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.

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 mailbox 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 CEF Mailbox Club:         

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?


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:

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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 T says:

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

    Praise God!

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