JACKIE ROBINSON was the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues. Breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced hostile crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error. The fans began to jeer him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the crowd booed. Then, without saying a word, shortstop Pee Wee Reese went over and stood next to Jackie. He put his arm around him and faced the crowd. Suddenly the fans grew quiet. Robinson later said that that arm around his shoulder saved his career. What a precious friend.
Who can live without friendship? Can you imagine being Jackie Robinson, sticking out like a sore thumb, as the crowd booed him? Can you imagine the loneliness, the awkwardness, and the anxiety? Then along came Pee Wee Reese! Can you imagine the relief, the peace, the warmth, and the comfort he experienced from his friend being there for him?
What is a friend? A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition. The winning definition read: “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”
GCRC helps your people to use their existing friendships to reach Unengaged Affinity Groups with the Gospel. Let your GBC Regional State Missionary come and explain how your church can become a Great Commission Resource Center and teach your members to reach their friend for Christ.