MoveIn is a movement of Christians moving in to unreached, urban poor areas around the world.
I live with a few others on a MoveIn team In Kitchener.
A couple years ago, we got to know a young man named Geoff* in the neighbourhood who had a troubled past. He never really said much to us.
He was addicted to drugs and alcohol, wore black eyeliner, goth clothing and some scary jewelry. He was stand-offish from us and paranoid of others.
I’d say hi to him. Occasionally he might look at me, but he’d never say hi back. I hate to admit it, but he was just someone I didn’t expect to come to Christ. We prayed for him at our prayer meetings and we’d often help his mom with practical tasks around her house.
One day we dropped by their home and were chatting with his mom when Geoff walked in and started talking to us. We were floored — he’d never said a single word to us before.
Basically he just talked about his world, the drugs he’d done and so on, and was trying to impress us with it. He also said, “I seen the stuff you guys are doing and it’s really helpful … there is something different about you.” We went home super excited, Geoff had actually talk to us! A few minutes later, his mom came over and asked for one of us to come over to talk to him. I went and the others stayed and prayed. He was up in his room and he invited me in and closed the door.
The first thing he said was, “There is something different about you guys and I want what it is you have.” To make a long story short, I explained to him that I was a a sinner like him, and that it was Jesus’ sacrifice and His great love for us that made us love others and want to serve them. We kneeled on the floor and prayed and he repented and asked Christ to come into his heart. The whole time my mind was just exploding. The same evening, we had him over at our house and talked and prayed with him for another hour. We saw such joy in his eyes. He’s still growing and has been learning to leave his addictive habits behind.
One awesome thing that just keeps blowing our minds is that he gives us a prayer list every week with names of people he knows need prayer or people he has prayed for during the week.
Aaron is a self-employed “fixer of broken things” and enjoys using his handyman skills to help his neighbours. He lives with four others who have also chosen to movein to this neighbourhood. Together they pray weekly for their neighbours, and seek to find ways that they can practically serve those around them. www.movein.to