Just wanted to share a few of the doors that have been opened in recent weeks, to share God’s love. I share it, because it’s exciting to watch God opening people’s hearts. I love Jesus incredibly, but talking with strangers about biblical things is not a strength. A few years ago I bought an audio series called ‘The Unexpected Adventure’ by Lee Strobel & Mark Mittelberg. This is a brilliant resource that encourages evangelism, and readiness to share your testimony. It’s great to bring out from time to time & read a couple of the real life stories.
I think it’s important here to point out that there is a difference between ‘growing your local church’ & ‘growing the Kingdom‘. It’s one thing to convert someone to your club, and its an entirely different thing to want to see them enter a relationship with God, through Jesus. Sometimes we think the end product is producing someone who comes to Church. Oh how naive!
Here are a couple of our stories:
1. The Prostitute
A few weeks ago, I was thinking about some things I’d like to do by the end of my life here on earth.
Amongst the list was having the opportunity to share with a prostitute about God’s love and salvation. Ultimately, seeing her saved and entering into a relationship with God would be amazing also. Over the last few years we have had contact with a few prostitutes, infact some of the kids that come to Sunday school – their mothers are prostitutes – to the truckies & for drug deals, and their kids know it and consider it normal. One girl, once, even came out of her home, giggling, wearing the wig her mum wears to lure the men. It is sad & breaks my heart each time.
In the last few months, I’ve noticed that our home has become a drop off point for a local prostitute. I first noticed it, when she was arguing with the man who dropped her off, which resulted in her sitting on the kerb, crying and the man driving off erratically.
Paul said to me a few weeks ago, “You know, maybe next time she’s out the front you could take her a drink of water or something and start a conversation.” eek! Where do I start? Prayer & preparation.
The interesting thing, is two weeks ago, our paths crossed and she spoke to me first. I had thought she would be hesitant to make contact, but she spoke and she smiled. I am now praying our paths will cross more regularly and that we might have opportunity to develop a friendship. So far, the ministry we are involved in has shown that friendships can take many years for them to mature from day-to-day discussion, transporting, helping out with food etc to be able to share about the struggles in life, the joys in life, & God as the giver of Life – in abundance.
I had a discussion the other day with a local lady, who said that these ladies, one in particular, were trained in prostitution by their mothers. Heart. broken. all. over. again. I believe we must weep, and if we can’t, we must ask God for compassion, and stay on our knees in prayer, until we weep for the broken hearted. – Then act.
She walked past home yesterday morning. I was still in my PJs. I ran out the front door to check the mail and say Hello. God’s love pursued me. It still pursues me. I believe we should pursue the lost. Don’t wait to invite them, go to theirs. Don’t just have your church doors open, hoping the lost will walk in one day. Go to their homes, go to where they linger, go to their well. (John 4:1-26)
Please pray with us for this young lady. Prayed for increased contact and moments to share Jesus’ love with her.
2. The Servo Guy
We never know who we are in the company of, the struggles they have in their life, and just how much they are searching for a God who knows them by name.
So, there’s this man that works at the local servo. Broken marriage. Divorce finalised a month ago. Angry that we serve dinner to Indigenous children of parents, who from his perspective waste their money and don’t deserve help. Kids who steal from him and cause him trouble on a regular basis. He doesn’t hold back.
But there’s been an increase in inquisitiveness. Divorce papers were served, lost a lot of money & it appears he is trying to work out where God fits in to this.
Two weeks ago, as I walked in the door, he asked about the Israelites. “We’re they really that stupid they had to wander for 40 years!?”
Last week- “Do you know that a lot of people think it’s money that’s the root of all evil? But it’s not, it’s the LOVE of money that is. I’ve been searching on YouTube for help on reasons why my marriage failed so miserably….” It ended with further discussion on how God sees marriage, how selfishness is the root of all sin, and two basic ingredients in marriage – Love & Respect.
Our God is a God of restoration. So we continue to pray for restoration in this mans life, that he may know God, and find completeness in Him.
3. Handing out dinner
On Thursday night, our big bus was out of action, so we all pitched in and delivered dinner. Paul and I have tried to be intentional about teaching our kids about serving and helping out – whatever age they are, I believe they are able to minister to people’s lives. Tonight was no different. Maleah got to hand out the spoons and Grace got to hand out the meals. They grinned from ear to ear at each stop.
It’s so easy to think that children shouldn’t be introduced or exposed to people ‘living sinful lives’ – this world is a broken world, and brokenness – in all sorts of forms – are around us. I hope to write more about this soon 🙂
May you be encouraged and challenged as you serve Him each day.