One of the greatest means of friendship evangelism is to conduct events that allow people from all walks of life to sit at your table and eat. Food often tears down walls and fosters the development of friendships, as Jesus himself demonstrated in John 21:17. Jesus asks Peter at breakfast if He loved Him. Peter emphatically affirmed his Master with a hearty “yes!” After each answer Jesus responded by saying, “Feed my sheep!” At the Leach Church in west Tennessee, two ways have been used to do just that, which include both the physical and spiritual as Jesus intended.
Each year the church is blessed with two major events that feature food: the annual Easter Morning Prayer Breakfast and Thanksgiving Agape Luncheon. The intent of these two events is to bring together church and community friends for prayer, food, stories, and fellowship. This year’s special emphasis for the annual brunch was praying for four distinct areas: the nation’s leaders, community leaders, church leaders, and families. The prayer session began with a leader from a local Mormon congregation praying for the U.S. President and his cabinet, followed by two church elders and a deacon praying for their distinct areas.
The room was filled to capacity as participants heard stories of God’s faithfulness and undying love. The event culminated in a short video vignette of eight individuals impacted by the events of the crucifixion and resurrection weekend. The success of these events has grown so significantly that a new fellowship hall is in the process of being built this spring.
Kentucky-Tennessee | June 2018