As the week of the challenge drew near, I began to pray every day and ask God for a love for the people around me, and a love so great for Him that it would overpower my fear of man. God heard my prayers and answered them in some amazing ways!
Several days before the challenge was to start, the Lord allowed me an opportunity to present Christ to two young children who attended church but had never before seen the Bible or even heard who God was. The next day, I was again able to share with two more children the exact same ages. However, this time God allowed me to share much more in detail with them about the love of God, and how He came to die for them! I was disappointed that none of these four children actually prayed to receive Christ as their Savior, but I was reminded that God had planted seeds within their hearts and that hopefully in time those seeds would grow and be nurtured to the glory of God.
The last day of the challenge drew near and I was disappointed that I had only been able to hand out tracts each time that I had gone out. However, as we ran out for one last errand of the day, I realized that there was still an opportunity left to be a light!
While we did our shopping quickly and went to check out, my sister and mom pointed out various individuals that looked friendly. In truth, they did seem to be in no hurry, but a battle was raging within over my love for their soul, and my fear of man. I couldn’t seem to force myself to walk over and speak the words to them. I knew then that there is no way to overcome fear in human strength! God was gracious, and as we left the store I was able to speak with a woman who was raising money for an organization.
I found out that she was Catholic and was able to ask her some questions about salvation. I left her with the World’s Greatest Question book and my promise to keep her in my prayers. When we got back in our van, I was was so excited! I was in awe at what God had done, because I had always told myself I would never be able to share the gospel with someone because of my fear. I am praising the Lord for His mercy and everlasting love! I feel as though I am now free to share the gospel with many more souls because I never had to do it alone, all along!