we decided to take our teens on a trip into boston today and give them a little experience on evangelism. i can still remember – oh so clearly – being dropped off in washington d.c. my freshman year of college. me and my roomy carrie, were absolutely terrified, and really had no idea what we were doing! i remember sitting next to one lady, and saying to carrie “you say something” to which she replied “no you” and on and on it went. i don’t know if we actually talked to anyone that day! i did not want our teens to feel that way!! we ended up taking 8 teenagers, glen and maria (our AMAZING youth leader partners) and me adam and the boys. before we started, adam had typed out an outline of the gospel for us to hand out. i then made copies and started paper cutting them, with a paper cutter from the 1950’s. i admit i was a little frustrated. as i stood there cutting, (and maybe sighing a few times) aj, who was standing next to me said. and i quote. “mom, this is worth people getting saved, you gotta admit” ok. point well taken. he was right, and i so hate when i let myself get stressed like that! well, it was very very cold outside, and we had planned on it being a little bit warmer. that was a little tricky, because everyone was in a rush to get to someplace warm!! but i have to tell you…it was amazing for me to watch these teens, and my husband and boys with so much confidence and boldness!! the boys would just run up to people and hand them the tracts, even after they got turned away a few times. adam was so amazing to watch. he would just walk right up to people, and start talking. i loved seeing these kids, who so many people just brush off on any given day, making a difference for ETERNITY! so this post is specifically for matty, brandon, chelsea, christina, brandy, jess, jesse, and keith. i don’t actually think any of them read this 🙂 but if they did, they would see how proud i am of them taking the great comission seriously! i know for a fact that it made a difference. at one point, adam started quoting a verse to a guy who had just said that he thought he was way too bad to get into heaven. he said that inspite of the fact that all of us sin, Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life, no…” then i heard “man cometh unto the Father but by me” finished by my six year old. can anyone feel the glow around me coming through your computer screen?!? isn’t this what it’s all about? letting people know that they have hope?? i was amazed at how many people said they did not believe in heaven, or they really hoped that they could go there. we need to do this more!
in spite of the cold weather, i did not hear one person complain…including my 2 little boys. i couldn’t help but think back to 2 years ago, when my little boys were sweating profusely in the dominican republic and i didn’t hear a complaint then! wow…God is an amazing God, and i am so glad that i have the privilege of serving him!!!