Servant Evangelism : I Am Hurt and I Cannot Drive Myself

Meeting a Physical Need

Charlotte  is an eighty-five-year-old mother and grandmother who has physical challenges in her back and legs. I met Charlotte at the pool where I go five days per week for water therapy for my physical challenges. We immediately became friends because I would sing worship songs as I carried out the exercise routines. I found out from her that her grandson and daughter were both music ministers and choir directors in their local congregations. I did not see Charlotte for three weeks. I became most concerned about her. I asked Susan, another senior citizen who attend water therapy, where Charlotte was. She told me that Charlotte blacked out, and she had an accident. She had twisted her ankle. I asked Susan for Charlotte’s phone number. I wanted to see if I could be of any assistance to her.

I Am Hurt, and I Cannot Drive Myself

Charlotte explained her condition to me, and I asked her if I could pick her up and take her to therapy with me. She insisted that is would be too much trouble. I asked her for her address, and she gave it to me. It was easy enough to pick her up while my cousin was here from London. I could leave his sister’s house on time, and we could get to the pool early enough to complete thirty minutes of personal training and thirty minutes of group training. However, after he left it became close to impossible. The person who comes to watch my cousin while I go to therapy comes late almost every single day.

Charlotte and I began many discussions in the car on the way to the pool each morning. Charlotte told me all about her life from childhood to the loss of her husband. We discussed how much God loved her and provided for her even before her husband went home to Jesus. She stated that she never thought about it that way before. Charlotte had no way of getting to the supermarket, or the pharmacy to pick up her medication. I volunteered to take her wherever she needed to go.

Car Rides Lead to Enriching Spiritual Understanding

One day she announced that she likes to read through the Bible every year, and she wanted to finish it before the year was over. I asked her what chapter she was reading. It was the book of Revelation. She was so confused. She did not understand how the scriptures in the book of Daniel and many other books revealed what would happen in the end times. We roamed through the Bible as we drove back and forth to the pool each day. As she discussed the scriptures, I did my best to offer clarification. She needed clarification on the seven trumpets and what they signified. She was certain that there would be no people alive on earth that would be the least bit interest in Jesus Christ after the rapture occurs. We discussed this scripture and what it meant,(Revelation 20:4-6). Then we discussed who could have the mark of the beast on their foreheads, because this event would have occurred during the Tribulation. We also talked about the beheading of the souls because of their testimony about Jesus and because of The Word of God. The thousand reign of Christ on earth was a lengthy discussion. It took a few days. Apparently this is not discussed in her Baptist church at all. She was most thankful for the clarification.

When Charlotte read the book of 2 Chronicles, she was astounded at the degree to which Solomon fell. That discussion helped her to realize that although Christ had not come to earth during the reign of Solomon they still had access to the Holy Spirit. However, Solomon’s weakness was women and the many pagan wives he married. It had taken a bit of explanation before she realized that without the renewing of one’s mind any one of us could fall prey to the same extent that Solomon fell prey to the desires of his pagan wives. Charlotte and I still have conversations about her bible readings. Her understanding of scripture has been enhanced by this servant evangelism experience and her walk with the Lord and how he uses people has also improved. Charlotte is still unable to drive herself to therapy or her doctors’ appointments. I continue to drive her wherever she needs to go, and the car-ride bible studies also continue each day.

Friends servant evangelism is not something that is so difficult to do.  It gives each of us an opportunity to meet the needs of others in a meaningful way. It gives us a chance to be Jesus to anyone.

Examples of servant evangelism

  • House/apartment/dorm cleaning
  • Winter car wash
  • Filling windshield washer fluid
  • Yard clean-up
  • Outdoor window washing
  • Car drying at self- serve car washes
  • Checking air in a tire
  • Light bulb service– offering to change
  • Laundromat TM outreach
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Killing weeds
  • House gutter cleaning
  • Leaf raking
  • Soft drink giveaway
  • Raising money to feed the poor in Jesus name

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 10:27:15

    What an awesome story!! I hope we can continue the servant evangelism through our work with the poor and needy. What a better memorial is there for two such sweet women?


  2. Joyce
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 17:34:50

    There isn’t one. Each of us must look for opportunities to serve others so they cannot give back to us. I remember when we started EA. We both gave premium memberships to people, and expensive eggs to them. They could not pay us back. But it opened the door for the team to get to know those people, establish relationships with them and share Jesus with them. That was the intention. People won’t listen to people whom they don’t feel safe with; neither will they listen to people if they think they want something in return.


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