Most of the time we talk and tease about the people who hand out tracks. Mostly because we can’t imagine ourselves doing it. It’s just too scary. That really is an evangelist, and that is their calling. So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:10-12) We may not be called to be an evangelist, to hand out tracks, but we all have a story to tell. I hope you are thinking about yours.
Part of my story is about one of those people. When I was a little girl in Abilene, there was a neighbor, who gave me these handouts that had pretty pictures with scriptures. I had accepted Jesus into my heart and I loved Him. I loved going to Sunday School and church, and when we couldn’t go, I taught my brother and sister Sunday School with those pictures. I think I made my own flannel board type of thing to put them on. (I guess I was ahead of my time.)
Each summer we would go and visit family. My grandmother and aunts took me to Sunday School and VBS. I have a great heritage of Christian women in my family. Those are wonderful memories, and God was at work through it all, and it was fun.
My dad was in the Air Force so we moved around. We went from Abilene, TX, to Minot, ND, (Yes, it was sooo cold there), next on to Shreveport, LA, and then by Junior High, we were in Bellevue, NE. It was in in junior high youth group and youth choir that God made a call on my life. In 7th grade I sang my first official solo in church. In those junior high years, God placed a call on my heart and He is still accomplishing that call today. He who began a work in you is faithful to complete it.
I’ve always been thankful for that man in the neighborhood for sharing God’s word with me through those pretty picture hand outs. I’m also thankful for my youth workers. Bless all of you who may be youth directors, youth workers, those in children’s ministry, etc. You are making a difference, and you never know how much those seeds you are planting will grow and the fruit they will produce, because you are faithful!
As you think about your story and how Christ has worked and touched your life, can you remember the people who were there and have touched your life?
I’d love to hear your story.
QUESTION: Have you been thinking of your story? Maybe you have some stepping stones too. Who are some of the people who have touched your life?
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Delinda Layne says
Bill thank you for sharing some of your journey- That lady touched your life and
you continue to touch the lives of others as well-Blessings
Delinda, This blog reminded me of the Salvation Army in Anchorage. They sent a van to pick us kids up at home, take us to Sunday School and bring us home. I remember a lady in uniform using a flannel board to tell us “The gift of God is eternal life”. Salvation Army also sponsored Cub Scouts so I have memories of that, too. My mother eventually started a Presbyterian Church in Anchorage (next to Elmendorf Air Force Base) thus ending our Salvation Army days. Thanks for the memories, Bill Franklin