2008 Monthly Letter
The importance of ONE!
Mae is an 89 year old widow who lives in the country near
Hillsville, Virginia. (Locals there pronounce it like heels-ville.)
She still drives her '94 Buick (too fast for some) and has
a reputation of shootin' snakes off the river bank near her
home from the front porch with her .22 rifle.
She attends a small Presbyterian church which is enjoying
its first-time-ever-full-time pastor. During the UpBuilding
Weekend, the pastor had arranged with a county orphanage for
the youth from it to attend the youth session on Sunday afternoon.
We were to meet outdoors at a park.
Dorothy Mae drove up with a cloud of dust swirling from the
back of her Buick from the gravel road. She was bringing three
teenagers with her who were from a family that had just moved
into her neighborhood. Their parents had recently moved to
this area seeking employment.
As time passed, no other youth came. In spite of the few in
attendance, I began to share the A.B.C.'s of Christianity
with Melissa who was 17, Andrea who was 15, and thirteen year
old Rob. We all (including pastor Tom and Dorothy Mae) had
fun repeating each set of letters time and time again.
Near the end of the presentation, I John 5:1 represents the
"W" as it states: "Whosoever believes that Jesus
is the Christ (representing the letter "X" from
the Greek letter "X") is a child of God." This is followed
with the question: "Does this verse describe "Y"ou?
Have you ever prayed with "Z"eal (inward sincerity)
an A.B.C. prayer. I Admit I'm a sinner,
I put my Belief in Jesus as my personal Savior, and
I Commit my life to Him?
Melissa, Andrea, and Rob indicated that they had NOT. Each
of them chose to do so when asked if they would like to pray!
None of them would have done so if Dorothy Mae had not brought
them to this "divinely appointment" meeting time.
Mae became like Andrew. In John 1 he brought Peter
to Jesus; in John 6 he brought the lad with the loaves and
fishes to Jesus; and in John 12 he brought the Greeks
who said to him, "We would see Jesus." She practiced
one of 14 ways of Evangelism that I teach called: "Bringing
Others to Christian Events."
Mae and Pastor Tom committed to provide further teaching and
materials to help them understand their new faith in Jesus.
As Pastor Tom and I drove to Dorothy Mae's home to deliver
some of these materials, she was sitting on her porch in a
rocking chair with a sheepish grin on her face! She said,
"Opps! You caught me!" She was puffing on her just-lit
Virginia Slims cigarette! I humorously said, "Well Dorothy
Mae, maybe this would be called 'holy smoke' since holy means
'set apart' and the Lord has indeed 'set you apart' for His
work of Friendship Evangelism!" What a unique character
she is! What a blessing to have met her!
you for the blessing you are to me and to those who
are recipients of the Holy Spirit's work through UpBuilding
Ministries. Every ONE of you is important to the One Who has
called us to be fishers of others!