Outreach It’s In Our DNA…It’s who we are…Consistency is the key.
A lady attended the Vineyard for the first time during our May, ‘Flowers Everywhere’ outreach weekend. As people left the services they would pick up flats of four flowers from our main entrance and take to their neighbors, friends and family just to show God’s love in a personal way.
As I was cleaning up I noticed a lady fidgeting in her car, looking my way, a bit shy and sheepish. I continued to clean up. When she walked over she held out the cash she had removed from her car and asked, ‘How much are the flowers?’ I said, ‘They are free!’ She asked, ‘Can I have two flats?’ I exclaimed, ‘Wow that’s a lot of flowers! Who are they for?’ She replied, ‘I heard the message today, and as I watched people taking flowers, I thought, ‘Who can I show God’s love to… My dad. I can plant flowers for him, and bring some light into his day.’ I replied, ‘That’s a nice thought.’ She replied, ‘By the way, my dad lost both of his legs and can’t plant flowers anymore.’ I replied, ‘Here’s eight flats, have a great time loving on your dad.’
Then I thought, ‘now that’s what kindness to go is all about.’ Outward focused communication combined with practical application helps nurture the heart of the Vineyard people empowering them to reach outward to their family, friends and daily connections.
‘Kindness to go’ simply put is doable evangelism that works.
Here is a recent letter from a church I coach.
Steve I’d like to express my gratitude again for envisioning me for ‘kindness to go’ last January. This past year we’ve given out thousands of Kindness to go bags and it seems like there are great testimonies on most weekends now. Thank you for being the catalyst to move us outward.
Blessings & Peace Peter Lucas