Thanks for your prayer and interest in our Easter outreach activities.
We began visiting people last Wednesday testing approaches to build connection with people particularly at Easter. Our experience in Wollongong combined with the activities of Tim Scheuer and Wayne Forward at Nelson Bay suggests the following best sequence.
1. Greeting: Hi my name is Dave and this is Fred, we are meeting our neighbours over this Easter period and wanting to share a little of the Easter blessing by giving a simple gift. Can we offer you this gift?
2. Give the Gift if they are OK to receive. (we gave 5-7 small easter eggs in cellophane with a ribbon, Nice!)
3. Question listening and Dialogue: We are wondering also if people have an opinion about Easter. Do you have an opinion about Easter? (Or you could ask “What do you think is the spiritual significance of Easter?)
4. Prayer: After some discussion and interaction if you hear about a need offer to pray or: “We are also looking to bless our community with prayer at this time. If God was to meet a need of yours or of your family, what would that be? and can we pray that now?”
Tim and Wayne with 4 teams were able to pray with 20 people our 4 teams have found 13 people with a similar openness. We plan to follow up those who have shown interest by telling a Bible story, bridging to a simple gospel presentation, finding out if they want to know more, inviting them to a Discovery Group in their neighbourhood. We are seeking to read the Bible with groups of potential disciples in their or a neighbour’s home (or café etc).
We now need to pray daily for God to be at work in the lives of those we are planning to revisit (bind evil, release from bondages, ready to hear about Jesus), that they would be prepared to take the next steps of commitment to Christ Jesus.
Our next followup, and Person of peace Search is April 11th 9am to about 2pm (includes lunch and debrief). Let me know if you want to be a part of this, or other such events we plan to run monthly (eg May 23rd ).
May the love of God empower each of us to partner with God and one another to seek and save the lost.