The men's Tuesday night Bible study group broke up after the closing prayer. Bud was first to speak, “It's hard being poor. My finances are so tight, that I rarely can go out to eat with you guys. The Lord blessed me with extra money this month, and I can join you guys at Perkins.”
Pastor Greg smiled, “That’s great, you'll get to meet a few of the people we have been praying for,” said Pastor Greg as they walked out the door of the church.
They arrived at Perkins and sat down at their table. Pastor Greg sat next to Bud.
Pastor opened the menu for a second, then put it down,
“If you were able be here regularly you would know Dick. A person we are praying for usually comes here after work. He is single, never married, and is searching. We want to lead him to the Lord.”
Then Shirley, their waitress came over to take their order.
“Bud, this is Shirley, Shirley, this is Bud, one of the men in our group.”
Shirley shook Bud's hand, “Hey Bud, it is nice to meet you.”
Bud gave a big smile, “It is good to finally meet you. I would come here more often, but I just don’t have the money to come here on a regular basis. We have been praying for your baby.”
Shirley almost started to cry, “Ohhhhhh, Thank you, it did not look good at first, but your prayers were answered. I had a happy healthy baby. I just got back from maternity leave.”
Since people were still deciding, she came back later.
Then Dick walked in and stopped by the table.
“Dick, I want you to meet Bud; he is a member of our group,” said pastor as he finished drinking a glass of water.
Dick put out his hand, “Hey Bud, nice to meet you.”
Bud smiled as he shook Dick's hand, “It is good to meet you too, Dick.”
Pastor interrupted, “We are trying to show Dick that Jesus does love him and he needs him as his savior.”
Bud's face turned serious, “Dick, I have had lots of struggles in life. The Lord has been there for me and
I know he can help you with whatever you may be facing.”
“Your name again is Bud?” asked Dick.
“Yes,” Bud answered.
Dick shook his head as he stood by Bud, “I just don’t know about this Jesus. I can’t believe in an invisible God.”
Bud rose his voice and made eye contact, “Dick, he is real; he has meet all of my needs and he can do the same for you.”
Dick started to walk away, “I am sorry, I am hungry, I need to eat.”
Pastor sighed, “You have met a few of the people were praying for. We have to keep praying for Dick; I know that he can be reached.”
Bud had a sad look on his face,“I wish I had the money to come here more often. I know I could change lives.”
Pastor smiled, The Lord knows your financial situation. You can pray that the Lord gives us the words in you place.”
Their dinner came and Bud prepared to eat. “Maybe, I can.”
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