8/9/12 Rachel, Amber late teens
Starbucks. Two young businessmen on laptops. Two teenage girls chatting. I asked businessman #1 - "Excuse me, I realize you might be busy, but I wonder if I could ask you a question." "Sure,,,what's up?" "I wonder what you think happens after this life, what do you think comes next?" He stared at me a few long seconds. "Are you seriously asking me this? What's your angle?" "Well, if there is a life after this one, and it lasts for eternity, then we will spend a lot more time wherever we end up than we will here right? So I would say its a pretty important question, would you agree?" I said this because even if this man didn't want to talk, at least he will be reminded of the need to consider eternity. He responded "Well, I believe in God and Jesus and I prefer to talk about these things on Sundays thank you very much." I received basically the same reaction from businessman #2, so I moved on to the girls who were busy chatting. Rachel and Amber both turned out to have strong faith in Jesus and a good grasp of the Bible. Rachel had just returned from a missions trip to an orphanage in Nicaragua, and both had a strong interest in sharing their faith with their friends, though they didn't know where to begin. We talked about this a while and I gave them some advice, also referring them to www.LivingsWaters.com for its great training resources in "law and grace" evangelism. I also told them "One of the benefits of reaching out to strangers like I do is that it helps prepare me to be able to share my faith with the people I already know around me" Evangelism, more than probably any other area of our Christian faith, is something we really need to teach by example. While short-term missions trips are important, I hope my example will help Rachel to know that we have a mission field all around us, right where we live.