This past weekend I traveled to OH to speak at a church. As always, I never know who God will bring along my path. From gas stations to drug stores, fast food restaurants and thrift stores, I find it exciting to wait on God's perfect timing. Each time I stopped for various reasons, I would ask the same question to whomever God would bring to me, as a way to start a conversation. "So, what do you know that is good." A question that often leads folks to ponder. A question that allows them to agree with what is good in life and what is bad. A question that leads to God being good.
On this trip I would meet 2 ladies at gas station in WV. One with deep wrinkles, most likely created by a life-time of smoking. The other, with black eye-liner extended on her eyes to look like a cat. They told me nothing was good. My heart just broke as I reminded them of things things in their lives that were good. Well, I guess getting up is good, said one. Our conversation would trickle over to the topic of being able to say Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holiday's. But due to other customers walking in, I was not able to finish.
Later, I would go into a thrift store where several ladies were commenting on some of the strange things I had bought. "So what do you know that is good, I asked?" I guess having a job right now, said one lady. Another said, it's Christmas. But again, customers would start piling up behind me, making it hard to go further in my conversation.
I finally arrived at my hotel. Upon checkin I met Bennie at the counter and Carlos the bellhop. Bennie was very nice, offering me some free bottled water. I told him that I don't drink much water but preferred diet mountain dew. That they could have them back for someone else. Upon hearing this Carlos went and got me a Dt. Mountain Dew out of the cooler. Wow, what customer service. Because of this one conversation, it planted seeds that allowed further conversation.
That night I would see and talk to Jessica, the same waitress I had had two other trips to OH. Unfortunately, I didn't get to talk with her about the Lord, other than remind her that I was the lady that spoke to her last time about the church I was speaking at. She said she remembered. The next morning, I got to see another waitress I also remembered from the last two trips. She shared with me that she had a son named Malachi. We chatted briefly when I realized I didn't have any cash to give her a tip. The next day, I would leave a tip with my business card with the front desk the next day. I wrote her a note that said, I didn't forget. I pray she looks me up so that I can get another opportunity to share the Lord with her.
The next night I got speak to Bennie again plus another clerk. Bennie would share he is catholic but rarely goes to mass. The other clerk had not been to church in a very long time. God opened a door to share a ton about Jesus, going to church, a relationship with the Lord, whether you know you are going to heaven and so much more. We literally had church. I felt the Holy Spirit guiding every word. They just listened and agreed.
Then, on Saturday night I went to dinner with Sher, the Singles director and friends. We ended up at a greek restaurant. Our waiter was Tom. Right from the start I knew it was going to be interesting. Tom was funny, engaging and talkative. He loved my seat belt purse, opening conversation about cars. All of us knew that this was an opportunity to invite him to church, ask him if we could pray for him, get to know him, etc. We would find out that he was divorced with no kids. That he helped raise his nieces/nephews which told us a lot about his heart. He also shared that he helps run the family restaurant and that one day he wants to retire to do other things. We found out that Liz, one of the ladies in our group has a brother that knows Tom
As the evening progress, we were building brick by brick a path to Tom, a start of a relationship. We told him we were from Vineyard Church. He would then start sharing some of his faith, which was a cross between greek orthodox and muslim. We weren't sure what he believed. We did know he needed Christ. Things were going so smooth. We told him more about the singles group, asking him for his email so we could add him to the database. That is when the wall came up. Oh, I am too busy. I work 7 days a week, etc. Wow, so close but so far away. We thanked him, asked to take his picture, knowing this was not over. We all agreed to return but with some guys. Guys that like cars and sports that would have something in common with him. Guys that could add to our bridge of reaching Tom for Christ.
The next day, I would leave and head home, only to again have more opportunities to share my faith. God asked us to be obedient in sharing our faith by the way we live, what we say and how we react to live. That he would be responsible for the rest. My question to you today, is are you being obedient? Pray right now, trusting God that he will equip you to share your faith. Pray for a God-incident. Believe me, I have NEVER had to go to anyone..God brings them all to me. People need the Lord. Don't let them die without him. Join me in praying for all these people I have met, especially Bernie and Tom. Thanks, Kris
Kris Swiatocho, Director
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