Day 14 “Give Me Eyes To See” Influenced Lives

Welcome to day 14 of our 40 devotional of praise and testimony!

 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

My reason for giving this testimony is to glorify God, to encourage Sunday School teachers, and perhaps to convince others to consider becoming a teacher. During my early years I attended another church where I do not remember a pastor ever giving the plan of salvation or the need to accept Jesus Christ as Savior. When I was a teenager, my cousin took me to Pinebrook Bible Camp where I accepted Jesus as my Savior, and that is where I heard of the King’s College. I convinced my parents that I should go to that college, and when I graduated in 1947, I was determined to make a difference in my childhood church. I became a Sunday School superintendent for the children’s department and changed the material to Gospel Light Press lessons. I also taught the Junior class of about 10 students. In that class were 3 brothers from an un-churched family. Those boys were a real challenge at first. However, I knew they were listening, because they could always answer any questions I would ask. As they grew older we remained active in their lives. We helped them with their music and they helped us paint our house. They always referred to me as their spiritual mother. What a privilege, as they are all great Christian men today. Two of them became pastors, and the third was a deacon in his Baptist Church in Alaska where he was a CPA for the Alaskan Pipeline. We still keep in touch. A couple of years ago I went to the viewing of a cousin of mine. While there, other member of that same Junior class (I hadn’t seen in 30 years) threw her arms around me and said, “Oh, Mrs. Barrett, for such a long time I have wanted to tell you what a significant difference you made in my life.” We talked about that class and how her life had been changed because of them. She and her husband are both active in their Baptist Church in Wisconsin. Then there was another class and another young man……you may have heard of him or you may have heard him preach. His name is Ken Rudolph, and recently he told my daughter how he remembered that class and her mother teaching the class on creation. He said “I especially remember the Sunday that the new pastor sat in on the class and tried to tell us that God used evolution to create the world and how Adam and Eve couldn’t talk, they just grunted. And I remember what she said after he left the room.” She read the creation account from the Bible and told us, “This book is the truth, and don’t ever let anybody tell you anything else.” I realized I could no longer stay at that church, and that is when we came to Grace Baptist in 1963. Just think, you might have the next Ken Rudolph in your class right now and maybe your influence will go to Germany, Alaska, Wisconsin or all those places that Ken travels to speak. Don’t underestimate the power of God to use you or the value of your teaching.

J.D. and Dorothy Barrett

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