For the last several months we been planning for a series of evangelistic events to be held in June. We’re helping to host this in cooperation with the other evangelical church in town, “Open Doors.” The events are sponsored by the Luis Palau Evangelistic Organization and involve inviting specific groups of people to evangelistic coffee events.
Today we had our “practice” event at a local restaurant. My only real job was to set up the sound system and be available to help out. The speaker, an Irish guy name Christy Smith, did a great job presenting the gospel to a group of about fifty people. Of the fifty, I think maybe seven were foreigners.
Folks came knowing what they were in for and were treated to coffee and dessert and a message from Christy. He gave a very, very clear Gospel presentation where the message of hope, healing and new life was clearly told. Christy has apparently experienced the Lord do a number of miracles in his life, and wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Afterwards, as people were finishing their dessert and coffee, Christy invited people to come for prayer if they wanted. A number of folks did, including one of the restaurant waiters.
This event will be duplicated six or seven times in June so we learned a lot from this event today, including how to work with the wait-staff, how to deal with sound issues in this restaurant, etc.
A lot of people hear the Gospel today, many for the very first time.