R. Mark Montgomery, MCP
Meridian Marketplace Strategy (HE CARES We Care kiosk) Director
The small, stand-alone rental spaces dotting the main thorough fares of malls often feature hand creams, cell phone accessories, or jewelry. This kiosk located in Meridian Mall near Lansing, Michigan is offering a different service – hope. As part of the Meridian Marketplace Strategy, Director R. Mark Montgomery and some dedicated volunteers kicked off a JESUS kiosk on November 1st.
Put the JESUS Film on a loop; rent kiosk space in a mall; and let the Holy Spirit begin to work. Can it really be that easy? The Michigan District did just this with encouraging preliminary results. The kiosk is equipped with televisions featuring the JESUS Film in various languages such as American Sign Language, Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic. The "He Cares We Care" kiosk is operational from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and staffed with volunteers for a portion of the time.
Comment cards are collected throughout the day, and often volunteers are able to pray with visitors. People have requested prayer for homelessness, job needs, obedience, strength for service to Christ, stress, seizures, confusion about God, foster custody court cases, cancer, families, marriages, churches, the lost, world peace, depression, and disconnected utilities. Some have also requested more information about Jesus and indicated they are looking for a spiritual family.
The kiosk has served as a source of encouragement for volunteers and shoppers alike.
- One shopper wrote, "Before I came [and visited the kiosk], I felt the world did not care; now I feel there are people who care.
- "We need this...the world is a mess," commented one lady.
- Another woman felt "lost, in need of prayer" and said she felt better by the end of her visit.
- One person testified to "warmth, comfort and sense of peace" during her visit.
- Another testified to his faith being "confirmed."
Montgomery said, "We're trying to listen to the voice of Jesus and simply follow Him into the marketplace, which is one of the places He is working." Montgomery worked with District Superintendent Dr. John Seaman and district leadership to implement the outreach plan.