GLOW: Giving Light to Our World
Giving Light to Our World—GLOW—is an outreach initiative that originated in California, United States, but is now branching out to other world divisions. It’s based on the concept of church members distributing GLOW tracts—free of charge—at every opportunity. The tracts are currently being printed in 45 languages.
Here is a short story that depicts lives touched by GLOW in the Czech Republic:
One day Eric Dunn, who lives in the small town of Protivin, Czech Republic, was out walking with his young son. After arriving at a nearby park, Eric noticed two young men sitting in a gazebo. They were pulling cigarettes out of their pockets, getting ready to smoke.
“My son wanted to go to the play area on the other side of the gazebo, so we had to walk by them,” Eric explained, “even though I didn’t really want to.”
Once in the play area, Eric suggested to his son that they give the two men some GLOW tracts. They first prayed, and then Eric and his son—each one carrying a tract—approached the young men and asked if they could give them the flyers. They responded, “Sure,” so Eric and his son handed them the tracts.
“Are the flyers religious?” one of the men asked. Eric explained that they were. “Do you believe in God?” the man continued.
That sparked a conversation that resulted in Eric making two new friends. They have since participated together in activities such as rock climbing, and engaged in additional spiritual conversations.
“My son’s persistence brought some light to these two young men,” Eric says. “I’ve learned that many times the people we least feel inclined to evangelize are the most open to the gospel.”
Stories are compiled by Pacific Union Conference, United States, GLOW director Nelson Ernst and International GLOW coordinator Kamil Metz. To learn more about GLOW, go to sdaglow.org. To watch video GLOW testimonies, go to vimeo.com/user13970741.