Week three was alive and kicking. The students were blown away by how God had been using them to impact individuals lives with the gospel. Then came a new challenge – Preaching the Gospel, not just to individuals but to groups of people that they have to draw in.
Ella, one of our students, was so concerned about this she didn’t sleep much that week at all. A lot of fears run deep in one’s mind when we are faced with challenges that seem too great for us.
The students are learning a valuable truth as through this course they are constantly pushed out of their comfort zones and have to depend on the Lord for wisdom, strength and courage. True courage is not the absence of fear but the conquering of it.
Through the training the students grasped the principles well. They wrote their gospel messages and painted up their visuals. All that was left was to do was to preach. I was first up so that I could demonstrate how to do it in a real life situation. Things went well. At one stage over 50 people were listening to the gospel. Now the time for the call to respond came. Nerves filled my body as you never know what will happen when you give the call.
I called for the response and nobody moved. I thought to myself, ‘hold your nerve'. Give one more call to respond’. One person came forward, then another and another. Over 12 people responded to the gospel. Thoughts flooded my mind. Jesus’ words, ‘follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men’, came to mind. Praise God that despite my fears, faults and limitations God still uses me and God wants to use you too!
All the students did so well. People listened. People responded. The Lord’s name was lifted up.
Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement. The Lord is moving in people’s lives. Your prayers are making a difference and the Lord’s name is being glorified.
This week we are going into schools all week. Pray for effectiveness as the students communicate the gospel. Pray for families to be reached and for wisdom as I teach.