Cathy and I fully moved into our house in Las Vegas five weeks ago. Our first night there, we met our next door neighbor Randy. Randy had moved in a few weeks earlier to get the house ready for his family. We found out he would be going back to San Francisco in one week to pick-up his wife Mickael, daughter Kyla. Kyla had one more week of school in California and then their family would move all of their belongings to Las Vegas. In the mean time, Cathy invited him to dinner for later in the week.
Over dinner, he asked why we had moved to Las Vegas. We told him we had come to start a church and, in fact, our little group had met in our house that Sunday. He told us that he had attended church as a child but had stopped when he became an adult.
The next week when Randy arrived back with Mickael and a truckload of furniture, they were disappointed because none of the people they knew in Las Vegas showed up to help them unload. But we met them with a crew of our guys who had moved with us and they unloaded the truck in less than an hour.
Randy and Mickael were blown away. Then Randy asked, “What time does ‘church’ in your house start on Sunday? We’ll be there.”
To be honest, I did not think they would show up.
I was wrong.
They came and brought donuts. They loved it.
One night a week over the next couple of weeks, we stopped over at their house with ice cream or brownies and got to know them better.
A week ago, after attending house church for four weeks, Randy trusted Jesus as his Savior and was born again! He said he had heard about Jesus as a kid attending church, but it never made sense before. No one had ever shown him how to be born again.
This week, after attending house church for five weeks, Mickael trusted Jesus as her Savior and was born again. She said she had heard about Jesus when she attended youth group as a teen, but no one had ever told her how to be saved. They both wept like children with joy. So did we.
Why did I quit a great job, sell a beautiful house with a stunning view, and move 2,300 miles across the country away from our friends and family? Because of Randy and Mickael.
As a professor who taught 500 students every semester about evangelism, I know one statistic that has held firm over the decades: more lost people come to Christ as a result of family and friends than any other means. Christians spend millions of dollars each year on television and radio outreach, crusades, campaigns, and special events. But just as it was in the first century, it is true in the twenty-first century – more people come to Jesus because of friends and family members than any other method. What that means is this: You are God’s best method of evangelism!
Which of your neighbors do you need to love into the family of God?
What will you do to touch their lives this week?