Tuesday, January 17, 2006

God was there first.
Jonathan Brant has written an interesting article in this months
Youthwork magazine concluding his series on "youth evangelism". He draws on the stream of missionary stories where connection with the people makes those doing the mission realise God is already at work. (Of course this is something missiologists have been drawing on for sometime, starting from Acts 10).
He suggests that is where we are to begin if we are to be effective in mission to [young] people:
"We should not try to impose a pre-packaged message or attempt to run through the production line of our evangelistic strategy. Instead we should look for God's fingerprints in people's lives...".

As Leonardo Boff put it:
"The Triune God always arrives before the missionary"! ("Good News to the Poor", p69)




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