Monday, July 25, 2011

NYC Mission Trip 2011

Day 3  July 25, 2011

What a day! We saw first hand how the Holy Spirit works in us and through us to reach people for Christ.  We spent the first half of the day, from 11:30-2:30, spread out on different street corners sharing the Gospel with those that were near by.  It would be a lie to say that we had no anxiety about talking to people that we did not know, in a city and culture we were unfamiliar with.  The second half of the day was a little challenging due to the rain that did not stop until we were done for the day.  However, it was amazing to see the boldness of our teens, as they shamelessly shared the complete plan of salvation to 135 people!  There were seven total decisions made for Christ today, and countless seeds planted.  The team was able to witness through one on one conversations with people, and using visuals such as a painting on a sketch board, and a rope trick to pique the interests of those passing by.  Others were able to introduce the Gospel through a survey, and asking the people if they could pray for them.  All glory goes to the Lord, who used our team as a tool to spread His Word, in rain and shine.

We made it back to the church around 8:30 and spent time debriefing with Sam about the day.  He praised the group on their boldness and willingness to jump right into witnessing.  He reminded the group that we did not save anyone today, but that it was the work of God.  He also encouraged the group to continue with what they are doing, and to be sure to be right with the Lord.  During our end of the day group session, the team spent over an hour talking about what they experienced during the day.  There were many great stories to share, a couple funny, some sad, and those that were celebrated because someone came to know the Lord.  We then broke into our smaller groups to thank God for the day, and pray about the upcoming week and our daily prayer focus, which is the Military/Government.  Please continue praying for the safety of the team, and that we will “fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel” to the people of NYC.