Treasure Found

This past weekend we hosted an event called Take the City which happens monthly in the Columbus, GA area. Each month we take teams out all over this community to go and share the love of Christ with people in practical ways. This month we did a holiday outreach and got to bless some local quick-stop gas stations by cleaning there bathrooms, giving out candy canes and we sand them Christmas carols. It was amazing to see God move powerfully in these quick-stops as we loved people with no strings attached!

Before we left for our outreach we prayed and ask God to give us clues for people that we may encounter along the way. I had a list of things that lead me to believe that we were to go to this one particular gas station and that I would meet a woman that matched a description that God gave me.

After blessing the gas station we gathered our cleaning stuff and started to leave. As we left I noticed a red for truck right in front of the gas station. This caught my attention because I had written down “red ford truck” on my piece of paper. As we began to drive off I looked back towards the gas station and suddenly noticed a woman walking towards the gas station that matched my description. I jumped out of the car and went over to her filled with excitement.

I started to tell her that God had led me to this gas station and had shown me that I was going to meet a woman that matched her description. I told her that God thought she was so special that HE directed me straight to her to just tell her that He loves her SO much. She began to cry as I told her about how God had lead me to her and how much he cared. Her name was Ms Brenda Jones.

treasurehuntI showed her the “clues” I had written on paper and how she matched many of the things I had written down. One of the things I had written down was “neck” problems which she began to tell me that she had frequent issues with her neck. I then was able to pray for her and bless her.

Then before I left her friend walked up and said, “I need prayer!” So we both began to pray for her friend and she began to weep as God’s presence began to fill her with peace. In fact as we prayed the woman started to feel so overcome by God’s presence that she started to fall over and Ms Brenda had to hold her up. Then we all had a big group hug and we were all filled with joy at all that God had done in each of our lives in a matter of 10 minutes.

It was amazing to see how God lead me to these women and how much of a blessing it was for me to get to meet them. During this Holiday season as we celebrate Jesus begin to ask the Lord how you can be a blessing to those around you. Maybe God will give you clues of someone that needs a simple encouragement during the business of this season. Maybe He will direct you to bless someone by buying them their christmas gifts in the line at Walmart. It will be unforgettable to watch CHRISTmas joy released everywhere in the midst of a world that is in such great need of hope and joy.

How to make the MOST of your Facebook Page

The key to managing a successful is consistency and creating content that will actually engage your audience. The way that you can utilize Facebook in the best possible way is only when people are actually engaging with your posts. You want to try and get people always to “SHARE” your post, “LIKE” your posts and to comment below when you post something. The potential for impact by using Facebook is limitless.

Creating Consistency

calendarA great way to create consistency for you Facebook page is to post on a consistent basis over a long period of time. Many organizations start campaigns and efforts on social media but then get too busy and forget to manage their pages. This can actually begin to hurt your public image rather than help it. Being consistent is a key to having a successful Facebook Page.

One great way to stay consistent is to utilize a Social Media Matrix. A Matrix will help lay out what you want to accomplish through your page and how you plan to reach those goals. One great way is to plan out what you are going to post based on which day of the week it is. Once you have plan laid out then use an online calendar to help remind you to make these posts each week. You can learn more on how to creating recurring events on your google calendar by clicking here.

Here is an example of a Social Media Matrix with some ideas and suggestions:

  • Monday – Post something that informs people about you organization
  • Wednesday – Post a picture
  • Thursday – ThrowBack Thursday
    • Find old images of your efforts or of your staff members/ volunteers and post them on thursday.
    • Use the hashtag #TBT
  • Friday – Thank people
    • Thank people for their support or prayers
    • Thank them for coming to or helping with a recent event
    • Do a fun video that is 1-2 minutes. This can be a simple update video that thanks your audience.

Creating Engagement

Social media engagementAnother important part of managing a Facebook page is creating engagement on your page. Engagement on your page is whenever someone who likes your page interacts with your posts, events or page in any way. This interaction is the KEY to reaching as many people as possible. Facebook has algorithms set within their coding that keeps posts that are not considered “engaging” from reaching very many people. They reasoning for doing this is to help people who use Facebook to only see the most “important” information in their news feed. The more that they interact with your page, attend your events and share your information the more they will actually see your posts and information when you put it out there.

With all this said you want to make sure that the things you post are engaging. You want to consider your audience and try to think of things that will get them interacting with you. Be sure to ask them questions, invoke a response to your post and even try to get them to laugh, cry or respond in some emotional way. If they begin to respond to your page in an emotional way then they will actually begin to build a connection with your page and ultimately your organization.

Here are some ways that you can engage them and get them to do those things include:

  1. Ask them directly to “share” or “LIKE” or comment below. Ask them to respond in some way to your post. It is important not to overdo this but you can feel free to ask your audience to help you get the word out every now and then!
  2. Use CANVA Designs to create images and communicate with your audience in a creative way. You can put quotes up with these images, advertize events and allow people to see what you are doing.
  3. Use Humor in your communications. Don’t take yourself too seriously 🙂
  4. Post Pictures of GROUPS of people! This cannot be overstated how much this will help you to grow your facebook impact. Whenever you have events or gatherings of any kind be sure to take pictures of people in groups together. Try to get them to pose for you so that they don’t like the picture of them with their eyes closed and untag themselves. When you post the pictures go through each picture and tag each person in them. As you tag them their friends and family will see the pictures and also begin to interact with the page.
  5. Put out information that they will find important and interesting. Post bible verses, quotes or inspiring thoughts that they will naturally want to share with their family and friends. Here is a place you can find quotes.
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Testimony — Arthritis Healed!

This past Sunday night I was outside the building after church when a man stopped a friend and I and asked us for some money. We told him that we didn’t have money to give him but would love to have him come eat with us. The man came inside with us and we were able to bless him with a few supplies that we had leftover from some Take the City outreaches we had done in the past. After giving him what we could I asked him if he had anything specifically we could pray for him about. He then told us that he had really bad pain in his hands from arthritis.

After talking to him I got together with a couple other people and we began to pray for God to heal his hands in Jesus name. As we began to pray I began to feel tingling all around my hands. It was like my hand had gone to sleep or something. I asked him if he felt any tingling and the man said he was feeling an unusual tingling as we prayed. After praying for about a minute we stopped and he said it felt much better but he still had a little bit of pain. We then prayed a second time and he said he began to feel that same tingling but it was even stronger than before.

After praying the second time we stopped and asked how his hands were. In total amazement and full of a sudden joy he told us that his hands were 100% pain free and that he could now clench his fist. He told us that beforehand he could not close his hands because the pain was so severe. It was amazing to see his excitement as he began to open and close his hands over and over again!

It never ever gets old seeing God do the impossible in peoples lives around me. I never stop feeling totally amazed when Jesus brings healing and hope into the most impossible situations. It’s astounding to think about the fact that Jesus is still alive and that HE is the same as He was two thousand years ago, today and in years from now. It’s such good news that the hope of the full gospel is a reality for each and every one of us today.

“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38

Check out the video below which is a recording of the testimony of what happened!