Craigslist Friends

The idea that God can work “right where you are” sounds great, but it takes faith!

A few years ago, even as Meaghan and I were figuring out life after graduation – marriage, new careers and home ownership – we wanted to be making some type of ministry impact, but we felt lost about how to get started.

We didn’t know much, but we did know we could pray and trust God to bring people into our lives. So we asked God for people we could befriend, love and influence for the gospel. And He was faithful to provide, truly, right where we were.

We were looking for a new car, and while out on a walk, we saw a “for sale by owner” sign that piqued my interest. When I got home, I looked it up on Craigslist (I guess in the “old days,” the sign in the window would have had a phone number), and after a quick conversation with Meaghan, we decided to take a look. The owner not only sold us an awesome car but became, he and his fiancée, some of our dearest friends.

Over the past six years, we’ve made experienced a lot of life together: a bowling league, a wedding, three children, numerous game nights, camping trips and celebrating both kid and adult birthdays…. We are thankful that God answered our prayer and provided people we could relate to for the sake of the gospel. These friends recently told us that they consider us family. Would you please pray with us that God, in His timing, might one day make them even closer family, through faith in Jesus?

 

Resources

The Insider by Jim Petersen and Mike Shamy. A great book about learning to share Jesus and the Gospel with the people God has already placed around us.

Google Keep or any note taking App. Jot down the names your neighbors, their address (if you know it) and what you last talked about. That way you eliminate repeating the “Hey you, how’s it going buddy?” conversation.