About Michael Tolosa

I'm a Washington, DC area native, who recently relocated to Charlotte, NC, where I work as a senior SEO manager for B2B technology companies. I love people, especially my family and church. You can find me on Twitter: @tolosaseo

Easter Outreach at the Flea Market

IMG_5624For Easter, we took the remaining Gospel coins (from our St. Patrick’s Day outreach) and stuffed them into multi-colored Easter eggs, along with candy, stickers, temporary tattoos and million dollar bill tracts.

Both Megan and Lexi enjoyed putting the materials together.

I booked a table at the local flea market, and we set up our booth as per usual.

Unfortunately, it was a bitter cold morning with sporadic rainfall (i.e., miserable conditions). But Megan was persistent and gave away most of the “Resurrection Eggs”. I was able to hand out a lot of Bibles and Gospel tracts, though conversations were few and far between.

As always, we pray that God would bless our efforts and use the materials we distributed to open the eyes of the spiritually blind.

St. Patrick’s Day Outreach

IMG_4717For St. Patrick’s Day this year, we decided to go see the parade in uptown Charlotte. We had never gone before, so it was quite an adventure. Megan and Lexi were excited to dress up, and I was excited to make the event an evangelistic outreach.

I was inspired by a video from Living Waters (see below), making excellent use of their Gospel coins. We ordered a cheap, plastic cauldron online and two hundred coins from the ministry.

And that was really all the prep we needed.

We arrived at the parade late, so we were way at the fringe of the festivities. We thought we could stand at the end of the parade and hand coins out to everyone as they left.

Surprise, surprise… Our nerves got the best of us, and we made excuses for why it wasn’t an ideal place to hand out coins. So, we walked against the flow of foot traffic, and were able to use Lexi to hand out coins.

By the end of the event, we handed out about 50-60 coins and had a LOT leftover. “Next year,” I thought, “We’ll get rid of them next year.”

I had no idea it would actually be much sooner than that.

Christmas Outreach to the Neighborhood

IMG_4219In the days leading up to Christmas, we prepared over 250 door hanger bags containing a New Testament Bible, New Testament reading plan, Gospel tract, homemade cookie, and a personal invitation to join our family for a home Bible study.

Initially, we just wanted to invite the 10 or so households in our cul-de-sac. But we had hundreds of bagged Bibles and tracts from an outreach we planned for our former church, which never materialized for one reason or another.

So, we invited our whole neighborhood.

It was a cold winter, and we felt the pressure to abandon our task. We weren’t going to speak to anyone directly, but even the act of leaving something as controversial as the Gospel on the doors of our neighbors filled us with apprehension.

To ease the burden, my parents decided to join us and make it a family outreach. But Satan had other plans.

My parents, wife, daughter and I piled into my parents’ minivan, and as soon as we pulled out of our driveway, we got a flat tire. We drove it about one block before realizing what happened — and ended up on the side of the busiest road in the neighborhood.

My mom decided to stay with the van, as she waited for AAA to show up. My dad, frustrated, decided to take our daughter back to the house to wait for us to finish. So, it was up to Megan and I.

One of the reasons I wanted to marry Megan was because of her boldness in passing out religious literature to complete strangers. She has an outgoing delightfulness about her that is appealing to everyone. As I wrestled with discouragement and anxiety, I relied heavily on Megan to keep us moving forward.

For the next few hours, we went up and down every street and cul-de-sac in our neighborhood, hanging the good news packets on our neighbors’ doors. We finally stopped, when the sky became dark.

We were completely exhausted — physically and spiritually. But went out again the next day.

For the second outing, it was Megan, Lexi, Nikki (our dog) and I. We had a red wagon that carried Lexi and the packages. This seemed a lot easier, because we weren’t dealing with as much adversity. It was actually kinda fun — especially when Lexi rang her jingle bell as we walked along.

We finished handing out all of the bags and completed the outreach. Now, all we had to do is wait to hear if anyone was interested in doing a Bible study at our house.

Unfortunately, we only had one response to our online survey — so we decided it wasn’t the right time to host a neighborhood Bible study.

However, we are very pleased to have participated in Jesus’ mission to the world, starting with our own neighborhood. We pray that God would use our efforts and the materials we shared to open the eyes of the spiritually blind and bring lost souls to Christ.