>We are getting there…

Posted: October 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

>We are quickly approaching our start date for this ministry. If all goes well, we’ll get our keys sometime on Tuesday (or Wednesday). Then we’ll get on it fast and hard to clean the spaces, set up our equipment and make sure everything is ready to go for our grand opening on Sunday, November 1st. God has made this work relatively easy for us. He’s provided all the needed funds and manpower. We have a good solid core of people ready for the work. We are excited and a bit intimidated. We do not know what to expect, but it is exciting to see God at work.

The potential here is that during the Christmas shopping season, 20,000 people will encounter us and have a great experience (free ice cream and a smiling face). Some of these will ask about the “answers” part of the name, some will get our information about the seminars, some will attend the seminars, some will come to the workshops, some will engage us on spiritual matters, some will hear the Gospel and some will receive Jesus. That’s the plan, pretty simple. Outside of the obvious evangelism, we want to help the community. We hear of marriages and family falling apart, we hear of the stress and pressure of life that parents and children are enduring and we know that the Bible has the answer. We can teach/train people to deal with the situations that cause the pain and stress and we can help them through these tough times in their lives. We want to help people. Ice Cream and Answers and the seminars are the way we will minister to the community.

OK, just for fun…20,000 ice cream cones is 175 gallons of ice cream. Laid end to end will be 1.25 miles, and will weight about 900 lbs. Ice Cream and Answers will be open for business 72 hours per week. During the 8 week shopping season, we’ll be open 576 hours which will mean we’ll give out, on average, 35 cones per hour. That’s one every 97 seconds. Every 97 seconds, on average, we’ll have the opportunity to impact someone’s life positively for Jesus Christ!

So, where did we get the original 20,000 cones number? I made it up. We may find out no one likes ice cream and only the cones I eat will go out. Or we may discover that the Mall of the Bluffs gets 8.5 million customers per year and that the bulk of these come in November and December and everyone loves free ice cream. We may already be overwhelmed. We trust God to do something awesome. Pray for workers.


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