Last week, new neighbors moved into the house across the street from us. I wrote them a note and I thought other people may benefit from it. If you are not actively trying to reach your neighbors with the gospel, why not? What is holding you back?
Here is the letter. Feel free to copy it and edit it as needed for your own use. You don’t have to wait for new neighbors, either. You can modify this as a Christmas letter or just a general “I wanted to reach out to you” letter.
Welcome to the neighborhood. My wife, Erin, and I moved here in June of 2018 and so we haven’t been here much longer than you have. It’s a beautiful street with very little traffic. It seems everyone is kind and wants to get along, although people aren’t “out” much it seems. We have a couple of kids who drive so you’ll see their cars on the street a lot. Let us know if we ever need to move one of them for you. It’s no problem! Also, my son Nicholas is 17 and a good worker if you ever need a hand with something.
We are a Christian family. That may mean a lot of different things to people, but in a nutshell, every one of us is a sinner before a holy God and our only hope for forgiveness is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. Because we’re Christian we are happy to talk to you about Christianity or religion, and we also hope we can serve you in physical ways if you have any needs. I’ve enclosed a card called a “tract” which will give you a little more information if you want to read it. Also, I have Bibles here to give away as gifts if you do not have one. Just let me know! If you are already born-again, then praise the Lord and let me know so we can fellowship.
Erin baked an “apple thing” for you with some sugary icing. It’s not exactly healthy even though it’s fruity, but we hope you enjoy it. Some day one of my kids will probably show up on your porch needing an egg or a cup of sugar I’m sure, and if you ever need something let us know.
One of the things I do for my neighbors is to pray for them. I pray for our neighborhood frequently already. But if you have a specific thing in your life that you want me to pray about please call or text me. Or maybe something will come up in the future and you’ll remember this offer. Save my number in your phone so you can reach me in a pinch.
We watch out for each other on Bentley Drive, I’m sure you’ll see. It’s been nice to meet you and I look forward to many years as good neighbors.
Michael & Erin Coughlin
Children (at home): Nicholas, Alexandra, Wesley & Michael Robert