A simple, straight forward approach to sharing God’s love in simple and practical ways.
Bill Viel (1941-2023) was constantly “doing the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5) as a pastor, volunteer chaplain, and Director of the Inner Harbor Ministry in Baltimore, Md. He and Linda (wife of 59 years) have spent their lives discovering practical ways to express the love of Christ and build relationships with people. Many have come to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior because of their sincere expressions of love and kindness.
In his book Acts of Random Kindness: Can Change You, Your Church, Your Community and the Entire World Bill describes the concept, the need, and the effectiveness of Servant Evangelism. This book summarizes a lifetime of experience which serves as a practical handbook and valuable directory listing over 800 ideas and additional resources.
Here are some excerpts:
“Our churches, neighborhoods and every area of life are surrounded with opportunities for ministry. They cry out for ministry care. It is exciting to see Christians discover creative ways for ministry (door openers for evangelism) to present the gospel. Non-believers are waiting to clearly see and clearly hear the Good News. Many are waiting, even ready to respond to the gospel and experience new life in Christ.” Pg. 5.
Here is one example.
Saturday before Mother’s Day was not just any ordinary Saturday. It was a day for Servant Evangelism Outreach – a flower give away. Long stemmed carnations were ready. Each had a red bow and link card attached. They would be given to mothers and wives in a residential area within walking distance of the church.
The church’s mission group coordinated the project. Some made link card while others tied bows and link cards to the flowers. People were praying before and during the outreach. Some went by themselves and others went in pairs door to door to give away flowers to honor mothers and wives. This was an opportunity to do an act of kindness and share their faith…expecting nothing in return. Pg. 26.
“Servant Evangelism is more than a “Sunday Religion” or asking the question “What Would Jesus do” (WWJD). It is DWJD – Doing What Jesus Did and expecting nothing in return…DWJD outside the church walls…being where Jesus would be…where the people are.” Pg. 28.
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