A Teen Gang in The Little Red Schoolhouse

Unfortunately, this year, due to Covid 19,  our community will not host a county fair.   But here is an unforgettable memory from volunteering in the past:

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I was enjoying my shift at the county fair’s Little Red Schoolhouse when ten cursing teenagers walked by.  Dressed in black, sporting tats, skin piercings and strange hair, they passed by several times—joking, uttering profanities and yelling insults.

I smiled and invited them to hear a Bible story. They cursed and walked away laughing. Twenty minutes later they returned.  Still laughing, they burst INSIDE the LRS and sat down!  Whoa!

I knew the planned Bible story was not going to cut it with this group!  I decided to talk about sin. Most of them didn’t recognize the word!  I explained, “Sin is something we do, we say or we think, that’s wrong—that offends God.  Can you give me an example of a sin?”

Silence.  Unfortunately, many kids today are unchurched and know nothing of the Ten Commandments, so they have no frame of reference.

Finally, a boy spoke up, “Flipping someone off?”

I said, “Well, uh, yes, I suppose that would be sin.”

“Is it a sin to cut up a dead rat and put it in someone’s food?” said another.

“Yes, definitely.”

A girl blurted out, “Having sex before you’re married?”

Immediately the others chimed in, “No, there’s nothing wrong with that!”

I said, “Yes there is!  Sex outside marriage is sin.”

Their voices were murmuring, “It is?  I didn’t know that.”

I explained, “The Bible tells us we are ALL sinners.  Jesus was the only person who ever lived who never sinned.  Did you know that?”  They didn’t.

“Think how difficult that would be. Yet Jesus refused to sin because He knew if He sinned one time He could not be the required sinless sacrifice for OUR sins. You see, that is the reason He came to earth—so He could die for us and open heaven’s doors so we could freely enter.

“Jesus loves us even though He knows we are all sinners and we cannot save ourselves. None of us can ever get into Heaven unless we have a Savior—and there’s only one.”

Some of these kids had never heard of Jesus, except as a swear word. They didn’t know He died on a cross! I asked, “Do you know what happened three days after Jesus died?”

Silence.

“He rose from the dead.”

One boy exclaimed, “No way! I never heard that!”

I said, “We have a holiday every year when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Who knows what holiday that is?”

Silence.

Then one guessed “Christmas?”

I said, “It’s Easter.”

“No way! I never heard that!”

“Did you think Easter was just a day to celebrate bunnies and candy?

Silence.

Since these kids looked as if they might be gang members, I talked about Satan, heaven and hell.  I explained that hell is real. “Jesus talked more about hell than He did heaven. Yet the Bible tells us we don’t have to go there.  We can be saved from hell. The Bible tells us there is only one name under heaven that can save us.  Do you know what that name is?”

Silence.

I said, “It’s the name Jesus.  Jesus is so powerful that even His name frightens Satan. Satan has power, but Jesus is much more powerful than Satan. If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, remember to call out on the name of Jesus. There is more power in Jesus’ name than in any weapon. The Bible says that when we submit to Christ and resist the devil, he will flee.”

The kids were sitting on the edge of their seats. This was information they could use!

“BUT, and this is important:  You must first be willing to turn away from your sin and surrender your life to Jesus.  You must be willing to let Him take control of your actions and be your Master and Lord. Is that hard to do?  Yes! It’s hard to let someone other than yourself, control your life. But once you do it God will reward you with peace, joy and power to live a life that pleases Him.”

Several of those teenagers were willing to take the step that day. They prayed aloud to receive Jesus, and they left that schoolhouse with hope.  An hour later one boy returned, popped his head in the door and said, “Hey Teacher, I’m now a new person on the inside, aren’t I.”

I smiled,  “Yes you are.”

  • For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.     Luke 19:10        
  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.     Romans 3:23      
  • God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.    Romans 5:8  
  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.    Acts 4:12
  • Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.   James 4:7
  • SONG:  SEVEN TIMES A DAY – Words from Scripture (Ps.119 and 2 Thess. 3:6)  Music 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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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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20 Responses to A Teen Gang in The Little Red Schoolhouse

  1. Katie says:

    Dear Kathleen,
    This story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing. Katie

  2. Matthew C says:

    It’s amazing what happens when we follow God’s leading. This post is also a reminder that many people in Western countries do not know about Jesus – we often assume that everyone in places like the US or the UK must at least know the basics (even if they don’t believe it), but very often they don’t know anything.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I understand, Katie. It still brings tears to my eyes when I remember.

  4. Linda S says:

    This is so awesome! I am really, truly, awed by this story! I only wish that I had the courage to talk to kids like these today. They are so lost!

  5. Bob says:

    The Gospel is a powerful thing. Thank you for telling this story. 🙂

  6. Belinda says:

    Kathleen, this is beautiful. Praise God for labourers whom are willing to be sent into the harvest. 🙂

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Belinda! Yes, praise God for labourers, but we need more! In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”

  7. Kristi Ann says:

    Thanks so much Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Kathleen for sharing this story!!

    Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

  8. Joe S says:

    Great story … how faith reaches reality. I just read another post today how little the “churched” know about the “unchurched” so how can they relate. This was a perfect answer. Bring them in whenever the opportunity arises.

  9. Florence W says:

    I loved reading this story, and almost with disbelief that it could really happen. I can see God at work so strongly. I read it to Jed when we were at lunch and he was so touched by it also. He is always interested in the posts I read to him that are yours. Thank you so much for sharing. My faith is always strengthened when I read your posts.

    • Kathleen says:

      I too was in disbelief at how little these kids knew. A sign of the times for sure. Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate you!

  10. JoAnne says:

    What wonderful, wonderful joy I felt reading this, knowing that at least some of these young people now know THE WAY! Thank you Kathleen for your holy boldness!…I want some of that!

  11. Charlotte says:

    Thank you for sharing this. You are a light encouraging us to show His light as well.

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