One evening, late at night, the telephone rang. A friend called me to come because a disturbance in a neighbor’s house was gathering steam. Loud screams were keeping people awake. I took a friend, and we entered the troubled home. There, we sang, read the Bible, and listened intently. Prayers led to words of wisdom. That night, loud screaming turned to sobbing. Salvation came into that home.
The next day, on Sunday morning, the husband and wife openly declared their new faith. They attend the church close to our home. Darkness filled with sin’s gloom was transformed by the light of Life, our Lord Jesus Christ. (A long story.) Examples of changed lives mark our pathway as Cathie and I review a lifetime of Gospel ministry. Salvation matters.
In last month’s Newsletter, I talked about Paul, who ask a series of questions, “How then will they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one about whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14,15
Summer camps are one of God’s most effective tools God to call people to Himself. Children’s camps are sometimes divided into girls’ and boys’ groups. Many are built close to water. They provide exciting experiences: canoeing, swimming, archery, and other sports. Playing in teams brings out laughter. Joyful shouts erupt on either side of a volleyball net, all across a soccer pitch, or at both ends of a basketball court.
An environment bathed in prayer permits the Holy Spirit to work. Many times, God reaches a child’s soul. Children in Latin America who go to summer camps are fortunate. How we long for hundreds more to attend camps! Thousands of children each year find our Saviour. Children make decisions that impact their entire lives. I urge you to pray for campers, administrators, and volunteers. Give liberally to a worthy summer camp. Someone you share with might find the Lord. Salvation matters.
By David Phillips.