Charlie’s Ants

Thomas was 15-years-old and incarcerated for the fourth time.  This was his first time in my Bible study and he asked deep and thoughtful questions. When I finished the lesson he said he wanted to turn his life around and follow Jesus. That night he and several others prayed to surrender their lives to Christ.  Before leaving, I handed each of them a copy of a helpful tract to take back to their rooms.

A week later Thomas came running excitedly into class.  He said, “You know last week I prayed with you to receive Jesus, right?  Later you gave me a little booklet called Charlie’s Ants. Remember?  Now I know I prayed with you, but it wasn’t until I was back in my room and read Charlie’s Ants that something happened.

“When I finished it, I fell on my knees next to my bed, with my face to the floor and called out to Jesus. He came into my life right then and changed me. He’s REAL!  This whole week I have felt His presence. I’m not angry anymore. In fact, I’m happy!  I have peace.”

I said, “Thomas, that is the joy of the Lord.  Yes He is real. He is powerful. He is working IN you now, so that He can work THROUGH you to help others.

Another boy spoke up, “What he said is true. Thomas has not been in a fight all week—and he used to get into fights every day!”

  •  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here.     2 Corinthians 5:17
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  • SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAYWords from Psalms 119 & 2 Thess 3:6; Music by Kathleen 


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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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12 Responses to Charlie’s Ants

  1. Brad says:

    Thank you for this wonderful story. Our young people need help, encouragement and our prayers. And, of course, Jesus!

  2. Karen says:

    I love your stories, Kathleen! What a beautiful example of a soul moving from death to life! Joy indeed comes in the morning when Christ dawns into a life for the first time!

  3. Dixie says:

    The heart, born anew and alive unto Jesus, changes us forever!! Great post!

  4. Shawna says:

    You have published an awesome website.

  5. Liana says:

    Another blessed testimony Kathleen. The light and love of Jesus is with you always. Your boldness for Christ is beautiful and because of your faithfulness many are being delivered from prison with eyes opened. Praise God.

  6. Frank King says:

    Another amazing testimony of the life-changing power of the gospel. The realness of that life-changing power can be seen in the change it makes in the lives of people. It was seen in the life of Thomas, who had been incarcerated four times by the age of 15. Thanks for sharing, Kathleen.

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