Giveaway: Now is the Time!

Happy New Year! 2013 marks THE year we’ve been waiting for to bring the HOPE of Jesus right where we live. To share our excitement, we think it’s time for a little GIVEAWAY action.

First, if you haven’t committed to joining My Hope with Billy Graham, it’s not too late! NOW is the perfect time to get trained and get your church involved. After all, Jesus begins the Great Commission with, “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life…” (Matthew  28:18, The Message)

Without further ado, the goal of this giveaway is to give TWO of you tools to spark conversation, spread enthusiasm and remember to pray for those on your list.* We’ve bundled an assortment of My Hope with Billy Graham swag that we think you’ll enjoy.

The winner can enjoy for himself/herself OR give as a gift, BUT you must get in it to win it.

It’s easy to enter. Simply comment below this post (only blog comments will be counted) with your answer to this question:

  • What is the most creative way YOU can build relationships?

We will randomly select a winner next Wednesday, January 16.

AND check back to see if you made our list of “10 most creative ways to build relationships” in our January 21 post.

* Don’t know about “the list”?  Check it out here.  Part of the My Hope success has been individuals starting to PRAY for those in their lives who don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ. You can start today by downloading the list, placing it in your Bible or somewhere else that will be a daily reminder, and beginning to pray for those on it and starting to build relationships with those you want to include in your My Hope with Billy Graham experience.

  • Shabrica

    The most creative way I build relationships is being funny & enthusiastic about life. When I meet a person I usually start by giving a compliment & words of encouragement. A lot of times during the conversation I end up finding out something they like or enjoy. For example if they talk about a certain subject I know nothing about I’ll usually look that topic up so the next time I talk to them I’ll bring up what I researched. Or if its something material like a book or a favorite snake, I’ll surprise them with it one day.

    I just joined a church & a few weeks ago I decided I was going to crochet a hat for a few of the ladies b/c they wear the type of hats I make.

  • Ramona Nichole Moore

    the most creative way i can rebuild my relationship is by just walking up and starting a conversation with someone. i have learned that if you go up and just talk people will listen to you and in the long run you have a great relationship with them

  • Dan LeMarble

    We’ve gotten to know a lot of our neighbors because of our dog, Snowy! On our daily walks around our neighborhood with our dog we not only talk regularly with other dog owners but also with neighbors with children who want to pet Snowy. He has opened up opportunities with neighbors we would normally not see on a regular basis.

  • Stephanie Ahles

    I joined a Secret Sisters group for infant loss. Every quarter, we adopt a new sister. For the first two months, we send anonymous letters, notes and e-mails and in the 3rd month we reveal our identity and give them a special little gift. It is a wonderful way to get to know a person, without judgement of looks. A wonderful way to build a lasting relationship.

  • Tod Hewitt

    I thought that standing on the street corner in the middle of our small town handing out free coffee to anyone who stops was a good idea. It’s strange, people are so skeptical and reluctant to accept the free gift. But once they choose to receive it they are more willing to consider the greatest free gift ever given to mankind. Then it all makes sense. It’s a wonderful way to love on your community, be a convincing witness and enjoy a good cup of coffee and a good conversation all at once.

  • Deanna Lawson Roach

    Pray first…. Then talk to everyone you meet. Call them by name (God does) – you will be surprised at what calling the cashier at the grocery store by the name on their name tag will do to lift their spirits. Just say … Hello —– how are you today. This opens so many doors to God filled conversations. Everyone wants to be valued. VALUE ..CALL THEM BY NAME … when possible….EACH PERSON YOU MEET. it does make an impact and opens doors …. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Show people you care…. Take the time. GOD WILL OPEN THE DOORS! You just have to walk through them with HIM! Love… That’s what it’s all about! GOD’S LOVE!

  • Jennifer Dueholm

    I Coordinate a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in northwestern Wisconsin and it’s a very creative way to build relationships. Mothers need to know they’re not alone. Through lifestyle evangelism, believing moms can impact unbelieving moms through their examples of how God impacts their lives. We also have a MOPPETS program where kids are told the Good News through Bible-based stories, arts and crafts, games and songs. Whole families have been saved because of a little child telling his or her mom about Jesus. I also think being authentic about the problems you’re dealing with is huge, too. Often times, Christians are criticized for being “too good” or hypocritical. Unbelievers need to know that Christians have problems, too. The key is to share how you’re dealing with these problems and that you find hope through Jesus.

  • Danny W. Avery

    I’ve discovered that “Random Acts of Kindness” are good ways to establish and then begin to build a relationship. I’ve also involved myself in various Community Service Groups that will bring me into contact with unchurched people, to whom I can introduce myself and get to know people “where they are” in their lives. Then, I can introduce the Gospel to them…

  • aardvark

    I have a lot of medical/pharmacy visits and encounter many waiting people who are hurting (physically and spiritually) or are just tired and stressed — especially with fidgety kids. I have never been refused when I ask parents if I may give their child a small Bible verse booklet for kids. Depending on the child’s age, I suggest that the child may enjoy the colorful pictures and that perhaps Mom or Dad can read it to them when they get home. If older, I suggest that maybe the child can memorize the verses or read the booklet / verses to a younger sibling. It makes them feel good that they are “big enough” to perform a task younger kids can’t and gives them a challenge.

    I also have Gospels of John for adults.

  • Jazzie Compton

    For me the most creative way I build relationship is with honesty and being humble people see that and has they watch me they see that I am real and then they come to me, but even on those time when I have going to them first they almost always say the have been watching me. I always ask God to show me how to build/ or let people see Him in me, so that He will be glorify.

  • Dawn Ford

    The most creative way I can build relationships is to step outside my church building and talk to everyone. See them with God’s eyes. I usually start with general conversation looking for God
    to show me a way to their heart. And He always does, it may be a family problem, sports, job, children, quilting, books… There is something in the person’s past or present that God shows me to start that relationship. Recently it was quilting. I always bring a basket of goodies to new neighbors and include a local map, nearby restaurants, my contact information and of course our church information. I did this for a family that moved in about 6 months ago, I stopped by once after that. Recently I posted a quilt I made on my neighborhood face book and this person responded that she too quilts. We talked about quilting and she said I have been thinking I need to go to church and
    when I saw your post about your quilt I knew I needed to go to your church. She said she still had the information I gave her sitting by her phone. She came to church this past Sunday and then came to a Wednesday night women’s bible study.

    I know this is long but another incident was in NYC on the subway. I was on a crowed subway face to face with a man covered in tattoos, even on his face. I said cool tattoos, and then I started asking him about them. This tough looking man opened up and we had a great conversation. We turned to spiritual conversation when I brought up Romans 12:2, I said you transform your outside with tattoos but God transforms you inside. He did not make a decision but the seed was planted.

    All this to say you just need to see their heart and find something they are interested in. Then just start talking about it. I always say you must be having two conversations one with the person in front of you and one with God asking Him how to proceed.

  • CraigVonch

    It’s simple, it all starts with my thanking God for Jesus Who rescued my soul. My mind, body, heart and soul focus on the exciting master plan that includes prodigals from all tribes and nations, because they’re coming back home too! There is no limit to how God can now use me, to come into relationship with other prodigals, to share this never-ending heavenly Love with them, and to be a witness to God’s personal, spiritually-enlightened, homecoming to Him, their true Father. That’s why I have applied to become a Rapid Response Team Chaplain, it was tragedies that brought me back home, and I believe God will use me in tragedies to help bring others home too!

  • Pastor Jonique Will

    I take one of my pet alpacas to a park in the city. Most people have no idea what kind of animals it is and certainly have never seen one walking around the city! All ages approach for conversation and we tell them our alpaca is an ambassador for Christ! We are making one of our alpacas a Trading Card with his picture and information on one side- Amazon- ambassador for Christ and the Gospel message on the other side!

  • Elaine Helms

    We all from time to time eat in a restaurant with waiters and waitresses. When he are she takes our order, I make sure we have his or her name right and say, “we are going to be thanking the Lord for our food, is there any way we can pray for you today?” It is amazing how that opens the door for spiritual conversations. One waitress even sat down with us for prayer. This works especially well, if you frequent the same restaurant, to build an ongoing relationship for sharing Christ and for discipleship.

  • Aimee Hays

    I truly believe in “paying it forward”… Jesus Christ paid it forward..we build relationships by paying it forward….

    Straight from the bottom of my heart today… -Aimee

    During my recovery, my heart has been heavily burdened about ‘slowing way down’. I truly believe that God uses situations to show us, teach us, grow us, refine us, and transform us. 2013 is a year of ‘focused importance’.

    Life has the tendency to push full speed ahead like a trip on a bullet train so that everything we pass is nothing but a blur. Focusing on our surroundings becomes an almost impossibility. When we do finally find or make that scare moment to sit down, exhaustion sets in to the point that our bodies quickly sink into an exhaustive retreat of sleep irregardless of the time of day. What good are we, when we’ve exhausted ourselves each day?

    Exhaust has several meanings:
    a : to consume entirely
    b : to tire extremely or completely
    c : to deprive of a valuable quality or constituent

    From here on, I refuse to be a part of the ‘Busy, busy, busy mentality that totally exhausts me” and has overcome the lifestyles of so many including myself. I will purposely look for and focus on what’s important in life and retrain how I choose to use my time. I choose not to lose my time to the unimportance in life….I choose not to deprive my family, friends, and loved ones of me because I’m ‘consumed entirely’. My new motto will be, “It’s okay if….” if it’s not eternal (living/breathing), it WILL still be here tomorrow.

    My family & friends and loved ones will become my time investment from here on out. Where is our time going? What’s the focus of our time? Family, friends, & loved ones are ‘eternal’. Their souls are eternal…. I choose this day to make a difference in the lives of my family, friends, & loved ones with my life, love, words, & time….

    I searched and found several Scripture in which we can focus:

    Ephesians 5:15-16
    Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

    Matthew 6:33
    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

    Colossians 4:5-6
    Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

    Proverbs 16:3
    Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

    1 Corinthians 9:26-27
    Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

    Psalm 39:4-5
    “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.
    God bless….. Aimee, 01/16/2013

  • Christina Avey

    Hi, Im a friend to anyone and love thru Jesus Christ. Its that simple

  • RenaWood

    Sincerely listen….sincerely care about people and what they are going through and how they are hurting…offer them the only true hope of One who can relate…Jesus Christ.

  • Rev. Ian Perry

    I was in the Orlando Meeting. I will put every resource that I have into supporting this…
    Pastor of missions of love ( church of god Tenn. ) Saint Cloud Florida
    Rev. Ian Perry.