I had the opportunity to share the gospel this week. I went to Panera in Branson, Missouri and talked to a lady named Loraine. She is an 83 years old married women with 3 living children. Her husband, Ed, was there with her but he let Loraine do all the talking.
Question: Who is God to you?
Answer: He is someone who she believes in, but does not follow closely. She used to go to church regularly but does not anymore as it has gotten harder for her and her husband to get around.
Question: Who is Jesus Christ to you?
Answer: He is the Son of God. He came to this earth as a man, and was sinless. He died on the cross for our sins, and it is because of Him that we all get to go to heaven.
Question: Do you attend a church?
Answer: They used to, haven’t for about 5 years now.
Question: What is your greatest pain in life?
Answer: She lost a child when she was 19 years old. The child was in infant and she does not know why she died. That was the hardest time in her life. She said that she felt she went into a depression and did not come out of it until the birth of her next child.
Question: When did you become a women?
Answer: She believes that she, mentally, became a women when she was 19 and experienced the birth and death of her first child. She said that she, spiritually, became a women when she accepted Jesus into her heart at the age of 11.
After asking this questions, I asked if I could read her scripture, and she said yes. We read Romans 3:23 (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God), Romans 6:23 (For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord), Romans 5:8 (But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us), and Romans 10:9-10 (If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved).
She said that she had heard all of those verses before, and that she believed that they were true. I asked her if she thought she would ever go to church again, and she replied that she had fun talking to me, and that it sparked her interest in going back. Loraine and I exchanged phone numbers, and we are planning to meet up again after Spring Break.