He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” ~Mark 16:15
Six years ago a schoolteacher in our fellowship retired. He wanted to serve God in some way. Could I make a suggestion?
Certainly! There were many opportunities for ministering to inmates at the local jail. Or, perhaps he could teach Sunday school or become involved in our college campus outreach. There’s also the Bible table along the beach promenade on Sunday afternoons.
Unfortunately, Dave felt all of the above were too “interpersonal” for him. He would help with the church’s technical needs instead.
Meanwhile, Dave’s wife became part of our beach evangelism team. Dave faithfully came to help load and deliver our table, Bible and books each week. Two hours later he’d return to help us carry our load back to storage. He would spend a couple hours shopping or taking power walks along the beach promenade until we were ready to leave.
One day he decided to sit on a nearby bench and pray while waiting for us. He did this for several weeks. Then one day Dave quietly picked up a stack of tracts and began handing them to people who passed by!
Today he is an active part of our beach ministry. He easily engages people, sharing the Lord with walkers and surfers who stop at our table. He offers to pray with those who express a need. He is a delight to have on our team!
I recently asked, “Dave, I thought this ministry was too interpersonal for you.”
He replied. “It was. I needed baby steps.”
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… and they keep on coming!
Thank you, Kathleen, for allowing me to reblog this post! You can find Kathleen at http://www.kathleensfaithwalk.com