Ever feel like you are serving God all alone? Last week, Samana (Dominican Republic) was served in the Name of Jesus. Who did it? Just two of us went to equip pastors and churches to meet a tremendous opportunity. However, we didn’t serve alone and neither do you! The prophet Elijah got down in the dumps about serving ‘all alone’ – and God gave him what must have been a startling revelation:
I have 7,000 in Israel who have not bowed their knees to Baal!
As we sent the pastors and leaders out two-by-two to share the Gospel, there were reminders all around us that none of us serves alone. But I went out by myself! How did that work? Let me show you.
In the Name of Jesus
Thursday morning we gathered the group, prayed over our evangelism tools, and went out to greet Samana tourists in the Name of Jesus. A large cruise ship had docked in the bay and the shuttles were bringing tourists ashore by the the dozens. Our host church is a historic site and on the list of recommended places for tourists to visit. As our group was leaving, two young ladies came into the church. I spoke with them as they were taking pictures of the church, and they asked if I’d take their picture so they could be in a photo together. Of course, I did that. A conversation followed. By the time our chat was over, I was the last one to leave the church.
We left a portable wifi unit broadcasting at the church. I took one with me. Each unit was sending out the Jesus Video, an audio Bible download, and a readable plan of salvation. All of that was being broadcast in Spanish, English, Italian, French, and German. The cruise liner was German – and so were most of that day’s tourists. Any person accessing the network could see those things on their smart phone – and they did!
As I met and greeted tourists up and down the street, I saw a man sitting between the dock and a busy boulevard. He was in a high-traffic area in order to beg for money. His plight was real. It was easy to see he had probably been born with club feet and never had the opportunity (resources?) for corrective surgery. I could almost feel the pain just looking, and I wanted to minister to him.
Kindness: In the Name of Jesus
By the time I saw him, I had given away most of the things I had taken from the church. But I still had a gift bag that had been prepared by students in Scottsboro, AL. Information from our host church had been added to that bag. I also wanted to add to this particular gift bag.
I did not want to endanger the man, so I went to a nearby sidewalk cafe to ‘get a Coke’ and plan. I had a single Dominican bill in my pocket equal to about $50.00 in U.S. currency. I ordered the drink so I could break the bill. The waiter didn’t really like it, but it was all I had.
I put the wifi broadcast unit on the table and waited. While my drink was being prepared phones were accessing the network. I don’t know who saw it, but the Gospel was going out.
My diet Coke arrived, with my change, and I started to add some of the change to the gift bag. I put it in the bag in order to keep any onlookers from seeing the crippled man receive money. I didn’t want him to be robbed. A little Divine prompting told me I had not put enough in the bag. I added more. The same prompting came, so I added more. And then one more time! If you look at the picture, you can see the ends of the Dominican bills barely visible between other materials in the bag.
I walked back to where the man was still sitting. I can say a few things in Spanish, but can’t carry on a conversation. I held the bag out to him with my finger right where the ends of the bills showed through. I told him, in Spanish, the gift was for him:
In the Name of Jesus.
I was alone – or was I? I was not. My presence there was possible through the donations of many who support this ministry. The bag I gave was assembled by students – only some of whom are known to me. There were people at home, all of whom are known only to God, who were praying for our efforts. I wasn’t even close to being alone. And when you are serving the Lord, you are never alone either.
O yeah! Those two young ladies I saw at the church were believers. I had given them a Gospel bracelet and then heard their story. So what did I do? I gave them some gifts containing the Gospel and said,
Give these away in the name of Jesus!
They smiled and left in order to do just that!
Soli Deo Gloria!