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From: Susie W.
Date: January 6, 2024

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!

Conversation

From: Katie Joy I.
Date: January 2, 2024

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.

Conversation

From: Valerie V.
Date: December 31, 2023

I gave an ornament to my dog walker who is struggling right now in her life.

Conversation

From: Valerie V.
Date: December 31, 2023

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.

Conversation

From: Anonymous
Date: December 19, 2023

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.

Conversation

From: Katie Joy I.
Date: November 26, 2023

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.

Conversation

From: Jennifer S.
Date: November 20, 2023

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!

Divine Platform

From: Nikki H.
Date: November 17, 2023

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.

Conversation

From: Nikki H.
Date: November 17, 2023

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.

Conversation

From: Tom C.
Date: October 23, 2023

Faith Discussion with fellow believer (client co-worker) aligned with Genesis 15 sermon hours earlier. God can handle all doubts!

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