6/15/10 Nora, about 60, Corraline, 20's
In the produce section at the grocery store I used a million dollar tract to start a conversation with an older African America woman (Dora). She claimed to read the Bible every day but has no church background and doesn't think there is life after death. She seemed surprised when I told her that according to the Bible we have an eternal soul that will live forever, either in heaven or in hell. I thought she was alone but her three grandchildren came over to get the million dollar tracts while we talked and finally her daughter - Corraline - came over and I talked with her as well. Both were curious about what would determine their fate on judgment day, and didn't seem to have ever thought about it before. They understood that they can't trust in their good deeds, and though at first believed that "God is supposed to forgive" they could see that there is a high price for sin, which only Jesus could pay on the cross. Corraline had heard that "Jesus died for our sins" but didn't understand why until today. They both agreed that they need to get right with God and were happy to get additional info to read. Should I have tried to "close the deal" by hurrying them into a commitment there in the grocery store with the kids all around? Some might think so, but I would rather trust in the work and timing of the Holy Spirit who alone brings repentance and faith.