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Read Acts 26:12-18 The Conversion of Paul

And he (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation." Mark 16:15 (NRSV)

Carolyn Strickland, from Florida, and her husband had placed their phone number on a "do not call" list, but, despite this, they still receive multiple telemarketing calls each day. One day, her husband said, "What if we turned these calls into a stage to reach out to those who don't know Jesus?" After praying about it, they decided to tell solicitors that they would listen to their spiel but that they wanted to say something to them first.

They would ask the callers whether they had a relationship with Jesus, and we would discuss God's saving grace and the gift of salvation. Sometimes they would ask the caller whether there was something they could pray for on their behalf. Occasionally they were met with coldness, but more often they had genuine conversations with people across the world. They then patiently listened to the reason for their call and thanked them for the opportunity to talk to them.

Through these conversations they know they have planted the seed of God's love, and they pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them forward. It's amazing how God turned their annoyance into a way to share the good news with others all over the world!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to be open to opportunities to share your love. May your Holy Spirit cause the seeds we sow to grow and multiply so that others may find eternal life, in Jesus' name, amen.

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