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One-Minute Roleplaying of Faith-Sharing Conversation No 1 – A Faith-sharing Encounter With a Person From Another Country – From A Real Life Experience, By Winston Worrell. This is the first of several role-playing exercises to help Christians practice sharing their faith. Invite the members of the group to travel with you to another country. Then, after checking-in at the hotel, join the group as it goes down to the train station to go to see the city. At the train station, a lady from that country comes up to us and says: “I understand that you are a Christian.” “Yes, Mam,” is your answer. Then she continued “This is the first time that I am meeting a real live Christian. May I ask you a question?” “Yes, Mam,” is your next answer. But before she could ask the question, you hear the bell at the train station ring. You look up to see that the light has changed from red to green, which signals that the train will arrive in one minute, and you will have one minute to answer the lady’s question. And here is the question: “Who is Jesus?” You remember the years of sermons that you have heard (or preached), years of Sunday School lessons, Bible Studies and research about Jesus, but you only have one minute to answer her question. What will you say to her that might make a difference in that person’s life, especially remembering that you are now Jesus’ representative for the moment? Roleplaying in the Classroom. Now, without giving any more information, ask each person in the room to choose a partner. Set your clock or phone for one minute. One partner pretends to be the lady from the other country and the other partner answers the lady’s question for one minute: “Who is Jesus?” Both partners are to answer the question, one after the other, for one minute each, and neither of them will interrupt each other during each other’s answers. After this first exercise, ask everyone how it went. Then ask them what they think the lady was really asking. Then, give them the one principle that many have found most helpful in faith-sharing: “Faith-Sharing is in the first person.” “Witnessing is most effective when done in the first person.” This principle is found in the back of the Faith-Sharing New Testament on page 520, question 4 (j). Then explain that the lady was really asking: “Who is Jesus for you personally?” The lady wants to hear your first person story of faith in Jesus Christ. She wants to hear if this Jesus is real today in people’s lives. Isn’t this the question that many on the street in the USA are also asking today? Now, ask the same partners to each answer the question again to each other, but this time share their first person story of their own faith with each other. Then, after they have both shared again with each other ask, how it went? Was it different from the first time? Easier? Did you need more time? Then explain that God gives us one-minute moments every day of our lives. How might we use them more effectively for God’s Kingdom?