We all love stories about heroes. Why? Maybe it’s because at some point in our lives we have all needed someone to come to our rescue. Superheroes are especially popular these days; my favorite is Superman. However, I prefer real life heroes where ordinary people wind up doing extraordinary things.
On July 4th, a group of 17 regular people made their journey to the small Caribbean island of Antigua. They joined forces with members of the St. John’s Church of Christ to reach out to a lost community and to rescue them from darkness. Our daytime strategy was an outreach to children called Summer JAM where we had contact with nearly 100 neighborhood kids. This VBS type approach incorporated soccer with spiritual lessons, games and crafts.
Under the cover of night, we expanded our mission by hosting a gospel meeting led by Jerry Tallman from Michigan entitled, “I Need a Hero.” Jerry, a gifted evangelist and speaker, brought practical messages about areas in our lives where we all struggle. Our strategy was to attract people to hear positive lessons about real life issues of finances, family and faith. Each night, he portrayed Jesus as the ultimate hero and challenged us all to give our lives and problems to Him.
By the end of our mission, four precious souls had invited Jesus to become their Lord and Savior (hero) and were baptized into Christ! These four found the ultimate hero because 17 lesser known heroes went on a mission. Praise God for ordinary people who are willing to do extraordinary things!