Saturday, May 31, 2008

It felt so good!

I've just come home from being out at the flea market all day.

Dad, my brother Curtis, and I were finally able to go to the flea market and do something we've been talking about for a while; set up a tent and pass out gospel tracks. It's a ministry our church started, and we've helped before, but Dad has been working so many Saturdays that we haven't done it in a loooong while. It felt so good to get back into things!

The flea market is a good place to go because of the crowd, ...and of course we aren't there to make money - we just have a bunch of Christian books on our tables for show. I think we sold three books today, in five hours. We gave away about 150 CDs.

These CDs aren't music; they're messages from different speakers we've heard. The one we gave out the most today was "Hell's Best Kept Secret," by Ray Comfort. He's the man who started Way of the Master evangelistic courses.

To draw a crowd, Curt and I brought our instruments; guitar, banjatar, and mandolin. We played all sorts of hymns - country style of course. So many people came to listen! But my fingers are numb now. I don't think I've ever played four hours of mandolin all in a row like that!

There were some Amish folks selling veggies on the other side of the market. One of their men came over and asked to sing with us for awhile. He sang very nice tenor. He liked what we were doing, and talked about "starting a ministry" over at their tent, too! (Wouldn't it be great if we could get every stand at the market passing out tracks?)

Another man, this time smoking and wearing a great big belt buckle, seemed unable to get away from our tent. He just hung out and listen. He even borrowed my mandolin, and played a hymn through with Curtis!

Dad passed out CDs and tracks to every person who walked by (who would take them). He attracted little boys with his gospel illusions. As one little guy walked off, he looked over his shoulder at Dad and said "will you please be here next time?"

I have all sorts of ideas rolling around in my head for next time. Veggies and baked goods were attracting big crowds at other stands. I can bake, and we'll have veggies soon! Anything to get folks to come by.

What about you? What sort of creative ways can you come up with to spread the gospel?


Anonymous said...

i was thinking about going in our woods and passing out gospel tracks to the people that live there. (if they take them, of course)

YayaOrchid said...

I am in awe of your efforts to share the gospel! Well done! I love the innovative ways you found to make the Word fun and attractive. I think that little boy had a msg from the Lord himself for you'll "will you please be here again?" Your post made my day, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

I love index cards, and enjoy handing encouragement verses to fellow believers. I have also tried it on someone who claimed to be 'very religious' - as the Word of God is able to speak.

And even if he tore that Scripture to shreds, the Lord can make it come back to his mind over and over!

Amy in NY

Anonymous said...

they're called tracts. just an informational tidbit.

Amber said...

Dear anonymous,
Thank you. :) I really do know that - but I'm always just writing/typing too fast to remember! (Mom keeps reminding me, but...)