As you participate in a mission experience, you will serve as witnesses for Jesus Christ in all you do and say. A powerful tool for God is your own personal story of how God has worked in your life. As you serve, you may have the opportunity to tell others what it means to have Jesus as your personal Savior and how this has impacted your life.
Be prepared to tell your own story of how God has worked in your life. No one can refute it because it is your story – it really happened and only you can tell your story. It would be good to write out your testimony and then practice by sharing it with other team members or friends.
Here are some pointers on how to develop your story.
You should begin with prayer. Ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance when preparing your story.
Your story should be developed in three parts: 1) Life before Christ 2) How you came to know Christ and 3) Life after you accepted Christ as your Savior (How was your life changed?)
Life Before Christ
Discuss what your life was like before Jesus. Include any spiritual background. Talk about your attitude and your behaviors. What was your situation like before Christ? Try not to be too wordy or overemphasize how “bad” your life used to be. If you became a follower of Christ as a child, you might not recall much about life before Christ.
How you came to know Christ as your Savior
What happened that drew you to Christ? Were you experiencing a difficult situation? Were you influenced by others who already had Christ as their Savior? Were you drawn into a relationship with Christ gradually? This is your story, so be specific.
Life with Christ as your Savior
How has your life been transformed? For example, discuss any changes in your attitude, your behavior, your interests and/or your priorities. Talk about how your spiritual life has been transformed. You could conclude by including some personal benefits of becoming a Christian.
Remember: … “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
1 Peter 3:15
When you have the opportunity to share your story, be sure to do so with loving enthusiasm in the power of the Holy Spirit.