WOW! Free Shoe Shine!

Jonathan shinnine shoes on Mill Avenue

Jonathan shinning shoes on Mill Avenue

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace,” 1 Peter 4:10

…Whatever your gifting and passions are use them to serve Christ and serve others, as he did. :)

After much consideration, we decided it might be entirely awkward to offer free feet washing on Mill Avenue, haha. Humm, but Jesus did it, aannndddd we want to serve like Jesus did…but isn’t there something a bit more culturally relevant? Ah-ha! FREE SHOE SHINNING! As just a couple of rookies, we set up a shoe shinning  jig on Mill Avenue. :) We had all the necessary materials for brown, black and tan shoes;with a sweet little stool and shoe kit, as well. Like all  smart rookie have  , we also busted out  our secret weapon…Jason Sams, who has had years of military, shoe shine training.!!! [Legit!] We  displayed several signs to promote our idea(See Bellow)

Team offers free shoe shinning on Mill AvenueTotally FREE shoe shine!

As the men began shinning up a few shoes the natural reaction was, “Soooo, why do you want to clean my shoes…for free?” That lead to an open door to share Jesus and his life of service, with several individuals. The first gentleman to have his shoes shined later brought his girlfriend back, to speak with me.“Hey, so my boyfriend told me your friend shined his shoes because of Jesus, and I’m an atheist and all, but I’m in the least intrigued, as to what you believe,”  she told me.  I was able to share  the gospel with her  and likewise I simply sat  and listened to her take on the matter and her belief system.

Jason shinning shoes on Mill Avenue:)

Jason shinning shoes on Mill Avenue:)

The most memorable shoe shining of the night was with a gentleman who continually insisted on paying us, Lol!  After we told him several times we would not except any money he began throwing his debit card at Jonathan!  Though the man was belligerently drunk, the guys were able to share the gospel with him and converse with him for about a half hour. I just hope he remembered even 2 minuets of the conversation, haha!

Love ASU dancers, preforming on Mill Avenue

Love ASU dancers, preforming on Mill Avenue

We also spent about half of the night paired up with Love ASU, again. Love ASU, was able to draw in crowds of people with modern and hip hop dancing! Every now and again once the music stopped, one of the dancers shared their testimony , a bible scripture or the gospel. It was entertaining to watch and we were able to engage in several conversations due to the crowds they created.

Crowd watching the Love ASU dancers

Crowd watching the Love ASU dancers

If you have any ideas as to how we can better serve people out on Mill Avenue, or the various places we do evangelism, please comment with your ideas. Our hearts desire to serve people, as Jesus did. If we shower people with the love and service of Christ, people will naturally ask ,“why are you doing this?” 9 times out of 10 this leads to an open door to share Christ.

Need ideas? Here are some acts of service evangelism that we participate in regularly…           

              1.College/Dorms Outreach- Knock door to door on college dormitories, offering to take out trash and clean bathrooms.    

 2- Homeless outreach-Make sandwiches or burritos and pass out to homeless people. Offer to pray for them as well. 

  3- Outreach with local children. See Grant Park post.         

    4- Free shoe shinning- serve locals in your city by offering to shine their dress shoes while out.                                                                                                                                              



Each of these ideas bring a wide open door to share Christ and his gospel. But, we would like more ideas and suggestions. :) Post any thoughts, please!

Posted on by Urban Evangie Posted in Mill Ave, One-2-One, outreach, servant evangelism

11 Responses to WOW! Free Shoe Shine!

  1. dlcjonathan

    great post emily!

  2. drjoshbones

    Hey, stopped by after a quick google for “phoenix evangelism” and am glad that there is some of this going on. Followed you on twitter, and prayed for God to bless your ministries. And your banner doesn’t render correctly in firefox :)

  3. David

    This is phenomenal! Praise God that you were given creativity to help spark interest and have conversations. This is really brilliant. I will be definitely using this suggestion!!

  4. cara kiser

    hey can you pray for me to get better . becuse I am still sick , gave me a call on monday to gave me a
    19th birthday

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  6. david

    Hey Guys,

    You have got me laughing. I love the shoe shinning gig. I’m 4 months into a four year cross country journey to share the gospel of JESUS Christ. You all might be as radical as I am. Thanks for the idea and check out my icebreaker of a truck at:
    Agape, david

  7. dlcjonathan

    Sweet thanks david! I saw your website and love your pimped out truck for Jesus lol. Let me know when you’re in arizona and we can team up. PACE…2 fingas.

  8. cara kiser

    hey can you pray for our church so we can get a new pastor soon


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