By Beth Arnold, who serves with InFaith in Kentucky
I can’t tell you how many times a ministry friend and co-worker has commented, “You know so many people.” Yet, I don’t, really.
However, just recently, a past employer of mine donated beautiful children’s study Bibles to give to students who gave their lives to Jesus this year in Bible release-time classes. We just don’t have the funds in our BREAK budget to get such a nice gift for the students. What a blessing! Also, my friend who owns a bookstore was willing to engrave the Bibles with the children’s name for a very small fee at the last minute so we could deliver the Bible to the students’ homes and have the opportunity to meet their families.
When we delivered the Bible to the students, the first door opened. The mom had played basketball with my daughter in school, and she welcomed us right into her home. I plan to follow up this summer with a visit to help the student learn to use the tools in her study Bible and disciple her in her study. I’m praying for opportunities to share God’s love with this mom who drops her daughter off at church but does not attend herself. I used to cheer for this young mother at those ball games; how “convenient” that this relationship is already established.
The next visit was with a new family in the community. As they had no church home, I invited them to visit my church. When I mentioned the church I attend, the mom said her husband’s uncle was the custodian there. I actually have a very personable relationship with the custodian, since when I first met him we discovered his daughter goes to the Christian school where I was the principal at one time. We instantly started a friendship. I’m going to talk with him to encourage them to attend.
There are so many people I don’t know in our small community, but I’ve figured it out: I just know the right people. At least that was the case the day I delivered Bibles. I knew the people God needed me to know to accomplish His work. He’s got it all mapped out, for His glory. I’m just glad I know Him!