New website gives platform to share faith story with strangers, friends

You’re walking out of a Starbuck’s one day and you strike up a conversation with a fellow customer. As it happens, the conversation turns spiritual; maybe the lady who orders the Quad Grande Americano every morning just lost her aunt.

Suddenly, God grants you an opportunity to share your conversion experience. But alas, the barista calls out her drink, she grabs it, and heads for her eight o’clock. You manage to get in a short, “I’ll pray for you,” before she goes.

“Only if I had more time,” runs through your mind.

The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention has launched a new website to help Christians share their stories with the world, Freegiftforlife.com. This website offers non-Christians an opportunity to read the testimonies of many believers’ journeys to salvation.

“A lost person finds a testimony a more personal reason to become a Christian,” said Jack Harris, SBTC senior associate for personal and event evangelism. “It is not just us giving them the facts of salvation.”

Freegiftforlife.com was inspired by a website that the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma created several years ago.

“We were talking about how we could expand the number of people whom we influence,” Harris said, “and someone mentioned that the Oklahoma state convention had done a website. We liked the idea of a global audience” that a website could reach.

“These days everyone is Internet savvy. This website is not just an opportunity for someone surfing the Internet.” Harris said. “It is a tool that Christians can use in order to share the gospel easier.”

Freegiftforlife.com opens at a general page that presents a video of several people’s personal stories. The video explains how one can become a Christian. But this site offers more than this one story; it gives Christians an opportunity to create their own personal story page.

Any Christian can log in and create his own page, telling his own personal story. Freegiftforlife.com provides cards to be downloaded and printed off with the personal testimony link. These cards can be handed out to people and they can access one’s personal story. Freegiftforlife.com also offers web banners that anyone can download onto a website. These banners offer Christians a way to share their faith on their websites.

When that woman at Starbucks grabs her coffee and is headed on her way out the door, instead of feeling rushed and losing an opportunity to share, just hand her a card, Harris said. She will be able to look up a testimony and see how God can work his power in a person’s life.

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