Today, when Thadeus stopped by the court, I asked if he wanted to play. Observing the proper measure of humility, I confessed that I didn't expect to win but just loved to play and needed the work-out. After a series of lay-ups, three-point shots, fade-aways, and a few air balls, we sat and talked.
It wasn't "rocket science"really; we started out just talking about life. I listened and asked a few questions. Eventually, I was answering the questions. I shared just a bit about myself, and he received it well. So I shared a bit more. Then, a bit more. Eventually, we were talking about Christian faith, our approach to bible studies, and true stories of lives God has touched. The Holy Spirit was obviously present opening doors.
Thadeus grew up in a very conservative church tradition, but after leaving home is not interested in any type of church. However, when I eventually told him about our approach, it peeked his interest, and I was able to float an invitation to gather some friends for a discovery bible study. He may or may not, but our first invitation to gather for a bible study in Tampa is now out there. Pray with us for many more opportunities. Pray that this conversation produces fruit in Thadeus' life, and pray that the seed that was planted eventually results in new discipleship and even a community of faith.
By: J. L. in Tampa