Shopping for Jesus?

My daily routine includes parusing the prayer requests on the Board's Intranet, going over the highlights off Baptist Press, and prayer. This morning, several stories on BP really struck me. The first is how a seemingly random encounter was used. It highlights how mindful we need to be of God's Kingdom and the Kingdom work He would have us to do.

FIRST-PERSON: The shopping trip from heaven

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a shopping trip in South Africa with Christian author/speaker Beth Moore would turn into a movement of prayer — and a missionary devotional book called "Voices of the Faithful."

I had never met Beth or heard her speak in person until the eventful week in 2002 when she came to teach Southern Baptist missionary women from all over southern Africa. We went shopping one afternoon during some free time, and Beth asked me all about my missionary work. As the conversation developed, she found out that I, too, was a writer.

“I’ve always wanted to write down missionary stories,” she said. “Would you be interested in collaborating with me on something like that?”

Honestly, I didn’t know what to say. But that day started a year of prayer and seeking God on the matter.

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