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Prisons, Planes, Homes, and Soccer Fields

Regardless of Surroundings, Heart Needs are the Same.

A Better Story

You know how my husband and I attended that STS workshop in March. When we came back we started working with one other couple, going through the Ministry That Multiplies: Practitioner Guide.  This is what happened.

When we all felt pretty comfortable telling stories, we decided to invite our Mu.s.lim friend to join us (she was the original catalyst for us looking into oral methods of discipleship since traditional Bible studies did not interest her at all).

We've been completely stunned at how she's taken to it.  She's pulling out treasures that we've missed.  She says that she likes studying the Bible this way because it's not just information--she can apply what she learns right away.  She loves Jesus, but still has some "I.sla.mic residue," but we're seeing some Kor.anic stories replaced by a "better story" before our eyes.  In short, we are very excited!

However, we're realizing that we need more training.  Using STS has raised many more questions, and we all feel that we especially need more work on the Application area.  It's especially important because a few more people want to join the group now, and we want to do it right.



My Time in Juvenile Lockup

When the first door slammed shut, I knew then escape would be difficult. A 
few metal doors later, we entered the only pod that was not on lockdown for the evening. About a dozen young men from 12 to 18 years old sat waiting for the one-hour evening, Bible study to begin. I met them for the first time that night.

All but one of the teens were gang members. From the looks on the boys’ faces, I guessed that "Bible Night" was not a time they looked forward to because they would hear God's Word, rather it was just another opportunity to get out of their cells. I told the story of the One Leper from Mark 1:40-45.

After a boy retold the story as best as he could remember, I led the young men through the story once more, using easy to answer questions. Now they all knew the story well.

I asked the boys questions that allowed them to start digging deeply into this story. We went through the story slowly, looking for such things as choices made by those in the story, the impact of the choices made, who was affected and what the story showed us about everyone in the story, and about God.  

In the beginning a few boys made comments and asked questions that were strategically designed to distract us from the study of God's Word. One 
boy announced, "I just tattooed 666 on my forehead. Will God accept me?"

I could have either ignored him as a disruption or have directly answered his question, as is the usual response when one is asked a question.  

However, I felt led to ask the other boys what they thought. I asked, ’Is Jesus concerned with the outside or the inside of the man with leprosy?  What does the story tell us?'

After some discussion, the boys said that because Jesus said, "I want 
to..." (in response to the leper's statement in the story, "If you want to, you can  
make me clean") that it made sense that Jesus was concerned about the leper’s inside. The prisoners brought up that Jesus didn’t have to say, "I want to," to make the leper clean, but Jesus chose to let the leper know he "wanted" to make the man clean. And they noticed that Jesus even touched the leper, the leper’s ugly, diseased outside.

We also discussed the leper's choice to disobey Jesus, who was affected by the leper’s choice and how they were affected.

Mid-way through the discussion, a young man stood to leave. He explained, "I really want to stay, but I messed up this morning and need to go." The security guard, who had been pacing in the background during most of the Bible study, called to the boy, "You can stay."

After a great time of discovery in that Bible story, we started talking about what the boys found in the story and how it applied to their lives.

The Christians who regularly teach and preach the Word in this prison couldn't believe the discussion they were hearing.

I asked the young men how their choices affected others. One boy said, ‘I never saw my dad cry til I was put in prison."

Another said, "My brother followed me into the gang."

I asked, "What's going to happen to him?" The juvenile offender responded that his little brother would either die or end up in prison like him.

“Is that what you want?" I continued.

“No."

Several boys shared from their hearts about the effects of their choices. We talked about how to make good choices and if making good choices was easy. 

That single hour turned out to be too short to allow all of the boys to share. By the end, it was clear that the Bible story had deeply affected them.

Afterwards the ministry workers and I gathered in the parking lot. The workers witnessed the changes in the young men, the prisoners’ true transparency and interest in the Bible story. In fact, these Christian workers spent an hour in the parking lot talking about what they had just seen. The workers told me, "We have never seen the boys respond like that before!”

Andowan CA, USA



Family Outreach


"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalms 37:4.

I have always loved children, athletics and the Lord. God has been gracious to allow me to play sports my whole life and allow me to be the father of nine children ages, 1-17. Coaching my children and youth teams in basketball, baseball, softball, bowling and soccer has proven to be not only a playing field but a mission field as well. Just as there are seasons in sports, there are seasons in life. Every season is an opportunity to improve and compete.  

There are always obstacles, lessons, rewards, risks, injuries, fears and joys to be had. To the avid athlete, the sacrifice is always worth it. To the avid Christian, the sacrifice is always worth it. God has helped me to instruct with knowledge and passion in the various disciplines.  

When the Godly traits of compassion, patience, vision, boldness, creativity, joy, forgiveness, and honesty are tangibly demonstrated towards the athletes by my staff and me, a platform is created. Trust and respect are expressed by the attitudes and efforts of the players. The players always want to know why our platform is so strong and what is really holding it up. During breaks, before and after games, team parties and travel provide wonderful opportunities to speak of the Creator and source of our strength and virtue.

Here is an example from Naomi, thirteen years old. Naomi was juggling the soccer ball with various girls from the soccer team and friends from other teams after a game.  When it was time to go, three girls ran up to me to tell me some good news. "Coach Paul! We prayed with Naomi!"  

"Well," I said, "That's great.  What did you pray about?"  

"Naomi told us about Heaven and Hell," they rushed excitedly, "and we asked Jesus to save us!"  

"That's great!" I shared.  

One girl said, "Can we hear another Bible story like the one you told us last year?" In 2009 we had been practicing the "Simply the Story" method and focusing on the story in Luke 5. They remembered that story about Peter and the great catch of fish that Jesus provided.  

"Well," I answered, "Let's sit down right here in front of the goal and learn another story." I told them of Jairus and his twelve year old daughter from Mark 5. They could really relate as they told back the details and made insights. These girls were all between 11-13 years old!

One more example from Abigail, nine years old.  Abigail suggested to her team that they pray before every game. There are four girls that are Christians on the team. At first she was shy but it really brought the team together. You can see the joy on our team from a distance. Often, before a match, I will walk off and look up to God to pray silently while the girls are doing their prayer circle.

Recently, I listened in on one of the team's prayers. Strangely, it came from a girl who doesn't talk much but her dad is a Christian. She said in her soft but confident voice, "Lord, thank You for this team. Please help us to play our best … and whether we win we praise You and if we lose we praise You, in Jesus’ name, Amen."

I wanted to cry. How precious was her heart! What will this do for her faith, boldness and testimony as she matures?  

Our team won the championship! I told my children afterwards that the victory and medals were great, but I would trade it all for the spiritual victories throughout the season. I reminded them. "One person coming to Christ, one Christian walking in obedience is better than the World Cup!"   

If you want more information how STS is being used by Paul or this area of ministry, email us and we will forward your request. You need to put the subject line "Request to connect with  Paul."


Jet Plane to Eternity or Up a Tree

The following report came from a ministry leader who is an experienced speaker and author. She had attended one, five-day workshop, used STS in counseling and then joined the Europe team as a Provisional Instructor. When people have learned STS, understand its versatility and are listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit (and they respond) amazing encounters ensue.

Outreaches can be pre-planned or they can be spontaneous like this next report …

On the journey too the Lord gave more opportunity to use a story. He got me talking to an Austrian, Hans [not real name for privacy], had flown in from Zurich that morning to join the Logos Hope. He was coming to Ireland to see if he, his wife and family, should serve on the ship for a two year period.

While on the plane, the Lord had me tell Hans a story, Zacchaeus. Then as we talked though the story, I asked Hans how he'd react to Jesus' invitation to go to Hans’ home.

I thought to myself. Did Hans want to see Jesus as much as Zacchaeus did wanted to see Jesus? Would Hans, a man of prestige similar to Zaccheus run down a public street and climb up a tree to view Jesus, as did Zacchaeus, and as Zacchaeus would Hans rush to receive Jesus warmly?

I asked Hans, "Would you too do those things to see Jesus?"

Hans hesitated to commit, arguing that there were language barriers between us, differences in this point or that point.

But we persisted within the story. It just seemed to me to be an interesting comparison of situations, of Hans who was looking to see, prepared to serve on the ship, but who was not sure of his personal relationship with Jesus.

"Hmm, I think I know Him," Hans said. Keeping behind Zacchaeus within the story made it possible for Hans to join in this conversation, but then his own consideration of personal application gave him much to think about.

After we landed, my host kindly asked if he could take Hans to the Logos; of course Hans was thrilled at the invitation.

Ironically, the question the Lord prompted Clifford (my host) to ask was, "Tell us of your personal story of how you met the Lord and know Him?"

Isn't God precious,? I thought to myself!

Hans again tried to avoid dealing with spiritual issues. On the plane he was struggling with the issue of saying that he knew Jesus "personally", dancing around the meaning of personal. When I asked if he knew his wife personally he got cornered with how to answer.

Since this encounter, we've been praying for Hans and his time on the Logos Hope. I know the Lord has a wonderful plan for him!

I loved using the story in one-on-one counseling—on a PLANE this time.

I've already been using it many times as I council on the phone!

All VERY exciting.
Caryl UK/USA



Share Your Creative Ideas

The letters we receive on creative ways to use Bible stories in outreaches are many. Look for other reports on this site that show ways people use STS.  The links on the right side of web site and all the "picture" testimonies from the home page "Pick Your Spot" tell many ways people are using STS Bible stories all over the world in a wide array of different circumstances.

We plan to post more reports on this page. Our volunteer staff uploads reports as quickly as possible!

By the way, if you have some interesting ways that you have used STS stories to reach out to others, do send them to us. Your story could bless others and give them ideas.  

If you are struggling in some way to use Bible stories effectively and naturally, write or phone us and we can pray with you or discuss suggestions of how to use the Bible stories.  email us Or Phone 951-658-1619


Go to home page, Pick Your Spot for many more examples of witnessing. Also see Evangelism | Sample Conversational Use of STS | Family Outreach | Practicals