Hello Project Ezra! I know the group has been dormant for a while, but we are now approaching the 6th anniversary of Mission Good Friday, the event that started Project Ezra, so it’s time to get going again.
So what is Project Ezra about? The idea is simple. We suggest a passage of scripture, along with some ideas on how you can use that passage to transition into the message of the gospel. You can choose to use that passage, or pick your own. Then you invite your friends and church family to join you. People around the country (and often several other countries) do the same. Then you pick a spot in a public area with good foot traffic, climb up onto a bench, box, ladder or stool, and read the passage aloud. If there are several in your group, you can split the passage up and each read a section. If you have people on your team with experience in sharing the gospel, they can do so, either one-on-one with those who stop to listen, or aloud from the box. And most of all, pray that God’s Spirit will fill you and empower you as you share, and that He will convict and change the hearts of those listening.
Mission Good Friday, 2009, was the first Project Ezra event. Evangelist Tony Miano invited others to join him in reading Matthew 26 through 28 on Good Friday. He posted the idea as an event on Facebook, and hundreds of people responded, going to the streets to share the good news of the death and resurrection of Christ. Several other events followed, and then, for a number of years, Project Ezra was a weekly event, with leaders taking a different passage each week from one of the Bible book lists used in Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System (which I highly recommend, by the way). After a while interest waned, and life and church commitments made it difficult to write weekly. However, many people have been encouraged by the project, and many street preachers stepped onto the box for the first time as part of Project Ezra. So we are asking you to join us, not only in participating and inviting your friends, but in praying that God will continue to use the group to encourage others to share their faith.