past three weeks have been hard. My computer “crashed” and
the company servicing it was moving. I understood but it was
trying! The Spirit's way of teaching me patience. Ouch! This
explains this letter's delay. Sorry!
letter came as a boost. I've entitled it: “How to receive
I want to thank you for the wonderful class you taught on
Faith Sharing. The tools you gave us to introduce people to
Christ are invaluable. I still say the ABC's every few days
just to keep them fresh in my mind. What a simple way to present
I manage a condominium on Marco Island. One of the owners,
Dick, a former Board Member, was diagnosed with a malignant
brain tumor when I first started your class. I've known him
for 10 years, put him on my “fishing list,” and began
praying for him.
doors started opening quickly and I found myself discussing
the Lord with him in telephone conversations...just little
bits at first. In the past, he has been the most arrogant,
stubborn man I have ever met. He was a former airline pilot
of 26 years--always in control, “right” in his judgment,
demanding, and argumentative. To even imagine myself discussing
the Lord with him is just nothing I could have fathomed. To
my amazement, God kept providing opportunities to talk to
him. It was incredible!
I had, as you taught, “earned his respect” through
personal services our firm offers to those who lived out of
state. His main home is in North Carolina. Now, the Lord used
this history with him to show him that I genuinely cared about
him and his illness. I sent cards to him and called him on
occasion. My husband and I invited him to our home for meals
when he was at Marco.
my praying and caring for him, I began to see the Holy Spirit
soften his heart. I also expressed to God my fear in witnessing.
I had never discussed Jesus Christ with anyone outside my
family. I was taught that religion was a “private topic.”
I kept praying the prayer you taught us, “Lord, I'm available.
Give me your ability.”
make a wonderful story short, Dick's physical health deteriorated
rapidly. A pastor in his home town, whom I called and told
him our story, visited him in the hospital and led Dick to
receive Jesus as his Savior! YES! Soon afterwards, he was
ushered into heaven! And the Lord actually used me in the
process! I'm so excited! Thanks again for teaching us the
FRIENDS biblical model of sharing our faith. It works! Cynthia
Paul says: “I share Christ...and in doing so I enjoy its
blessings.” I Corinthians 9:23
you, Partners, for you were a part of this process, too. Blessings