Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hope for Halloween?

While I’m mainly blogging right now about the adoption process, this blog is essentially about hope.  Hope for Yuri, hope for other children, and hope for all of us, through Jesus.  Without hope, where would we be?

Halloween is a time for hope.  Or, at least, it should be.  If we are followers of Christ, as most of us claim to be, then we need to also follow His example of bringing hope to the hopeless.  So, how do we bring hope on Halloween?

Our family has done different things, at different times in our lives—traditional trick-or-treating, Fall Fests at church, staying home together, etc.  But, honestly, in all those times, I never considered what would bring glory to God and work toward furthering His Kingdom.  I never even thought to ask, “Lord, what would please You this day?” 

So, we went on our merry way, doing whatever seemed good each Halloween, until one day we came across an idea that really impacted us—we could go out trick-or-tracting, and share the good news of Jesus with people who may have never heard!  This seemed like a wonderful idea, so we adopted it as our own and began to use Halloween as an opportunity to share the gospel.

This is what it currently looks like for us (we’ve tweaked it over the years):

I (Jennifer) usually stay home with the very little ones, and hand out little comic book Chick gospel tracts like this one (and sometimes candy) to any trick-or-treaters who make their way to our house.  Or, sometimes we’ll put a box of assorted gospel tracts out, and candy in another bowl, and put out a sign to “take one.”

Meanwhile, Troy takes the other kiddos out to a nearby neighborhood, where they go door-to-door, handing out comic book gospel tracts to all of the adults who are handing out candy.  They also give the little comic books to children and families they pass along the way.  

In this way, we usually hand out 200-300 gospel tracts in a single night.  It’s wonderful to know that the good news about Jesus is getting into hands of people who need to hear it.  What better way to give hope, than to tell others about the finished work of Jesus on the cross.


What about you?  Have you asked the Lord what He would have you to do to bring hope on Halloween? 

5 comments:

  1. Hello! I just found your blog through The Rebelution site and love this post. My dad and I spent last night handing out candy and chick tracts to the kids who came to our door. What an encouragement to read this and learn that others did the same thing.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing, Leah. That's encouraging to me, too! My hope is that others will read about it and do the same next year. :-)

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  3. What a wonderful idea, Jennifer. Here's what my mum and I did this year http://songsbyjosephine.com/blog/?p=671

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  4. I love that, Emily! Terrific idea. :-)

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    1. Oh, thanks! My mum prayed and that's what God told her to do :) I love it too :)

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