What is I'll fight day?

I'll Fight Day is a Salvation Army youth servant evangelism day that will take place all across the world on Saturday, December 2rd, 2017. I'll Fight Day is a way for you to share the Gospel through practical acts of kindness: like giving out free hot chocolate, returning shopping carts or cleaning up at a mall food court. These acts are done "in Jesus name" for the purpose of sharing God's love in a way that leads others to ask "Why are you doing this?"

This event is a local, youth-led initiative where you and your friends can decide how you want to serve others in your community. There are many helpful resources available to help you participate in this event. Instructionsresources and promotional graphics can be downloaded on this website.

The opportunities are endless for you to show the love of Christ in practical ways and help identify the Kingdom of God in your community. This is a great chance for you to join the revolution. I'll fight to the very end! Will you?

WHERE DO WE DO THIS?

I'll Fight Day happens in your own city, neighborhood, corps, local mall, parking lot, intersection - wherever you can plant the seeds of revolution! Use this site as a resource for ideas, but I'll Fight Day is what you make of it, right where you already are!

What about servant evangelism?

Servant evangelism is an opportunity to surprise people with God's love. You can do this in many ways: like giving out free hot chocolate, returning shopping carts or cleaning up at a mall food court.

 

The goal is to show God's love to others in practical ways with no strings attached.

Essentially, servant evangelism is any activity that is:

  • Done in the name of Jesus,
  • To provide a beneficial service to people,
  • Where no money is expected in return.

Servant evangelism softens the hearts of people who are not yet Christians by doing a "low-risk" activity that shows "high grace." It is a way to bless others in the hopes that they will become more open to the saving message of Jesus Christ. These small acts of kindness can nudge a person closer towards God, often in profound ways.

Every Christian should be willing to participate in a "low risk" activity such as handing a stranger a cold can of Coke on a hot day. The "high grace" is seen in the typical reaction: "Oh, thank you!" "This is so nice!" "I can't believe this is free!" Ultimately, servant evangelism tries to open the door for conversation, in the hopes that someone asks the important question, "Why are you doing this?"

Jesus talks about this kind of ministry in Matthew 10:42, when he instructs: "It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing." (Message).

What makes servant evangelism so effective is that almost anyone can participate regardless of age or spiritual maturity. Anyone can give out a cold cup of water, shovel snow or pay for a free load of laundry. These seemingly random acts of kindness can help others receive a touch of God's love. Just make sure that you are ready to share why you are doing these things-"in Jesus' name"-when the opportunity presents itself.

I'll Fight Day is something that anyone can do in their community. We pray that this exercise in servant evangelism will spur you and your friends on toward love and good deeds. We hope that you will catch a glimpse of the exciting Gospel of Jesus Christ; Good News that can be shared in many beautiful and creative ways. We believe that I'll Fight Day is just one way we can fulfill our calling as Salvationists to "win the world for Jesus."

How does it happen?

Interested in participating in I'll Fight Day? Follow these steps:

  • Like our Facebook Group so you can stay in the loop, or follow us on Twitter,
  • Read the list of suggested servant evangelism activities below,
  • Get your friends together, figure out what you want to do,
  • Use #IFD17 to help spread the word,
  • Put your plan into action on Saturday, December 3rd and then,
  • Share what you did by submitting pictures and stories on the Facebook Group and Twitter!

Resources

Visitation Fight Day

Concept
Go to home for the elderly and ask to visit a resident who doesn’t get many visitors. Tell stories, read together, play board games, make a friend.
Equipment
Nametags might be a good idea.
People Needed
4+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Stop and pay the tolls

Concept
Go down a line of parked cars and pay for the meters that are expired. Leave a little note of niceness.
Equipment
Roll of quarters
People Needed
2+
Cost
$.10 - $.25 per meter.
Weather
Any Weather
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Did you check your pocket?

Concept
Go through a local thrift store and drop $1 bills in random pockets of clothing being sold.
Equipment
$1 bills and encouraging notes
People Needed
The more the merrier!
Cost
Minimal
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Dress in diguise

Drop Some Knowledge

Concept
Want to teach an elder how to use Facebook? Take a selfie? Play Minecraft? Hold a technology exchange, gather neighbors and seniors then teach them how to use these newfangled things.
Equipment
It depends. It could be Zunes or PalmPilorts for all we know.
People Needed
2+
Cost
Free
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Dress like professors?

Mobile Bakery

Concept
Bake some cookies, bread or anything delicious. Give them away to the bus drivers, mail carriers, trash collectors or anyone else that helps keep your community moving.
Equipment
Baking ingredients and equipment, plastic bags to distribute baked goods, encouraging notes attached to bags.
People Needed
4+
Cost
Cost of ingredients. Pool your resources and go grocery shopping.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

S'Parents'' Night Out

Concept
Babysit for someone for free, especially someone that might really need a night off and not be able to afford a sitter.
Equipment
Nothing, hopefully toys are provided.
People Needed
Teams of 2+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

An attitute of gratitude

Concept
Write encouraging letters (by hand) to someone who needs encouragement. Track down old teachers and mentors. Let them know the influence they have had in your life. Then mail or hand deliver these letters.
Equipment
Cards, envelopes, pens, stamps.
People Needed
The more the merrier!
Cost
Cost of materials. Stamps are $0.49. Ask your CO if they have any donated cards (we have a hunch they do…).
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Single Mom Spa Day

Concept
This one requires some advanced planning. Get in touch with a women's advocacy group or shelter in your area and coordinate to give an awesome afternoon to some ladies who could use some girl time. One team keeps the kids occupied while the other team offers haircuts & styling, manicures & pedicures, facials and/or whatever else you pull off that pampers!
Equipment
Face scrubs/masks, lotion, emery boards, cotton balls, nail polish, candles, etc
People Needed
4+ ladies, cosmetic experience (or a few lessons beforehand) needed, plus 2+ people to provide child care.
Cost
Cost of supplies.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Phone Card Giveaway

Concept
You might be thinking, "Everyone has a cellphone these days!" International calling can still be expensive though, and in communities with large immigrant populations, this giveaway can be a great opportunity to support and engage other cultures over an important shared value: family.
Equipment
Phone Cards (In at least $2 denominations)
People Needed
Teams of 2
Cost
Fits your budget!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

The rockstar treatment!

Concept
Ever wanted to experience the rockstar treatment? Who hasn't? Use this I'll Fight Day as a chance to roll out the red carpet (figuratively or literally!) for your neighbors.
Here's the idea: signs, balloons, cheers, etc. Let your neighbors know you think they rock because Jesus loves them! Take a group photo and drop off a copy for their fridge the following week.
Tip: you might freak some people out, but that's kind of the heart of IFD! Be kind and be sincere. Don't do this activity unless you really love your neighborhood and are going to back up the sentiment throughout the year.
Equipment
Poster Board, Markers, Balloons, Streamers, Small Gifts, etc.
People Needed
The more the merrier!
Cost
Cost of supplies
Weather
Warmer weather is best, especially if you're planning on using helium balloons.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway

Concept
Everyone loves a stuffed stocking. Give your neighbors a head start this season by delivering some fun stocking stuffers for them and their families.
Equipment
Something fun for kids of all ages: bubbles, candy, silly putty, freeze-dried ice cream, mints, etc.
People Needed
Teams of 2-4
Cost
Fits her budget!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Gift Basket Giveaway

Concept
Bring a holiday blessing to your local civic officials, police officers, and/or firemen and women. Let them know how much you love your neighborhood and how thankful you are for their service. Offer to pray for them, maybe sing a carol, and leave them with a really nice gift basket.
Equipment
Christmas Gift bags/baskets, encouraging notes and thank you cards. Tip: Get your younger Sunday School kids to help make the cards the week before IFD!
People Needed
Teams of 4+
Cost
Fit your budget, try saving money and having more fun by putting together your own baskets.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Pet store pics/treats

Concept
People love their pets. Show some love to your neighborhood's pet lovers by passing out pet treats to everyone who comes into the local pet store. Ask them about their pets (maybe bring some of your own!), and let them know how much you love your neighbors. Tip: a dog in a Santa hat will be an adorable hit!
Equipment
Fancy, individually wrapped dog bones and cat treats.
People Needed
Teams of 2-4
Cost
Around $15 each for a large container of dog or cat treats, plus the cost of packaging supplies.
Weather
Any weather. Indoors.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

College campus pre-gift

Concept
Let's face it: a lot of college students are either too poor or too lazy to get something nice for mom or dad at Christmas. Help them out by making something nice for them! Take your sweet, homemade gifts to your local campus and get pre-gifting! Mom & dad will never know they've been re-gifted...
Equipment
Supplies for s'more kits, hot cocoa kits, soup in a jar mixes, or something else that will stay fresh until they make it home for Christmas break.
People Needed
Teams of 4+
Cost
Depends on what you make. Someone you know uses Pintrest, look for some good ideas for nice homemade gifts!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Resume workshop

Concept
This one requires some advanced planning to show some love to the unemployed (or underemployed) in your community. Team up with a local coffee shop to help you advertise a resume-writing workshop for a few weeks in advance. Bring a few laptops and maybe a wireless printer, get some Corps folks with the experience and know-how to help out with the resume writing, and you and your crew keep everyone refreshed with free coffee and snacks and chat with folks waiting for their turns!
Equipment
Laptops, cheap jump drives, a printer, etc.
People Needed
Any size team
Cost
Work out a deal with the coffee shop for the coffee and food. Plan on spending at least $50-100 depending on how many people show up.
Weather
Any weather. Indoors.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Ding-dong ditched!

Concept
You don't actually have to ring the doorbell and run for this one. Buy a ton of individually wrapped Little Debbie Ding-Dong snack cakes and decorate them with ribbons and a Christmas note. Go door to door and share them with your neighbors.
Equipment
Little Debbies, and ribbon/bows.
People Needed
Teams of 2-4
Cost
Around $3-4 a box.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Food Court Cleanup

Concept
Go to your local mall food court and clean up after people eat. Bonus points if you dress up like wait staff from a fancy restaurant (white & black, ties, slick hair, cloth over the forearm and all that)!
Equipment
Rags, spray bottles of cleaner.
People Needed
4+
Cost
Minimal-cost of rags and cleaner.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Snow removal from driveways/sidewalks

Concept
No one really enjoys shoveling snow. Some people really can't do it. Help people out by shoveling their snow.
Equipment
Snow Shovels and Salt Pellets (if there is ice).
People Needed
4+
Cost
Minimal
Weather
Snow.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Shopping cart returns

Concept
Approach people and offer to return their empty cart back for them. Take it to the next level by offering to clear the snow off their car while they get in and warm up.
Equipment
Nothing. Maybe some snow brushes/scrapers.
People Needed
2+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Laundromat Outreach

Concept
Pay for washing machines and dryers at local Laundromats. Sit and chat, make some friends!
Equipment
Rolls of quarters.
People Needed
Teams of 2-it is intimidating to have more than a few people.
Cost
At least $1.50 per wash, $.50 per dryer.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Free polariod pictures with Santa

Concept
Set up a Santa's Village in your Corps Parking lot and have free photos with Santa.
Equipment
Christmas decorations, Santa Costume, Polaroid camera, film.
People Needed
10+
Cost
About $.75 per picture.
Weather
Cool to cold weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Mall parking stop finder

Concept
Go to your local mall and help people find empty parking spots.
Equipment
Develop a system that you think could work. Flags and 2- way radios may help. Be safe.
People4 Needed
6+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Windshield washing

Concept
Go to a shopping mall or department store and wash windshields.
Equipment
Squirt bottles, cleaner, squeegees, shop rags.
People Needed
2+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Don't attempt in weather below 20 degrees
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Christmas giftwrap giveaway

Concept
Give away gift wrap necessities to your community.
Equipment
Wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, gift bags, etc.
People Needed
Teams of 2
Cost
Nothing. Put your Corps' donated wrapping paper to great use!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Traveling Department Store

Concept
Find a homeless person and give them some warm clothing.
Equipment
Socks, gloves, hats, jackets and any other warm clothing.
People Needed
Teams of 2-4
Cost
Minimal.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Free hot chocolate/coffee givewaway

Concept
Set up tables at store exits or sporting events and serve hot drinks on cold days.
Equipment
Table, 2 or 3 Igloos (5 gal.), creamers, sugar, stirrers, cups and "Free Coffee" sign.
People Needed
3+
Cost
Minimal.
Weather
Cool to cold weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Grocery store bag packing

Concept
Go to a self-bagging grocery store and help people bag their groceries.
Equipment
Might want to wear matching t-shirts.
People Needed
2+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Good project for bad weather
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Light blub service

Concept
Go door to door with light bulbs offering to change burned-out bulbs.
Equipment
Supply 15-60 watt light bulbs, step ladder.
People Needed
Teams of 2-3
Cost
Light bulbs are $.30 to $.50 apiece.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Smoke Detector Battery Giveaway

Concept
Give out complimentary smoke detector batteries for home smoke detectors.
Equipment
9 Volt Batteries.
People Needed
Teams of 2
Cost
It usually costs $1.25 per 9 volt battery.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

House clutter cleaning

Concept
Clean gutters on houses of leaves, sticks, and debris.
Equipment
Gloves, ladders, trash bags.
People Needed
Teams of 2-4. Everyone needs a ladder holder.
Cost
Cost of plastic bags, borrow ladders from friends or Corps.
Weather
Dry weather is best
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Neightborhood windshield ice scraping

Concept
Go to an apartment complex after a snow and start scraping.
Equipment
Windshield Ice Scrapers
People Needed
2+
Cost
Cost of Ice Scrapers.
Weather
Cold weather, after snow.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Christmas caroling

Concept
Organize a caroling group and go house to house in your neighborhood. Take it to the next level with a Christmas mashup complete with some light choreography.
Equipment
Christmas music and Candy Canes (if wanted).
People Needed
4+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Stamp giveaway

Concept
Give out free stamps in front of your local Post Office.
Equipment
A few booklets of stamps and a Free Stamps sign.
People Needed
Teams of 2
Cost
Stamps are $.43(?) apiece. You can buy a booklet of 20 stamps for $9-10.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Library Jubilee

Concept
Go to your local library and pay as many library fines as you can afford.
Equipment
Cash money.
People Needed
Teams of 2
Cost
Pay as many fines as you can afford.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Leaf Raking (if leaves are still on the ground)

Concept
Who likes to rake leaves? You'll do it for them.
Equipment
Rakes, Bags, Leaf Blowers, etc.
People Needed
As few as 2-the more the merrier and easier. 10 people can rake a lawn in minutes.
Cost
Minimal-you can own your own rake for $5.00.
Weather
Dry weather is best
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Car drying at self-service car wash

Concept
Help dry off cars after they have been washed.
Equipment
Towels
People Needed
2+
Cost
Minimal.
Weather
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Christmas gift wrap

Concept
Everyone needs their Christmas gifts wrapped. Do it at the mall for free!
Equipment
Wrapping paper, tape, scissors, table, chairs, etc.
People Needed
Lots of people needed. Depending upon mall traffic, you will need a variety.
Cost
Though costly, can cost as little as $.10 per gift. Check your Corps' for donated wrapping paper.
Weather
Indoors.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Nursing home visit

Concept
Contact local nursing home and ask if you can visit. Sing some Christmas carols. Sit and talk/listen. Hold someone's hand. Pray with your new friends.
Equipment
Nothing (though instruments would be nice).
People Needed
4+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Car interior vacuuming

Concept
Set up in a car wash or gas station and vacuum cars for free. Handing our some air fresheners would take this to the next level.
Equipment
Several canister vacuums, several hand-held vacuums. Cheap (but classy) air fresheners.
People Needed
Teams of 4+
Cost
Nothing to purchase if using home vacuum cleaners. $.25 if using gas station vacuum.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Cemetary carnation giveaway

Concept
Go to a local cemetary and give away carnations to cemetary visitors.
Equipment
Carnations.
People Needed
2+
Cost
Cost of Carnations.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Soft drink giveaway

Concept
Fill coolers with ice and drinks to give out at a public place.
Equipment
Coolers, ice, cans of soda (regular and diet).
People Needed
4+
Cost
Cost of ice and cans of soda (borrow coolers).
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

grocery bag loading assistance

Concept
Help people load groceries into their cars.
Equipment
Nothing.
People Needed
3+
Cost
Free!
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Reverse donut day

Concept
Buy some donuts, set up at a traffic light and give them away.
Equipment
Donuts, plastic gloves, napkins.
People Needed
2+
Cost
Though costly, about $8 for a dozen, you could use donut day coupons that you may have.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Trash pickup

Concept
Help pick up trash after the local school football game or around community.
Equipment
Debris pickup sticks, 5 gallon plastic buckets, trash bags.
People Needed
4+
Cost
Minimal (borrow what you may need).
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Umbrella escorts

ConceptHelp people stay dry as they travel from a store to their car.
Equipment
Umbrellas (big golf umbrellas are best).
People Needed
3+
Cost
Free! Borrow the umbrellas you may need.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Windshield Wash Fluid Fill-Up

Concept
People use more washer fluid in the winter. Fill it up!
Equipment
Bottles of windshield washer fluid.
People Needed
2+
Cost
Minimal. Fluid is 79 cents a gallon.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Newspaper giveaway

Concept
Purchase some newspapers (ever heard of 'em?); deliver to homes in your community.
Equipment
Newspapers.
People Needed
3+
Cost
Cost of Saturday newspapers.
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

Christmas tree giveaway

Concept
Buy some Christmas trees and deliver them to families in your community.
Equipment
Christmas trees, tree stands and string to secure to car.
People Needed

3+
Cost
The cost to buy some trees from a local tree lot (see if you can get a deal).
Weather
Any weather.
Clothing
Salvation Army shirts would be helpful.

*For best results, please contact these businesses for permission to do these things before I'll Fight Day takes place. Many of these servant evangelism ideas come from Steve Sjogren's book Conspiracy of Kindness: A Refreshing New Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus, Regal Press 2003. Also, some of them I just made up...

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When The Salvation Army ceases to be a militant body of redhot men and women whose supreme business is the saving of souls, I hope it will vanish utterly.
- William Booth
There is a danger of the old clergy and laity idea creeping in amongst us. The common church idea is that of a minister doing all the fighting and feeding, while his congregation does all the looking on and swallowing. We are an Army. Every soldier is expected to fight.
- Frederick Booth-Tucker
Work as if everything depended upon work and pray as if everything depended upon prayer.
- William Booth
Soldiers of Christ must be abandoned to the war. They must be thoroughly committed to God's side; there can be no neutrals in this warfare.
- Catherine Booth
We are not sent to minister to a congregation and be content if we keep things going. We are sent to make war and to stop short of nothing but the subjugation of the world to the sway of the Lord Jesus.
- William Booth
They say the fighting is too hard, My strength of small avail, When foes beset and friends are fled, My faith must surely fail. But, O how can I quit my post While millions sin-bound lie? I cannot leave the dear old flag, 'Twere better far to die.
- Frederick Booth-Tucker
If the people will not come to see us, the greater is the necessity and urgency that will be laid upon us to go to them. And to them we Salvationists must and will go.
- William Booth
Show them the very essence of religion is love; the love that shows itself in benevolent effort for the salvation of others.
- William Booth
Love will not be barred by criticism, not bound by custom. It bursts forth and flows over in new ways every day.
- Catherine Bramwell-Booth
Why we might give the world such a time of it that they would get saved in very self-defense, if we were only up and doing, and determined that they should have no peace in their sin.
- Catherine Booth
The world for God, the world for God; I give my heart, I'll do my part; The world for God, the world for God; I give my heart, I'll do my part.
- Evangeline Booth