As a first year university student involved with a campus ministry in San Jose, California, I’ve had experience sharing the gospel with people on campus, but it was being involved with a Digital Day of Outreach that stretched my faith and changed my family.
It was at the student conference in December that I was placed in a “social media outreach” group for the afternoon. About 30 of us students gathered in a room together, and shared the #FallingPlates short film with friends and family on Facebook. I was terrified, but also excited. I posted the video to about 10-15 people initially, with a comment like, “I just saw this at a conference and I thought it was really good. I’d like to know what stuck out to you the most.” Altogether, I sent it to about 35 family members and friends.
People in my family have struggled with depression, abuse and alcoholism. They have been too focused on working for material gain, and have been disengaged, angry, and hard-hearted. My mom is a Christian, but not my dad, so sending it to him was nerve-wracking. I’ve been praying for my whole family since I became a believer 4 years ago.
While we were still doing the outreach, I started getting responses from my family! First, my aunt Martha, who believes in God, wrote me. She told me:
“It made me feel like I want to live and be closer to Jesus. Thank you for sharing it. It gave me a boost.”
One of my uncles also wrote, one who I didn’t think believed in Jesus at all. He said, “The video touched my heart. I haven’t been fully following Jesus lately, but I want to get back on track.” Another uncle responded, “Thank you, Sara, for sharing the video with me. I’m definitely going to share this around with my friends. It’s a great reminder of what Jesus has done for us.”
I didn’t share the video with my mom because she’s already a believer, but when I got together with her after the conference, she’d already heard about it! She attended my cousin’s birthday party and a few of my aunts who had seen the video were there. The oldest of them, Pilar, is very influential in my family; she’s the one my heart is heaviest for. If she became a believer, what an influence she could have! She owns a salon, where people come in and out all day. She was so touched by the film that she was in tears all day. Not only that, but she shared about it with all her clients. I didn’t even know she’d seen the film!
The mood of our household is completely turned around. I’ve never seen my mom so alive in Christ. She’s in the Word, reading books, wanting to grow, and we have spiritual conversations we’ve never had before. Then in April, my dad put his trust in Christ!
This was such a great way to share Christ! People are on Facebook all the time, so it’s simple and quick. I could have shared this in person; it’s awesome to know I could just do it instantly. There was greater risk because it was people I knew, but there was a greater reward as well.
With Easter coming up, how about using Falling Plates to start spiritual conversations with your friends and family too? Find out how to run your own Digital Day of Outreach and contact our Digital Strategies ministry for more ideas.
By Ross McCall with Sara Campos. Originally posted on Indigitous.com, 17 August 2016. Used with permission.