Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 2: Ministry Begins

This was a full day.

After a morning of drama rehearsal and other planning, we headed out to Parker's Piece (a local park) to test out our sports ministry ideas.
A few of the girls after a game of ultimate with international students
Praise the Lord! Our "test" turned into a 4-hour game of football (soccer in America), some chatting with the local guys who joined and a potential rematch in a couple days. We pray that these newly-formed friendships will lead to conversation about the Gospel.
Team Cambridge guys with new friends
While the game was going on, some of the team spread out across the field, using surveys to start conversations about God. Many of these conversations were frustrating because so few British students were interested in talking about spiritual things. International students were more open to talking, but most of us left with a sense of sadness for the lostness of those we met. For instance, we asked one student if he was interested in hearing what Christians believe and he replied that he was "27 and set in his ways." Another man we spoke with was willing to share his beliefs in Hinduism and accepting of other religions, but unable to dialogue about what is truth.

We feel we've had a taste of what people believe and our hearts break for those who don't have hope in Christ. Keep praying with us:
  • that God would pour out his Spirit in Cambridge and defeat the spiritual apathy here.
  • for continued wisdom in our ministry plans.
  • that God would bring many international students to the Christian cafe that is going on tomorrow (Thursday) night.
Your prayers are important to us and powerful in the ministry we are doing--even on the other side of the world!

Team Cambridge

1 comment:

  1. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
    Our hearts should break for those who don't have the One true hope. It is a good thing that you are doing. I pray that your enthusiasm is contagious!
    You probably don't need this tip but since I feel lead, I share it. God often leads me into a dialogue through an appeal to the intellect. A genuine (must be genuine)compliment regarding the appreciation of their intellectual conversation followed by "Let me ask you this...I know smart people, such as yourself, want to be informed, they want to know what the Bible teaches about how to go to heaven. Do you know what the Bible teaches?" After that question, I have ALWAYS been given the green light to share (the Gospel). ;)