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Invasion of Kindness

On a Friday evening, the staff a church in Cincinnati noticed that holiday traffic was backed up for almost a mile at the corner by their church.  Pastor Steve Sjogren and his Kindness Squad swung into action.  They iced down 400 cans of soft drink, and as cars stopped at the stop sign, the drivers were offered free drinks.
 
"Why are you doing this?" drivers asked.
 
"Because God loves you," the squad members responded.
 
This was not the squad's first act of kindness.  Earlier a free car wash allowed them to wash forty cars and pray with almost every driver.  Most drivers wouldn't believe it was free and offered to pay.
 
The squads have used more than forty creative outreaches in the last six years - free lawn care, offering batteries for smoke detectors and returning a year later to replace them, free Christmas gift wrapping at a local mall, giving out free coffee at grocery stores, taking pictures of families in the park, cleaning restrooms in restaurants and filling stations, and washing windshields on parked cars.
 
The smiling do-gooders are always asked, "Why?"
 
Sjogren got the idea for the kindness squad while people-watching in a shopping mall.  Most people seemed to be experiencing a significant level of pain.  But he had found them skeptical of an aggressive approach to Christian witnessing.
 
Many Christians, believes Sjogren, are guilt-ridden when pressured to do evangelism.  The kindness squad's activities are less threatening to both the squad members and to the individuals receiving the kindness.
 
The soft drink give-away was reported on a local radio station's evening traffic report.  Sjogren says, "Last year alone we touched over 60,000 people in our community and gave opportunity for low-risk outreach training to many in our fellowship."
 

Servant Evangelism

2 Corinthians 6:4  In everything commending ourselves as servants of God,
 
Matthew 20:26-28  Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
 
2 Corinthians 4:5  For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
 
Philippians 2:6-7  Who, being in very nature god, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human llikeness.
 
Luke 22:27  For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves?  Is it not the one who is at the table?  But I am among you as one who serves.
 
Galatians 5:13  you, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
 
1 Peter 4:10  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
 
Galatians 6:10  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
 

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