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]
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