/21/10 Joe, about 30, Deborah, about 50
On my way home after work I picked up Marty (church elder) at his office and we went to a Dominick's grocery store nearby to be intentional about witnessing. Marty initiated a good conversation with Joe, who grew up Catholic and now doubts God after the loss of both his parents at a young age. Although Joe asked some hard questions, some seeds of faith were definitely planted. At the same time Marty sees a need for further preparation, training and practice in order to be better able to "reason...in the marketplace...with those who happen to be there" (Acts 17:17) I met an older African American woman named Deborah who seems to have a solid faith in Christ, but isn't involved in a local church fellowship. I challenged her on this: "Do you know that when you don't go to church, you are depriving people of being blessed? Church isn't there just for us to get something from it, but to give something to it, to be an encouragement for the other believers there." This seemed to really get through to Deborah: "Thank you so much, I never thought about it that way before. I really needed to hear that!" Marty knew of a good church meeting within walking distance of her house, and she was excited to hear about it. She thanked us both profusely for stopping to talk to her.