“We’re out this Sunday,” “I’m too old for that” “I’ve already got my own faith,” “I’ve got everything I need …”
An OM team reaching out in Orly, France, met with these responses and more during a recent outreach. The team found it difficult and discouraging at times—not easy to continue smiling after 90 minutes of door-to-door in the snow, for the second time in the day, when almost all the people replied with a variation of the same negative answer. But for the evangelical church in Orly, this was the first step of many to reaching out to the people in their town.
During the five-day outreach the team distributed more than 2,000 leaflets about the church by placing it in numerous letter boxes in blocks of flats, and by knocking on doors. They also invited people to attend an evening of music and sharing. But after a week of outreach, no new people from the area came to the evening event, and not one person had expressed faith in Jesus. Understandably, the team felt disappointed, but there were also high points in the week.
Members of the church participated with the OM team throughout the entire week—their enthusiasm encouraged the team, and the church members are motivated to continue.
During the outreach, they also spoke with a non-practicing Muslim outside a supermarket. An OM team member asked the man what significance being a Muslim was to him, and in return the man asked about the team member’s faith—and voilà, the team member could share about the hope found in Christ. Others on the team also talked for longer with another person, who learnt that for Christians, prayer isn’t limited to a particular moment in the day.
The team also enjoyed working with a church that understands the importance of long-term ministry, who has a vision for the future and won’t give up the work after a week of difficulty. They see that it wasn’t a wasted effort, as there are now at least 2,000 more people who have been reminded that the church is there, that God exists and that Jesus wants to be part of their lives.
As 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (NIV*).
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*Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.