Evangelism Explosion International
Sharing your faith on vacation
By Rev. John B. Sorensen
Let’s face it. We all need a break and summer vacations are a great time to escape from the daily grind and get some much-needed rest. But when you leave, don’t leave one of the most important things behind – sharing your faith in Jesus Christ.
Vacations are a great opportunity to meet many different people at places like hotels, restaurants, and theme parks. Each person we meet is an opportunity to share our faith. So, while you are planning one last get-away before the summer ends, be sure to include a plan to share the Good News you have found with someone else.
- Invite God to join you.
Before you leave, pray together as a family that God will use you on this trip. Then pray daily on your trip for the people that you meet. God purposefully brings people across our path who need to hear that they can have hope in Jesus Christ. But the truth is, we walk past many of these divine appointments every day without ever realizing they are there. Prayer reminds us to pay attention and look for those opportunities.
- Pack some extra resources.
Be sure to take Gospel tracts, copies of the Gospel of John, and a couple kids’ evangelism cubes with you when you travel. Leave tracts for hotel clean-up crews or for a waitress at a restaurant along with a generous tip. You never know who you might meet along the way who is waiting to hear about the Gospel.
- Begin a conversation.
People are more generally relaxed and willing to engage in conversation when they are on vacation than they might be in everyday life. Strike up a conversation with others who are on vacation. Share your personal story. Ask locals for information about Sunday services in the area. Talk to the people who are serving you at hotels and restaurants. A Gospel conversation can take place anywhere at any time.
- Be prepared.
Learn how to explain the Gospel in a simple manner before you leave. There are many Gospel presentations that are easy to learn. At EE, we teach one that uses the five fingers of your hand – something you will always have with you, even on vacation. But regardless of which one you learn, use it. Share it with others. But don’t be caught unprepared.
Enjoy your get-away but take the Gospel with you on this year’s summer vacation. Someone you meet might be searching for the eternal peace that only Jesus Christ can provide. And you might be the person to share that Good News with them.
Rev. John B. Sorensen, D.D. is the President/CEO of Evangelism Explosion International, headquartered in Arden, N.C. EE has been a leader in equipping Christians to share their faith for more than 50 years. For more free tips and resources, visit https://evangelismexplosion.org/