More than 953,000 faith-sharing events have been reported!
At Easter services, Rev. Bill Harmon's message was based on the victory we have in Christ Jesus. Each member received a victory pin and was challenged to wear it and share the message. One member responded: "I wanted to tell you about my experience wearing the Victory button. Like you, I wanted people to ask me, but no one did for most of the week. So, Saturday morning I started praying about the button, telling God how I really wanted someone to ask me about the button. (sometimes I'm a little slow - should have included that in my prayers starting on Sunday, I realize) My neighbor asked about the button when I went to her house on Saturday night. It opened up a conversation, that led today to her coming to church with me. She is going through a rough time in her marriage, so she cried a lot through our service tonight. She said she really liked the service. Then we all went to dinner. We all had our buttons on - making quite an impressive site, I'm sure! The hostesses asked us what it was about, so we told them that we have Victory in Jesus! Apparently they had seen other customers with the button on, but hadn't asked them about it."
Help us learn from one another as we work together under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit to share the Good News of Jesus. Send your stories or simply share that you have had a faith-sharing opportunity.
New Members Welcomed at King of Glory New Kent
On Sunday, February 25 King of Glory welcomed four new families into membership at their mission station in New Kent County, Virginia. King of Glory is a multi-site church with her main campus in Williamsburg, VA and second site in New Kent (about 30 minutes away). Pastor Harmon shares, "We have been blessed with the addition of four wonderful families who believe in our mission and vision to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and grow this community of faith for the sake of the Lord and His love for all." Vicar Larry McReynolds is the staff leader at the campus and will continue in this capacity following his ordination in April.
Lenten Prayer Walks
During Lent (last year) members of St. John's Lutheran, Farmville, VA and two guests walked through the neighborhood. As they walked, they prayed for the families and community. After Easter, several members took an evangelism walk. On this walk (through the same neighborhood), approximately 60 homes were visited. Gift bags were left at each home and there was a 30% response to the offer to take prayer requests. The team had a "debriefing" when they got back to the church and shared experiences. Pastor Giese prayed over the requests that were received.
A Hospice Volunteer Shares the Hope We have in Jesus
Part of the three day training to be a Hospice volunteer is to respect where the patient is spiritually and make no attempt to change that perspective. A few years ago I was assigned to visit a woman who had grown up in Hitler's Germany without any religious training then or since. A friend of hers had placed her name and address on a mailing list for Roman Catholic publications and she frequently offered to give me those items. That gave me the opening to ask if she read any of the devotional materials and her response was that she had read a few and particularly enjoyed the pictures. At that point I was moved to tell her that I had been praying for her. There were a few moments of silence before she said, "No one has ever said that to me." At subsequent visits the opportunity arose for me to tell her of God's love for her. I am thankful for the blessing she was in my life.
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