Investing In the Lives of Kettle Workers
Last Christmas, three families joined our congregation at the Cleveland (West Park), Ohio, Corps through working at the kettles!
Every day during the kettle season, I pulled out of the parking lot to bus our bell–ringers to their locations (60 each morning and 60 others each night). Each time, I would share with them a “thought of the day.” For instance, one morning I said, “Did you know that God would forgive anyone of anything they have done wrong?” Before I could continue my thought, a nice elderly man said, “Unless they commit murder.” I responded, “Nope. Even if someone has committed murder! God loves us so much that nothing could ever stand between us and Him, so long as we turn from our wrongs and want to accept His love.”
I quoted Romans 8, affirming that nothing could separate us from God’s love. This super short and to–the–point style of conversation happened twice a day for me with two different groups of people.
I would begin with “Did you know…” and then follow that with scriptural truths. This approach would often spark conversations. The exciting part was, as I stepped into this spiritual leadership role, many bell–ringers would come to me individually, asking for advice about big decisions or situations in their lives. The opportunities to shine the light of God’s Word into dark places kept rolling in. And victories were won.
In January following the kettle season, three new bell–ringers who had worked for us began coming to church with their families.
Two people from the families have become senior soldiers and another person is involved in the Senior Soldiership class. They’ve found a church to attend, new friends, and family to lift and to love them. They’ve also found hope and have been saved.
I agree with William Evans who wrote, “It may not be our responsibility to bring every individual to Christ; but it is our responsibility to see that Christ is brought to every individual. Every man may not want Christ; but Christ wants every man, and it is our business to let every man and woman know that Christ wants them.”
by Lieutenant Christopher Hinzman, corps officer at the Cleveland (West Park) Ohio, Corps
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