While millions of Americans and Canadians will be celebrating Halloween today, a growing number will be celebrating "JesusWeen" instead.
Held annually on Oct. 31, the unofficial holiday seeks to compete with the historically pagan holiday of Halloween by dedicating one official day of the year for Christians of all denominations to spread the gospel to others with love.
“Every year, the world and its system have a day set aside Oct. 31st to celebrate ungodly images and evil characters while Christians all over the world participate, hide or just stay quiet on Halloween day. Being a day that is widely acceptable to solicit and knock on doors, God inspired us to encourage Christians to use this day as an opportunity to spread the gospel,” JesusWeen organizer, The Rev. Paul Ade, said on his website. “The days of hiding are over and we choose to take a stand for Jesus. Evil prevails when good people do nothing”.
Ade, of Calgary, Canada, is the man behind the “JesusWeen” movement.
Halloween is largely celebrated in the same manner between the two countries.
Ade is reported as having said that “Jesusween”, also known as World Evangelism Day”, provides an alternative for regular families who feel uncomfortable with aspects of Halloween that emphasize death, witches and zombies; and who would prefer to celebrate life and salvation.
The movement began in 2002 when Paul requested 300 copies of New Testament pocket size Bibles from the Bible Society to use for personal evangelism.
A few days before Halloween, a word came to him to give out bibles to everyone knocking at his door expecting candy.
On that day over 40 Bibles were given out without him stepping out of his house.
He simply put a Bible into trick-or-treaters bags.
Ade credits three scriptures as the inspiration behind his movement: John 3:16, Mark 16:15 and Habakkuk 2:14.
Following God’s “Go Ye’ message, Ade continued the tradition annually on Oct. 31 and on major public holidays.
Inspired by Ade’s initiative, many ministers in cities throughout the United States, including Houston and Dallas, have joined the initiative, starting the tradition in their own communities.
On his website, Ade writes that he expects “JesusWeen” to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever, as it has turned out to be more popular in the United States and the UK than expected.
Additionally, JesusWeen is also known as non profit organization JesusWin, which focuses on helping people live better lives through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Annually, JesusWin celebrates “Christ Celebration Week”, during which churches or other available charitable organizations focus on helping the needy and homeless.
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