“Well, what do we do now?” I asked Bethany and Joyce. I felt a bit like a lost puppy as we stood in the middle of the McDonald’s parking lot in Alexandria, Virginia. Our Outreach leaders had just dropped us off here for a day of street evangelism. “Today, you three are going to do ministry by yourselves,” Emily told us. “It’s time for you guys to step up and take initiative, and this is the best way to do it.”
So after awkwardly moving to the sidewalk to get out of the way of impatient drivers, Bethany, Joyce, and I asked God what He wanted us to do.
“I feel like we should prayer walk,” I said.
“Sure,” they said, shrugging their shoulders.
The noisy drilling and clamoring of road construction made it very hard to pray at first. But then we realized this was an opportunity. “God, thank you for construction workers,” we prayed. “Thank you for the gifts and abilities you have given them. Please help them to do their work well and keep them safe.”
This is kind of a boring start to our day, I thought in dismay.
As we rounded a corner, I saw a middle-aged woman taking out large boxes and plastic containers out of her car. She was all alone. And instantly, she stood out to me.
“Hey, guys,” I said, “Why don’t we ask that woman if she needs help? She sure looks like she needs it, and even if she doesn’t, it would be a great conversation starter.”
Smiling, the girls responded, “Yeah, that sounds like a great idea. Let’s do it!”
Excited that God placed someone in our path, we approached the woman and asked if she needed help.
“Oh, you girls are so sweet,” she said, “but I’m good actually.”
But as we stood there a moment longer, she decided to open up. “I’m taking a leap of faith,” she said. “I’m moving to Mississippi.” Tears rolled down her cheeks as she told us that she’d lived in Alexandria for over 30 years. “It’s not easy to move. But I know this is what God wants me to do. After my husband passed, life has been hard. But my friends from church and my neighbors have helped me so much. I’m worried that I won’t be able to find such good friends in Mississippi.”
“That sounds really challenging,” I said. “We’re actually missionaries who came out here today to share God’s love with others and we would love to pray with you. Would that be alright?”
“You girls have definitely been sent to me by God!” Mary exclaimed. “And you know what? You aren’t the only ones that have come up to me to encourage me. Now I know with a doubt that God is trying to get my attention. You three are such graces!”
For the next 45 minutes, we talked and prayed with Mary. And when it was finally time to say goodbye, we walked away so full of joy. I was literally jumping up and down as I thought of how God led us to just the right person at just the right time.
“This has been my favorite day of outreach so far,” I told Emily when she picked us up. “I can’t wait to see what we do tomorrow!”
By Alicestasia, student in our Mulitcultural DTS on outreach in Washington D.C.Learn More About DTS!