One of the places that I first went and shared the gospel was the Pismo Beach Pier. I have been reflecting on my first intentional evangelistic event that I participated in.
The very first time that I came here to evangelize there were many more people and I was very scared to talk with anyone about the gospel. I had to ask, John who was driving me, “How do I share the gospel with someone?” and “What do I do if someone wants to repent?” I was terrified and tried to use these as excuses to not share the gospel. Instead, John told me that I can share the gospel by handing out gospel tracts to people. He also said that if someone wants to repent that I could take them through the Romans Road. He took our 20 minute drive and helped me to remember the message that I was going to share. We got out of the car and he immediately started handing gospel tracts to people. I followed suit and by the end of that time I was talking with anyone who came to the pier.
Pier evangelism is great as you can hand someone a tract when they walk down the pier and then they have to pass by you again when they leave the pier. It gives you an opportunity to follow up with them within 5 minutes or so of them receiving the gospel tract.
Reflecting upon that first time I was taken there to share the gospel I find myself in a similar place at every subsequent gospel event. Even though I have shared the gospel in many different places/contexts with many people there are still a few things that still are true. 1) I am scared to share the gospel with everyone when I begin. 2) I am still worried that I won’t know what to say in the moment. 3) I am often less scared to share the gospel after I have spoken with a few people. 4) I am always surprised and thankful for the scripture that comes to mind when people ask questions.
The left side of the pier offered spectacular views of the clouds during the cold day and was as sparsely populated as I remember it during January.
The right side of the pier offered similar views and a lack of people.
No matter how cold it is there are always people fishing along the sides and end of the pier.
The pelicans also seemed to be enjoying their time on the pier.