Everyone responds to love, even though the response may not be immediate; but when love is continually and persistently expressed to an individual, there will be an eventual response.
Showing love to a new convert goes a long way to portray the unspoken words of what Christianity is about and what it means to be a part of the fold. A person leaving his old way of life, friends and sometimes relatives, would expect to find an unusual and fulfilling love that would keep him in the fold and sustain him in the new path he has found.
One of the essential ways to show love in this aspect is to visit.
Visitation is an important aspect of church ministry that is fast dying due to growing telecommunication systems, hence the use of text messages and e-mails. These means of reaching out are not wrong, but they cannot replace the feeling or sense of belonging a convert has when a member of his new found family (the church) comes to visit in person.
Visitation enables the visiting person to see for himself what the person being visited is going through physically, emotionally, spiritually and even financially.
The person who has gone to visit is also able to observe the convert and probably share with him, be it the Word, food, gist, emotions, prayer requests, etc. as the case may demand. All of which would not have been possible with only a bulk SMS to invite them for another programme in our church after their first encounter.
Awake! Oh Church and rise to your duties. In Acts 16:15, Lydia needed the visitation from Paul and Silas to affirm her acceptance into the family of believers. Luke 19: 5 shows us that Jesus had to visit Zacchaeus for him to receive total salvation. The Lord had to send Ananias to Saul after his conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), the list goes on.
Who would you visit today?