People reached by missionaries pay it forward to others

Recommended by Alicia Purdy

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, June 6 2012 1:16 p.m. MDT

Our take: Evangelist John Heywood was once touched by the time, work and spirituality of others and as an adult, he wants to do the same for the young people he encounters who are often from poor backgrounds or have special needs. The teams he works with through Open Air Campaigners Ministries use friendship, puppet shows, kids, music and preaching in public places like pars to attract crowds that will listen to their message of hope and seeds of the Gospel.

"Typically, we work with many people in the West Midlands who are on the edges of church life or outside it," explains OAC Ministries (Open Air Campaigners) Evangelist John Heywood.

Yet, his teams are on the cutting edge in reaching people of different ethnicities and including the marginalised, the poor and those with special needs.

Using both friendship and preaching, outreach teams go to places of public interest, parks and shopping malls. Complementary gifts are developed so that one person may illustrate a message with painted art work and others play music. Imaginative means characterise OAC evangelism with puppetry and creative object lessons drawing in passers-by. When they stop and listen to the brief Gospel message, other team members follow-up with conversation and literature distribution.

Read more about Evangelism reaching people on Christian Today.

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