You never know what will happen when you make a commitment to share your faith.
Six years of preaching at a local Department of Motor Vehicles would prove too big a commitment for most people, but not for my good friend “Righteous” Richard Chavarria. Shortly after taking our church’s evangelism class and hearing the principles taught by Ray Comfort in “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” he went to work, and so far, here’s how many people have received the Gospel according to Richard’s meticulous records:
- 570 times he has preached at the DMV.
- 26,781 have heard the Gospel.
- 33,627 Gospel tracts have been handed out.
How did he become a DMV evangelist?
After Richard retired from the City of L.A. he decided he was going to serve the Lord—by working in the parking ministry of Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach. He wondered if that was all God had for him; after all, he had been a Christian for over 18 years.
Well, Lo! and Behold! He ended up taking the very first evangelism class that I taught in 2006.
For homework, I gave each student a pack of Gospel tracts. They were to hand out one a day every day of the class.
In fact, he hid his tracts in the glove compartment of his car. Not only that, he sat in a different seat every week of the class so I wouldn’t call on him. Talk about bold!
At the end of the course he had handed out absolutely no tracts and had no conversations with anybody about their eternal destination.
Then one day I asked him to be on the “J” team; that is, the Jesus Team, our brand spanking new evangelism group. (I don’t know why I asked him.) To my surprise, he agreed to join us on our evangelistic outings and—the rest is history. A year later he started preaching every week at the DMV.
Not only does Richard preach twice every week at the Hawthorne DMV, he has also led teams at the Way of the Master’s Ambassadors’ Academy.
Who knows what God will do with you when you say “Yes” to sharing your faith? Especially everyday?
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