Conversation Pieces

Even as a missionary, sometimes it is hard for me to figure out the best way to engage people in conversations about the gospel. I find this especially true since currently my primary “ministry,” apart from my family, is in the form of the various friendships and relationships that I have with the women in my community. These women usually aren’t coming to formal ministry events expecting a spiritual program when we spend time together, so sometimes it gets tricky to know exactly how to engage people in gospel conversations without being pushy or culturally awkward.

I am guessing that many of you are more natural evangelists than I am, but perhaps this might be an encouraging idea for those of you who very much desire to be always sharing the good news about Jesus but wish you were more naturally gifted in this way.

One thing that has given me a wide open door to the gospel with nearly every friend who has sat in my kitchen for tea for the past year is a simple project that my daughter and I did to help her memorize John 3:16. I didn’t realize at the time that this little project would end up giving me so many opportunities to share about our God who so loved the world that he gave his only son with those who do not yet believe in him.

I had originally planned to keep the project up for a couple of weeks as we usually do with projects, but after seeing what a great conversation starter it was, I decided that it is here to stay awhile.

I anticipate stumbling upon a new helpful ministry tool for myself when we made this little project, but it got me to thinking about how helpful and it is to have conversation pieces in our homes. These are things that will catch people’s eye as they are welcomed for tea or a meal and will give us an opportunity to share about the love of Christ. Your conversation piece might not be a kid’s art project with a Bible verse on it, but perhaps a more sophisticated piece of art that that can’t help but be noticed. I am sure many of you are more creative than I am and could come up with all sorts of great ideas!  I’d encourage you though, especially if you struggle to find good starting places for spiritual conversations, to make am artistic conversation piece for your home and pray that God will use it to give you more open doors for the gospel.

Do you already have any such conversation pieces in your home? Do you have any creative ideas to share? Do you have any stories about how something in your home has sparked spiritual conversation?

(Post by: Ashley)


4 Responses to “Conversation Pieces”

  1. 1 Sarah R. January 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve experienced similar things in our home with inadvertent conversation starters in the form of things hanging in our bathroom. 🙂 In our bathroom I’ve framed several scripture passages, and a few challenging quotes that have really spoken to my heart. It never crossed my mind when I hung them up that they might help turn conversations to spiritual things (especially since they’re in English) but I’ve experienced time and time again how conversations have turned to spiritual things after friends have gone to the bathroom and then come out asking questions about what they read. It’s been really exciting, and I’m not planning on taking them down anytime soon. 🙂

  2. 2 Ashley L January 20, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I love it, Sarah!! That is so funny and great that your bathroom decor is sparking spiritual discussion!

  3. 3 Shilo January 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    This post reminded me so much of Deuteronomy 6 where God commands His children to write His commands on their doorposts and gates. I love using special verses around the house. My next project is something for the boys’ room with the Numbers 6 blessing because that’s always the last thing I say to them when I kiss them goodnight.

  4. 4 Addie January 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    We have a beautiful painting of the crucifixion and Romans 12:1 about being a living sacrifice which our friend painted for us about 8 years ago. It’s over our fireplace and has attracted a lot of comments over the years, some by non-Christians. I like to put my children’s artwork up anyway, and many include Bible verses. I hope that the people who come to our home feel blessed by what’s around on the walls, and it’s a great conversation starter.

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