Young Boy Wants Forgiveness

Sunday at the beach we had our table set up to give out free Bibles.  A 12-year-old boy stopped to say he’d lost his cell phone—had we seen it? No, but we’d keep our eyes open. Meanwhile, I gave him a Christian leaflet to read.

An hour later he returned with his father and said he’d read the paper we gave him.  It made him think of some bad things he’d done. He knew he had sinned and wanted God’s forgiveness. What should he do?

We talked with him explaining that Christ died for our sins. When we confess our sins then God is willing to forgive our sins and cleanse us completely. He said he wanted to turn away from his sin and receive Jesus as Lord of his life. Could he do it today? We were happy to pray with him as he made this most important decision.

I suggested that he could grow stronger in his faith by attending church and/or Sunday school. His father said they were NOT churchgoers, and would NOT start now.

So I told them about Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Club in several local public schools – after school hours.  It’s 1.5 hours per week one day a week.  Our local CEF also has a Mailbox Club,  where he could receive a free Bible study (for his age level) in the mail. If he completes the lesson and puts it back in the mail, someone will correct it and mail it back with a new Bible study. He won’t even need a postage stamp!  The boy then begged his father to let him join the club and his father consented. I signed him up and sent him on his way with a new Bible. He was one happy and excited boy!

  • These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.      Deuteronomy 6:6-7
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.   1 John 1:9
  • [For more information on the Child Evangelism Fellowship see:  https://www.cefonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=483&Itemid=100260]

[How would you have handled this?  Besides Sunday school, what is available in your community for children to learn more about Jesus Christ?  Do you have a CEF Good News Bible Club in your child’s public school? Did you know these clubs were approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001?  To leave a comment, click on the story’s TITLE, then scroll to bottom of page to: “Leave a Reply”]

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15).

No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE.

It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences.

NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.

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13 Responses to Young Boy Wants Forgiveness

  1. Stuart Tutt says:

    Such wonderful news! Prayerfully this young man’s new faith will impact his family.

    Praise God!

  2. Kimberla G says:

    This is a beautiful story Kathleen. I can just imagine God smiling down on you as you help that young boy receive Christ. Keep doing what you do and God bless you!!!

  3. Goldie says:

    Yes, Kathleen, “A little child shall lead them” Perhaps this little boy will lead his father and his whole family to Jesus. Because you cared and went to the beach. The angels were rejoicing that Sunday. Hallelujah! goldie

  4. Deb says:

    What a wonderful opportunity God provided. God bless that little boy for coming back to talk and for his father to come with him. Planting seeds. I love it!

    I think you did a great job with what you offered.

    What do our churches offer for children outside of Sunday School? That’s a really good question, and one we should be addressing. Thanks for visiting CMB! I look forward to getting to know you! 🙂

    • Kathleen says:

      Hi Deb, Glad you stopped by! I hope more people will investigate Child Evangelism Fellowship. Since 2001 when the U.S. Supreme Court approved Equal Access, it has been legal to have Good News Bible Clubs on public elementary school campuses (after school). We have nine clubs in our schools locally. Unfortunately, it seems to be the best kept secret among American Christendom!

  5. Liana says:

    Yes another beautiful story … praise God his father allowed him the home study; but I know His heavenly Father would have provided, had he not.

  6. Doug says:

    Liana is right. So many parents would get uncomfortable about this (frown). But surely God opened the way. And the kid said “Can I do it today?” TODAY. Reminds me of Philip with the Ethiopian. “What’s to stop me right now?” Getting clean and forgiven…sort of a dinosaur in this age of media anti-heroes. But then God works on the human heart, a heart that has unchangeable needs over the centuries.

  7. April Boyer says:

    This made me think: What IS available to children outside of church where they can learn more about Jesus! Fortunately, there are a number of clubs that the Salvation Kroc Center organizes for after school and holiday times. I did not know that these “clubs were approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001” or that they needed to be! But it’s good to learn that now. It’s good to know there are resources available too. The mail in bible study that you speak of, is used extensively by a local ex Amish who ministers to those wish to leave the cult. And it is filled in and returned almost 90-100% by Amish children, and sometimes adults!

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you for your comment, April. Perhaps because the CEF clubs meet in public schools, albeit after school hours, that may be why they needed approval by the U.S. Supreme Court. So glad to learn that the CEF mailbox club is reaching the Amish community.

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