By the time the Swamp Cabbage Festival in La Belle Florida came to an end, we were exhausted. The bones in my feet throbbed as I dropped into the car next to Pete. My back seemed like it was on fire. I felt as if I could spend the next week sleeping. But as I looked back over the events of the last few days–the Gospel presented over 1100 times and almost 200 folks who prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior– none of that mattered.
I knew only one thing. It was all a small price to pay for such an incredible harvest.
“How do you think it went?” I asked Pete as we drove home when the festival was finished.
Pete’s eyes filled with tears. “There’s just nothing better than this,” he said. “I still can’t believe God is using us to share the Gospel in this way. Lives are being changed for eternity. And God is allowing us to be part of it.”
For the rest of our drive we shared stories about the people we met, those we served alongside and those we witnessed to.
*Here are a few stories and photo memories
*Sandy prayed with a little 10 year old boy who had been abandoned by his atheist father, dropped off on the doorstep of his aunt’s home. It was easy to see the aunt and her husband had little money, but they knew Jesus and had brought the boy into their home and into their church. What a joy it was to pray with this little boy to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior and to assure him that he was loved by God and created for a wonderful purpose.
*A couple in their early sixties who had just lost their son to cancer. It was the second child they’d lost, the first at only three years of age. Grief rode on their shoulders and poured from their eyes. After praying to receive Christ, Kathy spoke with them. She too had lost a child and knew just the right words to say. They left with new hope in their hearts.
*Pete spoke with group of teenagers, three boys and one girl, who came to get free walking sticks. Three boys left with only a walking stick but, even though her friends declined to pray, the girl prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. It was an amazing act of courage for a teenager.
*A family–dad, mom, and daughter around ten years old prayed the salvation prayer together. After they prayed, the dad broke out in a huge smile, rested his hands on his chest and said, “I felt something warm in here. This is real.”
We believe it’s important to work together with local churches so new Christians have a place to grow. We are so grateful for the help Pastor Jorge (on left) from Life Ministries Church in La Belle gave us. He even came out to help us set up for the event.
The Swamp Cabbage Festival is La Belle’s biggest community event, drawing people from several states and even Canada.
Pastor Jeff from Grace Baptist Church showed up bright and early on Saturday. He shared the Gospel with countless folks during the day. It was a blessing to have local Pastors share alongside us. Only the Lord knows the impact they had and will continue to have in their community.
This is what life-changing moments look like. Who knows, maybe one of these young people will go on to share the Gospel with thousands. As I look at the people in this picture, I’m reminded of this: “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.'”
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