Pocket Proxes are handheld versions of InterVarsity's Proxe Stations, which are interactive displays that engage people in gospel conversations.
As of January 2013, the following Proxe Stations are available as Pocket Proxes:
Extreme Heart Makeover
Engage with people about makeovers for their body and heart, and what Jesus has to say about it. On the front of the Pocket Proxe, participants place dots on the drawing of a body to represent body parts they would like to change on themselves. Flipping the Pocket Proxe over, participants choose negative characteristcs they would like to remove from their hearts. The discussion transitions to the spiritual implications of our "heart problem," and the extreme makeover God offers for our hearts.
Talk to people about how they see their peers "faking it" on your campus overall, in their own lives, and how they fake it in other areas of life, like emotions and spirituality. On the front of the Pocket Proxe, participants select photos that represent how people fake it the most on campus. Then, they choose a mood they personally hide most often. Flipping the Pocket Proxe over, participants read a biblical story about being real, then discuss how being real with God can change their lives.
Abuse, poverty, divorce, eating disorders, murder. These are only some of the evils people on your campus have experienced. Use this Pocket Proxe to engage your peers in a discussion about how they or someone they know has been impacted by a list of common evils. Then, flip the Pocket Proxe over, and talk about what they think the sources and solutions are for the evil in the world, and how God responds to evil.
How would most students on your campus spend $1 million dollars? What about $25? The front of the Money Pocket Proxe gets students talking about how they would spend money on themselves and on others. The back of the Pocket Proxe guides a discussion about what God has to say about living selfishly for ourselves using a short passage from Luke 12, and the solution God offers for joy in life and change for the world.
College students are familiar with the red cup used at parties, but they may never have thought about it as representing their deeper thirsts. Talk with people about the physical thirsts and the internal thirsts we all have, and how we try to quench them ourselves. The front of the Pocket Proxe asks participants to identify the main thirst they see students trying to satisfy on campus, and then respond to the same question for themselves personally. The back of the Pocket Proxe brings the discussion around to Jesus as the "living water" and how he quenches our deep thirsts.
The Resolve Pocket Proxe is great for the beginning of second semester, right after people have often made New Year's resolutions. On the front of the Pocket Proxe, participants are first asked to write their New Year's resolution. Then, they are asked to circle two emoticons that represent things they want to become more or less of that year. On the back, participants are asked about how they plan to achieve their goals and what Jesus has to do with real change.
Help students on your campus understand God's value for people by discussing how society wrongly views sex as a commodity. On the front of the Pocket Proxe, participants choose one of seven strategies they would use to obtain sex in the next week if they were given $200 to do so. The back of the Pocket Proxe has photos of people who could possibly be involved in these strategies, and asks questions about how the participant values them and how God values them.
Engage your campus in conversations about scars, both physical and metaphorical. The Scars Pocket Proxe asks participants to first share a story behind their favorite scar. Then, on the front of the Pocket Proxe, participants choose words that depict deeper, less-visible scars; they can share a story about an emotional scar that someone inflicted on them. On the back of the Pocket Proxe, they can choose images that reflect emotional scars they have left on others or the world. The gospel can then be shared by contrasting Jesus' scars and how they bring healing to our scars.
Help students consider how identity and spirituality go together. The front of the Pocket Proxe asks participates to write down a nickname or something they were known for in high school. Then, they circle two characteristics: one they'd like to be more of and one they'd like to be less of. On the back side, a spiritual discussion transpires around the story of the prodigal son and the role God plays in forming our identities.
"It felt like the entire atmosphere of the conversation shifted dramatically when I pulled out the Pocket Proxe. The person I talked to started off very hostile, but when I pulled out the Pocket Proxe, she seemed curious. This curiosity then turned into genuine interest as we asked the questions on the Proxe. So I liked the general benefit of Proxes bringing down barriers through curiosity."
"I liked that it was portable and gave a visual to help the conversation flow."
"Portable, convenient, non-intrusive way to do contact evangelism."
"I liked that we could carry it around and talk to people who may not normally stop at a large gathering of people behind a display board. I LOVE [tabletop display] Proxes, but they can look kind of weird to the outsider."
"A great springboard to get into spiritual conversations with strangers."
"Having something to look at was really helpful to guide the conversation. It made for easy transitions and questions for people to ask."