Earlier this month a few members of our team visited the Oklahoma State Fair to share the message of salvation as volunteers with Child Evangalism Fellowship. We were set up in a simple, small, white tent with a poster inviting passers-by to check out the story of the wordless book. It was a two-part job. Both were out of my comfort zone for sure! The first was to stand outside calling over and over again asking people if they had heard the message of the 5 colored pages. The second was to sit inside and explain it to those who came in. But the Lord gave us the boldness to just do it even if we were a little scared! It was worth it, so rewarding and exciting to look back and realize that 13 people had seen their need and cried out to God for salvation that night! From the little boy to the college-aged guys to the teenage girl in tears, all heard the Bible’s message from the wordless book and believed! Studies show that it takes an average of 7.6 times before someone will respond to the gospel. You never know if the person you meet is at the 7 stage and just needs a .6.
There is so much more to our natural desire for excitement! What a thrill to share the gospel that will change lives for eternity! Way beyond the temporal, empty pleasures we saw all around us that night. The loud speakers, blinking lights, and smells of the fair don’t last long and loose their glamour in comparison to the glorious work of God.