Halloween, perhaps the most controversial holiday among Christians. But if we step back and think about it in terms of advancing God's kingdom, it very well could be one of the most strategic ones (right up there with Christmas). Lets look at it objectively for a second. What other holiday do you get to go to your neighbors house and meet (if you haven't yet) and talk to them, and neighbors come to your house and you get to give them stuff. Two incredible opportunities that don't exist in as a norm in our culture. What a great opportunity that we can make the most of for the expansion of God's kingdom.
Here's some ideas of how:
For the trick-or-treaters:
Spend time prepping kids to see the holiday as an opportunity to serve and love the neighbors. Spend some time praying for the neighbors and who they will meet. Help kids think through what they could give the person giving them candy. Perhaps a tract or a colored thank you note with a verse on it (photo copied a bunch of times) or an invitation to church. Together pray God would use their steps of faith to glorify Himself and draw the people to Himself.
This could also be used as an opportunity to meet the neighbors you don't know. Remember their names (write them down if you need to) and then make a map with neighbors names on it to start praying for them. Introduce yourself and have a little small talk. If the opportunity arises, you could ask them what you could pray for them for.
For the candy givers:
Before the kids start coming pray for the kids who will come to your door. Ask God to give you ideas of how to encourage and affirm them and bring to mind other things He would want you to say to them. When the kids come give them the best candy AND a Gospel tract. Living Water has great optical illusions kids love. Or here are a ton more to choose from.) Make a list of the kids and you can then keep the list and your family can pray for them.
THE WEEK OF
Use activities you're involved in as a way to give the Gospel. For instance my son is in soccer and my daughter gymnastics. We are going to pack lunch bags full of yummy candy and a Gospel tract with a little note to give to each kid on their team. You can do this same goodie bag gifting at many other activities whether it be little league sports as well as adult group events.
What other ideas do you have?
Do you struggle with starting Gospel conversations? Here are 10 questions that can be used to start a great conversation. Try them this Halloween?
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has five kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 13 years serving with Master Plan Ministries where she is the Women's Development Coordinator. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, and A Devotional Journey through Judges, a devotional to accompany the free online Bible study at TheBookofJudges.com. You can find her on facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram, periscope, blab and her author site.
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