Many good things happened in Samana on Wednesday. The frustrating part of the week has been the internet service. My unprofessional opinion is there are so many people here they overload the available bandwidth. Posting in general has been difficult and last night was impossible. So even though we now know the results of Wednesday’s preparation, let me update you on Wednesday’s activities.
How does one share the Gospel and keep everyone happy while it’s being done? That was the topic of our conversation on Wednesday. More than that, our brainstorming and project creation were meant to meet that goal! We discussed gift baskets for hotel rooms. Some church members run/own hotels. We talked about give-away items with every car rental (if you happen to be the church member that owns a car rental company!). We talked about discount coupons from church members who own restaurants.
We brought the gift bags mentioned in a previous post. We added a card from the local church to each bag. We also have two projects for this community that require beads. One is a necklace that is used to tell the story of the Bible. The other is a bracelet that presents the essential message of salvation.
Encouragement in Samana
Why do all this? Why have these discussions, strategic thinking sessions, and creative projects? Well, let me ask how well it works when your pastor says:
Let’s all sign up for an evangelism activity!
It doesn’t generate much excitement. How do I know? Look at our culture! The ‘salt and light’ hasn’t been very effective. Enough said. A few of our churches are being encouraged in evangelism, and only some of those are doing it in innovative ways. Maybe our methods are part of the problem. The folks in Samana were intrigued by the creative approaches and excited to participate. That’s a good sign! Next post, I’ll tell you (and show you) how it went.
Soli Deo Gloria!