Again today, a passer-by said “This is the Coventry Rd”. An obvious statement, but the implied question is “why are you presenting the Christian Gospel here in a Muslim majority area?”
How precious to be able to reply that the message of God’s love is not for one certain group of people, but for the whole world.
‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.’
Ted and I had another pleasent hour or so in Small Heath today. We still gave out quite a number of Gospels, but not as many as previous weeks. Whether this was due to the weather being cooler or Ramadan having finished, I’m not sure.
Nevertheless, the number of Gospels taken overall is very encouraging. This is about our eighth or ninth week in Small Heath and we are getting close to 200 Gospels given between the two of us.
For a comparison, friends in the Open Air Mission said that on a recent week event in Derbyshire at the ‘Dressing of the Wells’, who had a very encouraging week giving out 400 Gospels over roughly the same amount of time, but at a special event with a lot more people passing, and typically White British.
Also today, I had 3 conversations. One, very short. The second with three lads was quite feisty, but they were not interested in listening, often mischaracterising what I said in order to make cheap points. The third was more worthwhile. Pray for Z, who works in one of the stores. He took a Gospel initially but then said he wanted to read the whole thing, do I was able to give him one of my new Birmingham City Bibles (NT). He wants me to read the Quran all the way through and then we will have another discussion. Pray for this contact.