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Encounter 1

PART ONE – What were the circumstances surrounding your servant evangelism encounters.

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, I attended my first Campus Serve outing. I was attending it to simply complete my Servant Evangelism paper. I could not be more surprised as to how my day would go. I went to a section of government housing in Lynchburg. When I arrived, we walked over to the local playground. There many of children gathered there. There was no official thing we were assigned, it was more along the lines of go and talk to kids. When I got to the playground, I walked over and began to interact with various kids. One child was particularly interesting to me. There was a young 13 year old girl there named Jewel. She was blind. A friend of mine and I walked her around the complex and talked with her along the way. When we got back to the playground, she sat on a toy that span around and around, which was a bunch of fun for her. At this point we began to discuss what her thoughts of Christ were.

PART TWO – What was the reaction (questions/comments/statements) of the unbeliever?

When we began discussing Christ, she was very receptive of the message, but she had her reservations as well. One of her biggest questions was the infamous, “If God loves me, why doesn’t he heal me?” We had a long conversation about how while He may not heal her in a way that she wants, He may be planning something big in her life so she can help others. There was also a large discussion of why accepting Christ as her personal Lord and Savior would help her as no matter how bad things may seem, she would always have a friend to count on when she needed it most.

PART THREE – Conclude with an evaluation of servant evangelism.

This form of Servant Evangelism is quite appealing to me. I truly enjoy working with children and being able to discuss God with them. As a young child, they are much more easily swayed by arguments as they have yet to firmly engrain their convictions for or against God. I would most certainly recommend this type of evangelism to individuals and churches. If I could do one thing to improve this encounter, I would have had more biblical verses memorized that I could refer to when asked questions about God’s Plan.

Encounter 2 (Same as Above)

PART ONE – What were the circumstances surrounding your servant evangelism encounters.

This encounter was also at the Campus Serve event on Saturday November 2, 2013. The situation was the exact same. I went with a large group of people to a government housing section of Lynchburg and had the opportunity to discuss the gospel with children who are living below the poverty line. This encounter was between me and a young child named Michael. He was an intelligent young man with a passion for football and general horse play. I got the opportunity to try to chase him around the area with handfuls of leaves. That little guy was fast, like someone lit a fire under him. When I finally caught up to him and got him to somewhat calm down, we began to have a very fulfilling conversation about Jesus and how one gets to Heaven.

PART TWO – What was the reaction (questions/comments/statements) of the unbeliever?

In his mind, Jesus was simply a guy that lived long ago and wasn’t all that important. I was able to apply the lessons I listened to working in Children’s ministry when I was working with him. My favorite part was discussing his favorite superhero. He said it was Ironman. I then proceeded to tell him that although Ironman was undoubtedly cool, he had nothing on Jesus. I got to tell of all the miracle Jesus had performed and how He had even beat Death itself to rise again and save everyone who accepts him. He was amazed at some of the things that Jesus had done and even began comparing them to the various feats of superheroes. I was able to help him realize that Jesus is an actual superhero.

PART THREE – Conclude with an evaluation of servant evangelism.

This form of Servant Evangelism is quite appealing to me. I truly enjoy working with children and being able to discuss God with them. As a young child, they are much more easily swayed by arguments as they have yet to firmly engrain their convictions for or against God. I would most certainly recommend this type of evangelism to individuals and churches. If I could do one thing to improve this encounter, I would have had the song Jesus is My Superhero with me for Michael to hear. I play this song on a regular basis at the church I volunteer at and it fits really well with the lesson I was working with.

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