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Stories from the Field: From Anger to Acceptance

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From Anger to Acceptance

 

This is another Making Disciples story from a Jersey member. If you or someone you know has a similar story, let us know for the benefit of others.

I have known the Lord for a long time and have taught His Word to others for quite some time as well, but I have always been somewhat backward about sharing my faith. However, the leading of the Holy Spirit is powerful when we yield our will to His. Several years ago I witnessed to a long time friend who had for many years rejected God.

Over time he shared that he was mad at God for not saving his marriage. Years earlier his wife left him and he became a single parent with a child to raise on his own. After many conversations and invitations he eventually started coming to church. Once he got acclimated to the church, he realized his next step was to attend a small group, so I brought him to our group.

 

After a number of weeks of hearing God’s Word preached and taught, then working through questions he had together, he prayed to receive Christ. This resulted in him repenting from how he had been living. It led to him being reconciled to his brother and his brother’s family who he had been estranged from for years. The Lord did a miraculous work of transformation in his life and now he is very active in his church.

No matter what fear, uneasiness, or concern we may have with sharing Christ, none of it compares to the joy we experience afterward in seeing someone come to know and follow Him.

Stories from the Field: Drive Thru Gospel Conversation

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(Here’s another Making Disciples story from a member at Jersey. If you or someone you know has a similar story, please share for the benefit of others.)

Mike and I were returning from our Off-Campus Grow Group. We stopped at Wendy’s in Gahanna for a late night snack. The young man at the drive-thru window asked “How are you doing?” to which I replied “We’re great. We just left our bible study group.” He answered by asking, “Can you pray for me?”

What an opportunity to witness. I said of course, then asked his name, and told him I would but we had to move through the line to pick up our food. As I started praying for him, I could not get him out of my thoughts. I drove through the drive-thru twice in one week with hopes of seeing him again, but he was not there. The third time I asked if he was there and the person at the window said yes, but he was on break.

I immediately thanked God for the opportunity to talk to him. I parked the car and went inside and he was sitting with his food. I asked if he remembered me, and he said he did. I told him how I had been praying for him and wanted to talk to him about Jesus. So, I told him about how God loved him and how Jesus died on the cross for him. I told him Jesus died for our sins so that we might have life everlasting. I gave him a tract from Billy Graham with the sinner’s prayer.

I told him about Jersey and he said he had stopped going to church, but had a church in downtown Columbus. I touched his arm and told him I wanted to pray for him. I think he was really in a state of total shock because he said no one had ever approached him before. He showed me a picture of his two-month old son and we talked about him getting a better job. We discussed businesses that were hiring. I have not been able to see him since, but plan on going to Wendy's again and hopefully, they will tell me he has a new job. I was so elated the Lord provided this opportunity and pray He gives me an opportunity every day to witness to others.

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