By Keith Manuel
Joe and Debbie decided at the last minute to attend the fall festival at their neighbor's church. They were hesitant because they didn't know many people there, but the neighborhood kids were talking about how much fun they had the year before. In reality, Joe and Debbie needed a fun and free night out with the kids.
After filling out an information card, volunteers led the family to a prayer tent. A senior adult lady welcomed them, collected their card and asked how she could pray for their family. Debbie doesn't remember what caused her eyes suddenly to fill with tears or why she shared the details of her prayer request with a total stranger, but it seemed the words rushed out of her. The couple was struggling financially and their marriage was on shaky ground. Debbie said, "I just want my kids to have a normal home."
The senior adult's prayer seemed like a warm blanket over Joe and Debbie. They started attending the church and several weeks later surrendered their lives to Jesus. The church ministered to them, helped them receive counseling -- and their marriage eventually healed.
There are many people like Joe and Debbie at fall festivals. However, the difference between a good event and an event where you introduce people to Jesus is in the planning.
Churches who want to seize the opportunity to share the Gospel at their festivals sometimes struggle with how to do so effectively. Here are a couple of tips to make the process easier.
Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!