Teens & Jesus at the County Fair

Last month I was a volunteer storyteller in the Little Red Schoolhouse at the county fair.   My job was to tell children the story of Jesus.  What fun!

The LRS, a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship, was positioned near the horse show, the pig races and the barnyard animals.  We met teenagers from 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America that were showing their goats or getting ready to auction their cows or lambs.  In between cleaning their pens and feeding them, they had time to visit us.

Consequently, instead of little children, most who heard the story on my shift were teenagers.  I was amazed at how many did not know the true message of salvation. Several did not know that Jesus had risen from the dead!  I told them we have a holiday every year when we celebrate His resurrection. “Can you name that holiday?”  Only one teenager guessed Easter.

Fortunately, all the groups that came to listen to the story were receptive!  They listened with interest. They asked questions. They learned that everyone who is willing to turn away from their sins and follow Jesus will have their sins forgiven. Moreover, they will also receive the Holy Spirit and all the fruit of the Spirit. They only need to exercise the fruit they will now receive. Now they will have the power to resist the temptation to sin.  “Do we need more patience?  Do we need more self-control?  Do we need more love?”  To each question they responded,  “Yes!

The teenagers prayed. They said they wanted to follow Jesus! Many chose to join The Mailbox Club and receive free Bible studies in the mail so they could continue to learn and grow in their faith.

I was impressed that when it came time to leave, each group displayed an attitude of gratitude and respect.  Perhaps it comes with training in the raising and caring for animals.

  • God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.    Romans 5:8  
  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.    Acts 4:12   
  • The Mailbox Club is an exciting Bible correspondence club designed to disciple children and adults. For more information:  http://www.cefonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=483&Itemid=100260/ 
  • What are your thoughts?  Are you surprised there are teens who don’t know the meaning of Easter?    
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    [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com

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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8 Responses to Teens & Jesus at the County Fair

  1. Roy says:

    Thank you for sharing your LRS experience. I missed having many more attendees especially when Dave Madsen was a greeter and kept urging, “C’mon in! Grandpa Roy is a great storyteller!” My greeters did well also, but there was not the huge crowd passing by as in the past.

    Not all teens are disrespectful and indulge themselves. Some are eager to learn and prepare themselves for their future. And we emphasize their future in Heaven and Service To King JESUS!

    GBY! Roy

    • Kathleen says:

      I agree. Not all teens are disrespectful. Many are eager to learn more about God’s truths. They want to know there is hope for their future. They want to know that God forgives them for their failures and offers a new start. What joy it is to see them receive Christ and then experience God’s peace.

  2. Linda says:

    Yes! I was surprised that so many did not know the true meaning of Easter! “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” will become my mantra every Easter to everyone I meet now during Easter. I was invited to participate in the LRS at the fair this year, but was out of town during the training period. So I am going on line and trying to master the Wordless Book Song, have made my bracelet to go with it. And now I want to learn how to tell the Story effectively and thoroughly. Hopefully next year when it rolls around I’ll be ready for the training! I also plan to present one of the Wordless Book Bracelet kits to my grandson who is getting baptized Sept 7th.

  3. Liana says:

    Kathleen, everywhere you go you share the sweet fragrance of Jesus and I thank the Holy Spirit that He makes so many receptive to hear and accept the Good News.

  4. Dave says:

    Hi Kathleen, That’s great to hear the LRS is alive and strong. I miss that ministry the most. I have a new love for farmers, now that I’m in Kansas. IN HIM, Dave

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