Fishing On the Pier

What interesting people one meets while fishing on the pier with five grandchildren!

We first met a homeless guy who sold us his mussels for bait.  I did not realize what a HUGE undertaking it would be to attempt to bait four tangled lines.

We were thankful when Mario and Jose came to our rescue. Mario shared that he’d been clean and sober for two years, ever since graduating from G_____ Academy in Central California, a school for at-risk teens.  I asked him if the rumors I’d heard about G____ were true—that they only allow 30-second showers.  He said they were true!  I was glad my grandsons could hear this!

Mario said he entered the academy weighing 300 pounds and graduated ten months later weighing only 150!  He learned a trade and was grateful for the experience.

Jose, on the other hand, was having trouble finding employment because employers say the large stretch-earrings in his earlobes are distracting. I shared a Jesus booklet with him.

He read it and afterward came over to thank me.  Then he offered us some of his squid, apparently a much-preferred bait over mussels.  So I gave him another booklet to read, and then another.  These young men had lots of spiritual questions while answering our fisherman questions.  It was a delightful exchange.  All the while the children were watching, listening and learning—about life.

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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.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

 

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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Joe
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Good job. Isn’t it wonderful when you have God moments with your grandchildren without preaching. I love sharing through deeds to the little sponges.

Liana
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How blessed are your grandchildren to have you teaching them directly and indirectly about the precious gospel …

Kathleen
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Thank you Liana! Indeed, all children are blessed when they are raised up in the ways of the Lord.