“. . . Behold, a sower went out to sow . . .” –Matthew 13:3 (NKJV)
A girl had a question following a devotion led by Karen Sanders during a camp in Calgary, Canada. Why, she wondered, did one of the men on a cross get to go to Heaven with Jesus? After Sanders explained the concept of forgiveness, the girl said she understood and went off to play. “I have no doubt,” Sanders said, “a seed was planted in the heart of that child.”
Sanders had stepped out of her comfort zone to take on that role. “I felt somewhat inadequate to lead a devotion,” she said, but she let God take control and He worked through her to share thoughts about forgiveness.
Sanders and other members of Temple Baptist Church, Ruston, La., spent July 15-19, 2018, in Calgary, holding two soccer camps and an end-of-camp block party. The activities were part of Temple’s ongoing partnership with Multiply Church, a church plant in Calgary. Mission teams from Temple travel to Calgary to supplement the efforts of Multiply Church’s four staff members. Like Temple’s youth group that earlier this year distributed 45,000 door hangers to promote Multiply Church’s activities, the volunteers plant seeds and trust that the Lord will provide a harvest.
The Gospel’s seeds were scattered among all ages — not just children. Sanders remembered a man who sat by his daughter during the devotion time. He was attentive during the session despite previously not having been receptive to the Gospel. Now back in Louisiana, she prays that Multiply Church will water the seed that was planted in his heart and that he will accept the salvation that Jesus offers.
As is always true of Temple’s mission trips, this one affected the visitors from Louisiana as well as the Canadian residents. “God tugged on my heart,” Sanders said, causing her to re-evaluate what she does in day-to-day situations.