A man and wife came on their way to Daytona, Florida. They heard about our study in a pamphlet that lists various truck stop ministries. Neither Arlo nor I knew about this, and it is possible that one of our previous customers is trying to help us out. Who knows? It listed the study as starting at 8:30 instead of 9:00—but we still got together with these people.
The man has a sister involved in what most of us would consider to be a cult, and one that has taken her for all her money and is controlling her life, and he asked for some help in dealing with it. We let that request pass and went on to doctrinal things. He brought us back to his request for help, and we got off on a tangent again.
Two ears are better than one mouth.
We finally were able to address his request for help, but we had to be beat over the head to get there. I hope we were able to get him to see that there are two questions involved with his concerns. Satan is the god of this world and has the whole world deceived. Just because his sister is deceived it doesn't mean that God is going to condemn her. God will give everyone a chance to learn his ways, and most of that will happen after Satan has been bound.
While that should be comforting, the woman is enslaved now and doesn't know it. In fact she is probably miserable. As Christians we should be building bridges rather than walls. Don't argue doctrine, which she wants to do all the time, but make yourself available to her and let her know you love her. Be a light and lights don't make noise. Jesus said he waits at the door and knocks, and whoever wants to can open that door. Just keep knocking and be patient. There are also some good materials out at various Bible bookstores on how to deal with this particular cult. This cult is particularly a problem because the Bible is not their source of doctrine, so one cannot refer to the Bible as common ground.
There are so many things to learn from these studies, and it is so important to have God's presence with us and Satan's hand restrained. Please pray that we can have wisdom in dealing with whatever comes down the interstate.
After three weeks of nobody showing up, we had three truckers. We tried a new strategy today. Rather than relying on the sign and PA announcement, truckers were approached personally, offered a copy of John's Gospel, and personally invited. Had this not been done, we would not have had anyone today, either. The reality is that there are more people potentially interested in what we are doing, but simply do not know that we are upstairs.
Too many subjects were touched upon to summarize here. But some general perceptions might prove interesting:
1. Mentioning the Sabbath is often not a shock to these people. Again we had a participant who knows which day is the Sabbath and even how it was changed.
2. Instinctively people know that Christianity is a way of life. People want to talk about personal problems and concerns, knowing that Christians should be able to provide help and answers. This reminds me of the Zig Ziglar line that I do believe is correct: People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
3. You never know when you will meet someone at a life crossroads—someone who is looking for answers. A gift of a Bible, a few audio tapes, and a chance to talk is sometimes the best tool of evangelism. It does not take much money, but it does take God's spirit. This is preaching the Gospel the old fashioned way, one disciple at a time.
Lenny Cacchio can be contacted at:
705 NE Bryant Drive, Lees Summit, Missouri 64068