Craig’s List Community Outreach

Just last week I purchased a Garmin navigation system off of Craig’s List. A number of emails took place to work out meeting the seller to purchase it. Circumstances surrounding the exchange were not conducive to much interchange and I do not think I got a word put in for Christ in the very brief conversation. This did not however eliminate any opportunity for spiritual exchange.

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Below I have included the relatively brief series of email exchanges that I had with the seller. After the purchase, I invited spiritual correspondence via our emails, with the hope that they could segway into a personal or email presentation of the gospel.

“If everything is working fine, I’d like to purchase your garmin. My schedule is flexable, so if you name a place and time I can likely make it work.
Jeff Yost”

“Jeff,
The unit works perfectly. I have lunch at 12noon. Can you meet around 12:15pm in Brea? Infront of Gamestop off imperial/kraemer, by Walmart. Please give me your number so I may call you beforehand. Mine is ###-###-####
Bruce”

“Bruce,
Today at 12:15 pm in front of Gamestop in Brea works for me.
My number is ###-###-####
Jeff”

“Jeff,
Okay. I’ll call you around 11:30am. Please let me know if something comes up.”

“I will let you know.
Jeff”

“Hi Jeff,
It’s pouring outside so I’m unable to go outdoors to call you. Are we still meeting at 12:15pm in front of Gamestop in @@@@?”

“Yes. On my way.
Jeff Yost”

“I got there early please call when you arrive”

BRIEF THREE OR FOUR MINUTE MEETING

“Jeff,
I checked my Garmin account and the model you have is actually lifetime maps so I don’t think you need to pay for map updates. You can go to http://www.mygarmin.com and register the product under your name and create your own account. I just removed the device from my account so you should be able to create a new one and update the maps.”

“Great, thanks Bruce!
On a personal note, what do you believe about Jesus Christ?
Jeff”

“Hi Jeff,
I believe the same about Jesus as I do about all other religious figures.
Ok, what do you believe about all other religious figures? And what leads you to your conclusion?

Also, do you happen to have the teather cable that came with the Garmin. It’s probably a USB cable. My wife is asking about it.
Jeff Yost”

“Jeff,
I don’t have that cable. I think it’s just a standard usb like this one.”

“Bruce, the cable may be USB, but the Garmin end has a special shape. They are probably universal between Garmin so ours may work.
Your correspondence about Jesus seems guarded. Why is that?
I don’t mean to create an argument about religion with you by asking your thoughts about Jesus Christ, but with the amount of evidence available pointing to the authenticity and divine origin of the Bible and the life and death statements made by Jesus in it, I think it a worthy topic for  discussion, even important.
2 Peter 1:20-21 reads, “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
The scriptures of the Bible were written over a period of 1,500yrs by 44 men with superb agreement on the theme of God’s redemptive plan for man. They also prove accurate on every topic they touch (i.e. geogaphy, science, history, etc…).
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
Jesus said, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse  culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:2-5
Bruce what do you think about these things?
Think Souls”

“Jeff,
I don’t think anything about the scriptures. When I said I viewed religious figures the same, I meant I accept everyone’s beliefs, regardless of their religion. I myself am not interested in religion or religious discussion though.”

“Bruce, your response is interesting. What keeps you from being interested in religion or religious discussion?
What has been your experience with religion?
I appreciate your correspondence. In just the brief time we met, you came across a a nice guy. Someone who would maybe be a good neighbor to have. Good community is important to me and I think valuable to society. You come across as good community.
Jeff”

This is all the interchange Bruce and I have had so far.  I suspect, based on his correspondence thus far, I may not hear back from him, though I hope that I do.

Bruce and my interchange may not convince you (or me) that Craig’s List and email remain the great untapped resource for how to reach people with the Gospel, though I hope it does open our eyes to yet another avenue of inviting people to consider the love and will of God for their lives.

Maybe this interchange has served to plant the seed of the Kingdom of God for the first time in Bruce’s life, or perhaps it has watered seed already planted encouraging growth?

I believe that the Bible teaches that God has been in every soul’s life long before we come along, working to draw them to Himself (Acts 17:24-27ff). Also that He will be in their lives long after we are gone, should the days He has ordained be “long.” Our personal part in helping people draw near to God is simply a blessing He invites us to receive as part of His family (1 Peter 2:9,10). A blessing which, among other things, brings Him glory, strengthens our personal faith, builds the kingdom in the hearts of those brethren who hear what God is doing through us, and potentially helps save a souls from eternal torment away from their Creator!

Be encouraged to look for the opportunities to share the love of God and gospel of Jesus Christ by every means you have contact with others!

The Lord be with you, as you commit yourself to keep thinking souls!

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