“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)
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.
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!
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.
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.