Providing For Practical Needs
Agape bags are an extremely simple way to show God's love to people who are in need. Each bag is filled with toiletry items such as tooth brushes, soap and deodorant - non-perishable foods like granola bars, dried fruit, drink mixes - and practical items like stamped envelopes, a first aid kit, and a water bottle. These items are small but they can be very helpful to someone that is struggling on the streets with few resources. One thing we also encourage people to include is a list of local resources. This could include food banks, shelters, homeless ministries, local Churches, and various other resources such as phone hotlines for employment, addiction, and crisis counseling. For an example of a resource list, click here.
The Gospel in a Bag
It's one thing to hand out a tract on the street, or stop someone to talk to them about Jesus. But when the gospel is presented in love (in this case along with a bag of helpful necessities), it provides a unique platform to share the love of Christ. We encourage everyone that is planning to create an Agape Bag to always include the Gospel message and a Bible.
One of the unique things that we also encourage you to do is to include your own testimony along with a personal gospel invitation written by you and included in each bag. It will take some time and thought to put together, but we strongly believe that personalizing each bag is what makes them special.