Friday, June 7, 2019

Day 3 Report: 40 Days in the Harvest

Wow! Remember what I said last time about how it's better to share the Gospel with teammates?! Today we had 4 total teammates and the amount of conversations proves it! 

Tracking Day 3
Teammates: 4
Places: Peoria (From inner city to upscale and back again.)
Engaged: 25+
Prayed For: 18+
Gospel Shares: 14+
Yellow Light - Scheduled Follow Up: 2
Green Light (New Believer): 0
Christian: 0
Scheduled Training: 0
(The + is because we had some bigger groups we engaged in the afternoon so not 100% sure on totals.)

Some cool stories: 
I ran into someone I had prayed for previously and their prayer request (for their grandkids) had been answered.
A friend joined me as a teammate and I offered to pray for people in an upscale area of town. I didn't think we had a ton of luck (4 engaged, 2 prayers) but my friend said "This was helpful." He appreciated seeing simple questions starting spiritual conversations.
In the afternoon the number of people we engaged, prayed for, and shared the Gospel with was nearly identical. Usually there is a funnel with less people hearing the Gospel than you engage, but people on the south end of Peoria were very open to conversation and hearing the Gospel. For one group of kids it was the first time they had heard Jesus had died for them.

Some free thoughts: 
We have some messed up versions of Christianity out there. Church is something you go to, Jesus life and death is something you give assent to, but it doesn't change you or mean anything different.  Of the 14+ people that heard the Gospel today, many of them would describe themselves as Christian, but I'm not confident that many of them have a personal faith in Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
The offer of a Bible study in a cultural Christian context often is met with "I already go to church." I'm working through better follow up questions. One I know I need to try is: "Can we come back and share a story of Jesus with you?"

Reply or contact me to join in a future harvest day! See the schedule here.

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