The Go! Project
In Gurnee, Illinois the people of God are moving. Shari Johnson, a young mom, found out a neighbor was dying of cancer and she was struck with the knowledge that she had this secret, Jesus, and she had never shared that with her neighbor. So Shari rushed out, bought an apple pie, took it to her neighbor and told him that she had never shared Jesus with him and “oh by the way I have a pie for you!” Shari engaged in conversation with her neighbor that day and over the course of several other visits Jesus was no longer a secret Shari was keeping to herself. Shari’s neighbor passed away without Shari knowing if he ever came to know Jesus but Shari had the peace of knowing she had not kept her Jesus a secret. Shari’s encounter with her neighbor challenged her to open her eyes and look for other opportunities to share Jesus with those in her life. Suddenly she was having soup dinners at her home and cookie exchanges as she looked to share Jesus with her neighbors who she said “ were waiting for her, they had a hole in their hearts, just as I did. Mine was filled by Jesus, they need to fill theirs too.” Shari is living on mission and is part of a bigger group of people in Gurnee, Illinois who have come to realize that God has a Kingdom vision, every person matters to Him.
In 2009 ten churches came together recognizing that they were uniquely positioned to undertake a mission, to reach every household in Gurnee with the love and message of Christ. Their desire was to saturate Gurnee with the love of Christ so that it would be impossible for a person to live in Gurnee and not encounter Christ! How did they do this? They empowered people in their churches, like Shari Johnson, to pray that God would lead them into meeting people where they are, to be open to having spiritual discussions with their neighbors, and to love on their neighbors. They were encouraged to GO! To be disciples and share the good news! Gurnee, Illinois is part of the Christ Together initiative that is stretching across America to reach every man, woman, and child with the transforming news of Jesus Christ.