November 9th, 2011 at 10:57 am
One day, at a spring event serving hot dogs and fun in her apartment community, Maggie (hurting and lonely) met a Jesus-hearted pastor who willingly started talking with her. At one more of these fun events, Maggie met the man’s wife and their children, and decided “yes” she would join them on Sunday morning with the church group meeting in her apartment clubhouse. Within a few short weeks, Maggie came to know Jesus and was baptized in the swimming pool! She began to follow after Him and seek Him. Now she had hope!
Fast forward a couple of years, to an intentional time of mercy and discipleship given unto Maggie. Maggie has now become the first person to arrive on Sunday mornings. She blessed her neighbor John with money needed to make his rent. She introduced her neighbor Saja and her infant little boy to Jesus. In September of this year, Saja touched the life of Nina and her infant little girl with Jesus’ love and they are now joining in with the apartment congregation. Maggie has become a prayer partner, giver, and friend to others in the church family who are hurting and lonely.
One Single Individual made a difference in Maggie’s life and Maggie, one single individual, learned from him to do the same in the lives of those in her oikos, “sphere of influence.”