35th Spiritual Birthday

October 31, 2008 — 2 Comments

On a Wednesday afternoon in a bank’s unused meeting room, one woman banged out some hymns on a piano while 40 some-odd kids followed along. A second woman then began telling stories from the Bible using a felt-board. Felt-boards were what people used to communicate before Velcro, Power-point, 3M sticky notes and cell phones were invented.

This felt-board had a big heart with a door in the middle. Jesus waited politely on the outside (the side without a door handle). Only the person inside (me, in this case) could invite him in.

As a 10-year old fourth grader, I didn’t need a lot of data to convince me of my own sin and my need for a savior. Later, after dinner, I vividly remember going upstairs to my room, kneeling beside my bed, and inviting Jesus to invade my life, forgive my sins, and help me follow Him. That was Halloween night 1973. Shout at the devil.

Thank you, Ann Pugh, for faithfully presenting the message to a kid who desperately needed to hear it. Another ten years would pass before I fully surrendered to Christ’s wonderful Lordship. You have borne good fruit to God’s glory among the nations. Your labor was not in vain.

Did you know…? On this day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany, pouring gas on the flame of the nascent Reformation. Shout at the devil again.

2 responses to 35th Spiritual Birthday

  1. Andy McCullough October 31, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Happy birthday! Here’s to the millions of Ann Pughs around the globe who will know the rest of the story on day.

  2. Yay for flannelgraph/felt-board! 🙂


    A Canadian student (last year) from Western Canada who’s now a campus ministry intern in Eastern Canada (this year), thus gaining the privilege of hearing you speak for two Winter Conferences in a row!

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