Sharing Jesus…by cleaning toilets???

Phil and Walter put the final cleaning touches on a bathroom(next time I will have to tak "before," pictures).

Phil and Walter put the final cleaning touches on a bathroom(next time I will have to take "before," pictures).

So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.John 13:12-14

We believe that King  Jesus came to this Earth  not to be served as one might think, but to serve others. As we strive, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we headed to the ASU dorms a few times last week.  No, we didn’t wash the students feet haha(we figured they might think that was a bit odd). We decided to serve them and show them God’s love is a very practical and much needed way. As we have done a number of times in the past few years, we went door to door asking students if we could clean their bathrooms and take out their trash. Naturally some people were freaked out and quickly shut the door, haha! However, most students willingly let us in to do their dirty work. As you can imagine, it is doubtful that students have anyone offering to clean their toilets for them on a regular basic… so conversation is usually struck up immediately. ” Soooo, why do you want to clean my bathroom?” Is a common first response after letting us in. We love this, because as previously mentioned this gives us a wide open door to discuss who Christ was/is.
Me, cleaning the sink area of a dorm room.

Me, cleaning the sink area of a dorm room.

When we went to clean dorms this past Thursday I offered Books of John to the individuals as we left. More then half of the individuals asked for them and said they would actually read it this upcoming week. As we left a young lady’s room that we had cleaned , her roommate walked in staring at me awkwardly. “Oh, it’s cool. They cleaned our room. They said they did it because they love Jesus…or something.” The other roommate said to her friend. “What? Really? So they are Christians? I thought Christians were crazy!” She said in response(unaware that I could hear her, haha). This is not, however an uncommon response. So naturally we believe servant evangelism is vitally important and can really change someones misconceptions on who and what Christians represent.

Servant evangelism is a simple, straightforward approach to sharing God’s love in  practical ways.

Marcus cleaning a shower!

Marcus cleaning a shower!

The guys help a student clean up his dorm from a party the night before. Haha

The guys help a student clean up his dorm from a party the night before. Haha

If there is a local college/university near you I would strongly recommend this type of evangelism outreach. It is very” high grace, low risk.” Meaning, most people will feel served and loved. It would be entirely rare for a person to feel threatened or attacked in any way. It is also pretty common for the street evangelist to have a pretty bad rep. If you are one you may hear people say, “you should be helping, or serving people! What have you done for the homeless,etc.,” They are right, we ought to do both. Serve people by doing their practically and genuinely…by dirty work for example, and serve people by sharing them the truths of the bible.

Jennifer finishes up cleaning a bathroom that hadnt been cleaned in quite a while!

Jennifer finishes up cleaning a bathroom that hadn't been cleaned in quite a while!

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

If you have other servant evangelism suggestions or ideas, please feel free to post your comments:) Thank you and God Bless. -Emily

Posted on by Urban Evangie Posted in ASU, outreach, servant evangelism

One Response to Sharing Jesus…by cleaning toilets???

  1. Kathy

    GREAT idea team! This is wonderful. And thanks again I really enjoy reading each of these posts.

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