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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: Wake up call
By Miriam Fredericks
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All he heard was the deafening sound of silence.
He reached over to the nightstand, found the flashlight. It was 4:00 a.m. “Oh thank you Jesus for remembering to wake me up on time! He cried.
Desmond smiled as he remembered the stories his grandmother told him as a child. She had a relationship with God. She said that whenever she prayed in the night and asked God to wake her up at a specific time; He did. This was the first time that Desmond had tried it and it actually worked!
During the pre-dawn reverie that ensued, Desmond also recalled that his grandmother always instructed him to about the goodness of God. Well, he thought to himself. “It wouldn’t hurt to pray about it and try it.”
He slid off his bed and knelt down. He did not know how to pray those impassioned prayers he heard on the radio but he simply muttered “Dear Lord, please help me to tell others about you.” Amen!
What ensued in the next three days was a miracle!
He continued on his usual morning routine of studying for an hour before preparing for classes.
When he stepped onto the bus that morning, the driver asked teasingly “Am I seeing a ghost? Is this Desmond who is always late?” Desmond decided to throw caution to the wind and tell the bus driver all about his experience and challenged the driver to try praying about something important and believing that it would happen.
Desmond felt moved to the core and continued to share stories of instances when his grandmother’s faith was all they had. He told of how people would just bless them and how faithful his grandmother was until death. How God never failed them on any occasion. His passionate in his testimony caused everyone to cheer when he had finished.
He was pleasantly surprised that the door to the library was unlocked and so he was able to do some research before his first class commenced.
The rest of the week was quite eventful. People asked leading questions that gave him an opportunity to share his testimony about God’s infinite love.
A strange feeling of excitement assailed Desmond as he prepared for church on Sunday. He had sunned his only suit and shined his shoes. He felt special because God had granted his wish. He was no longer shy and tongue-tied. He was able to look people in the eyes and just tell about God’s blessings in his life and that of his loving grandmother (Merlene).
The service began with melodious singing by the Praise and Worship Team. The Pastor asked if there were any visitors in the church that morning. From the rear of the church came a booming voice that sounded familiar. The visitor sought permission to say a few words.
As the man proceeded to the front, he leaned over and tapped Desmond on the shoulder. Desmond’s eyes popped open when he saw the bus driver Sam. Sam proceeded to tell the story of what had transpired on the bus. He testified about losing faith in God and of having it restored by asking God to wake him up in the mornings. He credited the change in his outlook to the testimony that Desmond shared on the bus five days earlier.
The Pastor was elated and made a statement that would change Desmond’s life forever. He said, “I prayed to God to send us a young man to join our Evangelism Team. I know he has answered my prayers. Welcome to the team Desmond!”
Desmond sat numbly for what seemed like five minutes. He stumbled to the front of the church and fell in to the welcoming embrace of Pastor Jim.
Pastor Jim asked Desmond to say a few words. All Desmond could mumble was “Thanks you Lord for answering yet another of my prayers.” Then he added in a contemplative tone, “I guess anyone could evangelize. All God wants is a willing vessel to use for His service.
The entire congregation erupted in applause as four of Desmond’s classmates went forward to dedicate their lives to the service of God.
Desmond muttered to himself as he returned to his seat. Some people thought they heard him say something to his grandmother Merlene.
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