Jun 6, 2010

Conversation Starters...

Okay, I spent 20 minutes looking for a picture of the back of my Suburban, this is the best I can do...really I could have ran outside and snapped a current picture, but hey its wet and rainy outside.  So this is what you are going to get...read on!

I wanted to show you a small portion of my testimony that follows me as I drive about. On the rear back door lives 9 Christian fish...we are still short one, but are awaiting its arrival. 

There are two big fish with 7 small fish that follow after.  Each fish represents one of us.  The fish represent that fact that we are Christians.

Today this testimony of 9 fish, a car and adoption led me to pray for a man named Roman in a parking lot, where my family had just shopped for our groceries.

Let me set up for you...

Princess Sweetness and I are coming out of the food warehouse store with a cart of groceries.  My Knight met us outside the door, as he had run an errand as we shopped.  He led us to our silver Suburban *Katrinka.  As he began unpacking the cart I spotted directly behind us -what I anticipated to be a gray 15 passenger van.  My husband stopped unpacking and walked over to this van to see if indeed it was *big* enough for our family.  As he walked around it, peaking in, a man came up behind him.  My Knight asked him if this was his van.  The man said, "No." 

 I explained we were in need of a bigger car, as we were full presently, with our newest daughter arriving from Ethiopia. I told him that we now had 8 children, 7 who had been adopted.

The man began to tell me that he and his wife had looked at this type of van. He said it had 10-12 seats.  My Knight went back to packing the car.  I kept talking. 

The man said they too had adopted children, 3, from Korea.  How he wanted another, but his wife said if he got any more, he'd need a new wife.  He commended me on having the patience for so many.  I turned the talk to God.  I asked him if he was a Christian.  He said he saw my fish and knew I was one.  I asked him again if he too was a Christian. 

 He replied, "My wife is, but I am not born-again, I am...(insert a religion)." 

 I said, " I don't care what your religion is, is Jesus your Lord and Savior?" 

He didn't say anything.

I asked him if he had read John 3:3 that says we must be born-again.  I told him this was not a religion, but came straight from God. I asked him if he had read John lately.

He said, "It had been a long time."

I smiled and told him he should. I asked him what his name was.

He said, "Roman."

I said, "Roman can I pray for you?"

He said, "Yes."

I asked if I could put my hand on his shoulder while I prayed, he nodded his head.

I then prayed that God would bless him and his wife.  Strengthen his marriage and bless his family in ways that could only come from God.  I prayed that his children would be blessed and that God would open his heart to understand who He was.  I finished by saying..in Jesus' name amen.

He thanked me and drove away. 

I wonder if he will tell his wife when he gets home. I am sure she is praying that he too becomes a Christian. I am sure it is her hearts desire.

Regardless, God is drawing him closer.  And how could I not thank Him, for allowing me to plant seeds in Roman's life.  Seeds that I pray that God will continue to water, until he comes to salvation through repentance and asking Jesus to be His Lord and Savior.

How I love to pray with people, how I love to lead people into His family.  Oh, how I love to share my love for Jesus.  Of course I would have loved to lead him to Jesus right there, but God didn't open that door.  God knows how eager I am to lead others to Christ.  He knows how I love adoption in the physical and in the spiritual. 

Lord, thank you for giving me the opportunity to point Roman to You.  Lord, please continue to speak to him through whoever You wish.  I ask that someday I see him again, maybe in heaven if not here

 and he will say, "Guess what...I am a Christian!"

Hey...do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  I'd love to share how to become a Christian...
send me an email or leave me a comment...and we'll pray too!

I've heard it said that, "Fish on a car isn't going to save anyone."  Hmm, I think maybe not, but what a great way to start a conversation that just might lead to sharing Jesus! 


Dardi said...

You already know that I KNOW...but I did want to say I love your heart & your enthusiasm! You are a sweet, sweet woman!!

Lauren said...

WOW - that is an amazing story!! Thank you so much for sharing ... and thank you for serving the Lord so faithfully!!!

Valerie said...

I smiled ear to ear reading this. Your words to that man reminded me of my of my best friends mom growing up. She never hesitated with her words when speaking about Jesus. She would tell anyone she came across that God was good and yet she never struck me as a preachy woman. :) Thank you for your fish on your family car. Thank you for praying in parking lots. Thank you for letting God use you to plant seeds for The Harvest. God is good. :)

Diana said...

Hey Kimmie, Glad you got my hug via Priscilla. I haven't been checking blogs much lately and am currently catching up on yours. So excited for your newest edition. Grocery stores and parking lots create great opportunities don't they?!

Amie said...

Awesomeness :)

Andrea said...

Thank you Kimmie for sharing all the things you share. I love read it, it encourages me. For about 2 years now, God has been doing a work in our home, and I am anxious to see where He is taking us.
Bless u

Susan said...

That is an amazing story! I too love to tell of what He has done and will do. Thank you for sharing!

mom said...

Kimmie, I love how you must put a smile on your Heavenly Father's face as you go where His spirit leads and faithfully minister to whomever is in your path! {{{Kimmie}}}

Tammy ~@~

Renata said...

Oh Kimmie - I have tears in my eyes - what a special ministry you have - that I would be so bold for the Lord.
God is using you in so many ways - & this blog is a beautiful testimony of your love for the Lord.
God bless you

mom of 3, hater of cheese and birds said...

I love your heart for the Lord! May I be as bold and brave when we get to Magyarorsag, thank you my Hungarian friend!

Roselawn said...

Great seed planting! Now just wait for God to water...

Diane said...

Kimmie, what a wonderful story of how the Lord used you to minister to Roman! God is so good! Thank you for sharing.

Amrita said...

This is what we are calle d to do Kimmie, preach the gospel and have a burden for souls. May use use your witness to save this man. God bless you

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