Starting Friendships

One of the first steps in outreach to others is to become personally involved in the lives of the people we meet every day. Here are some excellent ways to engage in the activities of our communities -- and thus to create opportunities for outreach.

  • Join a volunteer rescue squad or fire department.
  • Volunteer at a hospital.
  • Join a neighborhood clean-up team.
  • Coach a children’s soccer or baseball team.
  • Help a reputable activist group, e.g., Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) or Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD).
  • Join any group devoted to the development of a hobby or activity that appeals to you.
  • Get involved in Boy/Girl Scouts or Boys/Girls clubs.
  • Volunteer to offer the opening prayer for city council meetings.
  • Volunteer to do counseling for the local police department.
  • Place an offer in the local “Welcome Wagon” program for free Bibles or Bible study guides and offer to help personally in the process of welcoming new residents in your area.
  • Get involved in Big Brother/Big Sister programs.
  • Adopt a grandparent at a local nursing home.
  • Volunteer to help with activities at a nursing home.
  • Start a lunch-break Bible study group at work.
  • Offer to help transport shut-ins to appointments.
  • Get involved in “Meals on Wheels” program.
  • Join a Kiwanis or Rotary club.
  • Use your musical talent to perform for parades, local civic organizations, other churches, etc.
  • Introduce yourself in your neighborhood and give your neighbors some kind of treat. Volunteer at a local library. Join a health/exercise club.

The list of possibilities is endless, but the important thing is that we get involved in the lives of the people all around us.

Ed Keyes
© 2006 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists