by Jonathan Marks
Our last blog post was titled â€œOpportunities Abounding.â€Â That title couldnâ€™t have been more true.
I donâ€™t know about you, but inÂ my Christian life, I look for places to serve God.Â I examine my usual favoritesâ€“the things I feel â€œcomfortableâ€ doing for God.Â Those things that Iâ€™ve done before with moderate success.Â Things that wouldnâ€™t really cost me too much time, energy, or effort.Â Does any of this sound familiar?
But doing those things that are routine for me and kidding myself that theyâ€™re for God doesnâ€™t really cost me that much.Â Itâ€™s not much of a sacrifice.Â Itâ€™s not reasonable service.
Hereâ€™s where Iâ€™m going with thisâ€”
Last week, I witnessed an incredible door of opportunity fling wide open.Â It definitely wasnâ€™t one Iâ€™d been knocking at waiting to try.Â It wasnâ€™t one Iâ€™d really considered much.Â But itÂ was the most awesome experience Iâ€™ve had in a while.
Our church hosted a Childrenâ€™s Crusade with Evangelist Ed Dunlop.Â We were all passing out invites and telling people everywhere about it.Â I volunteered to help recruit kids.Â Â So, I was assignedÂ a neighborhood close to the church.Â Â Several other people and myself spent numerous hours combing our way through that neighborhood over the next week or so.Â Someone said we had â€œfarmedâ€ it.Â Well, God definitely brought in the harvest!Â We were able to run a bus route for the first time at Vision Baptist Church.Â ManyÂ teens and adults from the churchÂ volunteered to ride andÂ help.Â The enthusiasm was incredible!Â Â Throughout the week, dozens came to hear the glorious gospel!Â Our record attendance was 45 on Wednesday night!Â We had several families and parents come as well.Â Four children and one mother from that bus accepted Christ last week!Â Over 100 contacts have been established, and by Godâ€™s grace, we hope to work with them thoroughly as He opens hearts to His Word.Â We are so humbled that God would do such a tremendous work through us!
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