A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a good friend of ours named Kenny at a soup kitchen. Kenny is probably in his mid-60s. He’s a military veteran who grew up in Norwich, Conn.
When we first met him, he told us there are two things he does not discuss with people—religion and politics. A few days after that, we got to hang out and chat with Kenny a little bit more. We were just making simple casual conversation. He asked what we had been up to the day before, and that opened a huge door.
Zach began to tell him we were at our weekly Bible study and were studying the book of Romans. Kenny said: “Romans? What’s that?”
I explained it is a book in the New Testament. He looked surprised. “New Testament?” he asked.
“Yes,” I said. “There’s an Old and New Testament (in the Bible) with 66 books total.”
Kenny still had a puzzled look on his face. I told him Romans is found right after the books called the Gospels, which is where the story of Jesus is told. We began to tell Kenny the good news and what that meant. Kenny told us that he grew up Catholic but never really paid much attention to what they had to say. He was so interested.
“I never talk about this stuff. Now I can’t stop talking about it,” he said.
It really just showed me that some people really just don’t even know, and it reminded me of Romans 10:14-15.
A few days ago, Kenny said he visited a church. After he left, he said, he had so much joy and just felt so good. He said, “Not everything was going my way that day, but it was OK, and I haven’t felt like that in a long time.”
Kenny also said there was a certain point in that service when he felt uncomfortable, so he had not returned. I invited him to come to Cornerstone where I am serving. He said he would.
We’ll just have to wait and see.
Jermaca Brown, a student at East Texas Baptist University, is serving with Go Now Missions at Cornerstone International Church in Connecticut.