It was another picture perfect day in San Diego when I pulled into North Balboa Park. This time I was equipped with coffee, bagels and plenty of tracts and bible studies. I set up the table, put everything in order and then began to pray and wait. I wasn’t sure if I was going to receive any visitors as the traffic was pretty sparse, so I ventured from the table with tracts hoping to find open hearts and listening ears.
Then while heading back to the table I spotted an older man who looked like Santa Clause wearing shorts, flip flops and a white t-shirt. He walked across the grass from where he was standing and asked why I was offering free coffee in the park. I told him I was there to spread goodwill and to tell people the good news of Jesus Christ. While drinking his coffee he told me he was there to play croquet with his friends who are all members of a group called F.O.G., which stands for Fellowship of Older Gays.
As we continued our conversation he shared his view regarding his faith in Jesus. Once again my preconceived idea was squashed that most gays identify as atheists. In fact, most of the self professing gay men and women I’ve met desire to have a relationship with God; which, is consistent with Ecclesiastes 3:11 which says, “That He (God) has put eternity in their hearts.”
Unfortunately, the liberal agenda is successfully permeating throughout many liberal churches giving those practicing homosexuality a false sense of security regarding their relationship with Jesus and their eternal state.
I handed Edwin a tract and Gospel of John Bible Study, then he left. I hope to see him again, I have much more to share with him.
Then Robert came over to the table. Robert is a homeless man who lives in the park. He was just as polite as the week before, pouring himself a cup of coffee and grabbing a bagel. He soon went back to his encampment when all of a sudden several of his friends approached the table. This gave me the opportunity to share the gospel with them.
There were a few of new guys, Tony, Harley and Guy. Harley likes drugs and profanity. He also likes to cook which he says he does every holiday. Tony is an effeminate demure man from North Carolina. He misses his parents though he doesn’t think they miss him. I told him they must miss him as I know I would miss my children no matter their age if I’d lost contact with them. It was sad to see the hope and shame that came over his face all at once when remembering his parents. Obviously he harbors very complex emotions regarding that broken relationship.
Guy was different. He didn’t have the appearance of an institutional homeless man. He was articulate and kind. He said that day might be his last day living on the street. Then after a thorough but concise explanation of what it means to be born again I prayed with Guy and encouraged him to place his faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sin and to receive new life. I pray that God appointed that day as Guy’s day of salvation.
I learned a valuable lesson this day; it’s not how you begin but how you finish. Persevere and trust that God is in control and that He has a plan and purpose for your life. We’re called to believe in that plan and purpose no matter what we see with our eyes. God is responsible to fulfill it, in His own time.
The just shall live by faith.
Sunday – September 29th, 2014