Hello all! I am so enthused to announce that I have now opened a brand new Q&A with two very good friends. May I present to you Miss Destiny Erazo and Miss Pearline Pyle!
They are going to be talking about their own witnessing adventure as well as share a few practical "golden apples" to use for your own witnessing as well!
Are you ready?! C'mon, this will be fun! Here we go!
1. Okay, so you girls woke up on that Saturday morning, how did you feel about the event which was just about to unfold and were you excited or not?
D. Erazo: Yeah, I'll go first. So, I was extremely excited to see my friends and I couldn't wait to get in the car and I couldn't wait to get out and see what God would do there while we were witnessing.
P. Pyle: I felt half excited about going evangelizing and I have to confess, a little scared too. But when I saw the other people who were going to evangelize too, the scared feeling subsided and being excited about it took over. I think what I was anticipating the most was, passing out tracts. I had been practicing earlier in the store by giving a tract to the cashier at the register.
2. Who was the first person you handed a tract to or witnessed to?
P. Pyle: I'll go first this time. The first person who I handed a tract to was a lady dressed as Spider-Woman. She looked very tired and she was resting on a bench. It was the perfect chance to give her a tract. I handed her a tract and asked her " Did you get a million dollars yet?" She looked really happy when I gave it to her.
D. Erazo: The first person? Hmm, it was a "zombie" woman who, actually is in the picture below. I just handed her a tract and my mom talked to her after.
3. As we can see from the photos, the people there seemed very dressed up, what event was taking place and what did you think of the attention-grabbing costumes?
D. Erazo: Who's turn is it to go first? I think it's mine.
P. Pyle: Yeah it's yours, I went first last time.
D. Erazo: Okay, well, there was an Animae Contest going on and the costumes were no doubt interesting! A bit weird and insane, some of them!
P. Pyle: Yeah, well, like Destiny said, there an event called the Animae contest. (Which I have no idea what it is). Some people were dressed in cute/funny costumes, some were dressed in flashy costumes and others were dressed in evil/ugly costumes. I believe that often times, these costumes reflect the type of person who is wearing them.
D. Erazo: Animae is slang for Japanese animation;)
P. Pyle: Oh, okay.
4. Who was the most receptive to the Gospel message? Who wasn't?
D. Erazo: I've got a very simple answer, the most receptive was Deadpool!
P. Pyle: Yeah, I agree, he was very nice.
D. Erazo: Uh-huh, for me, I think the one who really didn't want to listen was the "Purple Zombie" woman, (featured in the photos above), was very hostile to the Gospel, she was very argumentative and had a hard time taking the tract.
P. Pyle: You actually said the answer I was going to give, so I don't need to answer the first question! Ha ha! I didn't have any people I witnessed to who were not receptive to the Gospel.
5. What would you say to those who are discouraged and have had a bad witnessing experience?
P. Pyle: To everyone who is discouraged or has had a bad witnessing experience: If you have made a mistake during witnessing, the good news is, it's okay! When you make those mistakes, you will be able to learn and improve from those mistakes. Now, I'm not saying you should purposefully make a mistake during witnessing. That's totally wrong! All I'm saying is that, you can still learn and improve from the mistakes and it's not hopeless.
D. Erazo: Yeah, I agree, I would encourage them to keep going because there is no battle that we've fought or will ever fight that God has not already won for us. Even if we are faced with death, God has fought that battle, and He has overcome.
6. What was your most memorable witnessing conversation or tract-handout from the entire day?
D. Erazo: The tract we gave to Deadpool was doubtless the funnest, easiest and most relaxed, he is in the photos above.
P. Pyle: Yeah, he was really friendly. The most memorable tract handout from the whole day was when I handed a tract to a man dressed as Kilo Ren for the Animae Contest and I said as I handed the tract "I'm sorry that there are only good guys here" (The reason why I said this was because, he was part of a family dressed as Star Wars characters and the Star wars tract only featured good guys) and the way he looked at me always makes me laugh every time I think of it.
7. What was your best trick on how to get people to take the tract?
D. Erazo: I would say "here you go, this is for you!" with a (non-fishy) smile.
P. Pyle: When I give a tract to someone I almost always say "Have you got your million dollars yet?" It's my favorite thing to say when I give someone a tract. As I've learned, when you say that, it's like your saying the person your giving the tract to is missing out. While everyone else is busily reading their tracts, this person is not aware of the message of the Gospel.
8. Can you describe briefly the tracts you passed out? Which were your favorites?
P. Pyle: I passed put three types of tracts. There was Merry Christmas tracts with Santa Claus on it with a scroll in his hand asking, Naughty or Nice?, there was also a tract with the title, The Force Awakened; It says that Satan and hell are the dark side and God and the Holy Spirit are the light side. It also says that Jesus is the Life Force. On the front it has Finn, some other people from Star Wars, the older Han and Leia Solo, the elder Luke Skywalker and Rey. I think my favorites were the Force Awakened tract and the Merry Christmas tract.
D. Erazo: My favorite was the "Star Wars" tracts that said "The Force Awakened" instead of "The Force Awakens" and they explained that when Jesus died for us, the "Force Awakened"! I also liked the movie cards which had 6 movies you can watch for free: "Audacity", "Genius", "Evolution vs. God", "The Atheist Delusion", "Noah: the last days" and "180: 8 minds changed on abortion in seconds". People seemed very receptive to those, mainly because, well, who doesn't like free movies?!
9. What was one of your worst setbacks you've ever encountered? Did this effect your witnessing in any way. If so, how?
D. Erazo: I think when the tract got given back to me and the person says they want nothing to do with it, but, I try to not let it discourage me and just press on. I usually say a prayer for the person that God would soften their heart. Our goal should never be to convert anyone, only to share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ. If they reject it, all we can do is pray for the person.
P. Pyle: Yeah, wow, that's powerful and so true, yeah I actually haven't had any setbacks during witnessing yet, but, I have seen other people have setbacks during evangelism. What I have seen these setbacks do to the ones who are witnessing is, that they start to be more and more passionate for spreading the Good News.
10. I am so pumped to be able to do this with you guys and I hope we can do this again real soon!
So, I guess our final question is what do you advice everyone to do before going out to witness and why do you think this is essential?
P. Pyle: Prayer. I think prayer is extremely essential before witnessing.
D. Erazo: Yes, amen, you can't grow plants without the rain.
P. Pyle: Also read Matthew 28:16-18, the Great Commission; This is encouragement for Christians before they go and evangelize. Before me and family went to Christmas in the park, we read these verses.
3. Bring a bible or bible verse cards-(If you have them); Bible cards are easier if you keep them in a purse or in a wallet and also its better than having to flip through a bible to find a certain verse. But, if you're good at being fast or you know you're bible books well, than using a bible is for you.
4. Bring tracts; This is one of the most essential things to bring when you are witnessing.
5. Be prepared; 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us. So be ready if someone asks something about your faith.
6. Be a good listener; Another thing to remember is that when you try to talk over people or start saying things about the person, they are not going to want to talk with you. If you listen to what the other person has to say while witnessing, you are not only being a good evangelist, but you are also fulfilling the saying, "Be quick to listen and slow to speak".
7. Witness frequently; This is one of the hardest for some people... Oftentimes, we can use the excuses "I'm to busy", "My life is going so fast" or "I'm not so good at evangelizing". This is exactly what Moses did when God told him to tell the Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go.
8. Glorify Jesus; This is the most important and essential thing to do during witnessing. Your goal while witnessing should be to glorify Jesus with everything you think, say and do.
Well, that's a rap-up to our first Q&A. I hope you've all enjoyed this, I really had a blast doing this and I hope we can do another real soon!
May God use this Q&A for the advancement of His kingdom and the encouragement of my Christian family, some whom I might never meet on this earth.
D. Lizbeth Erazo
How many of you have heard the story "The Little Engine That Could"? Well this is about the little engine that couldn't.
Well, actually, he could, but he didn't think or know he could.
We are the little engines. God calls us to preach His word to everyone, nation and countries. We can preach the Gospel, we can go over the hill. But why don't we? What's holding us back? The load of toys?
I'm going to start helping you over the hill by saying what one of the biggest stumbling blocks to witnessing is. The number one reason people don't go out and evangelize is because they don't want to offend anyone. What if you see some kids playing on a train track, they are having the most awesome time, and then, you all of the sudden see and hear a train coming, are you going to let the kids die just because "Oh, well, I don't want them to think I'm a jerk, and look, They are having an awesome time playing there, I really don't want to upset them..."
No way! Your first instinct should be to go and get those kids off the tracks.
This is just how it is with sharing the gospel, you see a person, anyone, and you know where they are going.
It's been estimated that 24,000-150,000 people die everyday on average. That's a lot of people, and just imagine how many of them died unsaved. We have a call. God is calling us to preach and share His Gospel, His Good News.
We usually want to go out to another country like Africa and preach the Good News to the people there, which is really sweet because your heart is to share the Gospel to a far-away land, but stay with me here because I really need you all to get this, God has placed people in our community, in front of us and even in our families to share the gospel to. How many people do you see everyday or ever week? Just think of how many seeds you could have planted in the hearts of people you see.
Do you have any unsaved family members or relatives? Have you ever tried witnessing to them?
Remember, we are like the little engine, we can go over the hill and witness. It's hard, yes,
But, God is the wind in your sails. With God, all things are possible, even turning a broken, ungodly, God-hating nation back to Him.
Tracts. A lot of people underestimate the power of these little bits of paper. I personally love tracts!
They are excellent ice-breakers (even better than the mints). I am going to share a few practical ways on how
you can effectively use tracts in your own witnessing!
1. Use tracts that relate to holidays.
Find some tracts that correlate with holidays or upcoming events, for example, during the 2016 Presidential Elections, I found some some really cool "Million Dollar Bills" with a silly looking cartoon version of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (he wasn't the President at the time) and at the place where bills would usually have the name of the man on the bill it said "President who? They where hilarious!
These were really fun to use, everyone laughed and almost always took them. We always had a great time passing them out, however, not everyone took them, I remember our family was at a 4th of July Parade with some friends from church and we sang and were passing out the "Hillary/Trump 2016" tracts, a young girl probably in her twenty's, asked for one, we gave it to her and when she read the back, she scrunched it in her fist and threw it in the trash. We kids were kind of upset she threw it away, but God can do anything, He could have used our tract to start melting her heart of stone. You see, this is the power of tracts, they keep speaking after we leave. Almost like a super power!
2. Be Polite.
When you give out a tract, always smile and say something like "Hi! How are you? Here you go, this is something for you!" or "Hi! Did you get one of these? There's a really great message on the back I want you to read it!" People will probably be more receptive if someone hands it to them cheerfully, even if they through the tract away, they will always remember the time when a girl or boy took the time to just smile and say a few kind words to them and give them a gift.
I also found that recruiting little children to pass out tracts is very effective, imagine, on Christmas Eve, a little cute girl, about 3 or 4 years old with a red coat and green beanie standing at a lamppost with snow all around and her parents are with her, who looks up at a person and says something like "Mewwy Cwismas! Tis fo you!" What kind of person would think of turning her down?!
3. If you are to scared to hand one out, don't freak! I know just how you feel, girl!
Say you've practiced everything in your head, in front of a mirror and you dolls, you get a cool tract and head out, confident you are going to hand this out with no misshapes. One you are at the park, you sit next to a young girl in her teens, you pull you tract, you freeze, you feel a rush of adrenaline to your bones, you hear God telling you to give the girl a tract, what you make of this moment could change this girl's life. You are too scared, you don't give it.
I have felt that rush of adrenaline before, while giving out tracts. The best way to do this is practice giving them, you can not be giving tract out for at least a month and still get frightened out of your mind you just can't, it doesn't work that way, the more you do it, the more natural it becomes.
If you are someone who gets scared at the thought of handing a tattooed guy in his twenty's with a tattooed girl with a razor-cut hairstyle, just start by leaving them around for people to find, but if you are brave, go and hand it to the person, once you get good at that, you can start having Gospel presentations.
Remember tracts keep speaking after you leave, so never underestimate them.
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