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Another Morning at the Gay Village

John B. and I went to the gay village this morning. I am thankful to the Lord that John was able to meet three new people. He talked with one man for about two and half hours! Praise the Lord for this opportunity to build relationships and spread the Gospel. John and I were both encouraged by this open door.

As for me . . . well . . . I talked to someone this time! I greeted one man who sat down near me and talked to him about the weather (but only briefly). His body language politely indicated that he had things to read. The conversation ended short. That was it for me – no matter where I sat, no one came near. By God’s grace I am not discouraged. John B. encouraged me not to be discouraged but to keep going down there. I am mindful of spiritual warfare (cf. Ephesians 6). We talked about how I can best serve the New City Baptist Church plant (since I felt kind of useless). He assured me that going out with him was a good idea – especially as it is an entirely new demographic for me and there is a great need for the love of Christ to shine there. I am thankful for his encouragement. May the Lord help me to better know how to spark up conversations there – I need his help.

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Exposure to the Gay Village

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.