The following is an encouraging incident which took place at BCM’s city centre outreach on an afternoon in May with Peter, one of our City Missionaries.
“One Saturday I was in New Street with the evangelists’ team doing our usual open-air preaching outreach.
As I approached the ‘box’ when my turn to preach arrived, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a lady passing by in a wheelchair. She appeared to be looking our way as she went past. I preached for a short time, until I heard a voice calling out down by my side. It was the lady in the wheelchair, who had returned to the preaching box in order to converse. “Do you mind if I tell you something?” I thought she might be going to cause trouble, but to my surprise (and subsequent great joy), she carried on: “Last Easter my mother-in-law was walking past here and heard someone from Birmingham City Mission preaching about why Jesus died on the cross. My mother-in-law could not stop thinking about her life and her future. So she decided to go along to a local church. As a result she was saved and became a Christian!” There was more: “Consequently my mother-in-law’s husband also came to faith in Jesus Christ, and now two other family members have given their lives to Christ.”
I realised that, amazingly, the Lord had lit a ‘fire of conversion’ through this particular family, stemming from her mother-in-law’s initial salvation. I was overjoyed to hear this testimony but to my surprise it wasn’t quite finished yet. The lady in the wheelchair, more than a little teary-eyed, added: “… And now I am also a Christian.””
‘So shall my Word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.’ (Isaiah 55:11)