Stories from all over our city & beyond
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I had a conversation with […], a neighbor whose wife had been recovering from a double knee surgery. I felt led to give him the messy cross ornament because I’d had some conversations with his wife about Jesus, but never [with him]. Lo, and behold! [He] turned up at my door to return the bowl from the salad I’d taken down a few days before! I was so excited — I asked him to wait while I ran and grabbed the ornament. I was able to tell him how even though our lives and our “day” is/seems very messy that our church has been pointing us to Jesus and the “messy cross.” I pointed out the website to hear more about the messy cross. He was very touched and admired the beauty of the ornament…I was so excited after the door closed, I did a little jig. I was like, “God — you are so good, you brought him to me! I didn’t even have to go over to his house and knock on the door!
My friend […] and her family were nominated and received a gift from Northwest Cares. After they received their check in the mail, I went to visit them. The whole family gathered together so we could talk about who the gift came from. I shared with them that the church gave them this gift because we want to share Jesus’ love with them. As we talked about the gift, I glanced at the card that came with the gift and saw a line about the grace of Jesus. God used this to encourage me to share the gospel. I was able to use the check as an example of God’s grace. We talked about how when you work at a job, you get a wage that you have earned. But this check, they did not work for or earn, so that is like a picture of God’s grace. I was able to share the whole gospel with them, about how Jesus came to rescue us from sin and death. God provided a translator so that the whole family could hear the message. I’m so grateful for this opportunity for my friends to hear the truth — this may have been the first time they ever heard the gospel.
I gave an ornament to my dog walker who is struggling right now in her life.
I gave the ornament to my step daughter telling her it was the greatest gift I could give her. Coincidentally she needed an ornament for her Christmas tree in her new home.
On the Sunday when the messy cross ornaments were given out, I immediately knew who I wanted to give mine to, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. It took me several weeks and prayer to decide to give it as part of a grouping of Christmas gifts and a thoughtful note.
In the note, I thanked my friend for being brave in the past year by being transparent and sharing their “messy” life with me and I explained what the messy cross means to me: hope that God will take my messiness and turn it into something beautiful.
On the day I was able to meet them, they were still at work and having a rough day. I left the gift along with a hug and later received a text that the gift touched them so much they cried.
Thank you for a practical and beautiful tool to get us thinking about creative ways to share the love of Christ.
My friends and I had a Thanksgiving party and invited refugee friends we’ve been building relationships with. We had a time when everyone could share what we are thankful to God for. I got to share a story of a time when God used the message of Romans 8:1-2 to take away my shame and give me joy in Jesus! Then we spent time praying together.
We had a FaceTime conversation with […] former special ed teacher who he LOVED and we loved, about some schooling options for him going forward. Towards the end, I told her that she was literally an answer to prayer because the day before I contacted her, I had had a really hard day due to all of […] challenges, and I had been crying to God, “I need your help… I can’t do this on my own.” He had interrupted my thoughts with “trust me” and I felt more of a peace. The next morning, it occurred to me to reach out to her, and she said she’d love to talk (we hadn’t had a conversation about […] with her since she left his school 1.5 years ago). She had been God’s answer to my prayer for help! She was really touched when I relayed all of this to her, and I told her I was so thankful for her time and help, and I couldn’t imagine what I could do to return the favor and help her, but if she ever needs prayer for anything, I would love to pray for her. I realized after the fact that I should have asked her what I could pray for her about right then, but I will reach back out to her!
My home is a divine platform. My husband is Muslim and my adopted daughter is an atheist. I get to share Jesus with them frequently at home and it is great training for how to talk to people who’s beliefs are vastly different from your own.
I’ve found that the dog park is a great place to meet people and start conversations. This park especially has lots of people who stay for quite a while. I have met other Christians there and heard about their ministries. I met a man who used to be pastor and now is believe all roads lead to God. I also formed a friendship with a young woman who grew up in the Orthodox church but has past church hurt. We have been meeting up and I have gotten to continue our conversations about Jesus and share how sorry I am for her past experience.
Faith Discussion with fellow believer (client co-worker) aligned with Genesis 15 sermon hours earlier. God can handle all doubts!