By Dr. Sherry Jones — Rising Sun and Adams Ave is an insane driving experience on any day, but on a Saturday afternoon it is a very dangerous intersection. I was invited to participate in a gospel outreach right in the middle of it all. We stationed ourselves on the busy corner of the shopping mall and proclaimed the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Passing motorists, Wendy’s patrons, and Planet Fitness customers heard the Gospel and received tracts. In between near accidents, horns beeped and people hollered their approval at us, we preached the Good News.
As a result of that day, the church pastors asked me to lead a workshop on ministry to those who deal with mental illness and/or trauma. The focus was on the people they meet during evangelistic outreaches, especially those who may suffer from mental illness and/or trauma. I was one of five speakers that day addressing spiritual warfare and prayer, why do outreach, knowing your community, and sharing the gospel effectively on social media. It was also a time for me to encourage several young pastor’s to begin forming mentoring relationships with young men.
These were two good days Fostering gospel-driven communities.