Sidewalk Ministry!

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Here is a very simple witnessing tool that is very effective! 

We call it our Sidewalk Ministry!

Our Little Antique church is located right down town Otsego Michigan.  This gives us a lot of side walk traffic that we wanted to reach out to.  God gave another "download" to John to purchase a desk that could be carried easily out to our side walk every time our church was open!  He started praying that God would guide him to the perfect desk that would match the antique characteristics of our church.  One day as he was driving by a antique store downtown Lawrence where his business is he got an impression to stop and go in and purchase this desk from there.  After going in and telling the owner of the antique store what he was looking for and the future purpose of it, she tried to help him find one but none "fit the bill".  As John prayed again for direction, God impressed him to keep looking!  He asked the lady owner if there were any other desks that she might have.  She told him that she had some down in the basement and that I could take a look down there.  Upon going down the steep steps, there was the nicest little desk that "fit the bill" perfectly!

Since putting this little desk out by our side walk, we have been very surprised to find that Bibles and literature are frequently taken!  We made up a beautiful welcome sign that we put in a picture frame on top of the desk that expresses our churches passion for Jesus Christ and for them to join us in worshiping Him!

 

Due to the success of this simple ministry, we would like to encourage every church that has side walk traffic to duplicate this concept and start reaching out to these people God is sending by your church!  Please contact us for more information on this ministry!

 

 

GO LIGHT YOUR WORLD!

Christís method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, "Follow Me."--The Ministry of Healing, p. 143. {ChS 119.3} -emphasis added

Let the workers go from house to house, opening the Bible to the people, circulating the publications, telling others of the light that has blessed their own souls.--Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 123. {ChS 114.1}

By personal labor reach those around you. Become acquainted with them. Preaching will not do the work that needs to be done. Angels of God attend you to the dwellings of those you visit. This work cannot be done by proxy. Money lent or given will not accomplish it. Sermons will not do it. By visiting the people, talking, praying, sympathizing with them, you will win hearts. This is the highest missionary work that you can do. To do it, you will need resolute, persevering faith, unwearying patience, and a deep love for souls.--Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 41. {ChS 117.5}

A Reformatory Movement  In visions of the night, representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among Godís people. Many were praising God. The sick were healed, and other miracles were wrought. A spirit of intercession was seen, even as was manifested before the great Day of Pentecost. Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families and opening before them the word of God. Hearts were convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a spirit of genuine conversion was manifest. On every side doors were thrown open to the proclamation of the truth. The world seemed to be lightened with the heavenly influence. Great blessings were received by the true and humble people of God. --Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 126  Emphasis Supplied

It is in doing Christís work that the church has the promise of His presence. Go teach all nations, He said;"and, lo,I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."(Matt.28:18-20)To take His yoke is one of the first conditions of receiving His power. The very life of the church depends upon her faithfulness in fulfilling the Lordís commission. To neglect this work is surely to invite spiritual feebleness and decay. Where there is no active labor for others, love wanes, and faith grows dim. Quote from The Desire of Ages p.825-

10/01/2012