Dare 2 Share

This past weekend was an exciting one. We took a group of middle and high school students to the Dare 2 Share conference. (You can find out more about the awesome ministry of Dare 2 Share at www.dare2share.org.) We had 2 students pray to become Christ-followers and 5 students that made a commitment to fully devote their lives to God. We were all challenged to know and share the Gospel.

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On Saturday afternoon we had a chance to go put into action what we had been learning about. We hit the streets…they assigned each church a neighborhood. Our task was to knock on doors and ask for canned good donations for Wayside Cross Ministries. Then we asked if we could pray for them. If the opportunity presented itself we tried to share the Gospel with them. I don’t care who you are, this kind of thing is challenging and stretching! As you can imagine, we experienced a variety of responses. Some praised us for our efforts, others slammed the door in our faces. There was one response that really stuck out to me. It was my turn to talk. I approached the door with two students. We rang the door bell and a couple answered the door. They seemed bothered that we were there…as I began talking I could tell they were thinking “can’t you read the sign? It says ‘no solicitors’”. I finished my intro and asked for a canned good for the food drive, the woman’s demeanor totally changed. She told us she would be happy to donate and went to get some items. She came back with 2 bags full of canned goods. As she handed them to us I asked if we could pray for her and her family. She said sure and I proceeded to pray that God would bless her family for their generosity and that he would reveal to them how much he loves them. As I finished praying she came out of the house to shake our hands and thank us for what we were doing and for making her day.

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“Can I pray for you?” Honestly, who would say “no” to that? What a great way to begin reaching out to those around us that need to hear the Gospel. By asking to pray for them we demonstrate that we care and that God cares. Not to mention it opens the door for future spiritual conversations. So, can I pray for you?

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“Lord, I pray that you would be with each person that reads this post. I pray that wherever they are at in their journey, that you would draw them to yourself. I pray that they would be overwhelmed with the good news of the Gospel and that they would begin to share it with their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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Grace,

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Chris

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