Shauna and Sonya and Marla have never been missionaries, attended Bible
school or seminary or even traveled on a mission trip, but each is actively
involved in evangelism right where she is. Using something as commonplace as
baby-sitting and allowing God to speak through their actions has allowed many
people to hear and respond to the love of Jesus.
Sixteen-year-old Shauna showed up to baby-sit for a new family and brought
her well-worn Bible to read.
Shauna became a regular sitter and always brought her Bible or a book or
video with a Christian theme. So she wasnt surprised when, during her ride
home, the mother asked: Why do you read your Bible so much? Most girls would
rather read a glamour magazine. That simple actbringing her Bible to her
baby-sitting jobopened a conversation that led to Christ.
Steve and Sonya have a beautiful home filled with symbolic representations
of their faithscriptures in cross-stitch or plaques or framed prints plus the
Bible and Christian titles on shelves and tables.
A baby sitter asked to borrow one of Sonyas Christian books. That led to
others, and eventually Sonya presented her baby sitter with a new Bible after
discovering she didnt own one. That simple actfilling her home with books and
scripturebegan a relationship that led to Christ.
Marla is an on mission Christian who works hard and has never been
bored a day in her life.
When her daughter-in-law called and asked if Marla would help with
baby-sitting during a neighborhood Bible study, Marla hesitated. Her
daughter-in-law explained that, if no one cared for the children, most of the
seven moms who had signed up would have to stay home. A career woman for 32
years, Marla no longer considered herself a natural with children, but she
decided to give it a try.
Her first experience with eight lively preschoolers was fatiguing. But Marla
was exhilarated when, one by one, the moms picked up their children and thanked
her. That simple act of ministry allowed her daughter-in-law to tell her
neighborsin peace and quietabout the love of Jesus Christ.
Connie Cavanaugh is an author and speaker living in Cochrane,
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