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Monday morning at 6:45 A.M., we’re leaving for our summer mission trip. One of the things we wanted to set our students up for is how to share their story of transformation. Telling students, “We’re going on a trip. Be ready to share what Jesus did to you,” isn’t really setting them up for the win. Here’s how I presented it to our team. The list of “Do and Don’t” paragraphs aren’t complete or exclusive, by any means, but it’s what I use to give some courage to our students. I walk through the tips, show them the 3 step story, and then share my own. After that, they split up in our lobby and go write 3-7 sentences under each heading. When we came back, I took volunteers to share their story, gave some feedback, and let everyone know that at some point during the week, I’d be having them tell me their story. Now, when someone asks, “Why’d you come here just to do this?” they’ll be able to share with confidence what Jesus did for them.
SHARING YOUR TESTIMONY
ELEMENTS OF YOUR STORY
1. HOW YOU WERE BEFORE
What was your life before you were a believer? For some, this may be a long section, for others, it may be pretty short. One isn’t better than the other.
2. HOW YOU WERE TRANSFORMED
Tell about what happened when you prayed to accept Christ! You don’t need to share the exact words you prayed, but share the circumstances surrounding the event.
3. HOW YOU ARE NOW
Make sure everyone knows you’re still not perfect. Maybe share about some hard times you’ve had, some time you have slipped up and experienced God’s forgiveness, or a time in your life God seemed super close. You want to tell people how you are different now because of God’s love.