Love thy next door neighbor!

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  1. Ingo Breuer

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    I have a question about witnessing to the people living close to you in your next door neighborhood. I hope some of you can help me find an answer to this:
    My wife and I live in a quiet neighborhood in a rural small town in Tennessee. Now there are some neighbors who really need Jesus. A mother and daughter living together and both are involved in drugs and alcohol. The strangest people stop by in the middle of the night, make a noise, sometimes fight. There is some evidence of an illegal drug activity. The woman is also charged for some other crimes such as forgery.
    These people are so lost and deep in sin, you have to weep for such poor souls. During the daytime all is quiet at this house except for occasional loud arguments between mother and daughter. The police for some reason does not get involved much. I called them once while they were fighting in the middle of the street.
    My question is this: when you have such rough neighbors who know nothing about God, about His loving kindness, about the way of salvation, what can you do to win these people for the Lord.
    Has anyone of you been in a similar situation? I pray for both to change their ways. But they need to be exposed to the soul-transforming Word of God. How can we witness to such people? We have had Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and Independent Baptists going door-to-door in our neighborhood, but I don't know, if they went to that house.
    I would be thankful for any helpful advice.
    Thank you.

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  2. Abiyah

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    My suggestion would be to minister to their
    temporal needs first in order to get their
    attention. When you bake cookies, take a
    plate of hot ones down to them--especially
    if they are chocolate chip!! When you bake
    bread bake a small extra loaf for them. Later,
    make ice cream and invite them up for a dish,
    leaving your music playing in the background.
    Be sure a bible is lying out somewhere, even if
    you serve in on the deck. Pray a lot, and be
    subtle, not pushy. Let them open the door for
    talk.

    WI did this in our old neighborhood. There
    was a couple and an older boy across the
    street who were really rough. I started
    praying for them. One day, the mother con-
    fided some things, and I responded, "I will
    pray." It was not long before her son started
    going to church, although the mother and
    father never did. Soon, he professed salva-
    tion.

    In our present neighborhood, there is one
    rough family. I give their children hugs, let
    them pick fruit at our house, give the family
    little things once in a while. I am working
    on them. 8o)

    We have real nice neighbors on one side who
    got very upset when I said I would pray for
    their daughter, who was sick. That was very
    curious. Then, of the only professing neighbor
    family on the street, they are ExtReMelY
    unfriendly and sullen. The rest of the neigh-
    bors are great! Well, we're working on them---
    subtlely.
     
  3. SAVED4LIFE

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    I have neighbors who scream, yell,and fight. The kids are out of control, lighting fire crackers every night til midnight. Our neighborhood was nice and quiet and peaceful and then these people moved in. They have caused several arguments with neighbors over such things as property lines, sewer drainage, your son called my son "_______", you name it! I would honestly fear for my safety walking over to thier house and knocking on the door wanting to talk about Jesus.

    I think when neighbors seem dangerous, the best we can do is pray for an opportunity.
     
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    My situation is a little different, in that all my neighbors are of the "religious" persuasion-a 'cult' :( called "oneness/Jesus-only", known around these parts as "Apostolic"...

    There are 40acres across from me, 10acres on either side of me & a multi-million$$$ Tabernacle being built behind me. :eek: There are no preachers anywhere who will speak out against them! :rolleyes: I do what I can in my limited capacity, but it seems an uphill battle. [​IMG]
     
  5. Grace

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    well...my neighbors are vampires...
    Just kidding!! They actually are really just old people who don't get out much (though, they do seem to only get out during the night) We really did call them the vampire people, and the day that I knew it had gone too far was when I walked outside and saw my neighbor going to the mailbox, and I started to turn around and run inside. [​IMG] I can't believe that we called them the vampire people. It embarasses me now.
     
  6. mommynurse

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    On one side of us there is a used car dealership, across the street there is a bar, and (are you ready for this?) the Hell's Angels just bought the property right on the other side of us. 'Love' them all; I do try...witnessing...haven't gotten that figured out yet! :confused:
     
  7. Missions Pastor

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    The definite need here is for you to be salt and light to this neighbor. First, continue praying and look at them from an eternal perspective. Second, take progressive steps to establish a relationship with them by being hospitable. Think of how they view you--probably as "the religious people next door." They need to see real evidence of your love by an invitation to a cookout or some baked goods. Let the conversation be about their life and let them open up about their problems. Once they open up--it may take a few touches--then you can share the gospel with them. Keep a record of your planned contacts and get others in your church to pray. Eventually introduce them to other believers at your home.
     
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    pjohnson: (Missions Pastor)
    Thank you for your advice! Maybe I came across the wrong way in my post. I don't despise my new neighbors, and I am kind/hospitable every time I'm outside and get the chance. Even my husband has helped them with clearing the thorn bushes from thier property manually (his reasons are different than mine though, unfortunately).

    When they first came and introduced themselves to me it was quite a shock, and a little scary. However, not once have they said or done anything to establish my fears as reality. They even allow me (and my family) to continue to take walks out in thier back field. (We used to always walk out there when the insurance guy still owned the property.) So when I go on my early morning walks; which is when I have my morning prayer time as well...I make sure to include all of them in my prayers too.

    Thanks again! [​IMG]

    p.s. When I look again-maybe you weren't even answering my post specifically...oooops! It was good advice for me too though! ;)

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  9. Sherrie

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    Ingo,

    [​IMG] Southeast, Mo where I live is Meth Capital of the world! And if you go just a little further its Marijuana Capital. And there is a street in our town called Skid Row. 4 Taverns, side by side.

    I have neighbors all around me like what you are saying. It is awful. Party every night. I ask them all the time to please turn there stereos down at night and they do until you leave. Every so often they have knock down drag outs and the women will wear sporting new black eyes. They all have little children who play in the street, and unattended. Or they flock to my yard. Like their moms send them here so I will be babysitter. UGH!

    So what do I do?!! I go over and say I attend 2nd General Baptist Church, and we have 2 services on Sunday Morning, and a wonderful Youth club, and Childrens club on Wed. Night. Even a Bible Study for Adults. I would like to invite you and your children. If you do not have transportation...we have a van that can pick you up. Here is the number. Sometimes I say, if you need to just talk to someone, I would be glad to listen or get you a number of someone you would feel more comfortable talking too. I leave them a phamplet about our church and some tracks.

    If they refuse to go...I will say...would it be alright if I picked your kids up for church? I am a foward kind of person. So I am seldom ever embarassed, or shy. I am seldom imtimidated by people either. I think that is probably a gift the Lord has given me. But nothing seldom ever shocks me either about people. We live in a town of little over 7000 people. I bet I know at least 5000 of them. Maybe not by name all of them...but I know them. And I have seen more things in this town than I ever did living in St. Louis or California.

    Give it a shot tho. Once you have made some kind of move on them...and they know what you are about...they will keep it down a little bit. At least until the weekend. Oh man I really do not like it when its the first of the month and they got money, or holidays. We get our Ice Tea and sit out back and watch the three ring circus. Then I spend the intire evenning praying for them.

    But its getting better. There little kids are going to church now. And that One bunch moved. We got a new bunch. He falls down drunk all over the place. Its really sad. So I add one more to my prayer list.

    Your hands are surely full
    God Bless
    Sherrie ;)
     
  10. Ingo Breuer

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    Dear Sherrie,

    thanks for your advice. I have been praying for
    our neighbor where the drug dealing is going on, but 2 days ago the police stopped by and jailed the person that I was talking about. At least till December. Her daughter moved out of the house, too. So now the neighborhood is quiet, but not the condition of her soul. We need to keep praying for this soul.
     
  11. Sherrie

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    I am praying Ingo...I am praying.

    Sherrie
     

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