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Day 18 – the man with a broken leg

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As many of you know, I am training to run a marathon in December. This morning the training plan included a ten mile run. I choose a route that took me along a walking/biking trail for about half the mileage. As I reach about the 8 mile mark on my run, I came across a woman who did not speak much English. She pointed to a man laying the in the grass. I asked if he was ok, but like I said she did not speak much English, so it was not really clear if he was OK or not.

I went to the man and asked him if he was ok. He said he had twisted his ankle and that since he lived close by he thought he could make it home. I asked if I could pray for him and he said yes. We had a short discussion about the Gospel and he confessed that he believed Jesus had died for him and that he had put his trust fully in Christ.

I prayed for him. He was thankful and then started to put his show back on. As he did, we noticed that his ankle was swelling bad. He was in extreme pain just trying to put his shoe on. I told him I would get some ice. So I went up to the street and jogged down to the next intersection where there was a restaurant who gave me a bag of ice for him.

When I got back he was laying in the grass saying that the pain was so bad he did not think he could walk. He asked me to call for help.

I went back up to the street and tried to flag down a car. Amazingly standing in the right hand lane waving my hands wildly, at least ten cars passed before someone stopped. They rolled down their window and I told them I thought a man had a broken leg and asked them to call an ambulance. I went back to the man, whose name is Nelson, and told him that help was on the way.

About a minute later, two police cars were there. Turns out the man that had stopped was also an off duty police officer. It amazes me that no one else had stopped.

Anyway, these men clearly had the situation under control and my wife was expecting me at certain check points. So I told Nelson good bye and finished my run.

Please pray for his healing. Even though I was unable to hand out a tract, the Gospel was shared verbally. Perhaps God will lead you to an opportunity to serve someone today. And in the process you can tell them that you are able to serve them because of what Christ has already done for you.

 

Day 17 – give

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I was listening to Mark Cahill’s sermon called give while driving to the mall to meet a friend for lunch. Mark was talking about how it is more blessed to give than receive. He talked about buying lunches, subway tokens and the like and giving them away with a Gospel tract.

So after I placed my order at sonic I prayed and decided to try it. A guy had just ordered at the next register. I said I’d like to buy your lunch. He asked why and I told him that the bible says it is more blessed to give than receive. He said thanks. I handed him a football trivia tract and said there is a gospel message on the back. He said thanks again and said wow it even has football on it.

Sure feels great to serve our awesome God!

This was also my first time to take the Pocket Lie Detector out to the mall. Read the Bezeugen BLOG to see how some conversations went using this new witnessing tool.

 

Day 16 – another Starbucks

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It’s a good thing that there are plenty of Starbucks locations. I’ve been to a number of different ones this week. Today I ordered a latte, then gave the cashier a “good card“.  He said “thanks” and gladly took it.

Have you noticed the response that people give when you hand them a tract. I think the common misconception is that people will not be interested in the tract or that they will be offended that you offered to them. My experience is the opposite. The overwhelming majority of people will take the tract and when they do say “thanks”! Try it! The tract you give someone could save them for all eternity.

Not convinced? Please check Brady’s testimony and the Frank Jenner story.

 

Day 15 – grocery store

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I got to hand out at least a dozen tracts today.

First, at lunch, I gave a “good card” to the cashier and asked her to check it out after work. She said she would. We prayed for her when we blessed the food.

After work, I went to the grocery store to pick up a couple things so we could make dinner. I put a few tracts in the six packs of beer on my way back to the dairy section.

I gave a tract to the cashier and told her it has a Gospel message on the back. She thanked me for it.

Then as I left, there were apartment guide magazines on a rack by the door. I figured that people looking for an apartment would need a book mark. So I put tracts inside the apartment guides!

 

Day 14 – Starbucks

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When I ordered my cup of coffee at Starbucks I offered the cashier a tract and said, “here is a gift for you, it has the Gospel message on the back.” She said thanks, took it and said she would read it after work.

 

Day 13 – at the mall

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Craig, Todd and I met for lunch at the mall. I was handing out Dallas Cowboys Trivia tracts as I entered the mall and while ordering lunch at in the food court. I would simply ask “do you like the Cowboys” and if they said yes, I’d give them the tract. One guy said “no, I like the Steelers” so I gave him a different tract.

While waiting for Terriaki Chicken to be grilled, Todd and I had a good dialog with the cook. I started by asking what came first, the chicken or the egg. Even though I did not have any of our “which came first tracts” with me, it still made a good discussion starter. When I shared with him that Genesis 1 indicated that “God created everything according to it’s kind” he got very interested. He handed me a piece of paper and asked me to write down the verses that said that. So I did. I gave him the paper and a tract. The conversation was edifying to both of us.

After lunch, I talked to a guy named Masu. He was from Napal and had just graduated from BYU. He had some interesting stories about how the Mormons tried to convince him to get baptized and so forth. I asked him what he would be doing next. Graduate school, he said. I continued on that line of questioning through marriage, having children, retiring, moving back to Napal and eventually death. This is a line of questioning that Mark Cahill talks about in his book “One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven”.

Masu is a hindu. I got to share the Law and Gospel with him. I asked if he had a Bible. He said, no, but I have a book of Mormon. I went to my car and got him a Bible and gave it to him. Please pray that he reads it. I put a bookmark at the Gospel of John for him.

 

Day 12 – waiting in line

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I was waiting in line to use the rest room at a gas station. The guy in front of me had been there awhile when I walked up. He said he’d been waiting for over five minutes already. I said, “did you get one of these” and handed him a “reject the Gospel” tract.

He took the tract and said thanks and immediately began reading it. He read the front and the back. As I was about to ask him what he thought about it, he turned to me and said, “I guess I’ll use the rest room somewhere else down the road.” He put the tract in his pocket and left.

Interestingly, about 30 seconds after he left, the rest room freed up!

 

Day 11 – tracts

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Handed out a number of tracts today. Gave a “Mormon/Muslim” tract to the attendant at the car wash. Then left a tract for the waiter at lunch.

I had to run to the grocery store to pick up a few things. Put tracts in the six packs of beer. Gave tracts to both people in front of me in the check out line.

Sometimes people I’ve talked to indicate they are afraid to give tracts to people in line. I gave the tracts and said, “there is. Gospel message on the back.” You know what happened? Both people said thank you for giving them the tract.

While waiting in line I put tracts in several of the magazines on the end cap. I figured that readers might need a bookmark.
Finally I gave a tract to the cashier!

 

Day 10 – hotel newspaper

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At the hotel they put newspapers in front of each guest room. So I put a million dollar bill with each newspaper.

While at the hotel I also left tracts on the table and trash can on my floor. See pictures.

I love putting the reject the gospel tracts on trash cans.

 

Day 9 – running

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When I went running this morning, I put a tract in my pocket. Determined to hand it out before I finished my run, I pulled it out, asked a guy “did you get one of these” and he took it.

Also gave tracts to the cashier at breakfast and another guy at the restaurant.

Want a good discussion starter? Ask people what they think about “the mosque at ground zero” or “the pastor who wants to burn the quran”. Everyone seems to have an opionion. The conversation inevitabily leads to the spiritual!