Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving baskets and the Gospel

Christian Life Center, my church here in Ohio does an outreach every year at Thanksgiving.  The congregation gives so that the church can buy turkey dinners and pass them out to the community.  When I say turkey dinners, I don't mean a plate of food.  I mean cans of corn, beans, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, a 12 lb turkey, and all of the other fixings. 

We gave the dinners out last Sunday, but before we gave the people food for the body, we gave them food for their soul: the Gospel of Jesus.  After they heard the message of Jesus, there were people to talk with them, answer questions, serve them a meal, and then give them their turkey dinner.  I had the opportunity to talk with 8 different families, pray with them, and encourage them. 

One girl was about my age and came with her 3 year old daughter.  I shook her hand after she had come out of the meeting room (where the pastor shared the Gospel) and asked her if she had any questions.  She looked so confused.  I asked her if she had ever heard that message before, and she told me, "no, never."  I was shocked.  Someone my age, who lived 20 minutes from my house had NEVER in her life heard the Gospel. 

I was honored to be able to pray with her, but sad that I was the first one to ever talk with her about Jesus.  She prayed the prayer of salvation, and has now entered into her journey of being a Christian and learning what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus Christ. 

I felt exciting to be able to pray and share the gospel with people in my own country.  Missionaries are not just needed in other countries - they are also needed in our own cities!  If no one shares Jesus with the people around us, how can we be sure that they know, and how else will they hear?

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