From our recent North America project in Jerome, Idaho, participant Lezah recalls: “We came to a house that said, “NO Soliciting & Keep Out”. There was even a metal rope blocking off the driveway. From the outside this house was very closed off. In God’s perfect timing the owner just happened to walk outside as we were passing by. She had lost both of her parents within a year of each other and then the pandemic hit. She was a believer, single, and feeling lonely. I got to share my testimony and my journey in singleness. How much I need the church for community, growth, & fellowship…we had a great conversation with her.” Sometimes the people or places that seem the most closed off might just be the people or place God has been preparing.
Along with ministering to this hurting sister in Christ, she witnessed the whole body of believers in Northridge Fellowship participating through serving in a variety of ways. “I loved that whole families served together. It was a beautiful picture of the body of Christ working together.” In putting together gift bags containing the Jesus film, Gospel tracts, a letter from the church, and invitations to come to the church, everyone joined together for the work of the ministry.
“Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.” Acts 2:44-47 Lovingly joining together as the body of Christ to see more and more come to faith in Jesus, as well as encouraging, equipping, and coming alongside each other in the work is always what Christ’s people were meant to be doing.
International Commission equips and enables believers worldwide to conduct church-based evangelism projects to reach unbelievers and make disciples. You can find free resources to learn more about sharing Jesus with people in your own backyard and around the world at internationalcommission.org/training.
This article is submitted by Bucky Elliott of International Commission. International Commission is a Missio Nexus member. Member organizations can provide content to the Missio Nexus website. See how by clicking here.