Sometimes we need to break unwritten rules to reach strangers for Christ. There are evangelism opportunities everywhere we look, even on vacation. Or riding a horse carriage.
Do you know that unwritten rule about riding in the back of a horse carriage? Your driver operates the horse and buggy, you sit quietly snuggled up with your spouse taking in the sights of the city and no one speaks.
But, PTL members Gary and Joan W. from Myerstown, Pa. decided to take a different tactic with their driver while vacationing in Montreal, Canada.
Joan recalled: "There was a horse and carriage driver in Montreal - what a nice guy. He was sharing so much about the city and we gave him a Gospel. He said, 'Thank you.' And he was reading it right away."
Joan and Gary were prepared to share the Gospel message because they followed through on PTL's mission to Read, Carry, and Share God's Word through the Gospel of John.
The question to ask yourself is whether you are prepared to witness anywhere and everywhere this summer. Here are key ways that you can impact people you encounter at home or on vacation this summer.
The Great Adventure - Staycation Style
The new fad in vacationing is a "staycation." In other words, staying at home and doing things as if you're on a vacation.
It saves money, time spent traveling and the headache of taking a form of transportation to another destination. In other words, perfect for our hyper-busy culture!
But just because you spend Monday visiting a local museum, Wednesday taking in a ballgame and Friday spending the day at the zoo does not mean opportunities to evangelize disappear.
Think of how many opportunities there are within those moments. Museum employees, ballpark vendors and zookeepers all needing to hear about God.
You might also visit a new restaurant during your summer staycation, where God places a specific server in your path. Be prepared - bring a Gospel of John with you!
PTL Member, Gary, talked about this specific situation of God placing people right in his path in restaurants”.: "If we have a waiter or waitress when we eat and we strike up a conversation some time during the stay at the restaurant, then we give them a Gospel at the end. And, we make sure that there's a good tip in the Gospel!"
The Great Adventure - Vacation Style
Okay, so you're ready to take an actual vacation this summer. You might venture to another city or state in the U.S., or you might travel out of the country or even around the world.
The first thing you should remember to pack is the Gospel booklets to share God's Word with strangers from different cultures. You never know what kind of impact you could make on an entire country or even continent.
PTL Member, Gary, recalled this amazing story of sharing a Gospel booklet in the African country of Zimbabwe:
"One of my most exciting times was giving one to a shop owner in Zimbabwe. He was so excited about it; he asked if he could give us some more. We didn't have any with us. So, we got his address and sent him a whole case when we got home.
"But then a few weeks later, we got a call at 2 o'clock in the morning. This was the Zimbabwe shop owner! He said, 'Could you send me some more?' So, we sent him another case. We really see God's Word going forward because of that."
Sending out God's Word is an amazing picture of how Jesus is described in the first chapter of John. The author describes Jesus as the Word made flesh and sent forth into the world to be a witness for God.
John 1:14 reads: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
The Great Adventure of sending forth God's Word started with Jesus coming down from Heaven into the world. His message continues to impact believers and non-believers 2,000 years later. Why? God's Word is eternal and forever powerful to change lives!
The Great Adventure - Take the 21-Day Challenge
When we become a witness for Christ, we will face resistance or even questions that we do not know how to answer. But we can become better equipped to talk to strangers we encounter this summer.
Take the 21-Day Challenge studying and reading the Gospel of John in 21 days.
In order to understand every detail of Jesus Christ’s life on earth, start in Chapter 1 which explains to us how the Word became flesh.
In the process of taking the 21-Day Challenge, you will grow in your faith, your relationship with God and your passion for reading and knowing God's Word.
When you sign up, you will receive 21 self-paced lessons emailed directly to you. You can also invite a friend to join you in the challenge. Plus, when you sign up for the challenge, you both will receive League Memberships and have access to order Gospels and enjoy other free training resources!
Find out how you can evangelize like PTL Members, Gary and Joan. You'll be amazed when you experience what Joan said: "What's really cool is God brings the people to us. It's not like we go out hunting; we could, but He brings the people to us."
Be ready to take part in the Great Adventure of sending forth God's Word near your home or around the world to draw in non-believers to the family of God.
You never know whom God will place in your path. That's why we are prepared to Read, Carry, and Share the Gospel.