A 20 year-old young lady in our church family recently took a job at a large restaurant. Never having worked in that industry, she discovered its night life culture is worlds apart from her conservative home-school upbringing.
She is among the youngest employees and one of only two professing Christians. Her coworkers were surprised she doesn’t drink, do drugs, or sleep around. In fact, they were open-mouth stunned when she said she’s saving herself for her future husband. It flabbergasted them.
As you can imagine, she’s been razzed a bit & called a “Bible Thumper” (even though she doesn’t “thump” anyone). Instead, she simply shines light in a dark place by loving everyone like Jesus would.
She began to hang out with her coworkers after hours. They’d ask why & she’d answer, “Because I like you guys” … and meant it. She didn’t change to try and fit in; she was just herself … a young woman who loves & follows Jesus.
This young gal had never considered herself an evangelist, but she lives to follow Christ. She also knows her Bible. She went through Missional Training & God’s gave her a heart for lost people. This new job put her neck deep in them. The Lord put her there for a reason.
Soon, to pass the time during shifts, a young bartender began to ask questions about her faith. So she shared what she knew about Jesus. She also began praying for the young man in earnest.
He was suspicious of religious institutions and questioned whether anyone could find ultimate truth. She listened well and gave honest answers. His questions continued. Eventually they met for a meal outside of work, where she walked him through some Bible passages explaining the Gospel. She offered her Bible to him to take home & read if he wanted. He took it.
Last night at the end of our teen discipleship, our junior & senior high school students gathered to pray for the young bartender. That same nightÂ – after reading the Bible alone in his roomÂ – he prayed, asking God for salvation.
This morning the young man greeted our little sister at work as a new creation. According to our young missionary, his entire countenance has changed. He has a joy & life about him that wasn’t there before. The two of them just left my office to purchase the young man a study Bible of his own. As he shook my hand vigorously, he gushed about how excited he was to attend service this coming Sunday.
You see … he hasn’t been to church yet.
The church went to him.
That, my friends, is what missional living is all about. All glory to God!
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”
– John 1:14 (The Message)
Thank you for your prayers & support. Below are some ways to be a part of what God is doing here. May the Lord bless you in your mission for Christ!
All for Jesus,
If you can hold a paintbrush, you can help … (6Stones CPR Weekend)
- March 23-24, adult & teen volunteers from The Mission will help repair & renovate homes of those struggling economically in the cities of Hurst, Euless, & Bedford. No construction experience required. Construction materials have been donated … we just need helping hands. Register here to join our work crew for either day.
Learn during lunch … (Missional Training starts Sunday)
- Sunday after church our 9-week Missional Training begins. It includes a devotional, free CDs, videos, and discussion that is life-changing. Plus, you’ll get to make friends with others on the same path. So grab some lunch to go & meet up at Cory & Molly Kuhn’s (7208 Jamaica Way, N. Richland Hills, 76180). The church will provide childcare; so if you’re bringing kids, please RSVP here.
Time, Talents, Treasures … Â
- Easter is coming. Begin praying now who the Lord wants to touch through you. Do you have any neighbors you could invite over for Easter lunch? Aware of any kids who you could bless through gifts or treats? Know someone unchurched who might go if you invited & went alongside them? Ask God to use you to help lost sheep find the Good Shepherd this month
- This church plant is small, but with a big heart. Help us reach lost & lonely people with the Gospel through online giving. For those of you who have contributed to this work, THANK YOU for making this ministry possible!
- Jesus said, “Go make disciples.” Want to start small? Help teach children about Jesus in our Little Feet or m-Kids ministries on Sunday mornings. Email Carrie Montz for info.