It takes creativity and relationship to invite those who do not know Christ into the gospel movement in your community. One church saw the potential of World Vision’s Global 6K For Water to invite those who are far from God to taste and see His goodness as they walked and ran side by side.
6K is not a typo
6 kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water—water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. On Saturday, May 19th, 2018, thousands of participants from around the globe will walk or run 6k to bring life-changing clean water to communities in need. Each participant’s registration fee provides life-changing clean water for one person, so when you participate in the Global 6K for Water you take that 6K distance away from people in need.
inviting the community to join
When San Ramon Presbyterian Church hosted the Global 6K for Water, they did so as an outreach tool their community. They challenged their congregation to not just invite anyone to the event but to intentionally invite people they knew who were far from God. It was bold ask, but it ignited the church like never before. On race day, San Ramon Presbyterian, a church of 100 members, had over 250 people on their campus to walk/run the Global 6K!
As people crossed the finish line they received a special invitation from their host site leader and the pastor to join them for Celebration Sunday the following day. That Sunday, hundreds joined in at service and celebrated lives changed through the 6K, they showed pictures, shared stories and applauded for those who participated. The message is given that Sunday centered around Christ’s call to serve and help the poor. The congregation was encouraged to open their hearts and families to a child in need, sponsoring a child along with people all over the world being asked to do the same to make that weekend one of the biggest weekends of impact ever.