Encouragement & Real Stories of Changed Lives
Whether sitting on the floor with little ones, walking the neighborhood side by side, or eating a bite of lunch together around my kitchen table, my intention is to listen to the Spirit’s prompting to share Jesus with those women who begin attending our Neighborhood Bible Study.
I love praying for, reaching out, and getting to know each woman God draws to come. I do this by personally inviting her to my home for a cup of coffee or a simple lunch. I express my heart to get to know her and her story.
It took me three years to get up enough courage and capacity to start my first Bible study on my street. I loved my neighbors through acts of kindness, purposefully pursued them with hospitality, and boldly stepped out in faith to invite them to a Bible study, but when they came together, I noticed a huge tendency towards having a visiting session and not a Bible study group. Here is an example of a few questions that can arise in a Bible study setting,
“Is the organic food movement all a scam? I saw a documentary on Netflix…” “Have I ever told you how my husband and I met?” “Is the HOA unjust? I think owners, not renters get citations.”
As I was beginning a neighborhood Bible study I decided to hand-deliver a few invitations. Nancy lived across from me at the time, and my simple invitation turned into a conversation with her. Nancy shared with me that she had always wanted to attend a Bible study, but she didn’t know anything about the Bible. This had always held her back. I assured her that we would all be learning together and that she could feel comfortable. She came, and her life began to change. Christ made a difference in Nancy’s life through a neighborhood Bible study!
Exhausted after more than a day’s worth of international travel to Croatia for a mission trip, we hauled our family’s luggage up three flights of stairs. I lugged myself into our quaint hotel room and crawled onto the bed. Just before I fell asleep, I glanced over to the two sets of open shutters that brought in the moonlight. Too tired to close them, I drifted off to sleep.