When I first heard about the Challenge II, I was excited because I loved the first one! But when I learned we were supposed to witness I considered backing out, for that was very much out of my comfort zone! Talking to anyone I didn’t know, even a Christian, was a terrifying prospect. I would have my 11-year-old sister go up to the checkout counter at a store when I purchased something for myself so that I wouldn’t have to say “hi” to the cashier.
I had never shared the Gospel with anyone. I knew I was supposed to, but all sorts of fears and excuses would come to my mind. ”I don’t know enough!” “What if they ask a question I don’t know an answer to?” “How do I start?” “I’m scared!” “What if I freeze in the middle of a sentence?” “What if they reject me?” “I’m not ready!” and on and on. I wanted to share my faith, but I kept putting it off.
Then, after memorizing the verses for the Challenge II, I connected up with a Dallas church group which goes out every Wednesday evening to inner city sites to share the Gospel. For 45 minutes of sweaty hands and knocking knees I didn’t hand out a single tract. My mom and brother were buzzing everywhere finding people to talk to; some people were responsive, some not. Finally, I realized that Satan was using my fear to keep people from learning about Jesus. That thought made me mad. I passed tracts out to everyone in arms reach, smiling and saying “Jesus loves you!” I joined my brother as he witnessed and I prayed for them.
I am very excited about going and actually talking more with people next time. Reaching others for Christ is an exciting adventure!