If there is anytime of the year that the gospel should be openly shared and preached in the public square of any village, town or city by anyone who professes Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, it is Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, commonly referred to as Easter.
Through Project Ezra, a call was put out for Christian believers around the world to participate in the public reading of assigned Scripture, Matthew chapters 26, 27 and 28, pertaining to the account of what Jesus went through in the last hours of His earthly life and thereafter. This particular annual project is called: "Mission Good Friday".
A number of our evangelism team from Emmanuel Baptist Church and special guest, Chris Curry of Living Waters Canada, signed up to be a part of this project. I divided up the assigned 3 chapters of Matthew and appointed 8 readers each their own portion to read.
Following our church's Good Friday service and luncheon fellowship, our team headed downtown to the Byward Market. There we set up and after a time of prayer each of us got "on the box" to read our assigned portion of Matthew.
It should be noted that this was the first time for four of our readers to get up on the box and for one of them this was the first time out doing any kind of street evangelism at all! Our readings were then followed up by some powerful open air preaching by some while other team members handed out gospel tracts to passersby.
The public reading of the Bible is an easy and wonderful way for any novice sensing a call to break into the realm of street evangelism. And better, yet, with likeminded Christian friends and/or family relying on the fact that there is strength in numbers.
There is nothing to memorize, nothing to improvise and nothing to fear. Just read the word of God aloud in the street and let His word serve His purposes.
"So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11
What a privilege and joy it is to serve and give glory to the Lord this way with devoted brothers and sisters in Christ who care more for the souls of others than what others might think of them.
It is my hope and prayer that the video posted above will be of encouragement and inspiration for other churches to follow suit by organizing such an event with willing members of their own leadership and congregation.