Friday, June 29, 2007

Mustafa on Mill

This encounter if from our first outing to Mill Avenue in Tempe near Arizona State University. Mustafa was easy to talk to. I'm sure not all Muslims are this easy to communicate the Gospel to, but then again there are plenty of people from all backgrounds who are a challenge. I have to admit, I was not actively seeking out Muslims, but I'm glad that I ran across this young man. I was able to make some connection with things we had in common. I also used the optical illusion tract from living waters. Listen as I talk to Mustafa. Please pray for him.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Blockbuster Opportunity

Next Friday, Evan Almighty will be in theaters everywhere. It's expected to be a summer hit like it's predesessor Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey. One thing for sure is that this movie is causing a lot of controversy among Christians. Either way, the expected crowds give us a good reason to hit the theaters with a bundle of gospel tracts. What's unique about this opportunity is that the theme of the movie should provide some good ways to approach people with the Gospel.

Consider the following approach: "Hi, I'm here asking people what they are expecting to get from this movie?" "Do you think that it will in any way reflect what God is really like?"

Take some time to think about possible ideas to swing from the natural (small talk or initial approach) to the spiritual.

Post your ideas in the comments below. Also consider recording your encounter. Submit it to StreetFishing and I will consider it for posting.

Note: Audios must be digital and in either wav or mp3 format for consideration.

Soli Deo Gloria


Monday, June 11, 2007

Keep The Change

I was driving home on Saturday and decided to take a route that I only occasionally use. As I turned onto the street, I noticed a blue Dodge Durango pulled over and a woman waving frantically for me to pull over. I did, and it turned out that she was out of gas with three small kids and late for an appointment. Summer temperatures in the Phoenix area get well into the 100's, so naturally she was in a potentially dangerous situation as there were no gas stations or stores within walking distance. I told her that I lived a mile away and had a gas can at home and that I could fill it and be back in fifteen minutes. She insisted that I take some money as she put the bills in my hand. The container only held a gallon anyway and I figured the least I could do was pay for it. Then I would sneak the money back onto the seat or something. She waited with her kids while I was off to get the gas. On the way I was trying to think of how I could witness, what I could say. It seemed that in the heat and given her rush, it would be awkward any way I put it. Then on the way back, it hit me; Just slip a million dollar bill tract among the bills I would be returning....she would eventually find it and know I put it there. When I returned, she insisted I keep the money. I told her that I was a Christian and it wasn't necessary, this is what we do. She thanked me profusely and got on her way.
I’m guilty of thinking in the past that a tract left or given without further follow up was “the easy way out.” But this experience taught me the value of a tract well placed. Sometimes a conversation is not possible, practical or sensitive. A good tract though, will share the Gospel, and since it's the work of The Holy Spirit anyway, we can still rest in our obedience.

Soli Deo Gloria

Friday, June 1, 2007

Speak it!

Okay, I'm not going to play games here...well, maybe a little. Can you pick out the goofy terminology I used in this audio? The point is, nerves can play a big part in your conversations. Mallory seems pretty comfortable to speak about eternal things but apparently I got a little creative with my speech.

Really, the point isn't to make any apology for my blunder, it's to point out that you are going to stumble now and again and get a little tongue tied. Just work through it and move on. All that said, Mallory was engaged and hopefully she has something to think about. Please pray for her.