A few weeks ago I got to have a conversation with a good friend of ours named Kenny at the soup kitchen. Kenny is probably mid-60s, military veteran who grew up in Norwich, Connecticut. When we first met him he shared with us that there were two things that he did not discuss with people: religion and politics. A few days later, we got to hang and chat with Kenny a little bit more and we were just making simple casual conversation. He started to ask what we had been up to the day before, and let’s just say that opened up a huge door.
Zach began to tell him that we were at our weekly Bible study and that we were studying the book of Romans. Kenny said “Romans? What’s that?” I shared with him that it was a book in the New Testament. He looked surprised and said “New Testament?” I said “Yes, there’s an Old and New Testament with 66 books total!” Kenny’s face still had a puzzled look on it. I told him Romans was found right after the books called “The Gospels”, which is where the story of Jesus was told. We began to share with Kenny the good news and what that meant. Kenny told us that he grew up Catholic, but never really paid much attention to what they had to say. He was so interested. Kenny said “I never talk about this stuff, now I can’t stop talking about it!” It really just showed me that some really just don’t even know, and it reminded me of Romans 10:14-15.
Kenny shared with me a few days ago that he visited a church and that after he left he had so much joy and he just felt so good. He said “Not everything was going my way that day, but it was ok, and I haven’t felt like that in a long time.” Kenny also shared that there was a certain point in that service that he felt uncomfortable so he had not returned; so I invited him to come to Cornerstone where I’m serving. He said he would, we’ll just have to wait and see until Sunday!
Jermaca Brown, a student from East Texas Baptist University, is serving as a Go Now missionary in Connecticut and Rhode Island.