Guest E-vangie: Good Student


By Erin Shamburg (Erin is a high school student who is currently taking my evangelism class. Her homework was to hand out a Million-Dollar bill Gospel tract each day for 7 days)

After hearing the evangelism class, I was determined to get out in my school and try to talk to most of my friends since I knew a lot of them were atheists. It probably wasn’t a good idea though, to target my two friends who a] claimed to be Christian even though they drank socially and just “didn’t act like a Christian in front of their friends” or b] claimed to be gay.

I first talked to one friend during passing period on Wednesday. She was telling me what she did over the weekend and how she had had done some stupid stuff while she was drunk. I was shocked at some of the stuff she was telling me. I said, “Are you still a Christian?”


“You don’t act like it”

“No, no. I just don’t act like a Christian in front of my friends…”

I smirked. “If you died right now would you go to heaven?”

“Of course”


“Because I pray a lot.”

I sighed. It would’ve been so much easier for my first person if she had said, “Because I’m a good person!”

Anyway, I went through five commandments; she admitted to breaking them all. And then I used the courtroom analogy. She looked offended/confused. I got frustrated when the bell rang for me to get to class. Not only was I late, I wasn’t getting anywhere with my friend. I was a little upset when I got to my class, but I figured I had given her something to think about. I had planted the seed.

My next victim was my gay friend in, ironically enough, Biology class. I didn’t have time to actually talk to her, but I gave her the million-dollar bill. She was all excited looking at it. When she was about to put it in her binder, the small print on the backside caught her eye. While she was reading it, she looked up at me saying, “This is so depressing…”

“Why?” I asked

“Because I’m a sinner,” She said sarcastically.

“Well we all are,” I replied.

And we ended our conversation with that. I didn’t make a lot of progress on my first day, but you’ve got to start somewhere.


  1. Erin!! I am sooo proud of you girl! Your high school and your friends are lucky to have you in their lives. Keep working on your friends. Never give up. Who knows, you may never save anyone but you may plant seeds in many. And without the seeds… will they every grow? Seed planters are very important.
    I’ll pray for you. 🙂

  2. You did very well, that takes guts – God’s strength and wisdom was in you:) Just think if you were them wouldn’t you want someone to tell you the truth about your soul, about God and what he’s done for us. Remember if they or anyone else gets mad at you, they’re not rejecting you – they are rejecting God. High School is an excellent time to make changes in your life, so you keep telling those that will listen to you. The older you get the harder it gets and the more regrets and baggage you have! Press on Sister!

    2 Corinthians 12:10
    That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    1 Peter 4:13
    But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

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