  • Squeegee
  • Tire brushes
  • Towels/Chamois Cloth

Team Size: 8+

Outreach Cost: Inexpensive

Child-friendly: Oo, it’s great fun for kids, but they must be well supervised

 

2. General Yard Cleanup

After the winter weather is over, all sorts of debris become obvious. Go door to door with gloves, rakes, and trash bags.

Materials:

Team Size: 2+

Outreach Cost: Free / inexpensive

Child-friendly: No

 

3. Bottled Water Giveaway

Many people prefer water to soft drinks. Ice down bottles of water in Igloo coolers for an alternative to Coke giveaways. Use the same drink connection cards. We don’t recommend combining this with a soda giveaway because it offers too many options and gets complicated. You can do this anywhere there are a lot of people gathered.

Materials:

Team Size: 3+

Outreach Cost: Moderate

Child-friendly: No

 

Huwag kalimutan upang bigyan out outreach cards Connect sa panahon ng iyong outreaches tagsibol. Kung kailangan mo ng mataas na kalidad na mga card outreach, Maaari kang mag-click sa anumang ng mga link sa itaas upang makita ang mga mahusay na seleksyon ng mga disenyo ng nag-aalok kami, o pumunta lamang sa link na ito sa ibaba:

http://www.kindnessresources.com/Outreach-Cards-C10.aspx

Keep walking in the outflow!

St. Patrick - patron Saint ng lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

St. Patrick Patrick nanirahan sa isang buhay ng trahedya na naging mga tagumpay. Iyon ay kung bakit parang ipagdiwang namin Marso 17 sa pamamagitan ng pagkain ng mga espesyal na Irish pagkain at pag-inom berdeng beer. Ang mga ito ay dapat na maging pagdiriwang ng isang buhay natubos na.

Ang oras ng taon ay may maraming mga kaguluhan sa paligid ng maraming kalokohan na mayroong maliit na gawin sa mga pinagmulan ng St. Patrick ng Araw. Sa paanuman Hindi sa tingin ko ang tunay St. Patrick ay lahat na ay nasasabik tungkol sa kulay berde. Ako ay medyo positibo siya ay hindi sandampot isang tao na hindi suot berde. Pagdudahan ko siya kailanman kinain atsara karne ng baka at repolyo. Hindi ako sigurado kung saan ang mga nagkakaroon ng lasang nuwes tradisyon Kaka makapagsimula. Ang mga ito ay masaya na gawin isang beses sa isang taon ngunit ang mga ito ay ganap na walang kinalaman sa magandang 'ol Patrick.

Oo siya namatay ang ilang mga ahas bilang marahil mo na basahin, ngunit iyan ay hindi kung ano siya ay tungkol sa. Siya ay isang kampeon ng talunan. Siya ay ang lahat tungkol sa liberating tao ang natigil sa kasalanan, sino ay ilagay down na sa pamamagitan ng isang mapang-api sistema. Umuugnay kong Patrick lalo na dahil siya ay isang tao na naging sa pang-aalipin, siya ay nakuha ng libreng, at ngayon siya ay nakatuon sa liberating iba mula sa kanilang pagkabihag. Ay hindi na kung ano ang ginagawa namin sa magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo? Kung hindi namin up sa anumang bagay ito na makilala namin sa lahat ng pagpapakumbaba na medyo kami ay messed up ang mga tao na nangangailangan ng isang interbensyon. Kailangan namin ang pag-save. Hindi namin kailangan ng kaunting tulong o ilang mga reporma. Tulad ng Patrick, kung Diyos ay hindi i-save sa amin ay namin mananatiling natigil sa pagkabihag. Ang magandang balita ng Diyos ay nagtakda kami ng libreng tulad ng kanyang ginawa para sa Patrick.

Ngayong naka-set namin ang libreng ng gawin gumawa ng ito sa aming pamumuhay na namin pakawalan iba bilang Patrick-ipaalam ipaalam. Para Patrick buhay kinuha sa mas malaking momentum bilang siya lumakad pa sa. Ang mas lumang nakuha niya ang kanyang mas mataas na epekto. Naniniwala ako Wills Diyos na uri ng Umph para sa iyo at sa akin pati na rin. Ng maglakad ang aming pagtawag ng may lubos na kasiyahan Hayaan, may matinding galit at ang sigasig ng Diyos ang kanyang sarili. Ang kanyang tadhana rests sa amin bilang mag-alay namin ang aming sarili upang mawala ang ating buhay. Mayroon kaming wala sa mawala maliban sa ating mga buhay-at siya ay magbibigay sa amin ng mahusay na kagalakan sa pagbibigay ng mga up pati na rin.

Maligayang St. Patrick ng Araw! Snake o walang ahas, kung ikaw ay may suot berde o hindi, ito ay tungkol sa pagtatakda ng mga tao libreng. Gawin natin ito nang magkasama Hayaan! Salamat para sa pagiging isang bahagi ng lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo tribo.

-Buno Sa Murphy Sa Outreach Sa pamamagitan ng Jon Allis

Nagkaroon ako ng kasiyahan ng pulong Steve Sjogren sa isang pagpupulong na inisponsor siya sa ang Kings Island Inn sa 1989. Dapat ko pa kilala ng isang bagay ay up kapag Nawala ko ang isa sa aking mga 2 front ngipin pagse-set up ang sound equipment (isang kuwento para sa isa pang oras, ngunit huwag mag-atubiling upang ipasok ang iyong mga paboritong probinsyano magtawa dito. Iyon ay nagsimulang mahaba ang pagkakaibigan isang dekada ni. Ang coffee namin ibinabahagi spurred mahusay na pag-uusap at mga kuwento mula sa Steve. Ang kanyang pagkahilig nakatulong sa akin parehong makilala kung saan ang Diyos ay na-develop ng puso ng isang lingkod sa akin at inspirasyon sa akin upang simulan sinasadya nangungunang iba na pag-ibig doon sa paligid sa amin. Narito ang isa sa mga lessons ko natutunan na nagpapanatili sa akin sa laro 25 taon na ang lumipas.

Ito ay isang bagay ko unang narinig mula sa Steve, ngunit ito ay nilalaro out sa isang paraan o ibang sa bawat proyekto ko na lumahok sa. "Kapag ililipat sa lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo ikaw mauntog sa Murphy ang Batas ... walang, ikaw ay ilipat sa Murphy ng bansa!"

Mukhang na mapagmahal ang iyong kapwa bilang iyong sarili ay talagang mahirap - na ang lahat na maaaring magkamali ay may gawi na magkamali. Ito ay kakaiba - hindi ito mukhang mahirap kaya kapag si Jesus uusapang tungkol sa mapagmahal ang aming mga kapitbahay.

Ako talaga naisip ko ay pagkuha off madaling! Sa bawat oras na pinili naming pinagkakatiwalaan ni Jesus at nagpapatakbo sa mga kaloob ng Espiritu, Mahal (yes isahan, dahil walang pasubali bawat tagasunod ni Jesus ay nakakakuha ng isang ito!) ang kaaway ay doon upang matiyak na hindi namin nais na ito. Kung ginawa namin tulad nito, maaari naming kilalanin ng Diyos kapangyarihan ay nagsiwalat sa pag-ibig, at maaari naming simulan upang ibahagi ito tulad nito na ginawa ng isang pagkakaiba at talagang baguhin ang mundo. Upang maiwasan ito, aming mga kaaway tinitiyak na Murphy ang Batas ay powerfully sa trabaho sa pamamagitan ng iba't-ibang mga pangyayari, ordinansa, personalities and attitudes from the get go so we are frustrated from the get go.

Murphy showed up at the very first outreach I did with Steve at the Cincinnati Vineyard. They were hosting a free carwash (that actually was free—back in the day when that was novel) at Jenny’s Sports Bar on Route 42. I jumped in with both feet and started working hard. I got hot enough that spring day to shed my t-shirt (not nearly as terrifying an image 25 taon na ang nakalipas) as I pressed into washing fenders, hoods and bumpers. As we began to clean up I started looking for my white t-shirt, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I finally wandered over to the rag pile and there it was. Someone had used it to polish brake dust from at least a dozen rims. I wrung it out and considered this reward for my labor. Later though 2 stories circulated that made me realize that I would gladly give my shirt every time we served to see God’s love revealed like that.

That experience helped me realize that to deal with Mr. Murphy and not give up we must be both hard and soft. We must be hard to keep serving for the long haul. Hard to the outreach realities of circumstances, ordinansa, personalities and attitudes that Murphy employs. Dealing with Murphy requires that we develop a callous over the part of our heart that wants to be right, wants to be in control, wants to look good and most of all be successful. The bad news is that callous is developed the way all good callouses are – through repeatedly being pressed down, pushed on, rubbed and scraped. In a deep sense we need to become hard to the awkward feelings of being foolish, unappreciated and embarrassed. I believe this sacrifice is a pleasing fragrance to our God. If we can grow hard, develop this ability to embrace Murphy, we can enjoy a long season of loving our community into relationship with Jesus.

We must also stay soft. Soft to the voices of those we are serving and those we are serving with. The breath of fresh air for me in this discipline of reaching out in service is the stories that capture a moment in the transformation process. Make time to listen every time you are serving. Whether it is a debrief over food after an event with your co-laborers or stopping your “kindness” to listen to one of the people you are working so hard to reach. Their stories are the catalog of the Holy Spirit’s work in and through you, in a tangible way, the very coming of His kingdom. Don’t be distracted by your work and miss this sweet fruit. As these stories are shared, they create energy for us to continue to reach out.

Love Strong.

Ang pagkakaroon Ang Puso Para sa mga Ang Mahina ay nangangahulugan na ang pagkakaroon ng Isang Puso Para sa Diyos sa pamamagitan ng Martin Buehlmann

Hindi na matagal na ang nakalipas aking asawa at ako ay upo sa aming kusina, paghahanda ng isang magandang pamilya ng hapunan. Bigla aming doorbell Rang. Pagpunta sa pinto nakita natin Ghebremariam, isang 38 taong gulang na babae mula sa Eritrea taong gumagawa para Mariam. Ghebremariam ay isang refugee mula sa Eritrea, isang kalapit na bansa sa Etyopya. She had to leave three children behind and has now been in Europe for four years.

We have known Ghebremariam for quite a while, since Christmas when she came to our home for a party for the lonely and enjoyed it immensely. As she sat with us in the kitchen, she began to share more of her heartbreaking story. When she came to Europe four years ago she hoped to find a place of peace, a home, a hiding place from all the abuses, all the arbitrariness and unrighteousness she had to live under. But now, as she was sharing her story, crying aloud, she told us she was just refused as a refugee, being left without any rights and without support. Our dinner changed from a leisure time to a wonderful expression of care, love, acceptance. We listened, cried with her, hugged her, prayed for her and finally blessed her with some money. After two hours her countenance lifted and she smiled slightly. When she left we knew that we had expressed the kindness of Jesus to this dear woman.

Suddenly it dawned on me. It is Good Friday and Jesus has visited our home. We were able to console Him, for Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 25, that whatever we have done to one of the least, we have done to Him.

Serving others means meeting Jesus in the lives of others, sharing their pain and helplessness. As we are faithfully doing this as an expression of our lifestyle, it becomes a continuous prayer and invitation for Christ to come.

Kapag ang lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo ay magiging regular na sa pamamagitan ng Marty Boller

outreachHindi ako sigurado kapag ang 'lingkod ng magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo' ang termino unang dumating sa-play. Sa unang araw ng Vineyard kilusan, Steve Sjogren ang unang boses Narinig ko pakikipag-usap tungkol sa tumutuon isang buong komunidad ng simbahan sa buong ideya ng pagpapalabas ng mga tagalabas sa pamamagitan ng praktikal na, naaangkop na kilos ng kabaitan. Aking Vineyard simbahan sa Cedar Rapids, Iowa ay aktibong kasangkot sa lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo para sa magkano ng aming labintatlo taon ng aming pagkakaroon. Sa 1998, kapag nagsimula kaming ang aming simbahan, ito ay karaniwan para sa aming maliit na koponan ng simbahan planting na kasangkot sa TS mga kaganapan halos weekend bawat.

Ginawa namin ang libreng washes kotse, libreng bote ng tubig pamudmod, libreng kapitbahayan dahon-raking, libreng carnation sa moms sa Ina Day, libreng snow shoveling, atbp. atbp. Ito ay karaniwang bumalik pagkatapos na kapag ang isang bagong tao ay nagsimula paparating sa aming simbahan, namin alam na sila ay naglalagi kapag nakita namin ito sa aming susunod na giveaway! At habang hindi ko maaaring tanggihan na ginawa namin ang mga kaganapan sa mga lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo sa aming mga pinakamaagang araw dahil tayo ay sinusubukan planta ng bagong simbahan, sa paglipas ng panahon tingin ko ang ilan sa atin ay aktwal na nahuli ang TS bug at nagpasya ito ay isang mahusay na bagay na gawin kahit na ito ay hindi lahat ng tungkol sa pagbuo ng isang bagong simbahan. Sa katunayan, bilang makita ko ito, lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo ay hindi kailanman dapat na tungkol sa planting o pagbuo ng isang simbahan, ngunit tungkol sa mga simpleng mapagmahal tao hindi namin alam. At bilang Steve Sjogren madalas itinuro sa amin sa mga nakaraang taon, salita lamang ay hindi maaaring ipahayag kung paano kapanapanabik na ito ay upang bigyan ng isang bagay na ang layo walang string naka-attach.

Ngunit hindi ito kawili-wiling na sa paglipas ng panahon, namin ang mga Kristiyano ay maaaring tumagal ng isang bagay na ay sa nito 'core ng isang bagay na bago at sariwang at gumawa ang mga ito sa isang routine, o mas malala pa, simbahan proyekto? At kaya ito ay magiging may maraming simbahan namin lumalaki at makakuha ng sa mga facility ng ating sariling. Bilang Inaasahan ko pabalik, Ko bang makita kung paano gumaganap ang aking iglesya nagpunta mula sa pagkakaroon ng isang 'malayang-natanggap-malayang-ibinigay na' saloobin tungkol sa lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo sa isang programming mode na maaaring gumawa ng TS lahat tungkol sa lumalaking ng aming simbahan at pagsukat para sa mga resulta. Sadly, tulad ng paglago namin mas malaki, ang konsepto ng random na gawain ng kabutihan ay malamang na nagbabago sa highly-binuo, well-planned-out na programa ng lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo. At sa paanuman, gayunman, halos nawala ang tunay na kagalakan ng paggawa ng TS para sa mga karapatan na dahilan.

Ngayon, bilang isulat ko ang mga salitang ito, Nagdarasal ako tungkol sa kung ano ang maaaring tumagal sa aming mahusay na naitaguyod simbahan muli bumalik sa maligaya, masayahin kusang TS pamudmod tangkilikin ang sabay-sabay namin kapag kami ay mas maliit. Ako paghula maaaring may iba pang pastors out doon na ibahagi ang parehong panaginip. Sa kamakailang mga linggo, Ko ang blogging tungkol sa kung anong uri ng mga pagbabago ay maaaring kailangang mangyari sa aking labintatlo-taon gulang na simbahan upang makabalik sa joys ng paggawa ng simpleng Kingdom outreach ministeryo dahil lang sa si Jesus ay nagmamahal sa ito na paraan. Samahan ako sa aking blog at tugtog ng relos sa sa ilan sa iyong mga ideya pati na rin. Kasama ng tulong ng Diyos, Naniniwala ako maaari naming makita ang isang sariwang alon ng TS, para sa kapakanan ng Kanyang Pangalan!

Makinig sa Diyos ... Talagang? ni Jason Taylor

Ito ay tila ako ay sinubukan lahat ng ito! Mula sa drop sa mga libo-libong mga itlog mula sa isang helicopter sa pagpapadala sa kung ano tila tulad ng milyon-milyong mga postkard, ngunit ang aming simbahan ay hindi pagkuha ng "mga resulta" na ang iba ay nakuha. Ako bisikleta coach at tagapayo na sinabi sa akin "paano" upang planta ng simbahan. I did everything by the book, but the results were minimal in comparison to what everyone else was “getting”. Was there something wrong with me? Was I really called? Is this really what God wanted me to do, start a church from scratch?

I still remember the day that I just came to a realization that I needed to stop listening to coaches, books, and blogs first and start listening to what God was saying through the Holy Spirit for our church in our town. That’s when everything changed! I remember praying and asking God, “What’s next?” As I stopped and listened, He spoke and we started becoming who God wanted us to be as a church in our town.

Halimbawa, God said…

  • Move your location 9 miles across town to another school, when you do not have the money to do so- we did, and we started growing and God provided!
  • Set a goal to touch 5,000 people with random acts of Kindness in six months, when we had no dollars for this outreach- we did, and people’s lives were changed forever and God provided!
  • Move again to another location that you cannot afford- we did, and God provided and since that time over 260 people have given their lives to Jesus in our services!

My point is this: There is nothing wrong with coaching, mentors, and blogs, but please LISTEN TO GOD FIRST, and God will use the other voices to implement the vision that He gives you.

5 Paglulunsad Aralin Mula sa Johnny Appleseed sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

John Chapman, aka ang maalamat na "Johnny Appleseed" ay isang misyonero na naabot sa katutubong Amerikano sa Ohio Valley sa maagang 1800s.

Siya ay Simple Tools

His primary planting tool was a stick! Mayroon ba kayong isang stick? Kapag ang kanyang kasalukuyang stick wore out siya natagpuan ng isang bagong stick. I heard recently through the grapevine that sticks are still easy to find!

The more elaborate we make our plans the more likely it is that we will fail.

He Heard the Invitation

He picked up on the invitation of the Father to accomplish his lifelong mission, therefore when the going got tough he was able to return to the beginning of it all to when God unmistakably spoke to him to go out in the first place.

He Didn’t Talk About Outreach, He Did Outreach

Johnny understood it’s about activism, not mere talk, nor continual preparation study, nor the accruing of more cool conference notebooks. He was all about taking risks and getting out there. If he were alive in 2012 his motto would be, “Missional schmissional! Stop the incessant talk, stop being a chicken and just do it for Pete’s sake!"

He Did Small Things

It doesn’t take much to change the world. A tiny apple seed grows into the largest fruit bearing tree in the plant world that will bear thousands of apples.

He Was Faithful

He was all in! He burned his bridges. There was no return.

He Saw Potential in the Faith Realm

Some would find it difficult, if not impossible, to do the ministry of Johnny because it was long-term and not immediately fulfilling. He was called by God to do something great but something that not would fully bear fruit in his lifetime.

Each seed was destined to produce an amazing tree that would produce thousands of apples to the glory of God. It takes the kind of faith only God can provide to live from that perspective. We can’t work that up. “God empower us the ability to hear your calling, regardless of the timing.”

With servant evangelism ministry the fruit takes a while to come about, but guaranteed, but when a church plant remains faithful to strongly serve and show generosity to their surrounding community, astounding results will come about.

Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple,
But only God can count the number of apples in a seed.

Robert H. Schuller

Mga aralin mula sa pudpod Ang Cat…nudging ng mga iba sa Kristo sa pamamagitan ng Austin Cooper

Kailangan ko bang aminin na ginamit ko upang mapoot cats. Hindi ko kailanman maintindihan kung bakit isang tao ay nais ng isang hayop na Itinatago 20 oras ng araw at hisses sa iyo ang iba pang mga 4 oras kapag ito nagpasya ang biyaya mo sa kanyang presensya. I see all the “cute” kitten pictures girls post on Facebook and all I can think is “You need a dog in your life.” Strangely enough though, my perceptions of cats have taken a complete 180 turn in the past several months due to a stray cat named Stubby that visits our house from time to time. Stubby has not only done well for his entire species, but he has highlighted a great truth that too many of us as Christians forget: Genuine small acts of love push people toward Christ no matter how far away they are from His Grace.

Stubby started coming to our doorstep early this winter and I wanted nothing to do with him. My wife and I would sometimes put out some scrap food for Stubby. He would eat it and then go his way. I liked his lack of neediness but one night it got down to 20 degrees outside so I agreed to let him in for about an hour, but no longer. While he was in our house he was playful, well behaved, clean, and actually showed his love toward us with many small gestures. After his hour was up I kicked him outside with some warm towels that he could shelter under. A week later cold weather returned and Stubby was at our door waiting for us when we got home. This time I agreed to let Stubby stay the entire night. At about 3 am I woke up to a shifting of weight at the foot of our bed. Stubby had cuddled up and was purring more than any cat I ever heard before. All of my instincts told me “KICK HIM OFF”, but I decided to let him stay. Time and time again this has happened and now when we come home Stubby is usually waiting for us doing backflips for us to come in. I have bought him play toys, I let him stay whenever he wants, he has met all of my friends, I have bought him Meow Mix, and yes I let him sleep in our bed whenever he wants. I am officially still a dog man, but little experiences over time with Stubby has me rethinking how I view cats because now I can truly say I love Stubby and look forward to seeing him every day. At first I didn’t understand what was happening, but now I see it clearly. Stubby was working a plan. Bit by bit, Stubby was nudging me toward a relationship with him.

This experience teaches a great lesson about how we as Christians need to reach out to the Lost.

There are many people in this world who are not yet ready to accept Christ. They are “Not-Yet Believers.” They are open to a gesture of kindness and love that can nudge them closer to being ready to accept Christ. Recently, I’ve heard pastors use the analogy of golfers on a golf course to represent those who are on a journey toward coming to Christ at various points of readiness to accept Christ. Some golfers are right on the green and ready to putt their ball into the hole (accept Christ), while others are so far away from the hole it wouldn’t work all that well for a putter to move them. For the person that is far away from the hole, a simple act of love can be used to get them closer to the hole where the golfer can use a putter to nudge them into the hole (to accept Christ) so that progress will take place. Progress takes place all along the golf match no matter which club is used. The lesson learned is this – use the appropriate club depending on where the ball lies, not on your affinity for a particular club. Learn to use a number of clubs!

Too many times in evangelism we focus on the end result and we want to rush people there without taking the time to show them who God is through small acts of genuine love. There are many people who are so distant from accepting Christ, that a push in His direction with a practical service may be all that God asks at that moment. I like to think that our small obedient acts of love give the lost a first impression of who God really is, and how much He loves them. If I think about my relationship with Stubby, he did not come in and demand that he sleep on my bed and eat my food right away. I would have promptly kicked him off my property. Gayunman, little genuine acts of love over time gave me a first impression of cats and brought me to the point where I was ready to dive in to whatever Stubby wanted. When we grasp the truth that God uses even our small acts of love to draw the Lost to Himself, it inspires us to live a life that is bursting out with the love and kindness God has shown us. Every small act of our life becomes meaningful simply because a small act of love shown to an Unbeliever could be all God needs to draw them to a better understanding of who He is, which in effect draws them closer to accepting Jesus’ love.

Our church has recently caught fire on giving people within our community a first impression of who God is. As we focus on giving the Lost a little nudge closer to Jesus we like to perform small acts of kindness such as passing out free water on a hot day, passing out free candy, doing free car washes, raking leafs for free, or any free service that aims just to show people that God loves them in a practical way with no strings attached. The people we are serving often say, “I have never felt so loved by a Christian” or “I have never heard of a church doing something like this just to tell me God loves me”. Over time we have seen the fruit of nudging people towards Christ through small acts of love.

If Stubby can use small genuine acts of love to bring me to a place where I admit that I love cats, how much more can God use our small, genuine acts of love overtime to bring an Unbeliever to a place where they accept Him.

Hang in there as the ball moves closer to the hole. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will inspire you to have patience.