E-vangie Tales # 101: My Wife Got Persecuted!


My wife Karen and I have been through a lot in our ten years of marriage, but the one thing that has challenged the both of us was my commitment to try and share my faith daily. I have a tendency to be rather zealous; she is the quiet, shy type. I like invading the space of total strangers with the Gospel; Karen would prefer a more quiet, dignified approach. Still, as a dutiful and committed spouse, she supports me in my witnessing endeavors.

She first started sharing her faith with strangers by cautiously handing out the Million-dollar bill Gospel tract months ago, even though she was certain that someone would eventually kill her for doing so. When that didn’t happen Karen got bolder, accompanying me on occasion to various evangelistic outreaches. It was all going pretty well for her until that fateful day a few weeks ago when she met some nasty ladies on vacation…

Karen approached two women sitting on a bench enjoying the warmth of the sunshine on Venice Beach. Our 5-year-old, Laurel, offered them two million-dollar tracts. They shook their heads “no.” “You won’t even take a gift from a sweet little girl?” Karen asked with a smile.

“It’s a fake!” the older woman barked.

“Oh noooo,” Karen assured, “if you answer the million-dollar question on the back correctly, it’s worth more than a million! Don’t you want to know what the million-dollar question is?”

In unison, they both howled, “No!”

“You’re not even curious to know what the million-dollar question is? Ooooo, let me pinch you to see if you are alive…” she jokingly encouraged. “Well here it is: If you died today, would you go to Heaven or Hell?”

“Oh, I’m on vacation,” the younger one said. “I don’t want to talk about religion.”

Still kidding and trying to win their favor, Karen winked and said, “Don’t worry. I’m not going to say the Rosary or bow to the east. But I am talking about your eternal destiny.”

“Well, I go to church!” the younger one declared.

“It’s not about whether you go to church; it’s about your relationship to Jesus. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His Only begotten Son, that whosoever should believe in Him shall have everlasting life.’”

The older woman had heard enough. With hackles raised, she growled, “I can’t believe you are out saying this to people in front of your little girl!”

“But, that’s what Jesus commanded us to do… to go out into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.”

“Why don’t you just get out of here?!!”

Karen was hurt but did the right thing. “I will honor your wishes,” she replied sadly, taking the hand of little Laurel and walking away.

My wife and daughter left the ladies, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

Not really—actually this encounter was quite upsetting, but Karen is faithful to continue pressing on in obedience to the command.

I’m very proud of her, too.


  1. Yeah Karen:) Bless you for being faithful:) What a good lesson/Witness for Laurel:) love ya- Wendy

  2. Yes Karen! You and Laurel keep up the good work. God bless. In Christ,Lori

  3. I too have been persecuted for handing out a Million Dollar Bill! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! Now that I have your attention, this is my evangi-tale. I have been on 3 excursions with Steve to hand out Million Dollar Bills and the most heinious persecution that I revcieved has been, (are your ready for this, are you sitting down, are really sure that you want to read further, turn away before it too late;-) NO THANK YOU! That’s it, that is the worst thing that anyone has ever said to me. But on a more serious note, the most frightening thing that someone has said to me, (after I asked them the million dollar question) was, I will deal with Hell when I get there. Ooooohhh, you sure will but I’m afraid at that time, it will be too late for that person. People are going to Hell all around us. And what has God called you to do? Simply open your mouth and ask, “Have you gotten one of these?” and then follow the script, and let the Holy Spirit do it’s work.

  4. Karen,
    Those two grumpy women sound familiar. They go to church, but christian charity, kindness and understanding escapes them. Your courage and your courtesy is a good witness and testimony of your faith., not only to your daughter, but those two women. They will remember you and your message.
    🙂 Dawn

  5. Hey Steve, I had Lucy read this story and the first thing she said was why did you write Barked and Howled…that wasn’t nice. then I told her that it was only a figure of speach and she insisted that it was not nice to write that. Then I tried to get her to overlook that and tell me what she thought of the story and she finallly said that some people aren’t going to receive and then later she said that some people water…

  6. You were not PERSECUTED. oh boy. Early Christians were PERSECUTED. Many Africans are PERSECUTED. Native Americans were persecuted. You were not. You were told to GO AWAY. They were not interested in speaking to you. Now that may hurt but its not persecution. Geez, maybe you will call this message PERSECUTION

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