This past Saturday was the second Outreach Saturday that we have had this summer. We grew a bit in attendance and have a good amount of folks coming out. I'm encouraged by the spirit of boldness for Christ that I see in each person.
The Canvassing Team has been working on the 1500 plus homes of Salem Woods distributing gospel literature and the Gospel DVD. They were able to hit over 300 homes on Saturday!
SWAT (Soul Winning Advance Team) has been going to "people locations". The first week we went to the New Castle Farmer's Market, but were told we could not come back there.
I wanted to tell you about SWAT's adventure on Saturday. We went to Main street Newark and were wondering if we would find many people since U of D just held their graduation. However, what we did not know is that it was "Newark Day" and Main street is shut off for vendors for the day. When we arrived in the morning, the crowd steadily grew to several hundred people I suppose.
The great thing is that we were able to talk to a very steady stream of people on the streets about Christ and we simply blended in with all the activity around us. Our different teams spoke to person after person using the introduction of the Truth Survey. That Survey is four questions about "Truth" in this generation - things like "how do you know what is good and evil?" "are you responsible for your actions?" etc. It is a great way to get into the question "can I show you what the Bible says about Truth?" We then have been using the Bridge Tract which is a very easy method (with pictures) to give the gospel. It has clear and thorough verses that explain the plight of sin and the answer of the Savior.
In past years, we have gone door to door in housing areas. The problem with that is that most people seem to be gone on a given Saturday, and the rest are home to have a lazy morning or to work hard on their homes. The people we engage on the street or at the Market are already out and prepared to see other people. They seem to have more of a willingness to talk. The Lord has been very gracious and encouraging to us.
It is shaping up to be a very good season of Outreach. Already, many people have heard the gospel!