Thursday, January 10, 2008

Who Have You Hugged Today?

So Shannon & I got into this discussion this morning about whether door-to-door evangelism is a generational thing or not. For several decades one of the most emphasized evangelism techniques was to either go door-to-door or at least find a stranger to share a tract with them. Interestingly enough, that widespread emphasis also came at a time when door-to-door sales were a popular and successful strategy in the business world. Now, however, most people won't even open the door to a salesman, and why would you when you can buy whatever you want on ebay and have it sent to your door?

So does that mean that door-to-door evangelism is also an outdated ministry approach? And if so, what does evangelism look like for this generation? Is it via the internet? Does it need to be more relational? Do we need to go to public places and offer love and acceptance like the "Free Hugs" guy? I want to hear your thoughts on this matter.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

What's That Smell?

It's the smell of lives being changed! That's what you get when a group of young Christ-followers raise money for sheep, goats, pigs, cows, and chickens. That's right, our service/giving project from last month is over. The totals are in. The money has been counted, and you raised $1692.79 for World Vision to provide farm animals for families in need around the world. I am so excited about the success of our project and your passion to help others. So here is the breakdown by team:

The Goats had a goal of $150...and raised $105.19
The Sheep had a goal of $210...and raised $168.59
The Chickens had a goal of $250...and raised $218.06
The Pigs had a goal of $390...and raised $137.45
and The Cows had a goal of $1000...and raised $1063.50

Again, I am so excited about the outcome of this project. We have no idea how this gift will impact the lives of the families who receive it.

But I am also excited about how this will continue to impact our lives. Over the next few weeks and months, we are going to continue to explore opportunities to give and serve globally and locally. I challenge you to pray right now for a heart that is willing to be involved.