Chris and Linda came to Portugal two years ago, feeling a strong leading from the Holy Spirit to live in Sintra. They’re still learning the language and getting used to the local habit of changing plans very suddenly, but exciting things are happening …
‘Soon after we arrived here, we met Krystal from the USA at a local church. She told us about her vision to open a café that would sell hot snacks and coffee on a donation basis. We were excited by that vision and wanted to get involved. This café has now been operating for the last three years and has become key to friendship evangelism within the community. The people feel loved, valued and, most of all, listened to. They receive not only coffee, toasties and cookies but also advice and a listening ear.'
The café has become key to friendship evangelism within the community. The people feel loved, valued and, most of all, listened to.
‘It became clear to us that there was scope for an art ministry, especially for Chris who was given a supernatural gift of painting three years ago. He has painted beautiful pictures ever since and has been empowering others to do the same. Besides being beautiful, the pictures are very prophetic in their nature and have spoken to people in powerful ways. People have been healed and set free because of God speaking to them through a picture. It’s truly amazing!
‘God is using Linda in the ministry of “Treasure Hunting”, a very effective kind of personal evangelism. We start in worship, asking the Holy Spirit to give us names, descriptions of people and prayer needs they may have, then put together a “treasure map”. Next, we go out into the neighbourhood and find the treasures that Jesus has shown us. It’s so simple and non-intimidating and people feel loved by God when they see he has highlighted them in such a special way.
‘Linda is also involved in Sozo ministry, which is a ministry of emotional healing. This means simply listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and sharing prophetic words, words of knowledge and pictures that set people free from oppressive spirits, bringing total restoration.
For example, Sophie was abandoned by her father at a young age. After an hour of Sozo ministry, she was totally healed from feelings of abandonment and worthlessness.
‘There are several evangelical churches around that we can plug people into when they are ready.
Chris and I attend a large church and many of the youth love to come to the café and practice their art skills and treasure hunting. We are seeing young people empowered to fulfill their destinies!'
Through the café, people are being prayed for, receiving healing, being led to Jesus and moving towards salvation. It’s such a privilege to be part of this work.
Evangelism can take all sorts of forms. You could use your talents to share the good news, too. Check out the latest mission opportunities with WEC.
Find out more about our Friendship Evangelism ministry
Public evangelism isn’t always the best way to share the good news. In some nations, overt religious activity of this kind is prohibited. And in any case, sharing your faith in the context of a friendship is often the most powerful approach.
Many WEC workers specialise in friendship evangelism; sharing their faith with friends and neighbours in cultures where preaching is discouraged or even impossible. These workers build relationships with local people, accept hospitality from them and perhaps teach them a little English. Sharing the gospel happens very naturally through these relationships.
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