On the night of March 30, a dozen Bibles were reported missing from West Cancer Clinic. And on the night of April 1. And April 10. And many other days. No need for police. Here’s the reason:
I started placing a dozen or more pocket-sized New Testaments on a table outside of the cancer clinic I go to. As I wrote about earlier, reading The Bible was critical in my fight against cancer so I started buying cases of New Testaments to give away to people.
Once, I decided to place a stack of them on a table in the lobby of the building, just as you entered the clinic. There are no signs that say “take one” or “free Bibles” on this table – just stacks of these books.
Here’s what happened next:
Every time I came back, they were gone. I have placed dozens and dozens of New Testaments outside and each time, they are gone. On multiple occassions, I’ll place a stack when I go in and three hours later, they are all gone.
I started wondering if maybe someone was taking the entire stack or maybe the business didn’t allow it. But one day, only moments after I put the stack down, I saw a woman enter with one. And another time, I noticed all but one remained when I left after my appointment.
This taught me one thing: people are hungry to know what life is about – especially those who are hurting or are in need. (And believe me, cancer patients are both!)
I’ve given out more than 600 New Testaments in about three years. I didn’t start out putting stacks of Bibles out anonymously. I prefer to give them out personally. But seeing this need, I keep on placing them outside the door of this clinic.
People need hope. People need the truth. They need to know what life is about. The Bible can give meaning to people’s lives.
But only if you reach out to someone else. Don’t let Christianity be the best kept secret!
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