Last week I joined some university students from all over the U.S. for a week. My job: to help them see ways to use EveryStudent.com in evangelism, and StartingwithGod.com in discipleship.
They loved how easy it is to use a website to start a conversation:
“I’m connected to a really popular website that takes on the hard questions about life and God…like, finding our purpose in life, evidence for God’s existence and such. More than 50,000 people go to it every day. May I show it to you?” (app or flier)
Or they might say, “May I give you a card to it?” And then they’d ask about it a few days later.
Or they could text someone a link to a specific article.
They said they loved that this fits their digital world, answers the questions so many people ask, and can be freely offered to nonbelievers.
On my flight home I had a chance to put into practice what I was sharing with the students.
A woman sitting next to me talked to me about her life for more than an hour. She was great fun, but I wasn’t seeing any open door to say something about God. Finally, I made a comment about the site (giving a brief description of it, like I told the students to do). She immediately became hugely interested.
She asked, “How did you get into that?”
So, I said…”Well, when I was an atheist my friend patiently answered my various questions, for more than a year. I eventually realized that the evidence FOR God was greater than the evidence against God. And I asked him into my life. And he changed my life.”
(By the way, it’s great if you can say something about how God has worked in your life, and keep it to a few sentences like that. You might have to write it out and practice it.)
This woman and I continued to talk about God. Her background is Catholic. And so I talked to her about why Jesus died on the cross, how we have complete forgiveness by believing in him, how heaven isn’t something we gain by our own merits, etc.
She kept saying, “It is amazing the timing of this conversation!”
God prepares hearts…not only hers, but two of her relatives who were about to hear. 🙂