Hello Project Ezra! I pray that the Christmas season is treating you well, and hope you have had many opportunities to share the gospel. We are now about a week-and-a-half away from one of our best evangelism opportunities of the year, which we call The True Gift of Christmas. I have mentioned it recently, but for those of you who missed it or are newer to the group, a description of the event from previous years is below. I've also included links to event reports from previous years that I hope will encourage you. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. I am also hoping to put together a event report video/slide show about the True Gift of Christmas, so don't forget to take your cameras post on the event page. God bless!
Project Ezra is dedicated to encouraging, equipping, and mobilizing
born again followers of Christ, from around the world, to read the Word
of God in public, and what better time to do so than Christmas! Although
many, if not most, cities and towns in our country have some kind of
community Christmas (or “Holiday”) gathering or fair, these celebrations
that have all the trappings of the Christmas season have often nearly
or completely lost the essence of what the season should be; a
celebration of the birth of Christ. Some cities have banned religious
(Christian) displays such as Nativity scenes on public property, and
those who have not have often pushed them to the periphery, or buried
them behind piles of tinsel, pretty lights, and plastic Santas. Those of
us whom God has called to public ministry need to be looking for
creative ways bring the focus of the Christmas season back to where it
In an effort to do so, Project Ezra will, once
again, be having a very special reading event for this, and we hope
many more, Christmases to come. We are encouraging Project Ezra members
to gather a team to read the entire Gospel of John in public in the
weeks before Christmas.
First, choose a public area in
your town or city at or near one of your popular Christmas events. This
could be a fair, a parade, outside your local mall on weekends, or any
other place that will draw groups of people. You know your area, so pick
a place you would want to visit with your friends and family.
together a group of like-minded believers to participate with you. This
is the ideal time to get additional people involved, since the reading
will be long and can be easily divided up. Call Christian friends and
family, and see about announcing it in church on Sunday.
a small ladder or box to stand on, and consider making a sign stating
the name of our group and what you will be reading for listeners who
arrive mid-reading. You may or may not use amplification, depending on
personal preference and local laws.
Be sure to spend time in prayer as a group before you start!
of the entire Gospel of John, front to back. Consider picking one
translation that everyone will read from so the reading flows more
smoothly. You also might want to consider printing the book in larger
type and putting in into a binder that can be handed from one
participant to another. If you will be out in the evening, consider the
lighting level too.
If you have a more experienced
open-air preacher in your group (or even if you don’t) consider
following the reading with a simple gospel presentation
Make sure you have plenty of tracts and bibles to hand out!
event is up on our Facebook page, and although we have a few dozen
people signed up, we are praying for many more. Please let us know your
thoughts and ideas for improving this outreach, and be sure to RSVP the
event. We look forward to lots of pictures, video, and stories!
For the praise of His glory,