In a department store on the outskirts of Bristol, employees have been turning up an hour before doors open to the public. They are not there, as you would have expected, to get displays ready. They have been coming to watch evangelistic videos from the My Hope series, and to learn about faith in Jesus.
“We have now had two or three showings of The Cross, and the same number for Second Chance,” said Gerald Morton, a member of Elim Keynsham church, who along with work colleagues John and Sally organises the meetings. “I have lost track of the number of discs I have given away as people ask me if they can show the films to their family.”
It all started several years ago when a group of Christians at the store decided that they would reach out to colleagues through friendship evangelism. “It was mostly around the table in the staff canteen,” said Gerald, “and our initiative attracted both interest and opposition.”
When colleagues started asking questions about Christian faith, Gerald offered a slot before work to answer them. “One person came initially, then several others,” he said. “We started giving presentations, with an opportunity for people to receive prayer or to talk more if they wanted to. On average six to a dozen people come; the most we have had is nineteen.”
In 2014 Gerald heard about The Cross – a half-hour film presentation of the Gospel by Billy Graham. “The store allowed us to discreetly put up posters, and we began the showings,” he said.
The following year the group showed Second Chance, which features stories from the UK. “The testimony from Dr Natalie McDermott seemed particularly powerful,” comments Gerald. “Several of the ladies were in tears.”
“These films have been useful ongoing tools for witness in the workplace,” he concluded. “A number of people have been influenced markedly.”