THE PRICE OF A SOUL

Pete sharing the Gospel at the Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Florida. January 2020

What price do you place on a soul? Most important, what price does God place on a single soul?

The answer to that question flows through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus spoke of this very thing in Matthew 20:28 when he told his disciples that He didn’t come to to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Why would Jesus Christ become a lowly servant? Why would He willingly suffer public humiliation, beatings that tore His flesh to shreds, death on the cross, descend into hell, and rise again? Because of His great love for us.

Because the value of each soul cannot be measured, even in the purest gold.

Those of us who grew up attending Sunday school, church and summer Bible camp, those of us surrounded by Bibles and books filled with stories of missionaries reaching the unreached in faraway lands, often find it difficult to believe that the family living next door may be just as “unreached” as the family who lives in a faraway land.

Manatee Festival

But we meet them every week. According to Global Frontier Missions, the United States has the third largest number of unreached people groups in the world. In other words, the unreached are among us. They are our neighbors, our children’s teachers, our pet groomers, our beauticians, our auto mechanics. They are the soldiers we are sending off to war. They are the soldiers who may not come home.

Pete’s eyes filled with tears as he shared this story from two weeks ago:

“The whole family came to our tent–mom (already a believer), her young daughter and two sons. The 18 year old son told me he was getting ready to go into the Marines. He was so proud. When he told me he was going to be a foot soldier, I thought to myself this young man may loose his life for our country. Would he face eternity with Jesus or without Him? We talked a while and then I shared the Gospel. Praise God, he, as well as his younger brother, prayed to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. How can we put a price on this young man’s soul?”

This young man is just one of the reasons we want to thank our supporters, those who pray, give, and volunteer. You are the ones who make this ministry possible. The Gospel was shared over 1000 times at the 2-day Manatee Festival. Over 1000 walking sticks were given out, some to Christians who promised to use them to witness to family and friends, some to those who rejected the Gospel, some to folks who just wanted to “think” about God’s offer of salvation.

And over 16 walking sticks were given to folks who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The Fellowship of Christian Farmers’ Walking Stick with its simple message of salvation.

The total cost to be part of this 2-day festival was about $2400. At this time, we have 11 additional community festvals and events scheduled with more waiting to be added as we head north this summer.

Pete sharing the Gospel in Crystal River. Proof that we come expecting God to do great things can be seen in all the walking sticks in the milk can and in the tent, ready to give to each person who listens to the simple Gospel presentation.

We invite you to join us along the road. Here’s how:

1. Pray. Especially as we head into the south’s busy season and prepare to head north, we need your prayers for God to open the eyes and ears of those we meet. We also ask you to pray for our health and strength, that our RV and car would keep running without any major repairs, and that God will provide the needed funds.

2. If you are led to help with a tax-deductible gift, please click on the GIVE button at the top of this page.

3. Click on TRAVEL CALENDAR to see when we will be in your area. New events are added from week to week. If we’re in your area, please stop by. We’d love to see you.

4. Share this blog with friends.

5. Talk to your pastor about welcoming new believers to your church. We are always adding to our list of Bible preaching/teaching churches that we can refer new Christians to.

Thank you, Friends.

See You Along the Road,

Pete and Sandy Singer

But God

 Have you ever doubted your ability to be used by God?

Pete and I have. We’ve looked at others and thought they are better equipped to serve and share the Gospel than we. No doubt that’s true. That’s why it’s important to remember it’s not about our ability.

It’s about God’s.

But God. How many times have I sat down with my Bible, read those two words and known God was about to grab hold of the impossible and make it a reality?

That’s just what He did when He took hold of our plans to take a cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

Even before we booked our cruise, we knew what the real purpose was. The Lord had been speaking to our hearts, encouraging us to hold church services and Bible studies during the two weeks we’d be at sea. So, once our cruise was booked, with a very shaky voice, I made the necessary call.  “We’d like to hold church services during the cruise.” The silence on the other end of the line told me that the person I was speaking with didn’t quite know how to respond. “It would be great if you could place notices in the daily schedule, so passengers are aware of the opportunity.”

“How many services are we talking about?” The woman sounded more than a little reluctant.

“Three,” I said. “One each Sunday and then there’s Thanksgiving.”

Ridiculous. Impossible. The negative words shot through my mind, like torpedoes trying to sink God’s plans.

But God would not let me keep silent.

“And we would like to host Bible studies every day that the ship is at sea.” With each word, the request seemed increasingly impossible. “We’ll only need one small room for the Bible study and maybe one of your lounges for church services.” A few days later, the answer came.

“Yes.”

It wasn’t long before our good friends Dave and Wendy and Doug and Peggy offered to help with the services and Bible studies.God put together an amazing team. Doug helped with preaching, Peggy led worship, Dave and Wendy led prayer, took care of technical needs, helped organize and build bridges with passengers and crew. Pete and I led the Bible studies. And Pete shared messages at the church services.

The morning of our first church service I stood on our balcony looking out at the ocean, wondering if even one person would show up. The doubts were like the saltwater surrounding us. And I had to stop drinking its poison. My thoughts traveled to the meeting Jesus had with the woman at the well. Just one woman. Yes, Jesus showed up for only one. He offered her water (John 4:7-26), the same water that would be offered during the church services and Bible studies.

Living Water.                        

Despite our doubts, God made the impossible happen. From day one, attendance at the church services exceeded anything we had imagined. Doug’s message on Forgiveness struck many who were struggling to forgive. Thanksgiving testimonies touched hearts and minds, giving God all the glory. By the time of our final church service, attendance had outgrown the lounge and we were moved to the ship’s theatre where Pete presented the Gospel using the Fellowship of Christian Farmer beads. Several passengers came forward for prayer.

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We gave out over 200 bracelets. Many more were mailed after the cruise. From day one, the room set aside for Bible study was too small. A second room had to be added. Precious relationships were formed as we studied God’s Word and prayed for each other.

When the impossible is placed in God’s hands, He changes it into the possible.

And eternity is altered.

Again, this weekend on January 18th and 19th, we step into a But God opportunity at the Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Florida where we will hand out Fellowship of Christian Farmers walking sticks and share the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray for safety, health, and provision as we travel. Pray for those who stop by our tent that God will soften their hearts as they listen to the story of the beads. And pray that eternity will be altered for many.

But God.