Friday night was the final week of the Way of the Master Evangelism Basic Training Class in Los Banos. Several of us met at 5:30 PM to do some “street fishing” before class. The week before we had gone out witnessing before class also, and met a young woman named Gina who was standing out in front of the Lucky Strike Club having a cigarette. She was very soft hearted and we had a wonderful conversation about Jesus, invited her to church and prayed with her before we left. So this week we decided to see if she was at the bar again. No one was outside, so 4 of us ladies went in and asked if Gina was there. There were about 12 people sitting at the bar and they all looked our way as soon as we entered. It was like a scene out of the TV show “Cheers.” They told us that Gina wasn’t there and recognized us as the Christians she’d talked to the week before. I was standing next to a woman seated at the bar and asked her if she went to church. She said she went sometimes but not as often as she should. Then I asked her if she thought she would be going to heaven, because that was the important thing. She said she wasn’t sure, so I began to explain the gospel, using the commandments first to bring the knowledge of sin. Using examples that we’d learned from the Way of the Master class, I was able to show her why Jesus came to die on the cross, to take the punishment for sin so now God could pardon anyone who will repent and trust in Christ. The man sitting next to her had been listening to our conversation. He preceded to tell me that he’d gone to church as a kid but strayed as an adult. He confessed that he had been in jail once but had always believed in God and wanted to be close to Him but never felt like he was. I talked about the need to be born again spiritually and encouraged Mario to read his Bible and seek God with all his heart and he will find Him. I had a CD of ‘Hells Best Kept Secret’ and ‘True and False Conversion’ in my purse so I gave it to him before we left and told him to put it in his car and listen to it often. I said that it addressed what we were talking about, people who think they are Christians but have never truly been saved. The other ladies were having spiritual conversations as well. As it was time for us to leave for our class I told Mario that I’d be praying for him and he shook my hand and thanked me. Then the 4 of us ‘church ladies’ waved good-bye to our new friends and left.
In looking back on this experience it was nothing like I would have expected it to be. Mind you, it was only 6 PM on a Friday night and still light outside, but the people we met at the bar were just average, ordinary folks who needed Jesus. It was a great place to go fishing. In fact, as I recall, Jesus came to seek and save not the righteous, but the sinners.