2-Minute Roleplaying Faith-sharing Encounter With Russian Woman in Moscow From A Real Life Experience By Winston Worrell Greetings in Christ’s name. I did two or three different ones, but used the same process. Experience in Moscow For example, I invited the group to travel with me on Delta from Atlanta to Moscow. Then, after checking-in at the hotel, we went down to the train station to go out to see the city. At the train station, a lady from Moscow came up to us and said: “I understand that you are a Christian.” “Yes, Mam,” is your answer. “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 andyou 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 on minute to answer her 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 Russian woman and the other partner answers the Russian woman’s question for one minute: “Who is Jesus?.” Then, the partners switch around roles again for one minute. Both of them are to answer the question, one after the other, 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 from Moscow was really asking. Roleplaying one more time Then, give them the one principle that I have found most helpful in my faith-sharing: “Faith-Sharing is in the first person.” “Witnessing is most effective when done in the first person.” It 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. And this is the question that many on the street in the USA are also asking. Now, ask the same partners to each answer the question again to each other, but this time share their first person story of faith with each other. Then, after they have both shared with 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 are we using them?