It's been a long winter and spring is just around the corner. Time to get back on the streets on a more regular basis for the purpose of sowing gospel seeds.
I actually had an hour of free time this afternoon and decided to redeem that time for my Redeemer. Kim was hoping to join me but was not able to this afternoon. I chose to stand with my AYR cross and hand out tracts downtown in the heart of, what is now officialLy known as, "Gay Village" - not to provoke, as some might misjudge my motive as being but, rather, to give hope. And by God's grace, hope went out into many hands and eventually, I pray, into their hearts.
The AYR cross is always effective in stirring curiosity in the minds of those who see it. The co-ordinating AYR gospel tract I made (with a photo of the very cross I'm holding on the front of it and containing the bare-bones gospel message on the back) makes for an easy grab for those walking by as I hold them out face up. Passersby see that the tract co-ordinates with the cross and they take them. I handed a good number of tracts to passersby in the hour I stood there.
At separate times, two photographers asked if they could take photos of me holding the cross and handing out tracts. I told them they could so long as they took a tract to which they agreed and did. (I told them they were free to do so even if they didn't take one.) I got into a bit of a photo conversation with one of them after telling him I was a veteran photojournalist.
Lastly, the Lord gave me two opportunities to verbally share the gospel with two people who stopped to ask, "Am I ready for what?" One was an local artist who refused a tract at first but after talking with him, he took one. The other was a Roman Catholic lady who opened up asking, "Do you ever pray to Michael the Archangel?" You know where that led to and I shared the gospel with her for over 20 minutes.
Aaahhh, it's been a long and cold winter. It's good to be out on the streets again with the gospel for periods of time longer than two minutes. And it's only going to get better...and busier.
Bring it on LORD! It's a privilege and a joy to serve You.