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By Andrea Johnson

A few weeks ago Nate Beaird, our digital media manager, asked the Lord for opportunities to show kindness to others. One of those opportunities struck me as a clear illustration of introducing a person to Christ.

One stormy day several of us had gathered together for a meeting when, looking out the window, we saw an older woman walking down the street in the rain. We wondered why she wasn’t walking on the other side of the street where there was a sidewalk but then went back to our meeting. A few seconds later I was astonished to see the same woman trudging determinedly up the steep hill on the south side of our building. With no entrance on that side of the building, there was no sidewalk or railing to help her navigate the wet, slippery grass. “Why is she climbing up our hill?!” I asked.

Nate’s reaction was to run out and help her up the hill. He learned that she was trying to get to the building across the street from the west side of our office for a social security workshop. Seeing her disorientation and knowing she would have to cross a very busy four-lane road to reach her destination, he offered to drive her. She refused his offer, so he gave her explicit directions and returned to our meeting even though she was still going the wrong way.

Then he had an idea. He went back outside and asked the lady if she would be willing to have a woman drive her to the meeting. She agreed to that offer so Nate asked Julie and Jenny, a couple of gals in our office, to drive her, which they gladly did.

As Julie and Jenny drove the woman to her destination, she showed them where she said she had parked her car – in the parking lot right in front of the building hosting the social security seminar. Large signs plainly marked the correct entrance to the seminar. In talking with her, the gals realized the poor lady was clearly confused. They were glad they had helped her.

What if Nate hadn’t reached out to the woman? What if he had just given up after she rejected his offer to help and she had wandered out into the traffic? What if the gals hadn’t come alongside to help? Similarly, people without Christ are often confused and misdirected. Jesus compared them to “sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). If we work together, certainly we can find a way to help them.

About The Author

Andrea Johnson
Managing Editor

In her spare time you will most likely find Andrea Johnson with family or friends, or outdoors hiking. She and her husband, Dennis, are blessed with four children and five grandchildren.