I spent my first Friday morning with John Bell (Pastor of New City Baptist Church) at the gay village. John is gifted in his ability to spread the gospel to gay men. He has been building friendships and spreading the Gospel there for a little while now. He goes to coffee shops where he builds friendships with men and tells them the Gospel when the time is ripe. He goes to a particular coffee shop twice a week. Since the setting is so close, one of the keys is simply to go in and sit down and be friendly. He told me that it can be hit and miss. Sometimes he will go and there will be no open doors for natural conversations to get going.
John is mentoring me in this style of evangelism. I am eager (yet nervous) as I learn. I hung out in two different coffee shops yesterday morning, but I was unable to strike up any conversations. Please pray for John and I that the Lord will help us in these efforts to reach fellow sinners with the love of Christ. Let us thank the Lord for John and his desire to train others concerning how to reach out to the gay community in Toronto.