2007 Monthly Letter
said, "Go into the city to a certain one, and say
to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is at hand…"
had a divine appointment for a certain woman and man
who were recent attendees at a Presbyterian church in the
Philadelphia area. Both came at the invitation of friends.
preached two different sermons but with similar endings. Both
concluded with a specific opportunity to pray with me silently
to receive Jesus Christ as one's personal Savior.
After the first service I sought out a woman in the
back pew who had raised her hand as a visual sign of praying.
I asked her, "Was that the first time you ever prayed to
receive Jesus as your personal Savior?" "Yes," she replied
and went on to say the following:
"I almost didn't
come today. I have
been coming to this church for five weeks. A friend of mine
who goes to this church has been meeting me in a mall parking
lot that is about 10 minutes away. On my way today, I noticed
that my gas tank was near empty so I stopped for gas. By the
time I got to the mall parking lot, my friend had left without
first inclination was not to come. I wasn't sure I knew the
way. And if I did find my way I didn't want to walk in late.
Well, I decided to try to make it on my own, and I did. I
was able to slip in the back pew while everyone was standing
for the first song. Then when you were introduced as the guest
preacher, I was a bit disappointed that the regular
pastor wasn't preaching because I really like his preaching.
I'm sorry, but I'm being truthful!
was I ever in for a surprise. The Bible verses you used were
right on for me and what I am going through in my life. I
couldn't believe it. Here you were a stranger and yet it was
as if you knew me and my situation. I felt that God was speaking
directly to me in what you said. I felt a warming in my heart
and was immediately drawn into praying to receive Jesus' love
and forgiveness into my life. I feel like I'm a new woman
inside. It's hard to explain." With that the tears of joy
began to flow! Tears are the language of the heart!
friend came over and she expounded to her what had happened.
I then introduced both of these women to the pastor's wife
and asked her to contact both of them that week.
the second service, a red faced man lifted his hand
after the prayer time. I went to him and asked him the same
question. He, too, said "Yes," and went on to say this:
have been drifting in my church attending for the past
few years. On New Year's Day I made a resolution to 'get
closer to God in 2007.' Yesterday I purchased a new crucifix,
(he began to unbutton his shirt to show me.) I bought it as
a sign of my resolution to get closer to God. Well, a moment
ago I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as I prayed the
prayer you led us in. So on New Year's Day Jesus was on my
mind. Yesterday He was on my chest. Now today He is in my
heart. How much closer can He get than that?
timing is always perfect. I am so thankful that you find
time to pray and give to this ministry financially. I am having
so much fun following Jesus in such a way that He is making
me a fisher of others. And He is doing this through you. Thank