There were six of us at the beach table, and a productive time it was! Renee brought her accordion and I had my guitar and together we praised the Lord in music.
A clean-cut young father asked for prayer. He said he wants a job so he can get off the streets. We prayed with him, gave him a resource sheet listing mission organizations where he could get housing, assistance and/or job training. We gave him a Bible and encouraged him.
A young Christian couple rode up on their bicycles. The husband was looking for work. We prayed for him to get employment, also prayed for their children. They picked out a couple of books and a sermon on CD and went on.
A family stopped who did not attend church. Yet they wanted to enroll their children in the Mailbox Club—Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Bible study that comes in the mail for children—at no cost. We signed them up.
A happy Latino family stopped by to look through our Spanish literature. We provided them with a Spanish Bible. Since they didn’t have a local church we directed them to a church that offers a Spanish-speaking service. They were appreciative.
A father and his 11-year-old walked up. They attend a local Bible church and the father was pleased with our book/Bible ministry. His son picked out a book and we engaged him in a conversation about his faith. Just a boy, but already well grounded.
An older woman stopped at our table. She said she was “very spiritual” and open to truths from every religion. “Yes, Jesus was a fine teacher, but nothing more.” She was not open to hearing the true Gospel message, because she said “it’s too narrow.”
A college-aged couple stopped by. They did not attend church. They said their church was “the ocean and the forest.” I told them it’s true that church cannot save—only Jesus can save us, but church can be a place where we learn more about God’s Word, get encouraged and have fellowship. They both admitted they were sinners and didn’t know where they were headed in the next life.
They were receptive when we explained the salvation message. Since they had no local church, but were open to attending, we gave them some local church information and also suggested they might like to listen to some CDs of local sermons we had on the table. They took two and were grateful.
A colleague of my husband walked up. His wife passed away recently and he’s missing her. It was good we were there for him.
In between all the activity, Renee would pick up her accordion and I my guitar and we’d sing praises from the heart. Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
- Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1Peter 4:10
- SONG: I LOVE THE LORD – by Kathleen:
[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
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