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« on: Sat Jan 19, 2002 - 07:26:31 »
Emily, that is a very touching story, and yes you are right, we never know what kind of impact we are making for Jehovah.

I go to a laundromat about once a year, and today was the day.  Well, there was a Honduran couple that was having trouble getting the change machine to work.  I offered to drive the man to a nearby grocery store to get a crisper bill to put in the change machine.  He speaks little english and I speak a little spanish, but we hit it off and he asked me if I was a christian.  Of course I said yes, and I found out that he was familiar with Iglesia de Cristo (Church of Christ) in Honduras.

BTW, our congregation supports several native Honduran preachers, and he had come in contact with one congregation in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  Nothing happens by accident.  God wanted me at that laundromat today at 2:30pm, because this couple would be there doing their laundry.  The young man, Luis, is a seeker, and said that he would bring a friend to translate when he came to church.

All of this happened because I speak a little spanish, and was concerned when I saw they were having difficulty, and offered to help.

You just never know.

In Him, Steve :)

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« Reply #1 on: Sun Jan 20, 2002 - 00:18:38 »
I had a professor in college who was an atheist.  She was elderly and somewhat strange.  A lot of her students made fun of her behind her back.  But I kind of liked her for some reason.  One day I dropped by her office and we started talking about God.  She told me how she didn't believe because she had no proof.  She asked me to give her one good reason to believe.  I was tongue-tied and could not come up with anything. I felt miserable when I left like I had failed her. I keep thinking if I could have come up with a good answer maybe it would have helped to change her mind.  She is dead now and I have no idea if she ever changed. I can only hope that maybe I sowed a seed by the fact that she knew I was a Christian.

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« Reply #2 on: Sun Jan 20, 2002 - 06:05:50 »
Yes, he is a good man.  I thought you might know him as he was very active in the community as I remember. I am sorry to hear that C. Hills split, but I am not surprised. Billy's class was progressive (from the way I understand the term) 21 years ago even before it was a movement. I am sure he went with the more progressive congregation unless he completely changed from when I knew him.  I think I will call information for his number and maybe give him a call. He will be so surprised after all these years.
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« Reply #3 on: Sat Jan 19, 2002 - 16:18:06 »
Steve,
What an uplifting story!  It gives me goosebumps. So much depends on our attitudes. What if you had not approached the man to help him because you thought he was too different?  What if the man who witnessed to my husband and I had treated us differently?  It's like a quote from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life", that is one life can touch so many other lives.
The thing is that you do not know how many lives that Honduran man may touch for Christ in the future.  God is so awesome!
I wonder if anyone else has a neat story to share?
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« Reply #4 on: Sun Jan 20, 2002 - 04:02:54 »
Emily,
Yes,I know Billy.He lives about 4 blocks behind my buiness.He is a special person.

 That church split a few years ago and I'm not sure he remained or went with the others.A good man.Dcee on the ga board is with the group that left.It's a wonderful progressive congregation and is not fellowshiped by many.

 Fellows,
Thanks for sharing your stories.It just goes to show that the spirit still leads us to those individuals that need our attention.
God bless,Charles

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« Reply #5 on: Sun Jan 20, 2002 - 23:33:33 »
Emily,
His number is 256-766-4094.

I have his address if you need it.
It would be a big encouragement to him.I've been in his class.

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« Reply #6 on: Fri Jan 18, 2002 - 05:08:14 »
Sometimes when we share Christ with someone, we have no idea how deeply that seed has been implanted in their heart, and how God can cause it to germinate and grow in His good timing. Here is a little personal story to illustrate that fact.

About 21 years ago, my husband and I were newlyweds living in Florence, Alabama.  As I have shared before, I was "away" from the church and the Lord at that time, and my husband had basically no interest at all in studying the Bible or going to church. Then we met a person through a mutual friend that changed both our outlooks toward Christianity; of all things, he was "Church of Christ".  He immediately "took us under his wing" and invited us to his house to talk.  He seemed genuinely interested in us and in our lives.  He talked to us about things we were interested in...literature, current events, sports, our concerns, etc. AND of course, Jesus was brought into the conversation whenever it was appropriate. We felt that he was being a friend to us because he cared, not because we were potential converts.  My husband said that he was the first "Christian" he had ever met that seemed to just want to be his friend with no strings attached.

Normally we would have run like crazy from this man that we knew was very active in his church, a preacher/teacher and very outspoken about his love for the Lord.  But there was something about him that drew us to him and made us want to hear more and more. He ACCEPTED us for who we were and where we were and did not try to cram a lot of useless "religious jargon" down our throats.  To many of our questions he just said, "I don't know but I will find out". He was so real and so honest in his discussion of his faith. When he invited us to church (his Sunday School class) I went but my husband did not want to go. The man did not seem offended by this, and invited my husband to his office to talk several times after that (where they discussed the Lord probably more than he would have gotten at church.) The young adult class at Chisholm Hills that he taught was the most spiritually uplifting thing I had ever encountered in my life. I had never seen anything like it in a church of Christ or anywhere.  People were genuinely happy and joyful.  They were "filled with the Spirit" in a way I had never seen before.  I loved it and felt that the faith I had been looking for was within my grasp at last.  Unfortunately, just as I was beginning to feel comfortable at the church, we moved to Virginia.  We exchanged a couple of letters...one when my father died...which brought me to tears. But as things often go, we lost communcation after the first couple of years.  I was thinking about him this week for some reason. I guess this new interest in the Lord and trying to find my way in the church of Christ has sparked some old memories of the conversations I had with him. I still remember the words of Jesus that he spoke to my heart...the grace that came through his lips...that's the power of sowing a seed....words can kill or they can heal and bring life even after 21 years.
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