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We have discussed Why, How, and Who, but how do we start to implement this into our lives and into our church? This is where we often start to struggle but God definitely doesn't want us to struggle. Doubt is something the devil wants us to do, but not God, he just wants us to have Faith, and Go! (Hebrews 11:6) "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him". So moving forward in this implementation let us together seek the face of God in Prayer:

Our Father which art in Heaven hallowed be Thy Name.  Lord we humbly come to you this day asking that you use us as a vessel of clay, mold us into what you would have us to be and use us for thy service.  Help us as we move forward, to be found faithful, and keep us in the center of thy will.  We know you commanded us to spread the gospel to every creature. We ask that you help us to do just that. Help us to be bold, and look for opportunities to share the Gospel of Christ with those as we have an opportunity, and we pray as we do, Your Spirit will go before us and prepare hearts, so that the seed sown may have good ground to grow.  We pray that as we labor in your vineyard, you will give increase for our effort and that souls will be saved from an eternity of punishment, and help us to ever be faithful, and we will never fail to praise you for all things, AMEN.

Moving forward, in Faith believing that God will be with us every step of the way, we need to work with our group to set up visitation teams. Search and Rescue teams must be prepared, available, and ready to "Go" when the opportunity arises. The way we get prepared is to study God's word. In this commission he left us he said "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:19-20). Pay close attention to the section underlined, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you". How can we teach if we do not know ourselves? (2 Timothy 2:15) "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." God left us his word and he wants us to use it as a manual to live by and to share it with those we come in contact with. If we do this we will be prepared when an opportunity arises.

The next thing we said was important for a search and rescue team was to be available. It would not matter how much we studied God's word or what abilities we may possess if we are not available to put it to use.  Then it is worthless.   (Hebrews 12:1-3) "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds." God gave the best Heaven had for us, and he will NOT take second place in our lives, we must forsake all to follow him, (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) "…Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." God must be first in our lives, no matter if we are on the job, at home, at church, at the ball field, or any other place we may be. Jesus said (Matthew 5:14) "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."

How can we be the Light of the world if Jesus is the Light? Let us think about the Sun and the Moon. The sun is the great light. The moon actually has no light in itself; however, it reflects the suns light. The reason the moon appears to be brighter or dimmer at times is due to its relationship to the sun. When the moon is better aligned and close to the sun it appears brighter and fuller. When it is further away and at an angle, it appears dimmer.  We are no different than the moon, we reflect the Light of the Son, God's Son. The closer our relationship is with him, and the more direct we are in line with his word, the brighter we shine.  No wonder Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." As a member of God's Search and Rescue Team, we need to make sure we study God's Word, and we need to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only, so we can keep the Light of God reflecting through us bright, that others may see and come in before it's too late.

The last thing we said a search and rescue team need to do is; "be ready to go".  We must be ready as individuals, and then as a church or group.  This is such a great message; we must take advantage of every opportunity we get to tell others of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself talked to people as he went along the way, but he also organized groups, (Mark 6:7) "and he (Jesus) called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two…" Jesus sent the twelve disciples out in pairs, and the Bible teaches in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. So it is good to go out in pairs, and it is good to out groups from our churches to witness in our communities and our areas we live in. 

I remember in times past we would go door to door throughout communities, and through the hospitals, asking each person we met if they knew Jesus as their personal Savior. Praying for many and asking many to pray for us. However, even though God's word has not changed and people's needs have not changed our culture has changed. Laws have changed, and it has made it dangerous or in some cases illegal to perform this type of visitation without prior consent.  Therefore we must not change the message which we are sent to tell, but perhaps change the method in which it is delivered.  Technology is a great thing if used properly. The Devil is sure using it to his advantage, so isn't it time we use it to ours?  Just as salesman need leads to go on sales calls, we as Christians need leads or opportunities to witness to people.  While Jesus said to tell it to every creature he has also said: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." (Matthew 7:6) We know that not every person we tell is going to receive it, but to them that do it is the power of God unto Salvation.

How do we get the opportunity to witness?  While there is no set way, here are 10 suggestions in no particular order. These have all been proven to have success; you can try them and see how they work for you. Some are simple and almost effortless, while others are elaborate and take planning. In General, the more effort you put into it, the bigger the results. 

1.     Word of Mouth – You know every time we hear of someone sick or going through a problem it is an opportunity to speak to them.  We can do this by phone, by postcard, social media, or email. Just to say we are praying for you, we care about you and are here to help if we can.  This simple statement can often open doors for a Search and Rescue team to Share the Gospel.

2.     Visitors Cards – While churches have been doing this for years, it is a good way to get information about people who have visited your church. Following up with these can often lead to the opportunity to share the churches beliefs and ultimately for a Search and Rescue Team to share the Gospel.

3.     Phone Trees or Group Calling Services – While this is a relatively new idea, it is proving to be a very successful program and inexpensive. A couple of good web-based programs currently available is Call Multiplier and One Call Now. They have the ability to call large groups of people in just a short amount of time. You can create groups, and subgroups and some offer the option to perform surveys. This is a good way to keep in contact with people you have visited and keep them informed of upcoming events and services.  It makes newcomers feel a part.

4.     Prayer List on websites and social media – When people request prayer for something or someone, this means there is a need, thus giving us a reason or opportunity to contact them. Once again our Search and Rescue Teams may have an opportunity to share the Gospel.

5.     Free Car Washes – If your church is located in a populated area, this can be great fellowship for Search and Rescue Teams and for the church members alike. This provides a great way to bring people into the church environment on neutral terms. Offer "Free Car Wash" first come first serve from 9 am – 3 pm on a Saturday.  Make sure it is free, however, while they are in line waiting on the wash, have members of the Search and Rescue Team there making contact, and seeking opportunities to witness and share God Word.

6.     New Baby Congratulations - Most families announce the birth of their new babies in local newspapers. A letter of congratulations from the church offering a free baby care package and church recognition upon attending a regular Sunday Church Service. Be prepared, have a small basket with lotions, bibs, and other baby items prepared to give them upon attendance, and during the worship service recognize them by having them to bring the baby to the front and tell its name, weight, and length at birth. Once they fill out a visitor's card, Search and Rescue Teams can follow up.

7.     Humanitarian Projects – Jesus instructed us to take care of the widows and orphans. This is a great way to get leads and share the gospel. This often works well with the involvement of youth groups, no matter if you are assisting in cleaning up a vacant lot in a community, cutting a widow's or elderly person's grass. Maybe your church is equipped to handle replacing a roof for someone who cannot do it on their own. This can be a great way get leads in a community.  Remember we are to "Go". This sometimes means we have to sweat a little, but you will be surprised how many people you will get to witness to while performing these tasks, remember our goal is to Share the Gospel.

8.     Nursing Home Visits – While Nursing home visits are definitely not a fun place to go. For many, this is their last stop before leaving this world. It can be a great place to witness.  I was in church just this week and heard a prayer request for a gentleman's uncle, he was 91 years old and had not yet accepted Christ as his personal Savior.  (Jude 1:23) "And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire" we definitely have the opportunity to witness and share the Gospel here, and not only to patients, but it can open up doors to their families who Search and Rescue teams can follow up with.

9.     Jails and Prisons – While this may be an even harder place to visit than the nursing home, people in here are often at a place where the Devil has wrecked their lives and has left them with no hope. No matter what they have done, God still loves them, and we need to tell it. Some of these inmates just need to hear that. Some may be seeking the Lord but not know how to get to him. That was the case with the eunuch in the chariot that Phillip helped. Who knows? It may open up a door to their families, and the communities they are from. Remember we are not waiting for people to come to us, we are Search and Rescue.

10. Door to Door – As discussed this may not be possible or safe in all areas, but there are communities where this is still possible, and it has been proven to work.  If you have never been on a door to door visit be prepared to get talked to rudely, some people will not welcome you. However, you will have the opportunity with others to share the Gospel, and that is what it is all about in this Search and Rescue Mission.

Now that we have identified some ways of implementing this program in our churches we need to determine who our Search and Rescue Team will be. 


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