What is Fingerprint In 2008 Stephan Maag had a radical encounter with Jesus and immediately started studying the Bible and preaching Jesus on the streets. When Stephan and his wife Nadine organized a team for a Christmas outreach in Zurich that year, they saw God move powerfully, reaching many people, and the Fingerprint ministry was born. . Over the next few years, they shared Jesus all over Switzerland, on the streets, in night clubs, and even planted a work in Albania. Using art, creativity, flash-mobs, prayer, bold preaching and relationships, Fingerprint's protest-style evangelism caught attention across the country and beyond and Stephan put his story in the book "Untamed for Jesus". In 2017, Stephan and Nadine became Steiger Missionaries and Fingerprint became a key part of the mission of Steiger. To find out more about the Fingerprint story read Stephan Maag's book: „Untamed for Jesus my wild and free life"
Our evangelistic activities take place in public places, streets, and/or events.
We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to move in signs and wonders on the streets.
We preach the Cross plainly, creatively, and in love.
Our evangelistic activities happen on a regular basis. They are intended to inspire Christians to share their faith and reach the unreached.
We work together with local churches and follow the Lausanne Covenant.
The Bible is fundamental for our lives and the basis of our activities.
One of our goals is to help people develop a lifestyle of evangelism.
We want to encourage all team members to use their unique gifts and talents.
We expect a high level of commitment and engagement from our team members.
Establishing teams for street evangelism.
Preparing these teams through training, prayer, and worship.
Carrying out a variety of evangelistic actions, centered on the clear message of Jesus and the Cross, through the use of art, music, creativity, flash mobs, and protests.
Evaluating the effectiveness of activities through feedback from team members (testimonies about conversations and prayers that occurred).
Sending team members to local churches to share and to invite church members to get involved.
Encouraging team members and participants to continue living a lifestyle of evangelism.
Supplies: one or two wide mouth jars, a table, "messages" prepared in advance, signs that say, "Messages from God"
Preparation: Before the outreach, select, print up, cut out, and roll up Bible verses, forming a scroll/tube. Seal each scroll by cutting across a wide cocktail straw and putting a small piece of it on every "message". Put all the Bible verses into the jar.
How it works: During the outreach, invite people to take a message from the "Messages from God" jar. Then try to start a conversation by asking questions such as, "What do you think about the message you chose?", "Does this message relate to you?", "What does it mean to you?". While discussing the content of their message or explaining the meaning of the Bible verse, you can share the Gospel and offer to pray for the person.
Supplies: two chairs (during winter, you can put blankets on the chairs), signs that say, "Miracle Chair", "Do you believe in miracles?" or your own variation.
How it works: Invite people to sit on the "Miracle Chair" so you can pray for them, explaining that you believe God is able to resolve any issue and bless anyone. Once someone sits, ask what specific things you can pray for: healing, family issues, work, etc., and then briefly pray for them. Afterwards, ask for feedback from them with questions such as, "How do you feel?", "Do you still have any pain?" We've seen that, often when we pray for people, they experience the power of God and sometimes cry. It is often easy at this time to share about the love of God and to explain the Gospel.
Supplies: two boxes with a hole on the top of each, big enough to put a hand inside. Paint one box white and label it "Take" and another grey, labeling it, "Leave". You also need sheets of paper to write on, printouts with encouraging verses from the Bible, individually cut for the "Take" box, pens, and signs saying, "Take the good, leave the bad", "Exchange the bad for good", etc.
How it works: Invite people to get rid of negative feelings and emotions, things that hurt and hinder them from moving forward. Have them write all the negative things on a sheet of paper, and then put them into the "Leave" box. After that, let them take something good ("an encouragement," "blessing," or "word from God") from the white "Take" box. You can continue the conversation, explaining the Bible verse that they selected from the box. Afterwards, offer to pray that God would deliver them from the negative feelings they put into the grey box.
Supplies: A whiteboard with markers or a blackboard with colored chalk, signs that say, "What is love?", "Write/draw something representing love" etc.
How it works: We invite people to draw or write their definition of love. There are a couple of variations on how to carry out this project – people either write/draw on a board, or use chalk on the pavement. After they are done, ask them questions like, "What does your drawing symbolize?", "Why do you define love like this?" Then you can share what love means to you, leading the conversation to share about the love of God and Jesus' sacrifice for us. You can also offer to pray for the person to experience real love in their life.
MASKS FLASH MOB
You need: enough white faceless masks for the whole team.
How it works: The team walks through the city centre all wearing masks, walking towards a previously agreed meeting spot, ideally a very public and busy area (e.g., central square). On arrival at the spot, the leader blows a whistle and the whole team falls to the ground, lying around on the floor. The leader then removes his mask and preaches a Gospel message about how we all wear masks, but that we can find our true identity in Jesus.
COFFIN FLASH MOB
You need: a coffin strong enough to hold a preacher. Signs saying "Are you alive?", "Dead or alive?", etc.
How it works: The team carries a coffin into a busy public area, with various team members holding the signs. At a chosen location the team sets the coffin on the floor and the preacher jumps out and shares a message about how we can find life in Jesus.
TEAM OF ARTISTS
We attract people's attention with songs and dancing and other expressions of art. Then one of the artists shares the gospel and other team members talk to people.
RELEASE YOUR DREAM
Supplies: helium balloons, sheets of paper (sticky notes), pens, signs that say, "Release your Dream", "Do you have a dream?"
How it works: Start by asking people questions like, "What is a dream?" and "What are your dreams?" After that, invite them to write their dream on a sticky note, stick it on the balloon, and let it fly away. Before letting the balloon go, offer to pray for the person, that God would make their dream come true. This often puts people in a good mood, opening them up for conversation. After praying for them, you can ask "What do you feel now?" You might also share a personal testimony and explain the Gospel.