How a Haircut Enlarged the Mission Field
Even when I’m not on the road in ministry (during my “regroup and retool” time), God gives me the privilege of sharing His Word.
I was at the barbershop, and the young man who cut my hair was from ... Cuba! (His accent was the first clue!) He’s from Artemisa — the town where we have our biggest church. What are the chances of such a connection? One hundred percent! These are God’s odds!
I learned that my barber doesn’t know our people in Artemisa — even though the church has more than 2,000 people and 300 daughter churches. He left Cuba before we had a chance to share with him.
So I told my new friend what we do in Cuba, and all that is happening in the country. He drank it all in. Then we were silent for a moment. Finally he said, “You know, I have a problem, and I wonder if it is spiritual. Every night around 3 a.m., I wake up with the same nightmare. I see people, evil people, standing about two inches from my face. I wake up screaming!”
I asked him if he’s had any part in voodoo, or séances, which are common in Cuba. He said no. We talked about the connection between hallucinations and certain drugs. He said he’d done none of that.
Finally I suggested that one fundamental step in dealing with the spiritual world is to turn your life over to Jesus. I explained the Gospel, and asked if he wanted to do this.
“Yes,” he replied, “I would like to do it.”
I prayed with him right there to receive the Lord and took him to meet a Cuban pasor working with us in Dallas.
Can you believe it? Right here, our home turf turns out to be part of the mission field. Right here in the U.S., there are many who have not yet come to faith! We must be ready in season or out of season, to every opportunity. Many of us get used to Christianity without the witness. God NEVER gets used to it.
Let us stay in step with the Lord. Let us be obedient to the call He has placed on our lives. He is as intent on reaching out to the lost today as He was last week, last decade, and last century.