Awareness & Witness: Discovering My Experience of God
Each baptized person has a responsibility to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those around them. Considering the challenges that the world poses to us all, it is information that the world desperately needs.
Part of the challenge of sharing our faith is that we often have to do it at unexpected times or in strange places. It is at a child’s soccer game, a business lunch or in the food store, when people comment on the number of children hanging off the sides of the shopping cart, that we have an opportunity to share Christ with others.
A Learned Skill
Sharing our faith with others comes naturally to some, but to most it is something that must be learned. A common mistake that people make is to try and evangelize like someone they have seen on TV or heard on the radio. While we can all certainly learn some things from famous evangelists, we have to admit there is a big difference between talking about God over the phone to a friend and speaking in a stadium filled with eighty thousand people!
It is essential that the person who is sharing their faith is providing an authentic witness. An authentic witness springs from the heart of the person who has taken the time to become aware of God in their own life.
Awareness & Witness Retreats
Awareness and Witness Retreats are one-day events that lead people through a review of their life where they reflect on God’s presence and activity in their lives. After building an awareness of God in their life they learn how to witness this to others around them.
In addition to reflecting on all the good God has done for us in our lives the retreat teaches people how to tell the story of Christ’s action in their life in their own way. Instead of trying to evangelize like someone else, the participants learn to share the faith in a way they feel most comfortable with.