July 21, 2007

Witnessing at Wal-Mart

Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23, NKJV.

Well, the other day I received my order of gospel tracts from Living Waters. After my experience with the group from the Great News Network, I have been inspired and even more motivated to go out and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible, and today was a good day for that.

One of the sets of tracts I received as the Billion Dollar Bill gospel tract with a picture of Charles Spurgeon on the front. I also received two sets of Million Dollar Bill gospel tracts where the message on the back is translated in Spanish. Each set contained 100 individual bills. In addition, I also had another set and a half in my car that I still need to give away. I could not believe how awesome it was to give them to people and see the interest it created as they held it to read what it said!

I went to Wal-Mart near where I live and I had just read on a message bulletin board what a great place it is to hand out gospel tracts and speak to people about Jesus Christ. I made sure not to interfere with any pedestrian traffic to the store, but just walked up to people and offered them a Billion Dollar Bill since they were either going shopping, or had just finished.

At one point, I walked up to about a dozen young kids, ages 18-20. I handed each one of them a tract and were captivated by the appearance of the bill and I said that it was not real money, but the message on it is. One by one, they all sat quietly reading and turning the bill to read the message. At that moment, I just prayed quietly and thanked God for the opportunity to share the Gospel with these young kids. When one of their friends joined the group, I handed a tract to them and they said to read the message on the back and that it was not real money, but message on it was. I could not believe my ears!! They were telling their friends about Jesus and they were not even born-again yet to begin fulfilling the Great Commission!

So when they had finished reading, I asked them if it all made sense and they agreed that it did. We talked for a few minutes more and one of the girls (age 16) said that she did not want to go to hell since she knew that she had done some stuff that deserved her to be there. Another asked if she had to stop smoking weed and could God help her to stop smoking all together and I said yes to both questions.

These 12 kids understood what sin was and is to God and how it separates us from Him (Isaiah 59:2, NKJV). They heard also that in order for anyone to receive God’s gift of salvation and eternity in Heaven, each person individually must repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. One of the young men in this group looked directly at me as I spoke and never took his eyes off me unless he was reading the tract. I must have spent about 20 minutes with these young kids and not one of them was rude or disrespectful in any way. When I was done, I thanked them for listening and then asked if any of them had a computer to use and check out a mini-CD I had and offered one to anyone who wanted one. This mini-CD has a whole lot more information on it about Jesus Christ and his life that they could pop it into their computer any time they wanted to. (A web version of the CD is available by clicking here)

So, I left and began walking through the parking lot continuing to hand a Billion Dollar Bill to whoever would accept it. As I handed a few out, there was a car ready to leave and they were looking with great interest to see what I was doing. I walked up to their car and gave one to each of the people in the car. The cute kid in the car seat was too young to read, but everyone else was quite interested in reading the message on the bill.

This family was great to talk to as well and they were very receptive to the message I was sharing with them. They did speak Spanish and I offered the tract in Spanish as well, but they were happy with the one I had given them.

It was pretty cool too when I approached some people who appeared to be Spanish. I would say, “Hola, como esta” and just wait for them to reply. Then I would say to them, “Un momento, por favor.” Then I would pull out a Million Dollar Bill gospel tract in Spanish, hand one to the person and say, “El mensaje en la espalda y alredador de la orilla es muy importante. Lea por favor.” Which says, “The message on the back and around the edge is very important. Please read.” There are a lot of Spanish immigrants who have moved into the nearby communities and I wish I had a partner who could minister to the Spanish community with me as they received a gospel tract.

In probably two and a half hours, I definitely handed out 100 Billion Dollar Bill gospel tracts and probably 20 Million Dollar Bill gospel tracts. What I am most excited about was the opportunity to speak to those 12 kids this afternoon. I simply do not want to just hand out tracts to people, but I will gladly hand out 100 or more, just to talk to one or even 12 people about the importance of understanding their eternal future without acknowledging their sin, repenting from it, and trusting in Jesus Christ for the rest of their natural life.

I wish I had one of the invitation tickets to this month’s upcoming Youth Rally at Times Square Church. I wild definitely pick up a few tomorrow and hopefully I will see them sometime during the week again at Wal-Mart.

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, Hebrews 2:2-3, NKJV.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Each tract has the following Gospel message written around the border on the back of the bill.

The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven? Here's a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God's name in vain? Jesus said, "Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart." Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That's not God's will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. Jesus took your punishment upon Himself -"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus, and God will grant you everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

Translated in Spanish the message reads:

La pregunta de un million de dolares: Iras al cielo? Responde este breve examen. Alguna vez has mentido, has robado algo o has usado el nombre de Dios en vano? Jesus dijo: Cualquiera que mira a una mujer para codiciarla, ya adulter con ella en su corazon. Has mirado a alguien con codicia? Te hallaran culpable en el Dia del Juicio? Si has hecho esas cosas, Dios ve que en tu corazon eres mentiroso, ladron, blasfemo y adultero. La Biblia advierte que si eres culpable, terminaras en el infierno. Esa no es la voluntad de Dios. El envio a Su Hijo a sufrir y morir en la cruz por ti. Jesus tomo sobre Si mismo tu castigo - "Porque de tal manera am Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigenito, para que todo aquel que en el cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna". Despues El resucito de los muertos y vencio a la muerte. Te ruego que te arrepientas (deja el pecado) hoy y confies en Jesus, y Dios te dar la vida eterna. Luego, lee tu Biblia cada dia y obedece sus ensenanzas.


Peter Davidson said...

This is a very nice blog! Have you looked around at the many testimonies of our Lord at wetestifyofchrist.blogspot.com? You may find this very touching.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kurt,
Loved what you said about witnessing at Wal-Mart! Very convicting for me personally! I thank God for you!

Anonymous said...

Wallmat is run by neo-nazi devil worshipers. I love to shop there :)

Anonymous said...

I think you should hand out tracts at places where gay people hang out. They need your help just as much as Wal-mart shoppers.