What to Say / What Not to Say
The verbal encounter we have with people as we are doing outreach is vital. That is, what we say – and what we don’t say — can make or break an encounter in outreach. There are ways of saying things that are more effective than others. We don’t want to say whatever pops into your head in general. We are connecting with people who are by and large are fearful, mistrusting, and even though they are curious about what we are doing they are at the same time not willing to put their trust in us — after all we are total strangers. The best way to do outreach verbally is to take a bit of time to think through what it is that we are trying to accomplish. As we are doing outreach to large numbers of people in our community we have lots of a opportunities to convey a verbal message as well as the strong action of giving them a gift – either something physical or a service.
We are wise to say just enough but not too much that they would draw back. I recommend we convey the following:
1. “This is free…”
2. “…this is to show you God’s kindness…”
Then stand back and watch what God does. Sometimes we will have people draw into the action and ask questions about why we are doing this. At other times we are just scattering seeds that are going to bear fruit over the long haul as their hearts are conditioned.
This matter of verbalizing with people you are connecting with is something that will grow as you invest more time to the process of outreach. You will learn the more ideal ways of saying things that fits in your neck of the woods.
I bless you to live, learn and grow in your outreach efforts!