Easy Peasy Family EV

by ArabahJoy on April 14, 2011 in Hospitality, Ministry, Purpose

Ever since my oldest could talk, he was sharing the gospel.

It wasn’t something we taught him and I often wondered how it happened ~smiles~ but then I realized he was simply saying a handful of phrases that my husband and I constantly shared with others ourselves. Things like, “Have you ever heard of Jesus before?”   “Do you believe in God?”  and   “God exists, He really does!”

As missionaries in a communist, atheist country, we always sought to open spiritual conversations with everyone we could. Sharing Jesus was a way of life.

Then God blessed us with 3 children in 23 months and things changed. Suddenly, I was at home…ALOT. And my girls weren’t getting the exposure to sharing Jesus that my son had. They weren’t seeing me be missional and I missed it!

What to do?

It’s a good question. For stay at home moms who may have limited contact with the lost, how can we purposefully teach our children to share Jesus?

As I asked God what I could do, He gave me the idea of “Tuesday Tea.” This is where my girls and I prepared a special tea with snacks and invited a guest of honor ~ a neighbor who did not know Jesus.

This idea was easy peasy because what neighbor wants to turn down a child’s invitation?! And they came to us! Now that we are in the states on furlough, I am finding this an excellent way to reach out to other SAHMs in our neighborhood.

Getting Started:

~ Start by making a list of names or addresses of people on your street, neighborhood, or in your community. Add names of unsaved friends and family members as well. It doesn’t have to be many to start with, just reach out.

~ Keep adding names to your “Blessing List” as you meet new people or see neighbors at the park, in the yard, etc.

~ Plan the “menu” for your first Tea Time and make invitations. We do our tea time from 10:00 – 10:30am. The short time is on purpose, so our guests know this won’t drag out.

Involving the Children:

~ Get your kids excited by telling them you want to bless others together. They can help by selecting the special guest, making invitations, helping deliver them, baking the goodies, selecting the menu, setting the table, serving the guests, dressing up, preparing a story or scripture, ect.

~ Make it regular. Pick a day of the week so your kids can look forward to this special day. You can have your tea parties weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to work around family schedules. Build anticipation by talking about it in between parties.

~ Ask your kids for input. They will come up with some great ideas that will probably be the best of all 🙂

Making it Evangelistic:

~A super easy way to turn the tea party to Christ is to simply tell your guest upon arrival, “We would like to make you feel special and bless you today while you are here. Is there any specific way we can pray for you?”

~You can make scriptures that bless into placemats or simply write them on cards and leave them on top of the tea saucers.

~Have the children sing a song or an older child read a short Bible story.

~Be prepared to share your testimony. Some people don’t know how to “jump into” their testimony, so here are some openings you can use: “I wouldn’t be the person I am without Jesus. Here is how He has changed my life…”

Or, “Jesus is the best thing that has happened to me! Let me tell you what happened…”

Or, “I haven’t always been the person I am today. I used to …. until I met Jesus…”

Most importantly, have fun!

Sharing Jesus is one of the “funnest” things there is! Don’t be discouraged if things don’t go exactly as planned; instead, begin by praying before the guests arrive, committing the time and effort as a love offering to the Lord. Then enjoy the ride, however it turns out! He will accept your gift and direct your paths.

Doing a few simple things at each tea party, like praying for your guests and telling them Jesus loves them, will help your child learn the basics of sharing Jesus and starting spiritual dialogue.

Part of the legacy I want to leave my children is serving others and sharing Christ. The tea party does both. Who knew that something so simple could leave such a legacy?

Care to join in? If you have an “EV Tea,” let us know how it goes! For more ideas and inspiration, check out <a href=”Tea Parties with a Purpose: 10 Simple and Fun Party Ideas for Kids of All Ages“>by Bobbie Wolgemuth.

I’m praying for lots of Tea Parties this month 🙂

By Arabah Joy, Arabah

ArabahJoy

Arabah Joy and her family have served as missionaries to East Asia for the past ten years. She has been married to Jackson for the past eighteen years and they have four children, both adopted and biological. She has also authored a guide on how to increase energy and has recently released an eBook on living Complete in Christ. Mostly though, she is a broken woman redeemed. She writes about God's sufficiency to transform at Arabah .

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Catherine McChessney April 14, 2011

Wow, this is such a great post. I often wonder when I will have the opportunity to “get out there” and share the gospel. My answer has always been, “When the kids are grown.”. Thank-you for showing me that it doesn’t have to wait.

Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms April 14, 2011

This is a great idea- since I have boys I would have to take a different twist on it probably but it helps spark the ideas. I also SO appreciate you using the word “unsaved” and mentioning sharing the “gospel”.

Elly April 15, 2011

What a great post – thank you for sharing this! It is so easy for us Christians to slip into “normal life” and neglect the Great Commission! For years and years I was unsure of how to share the gospel with my unsaved friends and family, and then the Lord sovereignly allowed me to “stumble” upon a ministry that is designed to help people like me (without all the knowledge of apologetics, etc.!) how to share the gospel. The ministry is called The Way of the Master (www.WayOfTheMaster.com) and I have now learned how to effectively to share the gospel, not only with friends and family, but with strangers too! Since I do have two little ones under 3, I too am not able to “get out” much to share the gospel. So when I am out shopping and running errands with my girls, I almost always give the clerks and other folks I run into a gospel tract (you can find excellent, Biblical ones – that mention repentance for sins and trust in Christ alone for forgiveness – at http://www.LivingWaters.com). My girls see me doing this, and when they’re able to talk – they too will hand them out! And who can resist a toddler saying “Did you get one of these?” 🙂 Thank you for the reminder about what our mission is on earth – to glorify God! I have 1 Corinthians 10:31 printed and framed in my kitchen, as a reminder that in all things, including changing diapers, catching runny noses, and being hospitable – all things should be done for the glory of God – because He was SO kind to save us from our wickedness and rebellion by paying the penalty for our sins – and declaring us righteous because of Christ! What a glorious gospel, and what an amazing Savior! May He receive ALL glory for His amazing kindness!

jordan April 15, 2011

i love this idea of “tuesday tea” – thanks for sharing!

Betsy Price April 18, 2011

I really appreciated your article. My daughter is always wanting to invite someone over, so what an awesome way to incorporate it. I hope you don’t mind that I shared your ideas on my blog!

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