Trek 2008 - Drive By Evangelism
Trek 2008 – Drive By Evangelism
By Cheryle M. Touchton
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady
Has the title made you curious? Do you wonder what “Drive By Evangelism” is? “Drive By Evangelism” is another one of my silly nicknames for ways Christ has given me to go looking for His lost sheep. I can’t tell you how effective it is because by the very nature of it, I have no ability to follow up with the person. When I use this technique, I usually don’t even have the opportunity to give them a card so they can e-mail me later.
"Drive By Evangelism" is for when I only have a moment with someone and I want to speak the name of Christ and tell them what to do about it. It takes under a minute and sometimes that is all I have. If God opens a door, I walk through.
I’ll give you an example. I was in a long grocery store line. In fact, I was holding up the line as I looked through my hundreds of travel cards looking for the card that gave me a discount at that grocery store.
“Wow,” the clerk said. “You have a lot of cards.”
“I go a lot of places,” I quipped. “It’s here, I promise.”
“Where are you from?” he asked.
“Here, there, and everywhere,” I said. “I live in Phoenix but I’m a Christian and a traveling missionary so I’m on the road several months a year. Are you a Christian?” I found the card and handed it to him.
He scanned my card and handed it back. “I guess,” he said.
I laughed. “If you were a Christian you’d know it. What I mean by that question is do you believe in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and have you confessed your sins and invited Him to be a part of your life.”
The man behind me in line harrumphed because I was done paying for my groceries and while I hadn’t taken any extra time yet, he could feel it coming.
While the young man loaded my groceries in the cart, I took out my plan of salvation tract and handed it to him. “This explains what I’m talking about. Promise me you’ll read it.”
“I will,” he said, sticking it in his shirt pocket. I lugged my groceries to the car and unloaded while I prayed for him. I hadn’t told him my name or given him a card because if I’d taken the time to get a card and a quarter out along with the tract, there would have been a grocery store riot.
The beauty of “Drive By Evangelism” is that it is often within hearing range of other people. I make it fast because the last thing I want to do is to annoy people when I’m sharing Christ. I keep the tracts in the outside zipper of my purse so I can grab them in a split second. The entire conversation was less than a minute. A “Drive By Shooting” takes a life. “Drive By Evangelism” offers eternal life. I guess I’ll have to wait until I get to heaven to find out if the grocery clerk took advantage of the good news that was in that tract. I hope I recognize him.
Cheryle M. Touchton is the Director of Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information or to schedule a speaker for an event, go to www.pocketfullofchange.org or call Gail Golden at 904 316-5462.
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