A small step of faith at a local dump

Scott, one of our GoodSeed USA staff, recently had the opportunity to share some of our new free By This Name e-book cards. He writes:

I love going to the local dump. There’s no better feeling than driving home with an empty pickup truck!

Early last Saturday morning, with hot coffee in hand, I headed across town and pulled up onto the entry weigh scale where a smiling booth attendant, whose name tag read “MARGE,” greeted me.

“Good morning! What do you have for me today?” She asked. I described the nature of my debris, as she noted the weight of my full truck, and handed me a pink laminated card.

“Trade you?” I asked, while offering her a business card with a link to download a free copy of By This Name.

“What’s this?!” She asked, still smiling, as she looked over the card.

“It’s just a little something for you,” I answered, “With it, you can download a free eBook that explains the message of the Bible in a way that makes a lot of sense. I’ve read it myself, and I really enjoyed it–I hope you do too!”

“Why thank you!” Marge said. And off I went.

Once my truck was empty and swept, I drove onto the exit weigh scale. Another attendant whose name tag read, “TONY,” extended his hand to receive the pink card Marge had given me. I gave it to him, along with another free eBook business card.

As I drove home, I thought, “Who knew something so mundane as going to the dump would give me a chance to invite people to journey through the Scriptures?”

I prayed for Marge and Tony, asking God to prompt them to get the book. Perhaps the Holy Spirit will bring new realizations about God’s holiness, sin’s devastation, Jesus’s amazing provision, and how trust in God changes everything.

Sharing the gospel in everyday life is always going to take a step of faith. These little business cards are a big help. Order yours HERE: us.goodseed.com/new-release

“I’m keeping my mom-bag packed with the good news!” 

Opportunities abound to share the gospel when we take the time to talk to the people we meet in public places. The Holy Spirit works through us to reach others with the message of salvation through Christ. Kellee, a GoodSeed missionary, writes: 

“Last week I took my kids to a play area, and I struck up a conversation with another mom who was there with her children.  As we chatted, she was reading to her younger daughter and mentioned how much her daughter loves books.  I took this opportunity to give her a card with a free ebook download for “The Lamb”.  It’s a children’s book that walks you through the Bible, and gives a great explanation of the gospel. I’d been praying that God would provide a chance for me to share, and was thankful I got the chance! 

It’s easy to doubt yourself, but even if our presentation isn’t so smooth, we can trust that God is going to work far beyond our meager offerings.  I’ve decided not to let my idea of perfection interfere with my willingness to share the gospel.  So, I’m keeping my mom-bag packed with the good news!” 

This resource is available now at: http://us.goodseed.com/new-release/  

Coming soon to our other stores. 

Get equipped to share the gospel around your town!

Rideshare the Gospel

At GoodSeed, we believe God transforms lives as people understand the gospel. Our aim is to get a clear presentation of the gospel into the hands of as many people as we can. One of our missionaries, Doug, just had this opportunity. He writes:

“I recently started driving in the evenings to earn extra money for our family. The other night I was chatting with one of my passengers, and he was telling me all about a new business venture he was a part of. As he was getting out of the car, he gave me his business card. When he handed it to me, I offered him a card in return, one that has a download for a free eBook, “By This Name.” This book presents who Jesus is and what He accomplished as the central figure of the entire Bible. The rider was really excited to download the book and was happy that I’d given the card to him. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will use this resource to bring him to a clearer understanding of the gospel and with it salvation and a changed life.”

These free eBook cards will be available for all of our main resources including: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus, All that the Prophets have Spoken, The Lamb, The Story that Matters, and What are Christmas & Easter All About. Coming soon to our US and Canada stores:  US(us.goodseed.com) Canada (ca.goodseed.com)

Join with us in handing these out to those the Lord brings into your life and expect great things!

An Easter poem: Something Inside Came Alive with a Roar

came aliveThe Bible records a story that happened two thousand years ago on the day that Jesus was resurrected. It’s an account of two individuals on the road from Jerusalem to their hometown of Emmaus, and about a stranger they met. Here’s their story.

We left Jerusalem, about midday
Avoiding travellers along the way.
Taking the road alone, dusty and dry,
Trying to escape that prying eye.

We argued as we walked, what could it mean
Of Jesus, and the miracles we’d seen?
Of stories we’d heard, of places we’d been,
How a lamb could atone for one’s own sin.

Half in fear, half in hope,
Rehearsing His life, trying to cope.
First we whispered, then we cried
You see, we were there when Jesus died.

Then a stranger joined us unaware—
His presence fresh, like a gust of air.
We gave no thought, where he was from
And took no interest in how he’d come.

At first he spoke not yet a word,
But listened carefully, as we conferred.
As we discussed the day’s events
And all that Jesus was up against.

The stranger then spoke, as in dismay,
“Why do you dispute along the way?”
Stunned, we said, “Didn’t you see the throng,
The trial, the crucifixion, the terrible wrong?”

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TERM Seminar: I realized how much the world really has changed

TERM Seminar in Coeur d'Alene, ID

I realized how much the world really has changed… we really can’t just assume people are biblically literate—even those who attend our church every week. I’m going to talk to church leadership about how we can use these tools for outreach… and also with everyone who is already in our church.” – Fletcher, 2015 TERM participant

Fletcher was enthusiastic as he shared with us his evangelism plans. Having finished the one-day TERM Seminar in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, he had caught the vision of how it was possible for an ordinary believer like himself to reach the people in his community with the gospel. He had come to see that in today’s world, believers needed to rethink how to share the unchanging gospel in a way that makes sense to people with little or no knowledge about the Bible.

Fletcher was among 100 attendees who were at the first of our seven seminars being held across the USA this fall. Some of the participants lived right in town. Others came from as far away as Libby, Montana and Seattle, Washington. But the ones who travelled the farthest were those of a church group from British Columbia, Canada!

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Over 90 and trusting Christ for the first time

90-year-old man

Since the launch of The Story that Matters, we’ve seen individuals and churches give out hundreds and hundreds of the 64-page booklet. One reason people like to use this small book is that it provides background and information about the God of the Bible (who he is and what he is like), the problem of sin and the salvation that Jesus offers. For someone with no background about the Bible, the booklet uses a historical narrative to introduce God in a way that makes sense.

Recently, we received an email from Amanda.* She had ordered ten copies and passed several to her sister who helps care for an elderly neighbour. Amanda relates what happened:

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Connecting the dots

What does it take to make a GoodSeed translation available?

By This Name in Thai.
By This Name in Thai.

( Read this in French / Lisez ce en français )

Rusty’s* desk is crowded. Stacks of paper, books, a MacBook with a blue sticker supporting local businesses and a coil of cables are being arranged to go into a sturdy backpack in preparation for a work trip. This upcoming trip will see Rusty pass through the UK, Germany, Italy and a few other places too risky to mention. Behind him, a map of the world is tacked to the wall not simply as office decoration, but as a way to visualize the remote locations where his contacts are located. Another wall bears a whiteboard covered in a long list of languages. Written neatly in a sloping hand, the list reflects the current translation projects GoodSeed has in progress. Many of the languages come from areas on the globe where the good news of the Bible is not readily available.

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