I’m going to cheat a little today on my blog post because I think this story is awesome and it happened to one of the people I will be working with in Germany so I took this story from GEM’s story page. You should check out the stories they post there on a regular basis!
Here is the story:
One of our workers serving in Germany tells the story of an opportunity that he had to explain the Gospel to an Irishman in Amsterdam. It’s a great example of being ready and watchful for open doors!
I was sitting in a conference room in Amsterdam waiting for some specialized training on smartphone app development to begin when I heard a familiar accent. I’d been to Dublin several times and I recognized that familiar Irish lilt coming from a man nearby. I quickly introduced myself to this other native English speaker amidst the Dutch, German, and French speakers surrounding us.
His name was “Alan” [not his actual name]. Over the two days of the conference, we hung out together at breaks and lunches talking about all sorts of things. His fiancé and my wife. The iPhone 5 release. Irish tea. Guinness. What we do for a living, etc.
The subject came around to an app I am developing and I wanted to use the opportunity to steer the conversation toward spiritual things. The app is called “C2C Story” and it’s based on an evangelism tool that we use in our Discipleship Multiplication Training whereby we explain the story of God, from creation to the resurrection of Christ. The app provides a series of pictures that you can flip through on your device as you explain the story.
As I was describing the technical aspects of the app with Alan, it also gave me the opportunity to tell him the actual “Creation to Christ” story. Alan listened and had some questions about both the app and the story. He gave some solid suggestions for improving the app and told me that he would like to talk more about the story.
My hope and prayer for Alan is that his story might intersect with God’s story so that he will be forever transformed and then inspired to invite others into the redemptive story of God’s love.
[Have a look at the app’s website by CLICKING HERE. It’s currently only available for Android devices, but the pictures can be used on Apple/iOS devices by using the web app version on the website or downloading the PDF images into iBook, Kindle, or other PDF applications.]