Thoughts to Live By

Testimony of Bethany Pisney

Missions Trip to Daytona Beach, Florida

Surrender is the key to the Gospel. That is something that Evangelist Ron Reilly mentioned in the training on Wednesday. I could’ve never imagined what God would do when I first surrendered to go to Daytona for the first time in 2013. It was the farthest thing from easy for me to go up to someone and start a conversation, much less personally share the Gospel. Through my stammering and stuttering, God used me to lead my first soul to Christ that first missions trip. Now, fours years later, I have surrendered to go to the mission field, and it all started at Daytona!

All my thanks goes out to all of you who prayed and supported me to be able to go again to Daytona missions trip this year! The Lord does exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, and used 24 soulwinners to lead 397 people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! The Lord worked through me to lead 14 people to the Lord and many other assurances throughout 2 & 1/2 days walking up and down the beach witnessing to people. Hearts were prepared, and many were open to talking of Christ considering it was Easter weekend. More people listened to the Gospel than rejected me, and that has never happened before!

One of the most memorable stories was an one man that I shared the entire Gospel with. Although he still didn’t put his faith in Christ, he told me that he had already rejected one other from our group, and told her he was an athiest to get her to go away. It was a motivation to me to know that some plant, some water, but God gives the increase! Please pray for the countless that heard the Gospel at Daytona that they would believe, and for those who put their trust in Christ to grow in their faith!

Each person that God used me to lead to Christ I write down in the leaf of my New Testament. Every time I read over these names I am reminded of the indescribable joy that comes from seeing a soul bow their head to ask for forgiveness and to put their trust in Christ. To think of one soul spending an eternity without Christ because I did not tell them makes my heart cry out with sadness. To think of one soul spending an eternity with Christ because I shared the Gospel makes me tear up with tears of gladness! In the midst of the busyness of college, this missions trip was a much needed reminder why I am at studying missions here at Bible college-for souls.

By Bethany Pisney