Before the whole COVID 19 shutdown, we were positioning ourselves to launch Friend Speak. The COVID 19 situation disrupted our plans but did not cancel them. We are now moving forward with offering FriendSpeak to the community.
You may be asking what is FriendSpeak? It is reaching out to our neighbors and people we encounter who need help improving their English-speaking ability. We offer help with conversational English (this is not an English grammar course), friendship, and the Word of God. FriendSpeak gives people something they want but have difficulty finding – a friend who will help them practice and improve their conversational English. The material in the guidebooks we use to help people learn English comes directly from the Bible.
LUKE is the first conversation workbook in the FriendSpeak Series. Passages from the Gospel of Luke introduce the life and teachings of Jesus and generate meaningful conversations relevant to everyone – even people with little or no faith background. LUKE contains 31 sessions from the Easy-to-Read translation for international readers and a glossary.
Six of us have gone through FriendSpeak training and are ready to help teach people conversational English and the Bible. We have cards and flyers prepared to hand-out or post. This information is also posted on the church website and Facebook page.
There are two ways that every member can be involved in this outreach program.
The first way is to take some of the FriendSpeak cards and flyers and distribute them. There are people you know and places that you go to that no one else in this congregation has contact with. You are the key to reaching them.
Anywhere you go that has people who are not proficient in English is an excellent place to leave FriendSpeak information. You will want to emphasize that this is a free program and that we plan on using social media for the sessions.
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35). Our context is different (the people from Samaria are moving toward Jesus and the apostles), but the principle is the same.
“So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7). The original context deals with the factions around personalities in the Corinthian congregation. The truth remains that God gives the growth or increase and we are workers in God’s vineyard.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies- in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11).
The second way is prayer. Please pray for the effectiveness of this effort. Pray for a harvest of souls. Pray that the people you give information to be open to God’s powerful word.
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison” (Colossians 4:2-3).
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).