Sharing your faith as a family is one of the most blessed family activities that you could ever do. Think about the memories that you can create centered around the proclamation of the Gospel message together. It is never too late or too early to get started. Whether you just had your first newborn or you are well into the teenage years, you can be used by God to help seek and save that which is lost as a team. There is no greater joy than to see your kids share their faith with other kids.
Below are several tips and ideas on how you and your family can share the Gospel message together:
1). Leave Gospel Tracts at family friendly places such as:
- Theme Parks
- State parks
- Outdoor play grounds
- Restaurant Play Places
- Walking paths
- Sporting events
- The Zoo
- Grocery Stores
- Department Stores
- Laundry Mats
- Home Shows
Tips: You can put Gospel Tracts in places that other people can find them such as: on benches, counters, or staircases. You can also place them in shopping carts, credit card slots, or vending machines. If you decide to eat at a restaurant, be sure to leave a good tip along with a Gospel Tract as it will let the server know that God not only cares for their spiritual needs, but their physical needs as well.
2). Outreach to other kids
- Give eye-catching or attractive stickers
- Give them a Christian coloring book with crayons
- Give them a Gospel of John or a Gospel Tract
- Involve your kids when explaining the Gospel
Tips: Try to outreach to kids of similar age to yours. This will be less awkward for you and them. Allow your kids to give out free stickers, coloring books, or Gospel’s of John to other kids. In some cases depending on the age, you as the parent may want to ask the other parent if it is ok for your child to give their child the gift. Who knows, perhaps just by you asking, it will open the door for a presentation of the Gospel to them.
3). Outreach to other families with kids
- Start a conversation about the Gospel
- Sports Practice
- On family walks or at the park
- During your daily errands (post office, grocer, laundry mat, Department store, work events for families)
Tips: Oftentimes when your kids are young, you will find yourself around other families. While your children play with their children, start up a conversation. Perhaps ask them if they go to church anywhere, or if they are in need of something that you know your family can provide.
4). Ask people if your family can pray with them
- Pray for a neighbor you noticed is grieving
- Pray for those with Car problems/accident
- Pray for the homeless or those struggling
- Pray during natural disasters (fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes)
- Pray for those in hospitals
- Pray for your server at the restaurant
Tips: You would be surprised that the majority of people will not refuse prayer when you approach them as a family. Many people are hurting and need our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Just ask them, you will be glad you did.
5). Invite others to your Local Church or Bible Study by using:
- Special Event Flyers
- A simple verbal invite
- Written Church Invite
Tips: Many churches have flyers or postcard size invites that you can pass out in your community. Grab a few and pass them out to other families. If your church doesn’t have any, ask your pastor if your family can make some. Be sure to give the recipient of the invite an idea of what they can expect on their first visit. Also, if they are interested, give them your phone number that way they have a point of contact. Perhaps your family can meet them at the front door and you can all sit next to each other during the service.
6). Volunteer as a Family
- Homeless Shelters
- Clothing Ministries
- Church Events
- Community Events
- Athletic Events
- Pregnancy Help Centers
- Food Banks
Tips: Be the hands and feet of Christ and make a memory or a habit by regularly volunteering as a family. This may be harder for little ones, but not impossible. As your children grow physically and socially you can direct all that extra energy into a good cause by volunteering. Be sure to try and find a way to share the Gospel while doing so.
7). Make something together aimed at Gospel Proclamation:
- Signs that you can post on street corners, telephone poles, or fences
- Custom matching T-Shirts with a Bible verse or a message on them
- Make some food that you can pass out to those in need
- Thoughtful cards to give to patients in the Hospitals or Nursing Homes.
Tips: Use your home printer and laminating machine or grab a set of markers and make a sign. Put words or phrases like: “Jesus Loves You – John 3:16” or “Your Life Matters!” or write out a whole Bible Verse on them. Canvas your neighborhood and place them at eye level. Post them near your local schools for students to read as they walk to school. You can also provide a link to your local church’s website to get them connected, or link a YouTube video of a Christian testimony or animation of the Gospel message. Try using a free QR code generator.
8). Start your own ministry together
Come up with a name and purpose. Maybe your family has a heart to reach:
- the elderly
- children with disabilities
- fatherless children
- single parents
- human trafficking victims
- responding to natural disasters
- those with cancer.
Tips: It could be to the lost in general; it could be to the elderly, homeless, or widows. Maybe you have an opportunity to serve in your local church. Find a need within the church that your whole family can fill and be a part of together, something that you can all do together and won’t be split up. The goal for your ministry should be: to learn the importance of prayer, consistency, and most of all to serve God and others as a family unit. It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Don’t over think it, just get started.
Some Common Challenges:
What if your kids are reluctant or if they are misbehaving?
At all stages of parenting there are challenges, frustrations, and joys. Remember to start slow and make it a life style. Don’t force your children to do something that they don’t want to do, especially if you don’t want to do it yourself. This should never be out of obligation, but it is an immense privilege to serve God in this way. Bring Gospel Tracts everywhere you go and be consistent to do the small outreaches, such as passing out or leaving one Gospel Tract at the grocery store. As your children see you being consistent, they will catch on and join in.
Pray as a family!
When you pray before and after an outreach, no matter the size of the outreach, your children will see how important it is and how God is faithful to answer. Pray for opportunities, pray for boldness, pray that God would save someone by your families’ efforts, and pray that your children will also be saved as well if not already.
There are countless ideas that you and your family can do to share the life saving, life giving Gospel message with others. Remember to be consistent and pray that God will lead and help your family find opportunities. It is now more than ever that your family needs to stand strong and stand for what they believe in. We here at Ambassadors 4 Truth are praying for your family to not sit on the sidelines, but to get into the fight and help seek the lost in your community. That is why we are committed to providing low-cost and easy to read Gospel Tracts. Please contact us if you need Gospel Tracts and we would love to get them in the mail for you.