This week was “Killing the Giants” week as stated in the last blog post. We set goals both personally and as a team. Personally my goal of how many conversations I was to initiate was 15, I finished the week with over 25 conversations I began with strangers in hopes of reaching a gospel presentation. This number was more about dominating my fears of being scared walking up to people and destroying any first impressions that keep me from talking with people. This was interesting over the course of the week as I spoke to many people I would normally not even nod a greeting towards. My second personal goal was how many gospel presentations I would give, this is usually done using a KGP. My goal was 6, and I finished walking through the gospel with over 12 people. I started the week quite a bit discouraged that I wasn’t doing as well as I thought I would. I found a lot more courage and boldness after being encouraged by my wonderful discipler, Mandy more than a few times, praying out my fears, and meditating mostly on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5:

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

The picture on the upper right shows our goals thermometer. As a team we set a goal of 1,502 conversations initiated, we finished with 1,525!! Amazing! Our second goal was 704 gospel presentations. We only finished with 449, but that is still a number to be proud of. We worked hard, and this summer I think we will continue to see that number grow.

In the beginning of this week a couple people on our team made an actual giant so we could have that visualization. Yesterday, we demolished our giant with sledgehammers, baseball bats, rocks, and weighted balls. It felt great to see that giant on the ground in pieces, like all of our fears and worries towards evangelizing.

[originally posted 6.10.2012]

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