ON MISSION WITH THE JESUS CAMPAIGN
“It feels like we are on mission,” states Jesus Campaign missionary, Steve, after a day of outreach in his local community of Warragul in Victoria.
His comments liken the experience to going on an overseas mission trip, highlighting the need for the same level of intentionality here in Australia.
And your gifts and prayers are activating just that through the Jesus Campaign.
“I say that because we’re intentionally spending the day together, to pray together, travel together, love others together, share meals together and it was odd to experience that in my own town,” elaborates Steve.
The focal point of this outreach was a billboard outside Coles in the heart of town declaring “Hope” in large letters. For the month of October it provided a great springboard for conversation as the team connected with hundreds of locals.
They blessed people with donated gifts cards and chocolates, provided free sausage sizzles, had hundreds of faith conversations and prayed with people.
I don’t know Jesus, but I feel like I want to get to know Him.
Responses varied but for some it has been life changing. Phil received a gift card and prayer while in tears. “I don’t know Jesus, but I feel like I want to get to know Him. I was even given a Bible by someone a couple of weeks ago.” He told our team.
Phil is now in regular touch with the YFC team, even attending a worship night with us recently! Please pray for Phil and all those we’ve shared the Gospel with.
Along with the ongoing conversations with young people, a key outcome was local Christians being activated to share their faith in everyday encounters. As Steve testifies:
“The fruit of the last month has been internal and external. Hundreds have been given a personal opportunity to discover who Jesus is, and no doubt thousands have had the seed sown that there is a hope in this world and his name is Jesus.
“But personally it has been great to see how easy it is to love and connect with people as you go about life inviting those around you to come home to the Father.”
The Hope Billboard Story
When John felt prompted by God to get the message of Hope out in his local community of Warragul he reached out through YFC’s Hope Movement website to use the Hope logo on a billboard in the heart of town.
What he didn't know was that Hope Movement is part of YFC and Warragul is home to some of our first Jesus Campaign missionaries.
It seemed clear that God was directing this opportunity.
In a short space of time, John had booked the billboard space for one month, local churches were contacted, a hope website and business cards created and a local outreach team activated into mission. Another local Christian donated sixty $25 Coles gift cards to bless people with.
Thank you for standing with YFC to engage with opportunities like this. At a time when many Australians have felt hopeless you’ve helped share the Hope for all in Jesus.