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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)

TITLE: cup of coffee
By Henry Jaegers


It started with a cup of Coffee"

Back in the 60's while attending college I met a new student- wild, loud, and unruly. I never expected him to become my friend, but God had other ideas. As we walked back to campus I asked him if he was a Christian. He said that he was and I never gave it another thought. Eventually, we ended up working together and contact was necessary.

I left that school and attended a Bible Institute (from which I graduated). He said that he was going to join me. I never thought it would happen. With all his changing girlfriends and enormous debt, I knew he would never make it, barring a miracle. In my second year, guess who showed up and became my roommate? You guessed it. He began to grow and after graduation went out with Operation Mobilization as a Missionary. His vision expanded and he started and directed Action International Ministries. This mission has been active in winning many souls and encouraging deprived pastors throughout third world countries.

Now why am I telling you this? I read an article that he wrote which was printed in several mission publications. In it he stated that I led him to Christ. I questioned him and he explained how it happened. "One night I came home to campus drunk, and you gave me a cup of coffee. After that I went to my room and asked God to save me."

I didn't know this until about 20 years later. It bothers me that I give my books away( that no one reads), and manage a website( that no one visits.) Just recently, I had this dream. I was getting on a train and the porter handed me an envelope. Inside it were several pictures of women praying and other groups rejoicing. I wondered at the significance and a message came to mind. "Someone faithful influenced these people.” Who was that faithful person? Was it I? When did it happen? Perhaps God is saying it is still happening and the last chapter remains. It encouraged me to know, God knows all about it. I am more determined than ever to be faithful and let God take care of the results. Maybe, just maybe, it started with a cup of coffee. God is still multiplying the loaves and fishes. Since God is faithful, doesn't it seem reasonable that He will take the loaves and fishes of our faithfulness and cause it to happen again? Maybe it won't happen right away, but it will happen.

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Amanda Brogan02/11/10
It still amazes me that God can take the simple, seemingly insignificant things that we do - the smallest act of kindness or a word spoken at just the right time - to touch someone's life forever. And through influencing that one person, we may be able to influence many others through their witness which would not have been possible before. Thank you for this beautiful testimony and encouragment to give God the "loaves and fishes" of our lives and allow Him to feed thousands.
Brenda Shipman 02/14/10
Wonderful reminders in this devotional. Sure encourages me to be faithful in all the little dailies of life!
Ruth Brown 02/15/10
Reminded me God has his own timing.
c clemons02/16/10
Nice devotional, needs some work with sentence structure. Example,"He began growing.." Growing what? potatoes? :) A little more work on the flow and you have a nice entry.