This is a story about how God used unfortunate circumstances to change my view of evangelism.
On our day off, my outreach team and I went to the beach for some fun in the sun. It was a great day, until I decided to try skim boarding. While I was learning to skim board, I learnt instead that one of the risks of skim boarding is leg breaking. During one of my attempts, I fell on my left leg and broke my tibia and fibula.
We then went to the hospital, praying that it wasn’t a serious injury and that I could continue with outreach. While waiting in the carpark for my team leader to bring a wheelchair to the van, I reflected on what God had been teaching me through the book of Acts. I had been noticing that every time the apostles had a chance to preach the gospel, they did, even if it was while they were getting arrested or on trial. Sitting in the van, I asked God for that same courage to use whatever opportunities I had.
After waiting in the emergency room for some time, I was taken to have a CT scan by a lovely nurse. While she was pushing my bed toward the room for the scan, she asked me what I was doing in Australia, so I got the chance to tell her about YWAM and the Discipleship Training School I am doing. After the CT scan, we discussed more about religion and I asked her what she believes. She told me that she didn’t really know much about God, but that she did have a friend who had told her a little bit about Him.
I asked her if I could share what I believe with her. She was very attentive while I shared about God’s desire to have a relationship with us and how He accomplished that through His son Jesus Christ. I got to the part where Jesus was crucified for our sins, but then she had to leave.
I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish the story, but thankful to God for answering my prayer to have an opportunity to share.
Then, right before I got transferred to a bigger hospital, she came back and told me that I had to finish telling her the story. I finished the story about Jesus’s resurrection and I told her about my personal experiences with God and what He’s done in my life. Before this encounter, I thought everyone in first world countries knew about Jesus and simply couldn’t care less, but now I realize that some people really don’t know about Jesus.
I’m grateful for the seed I was able to plant in this woman’s life, but I’m even more honoured by the revelation God gave me.
The gospel is for everyone, even those of us in first world countries.
Story by Reilly Drye. Written by Sean Janke
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