When I first was hired at Living Waters, I carpooled with Jaylene - a friend and co-worker – each day to the ministry. We traveled a long distance -from Riverside, CA to Bellflower, CA - about a 42 mile drive. Sometimes it could take us up to 3 hrs just one way.
Back in 2005, Jaylene and I decided to stay a bit late at the ministry to avoid some of the rush hour traffic. As we drive home through a rather high-crime area, we took a few moments to slow down and hand some Million Dollar Bill tracts through the car window to some youths on the side of the road.
Seconds later and after we had pulled away, a police car pulled up behind us and flashed its headlights. I looked over at Jaylene and said, “That's strange...we weren't speeding or anything...I wonder what's wrong.”
We quickly pulled over and waited. All of a sudden we realized that we had approached the young people at night in a gang-infested area (which of course isn't the wisest things for two ladies to do).
“Jaylene, it probably looks like we're dealing drugs or something. For one, it's late at night.” I explained.
“And it doesn't exactly look good when money is passed out of a car in a drug-ridden area." I added.
“And to top that, these guys look like gangsters…” I told her.
“Oh no, you’re right!” Jaylene agreed, putting one hand over her mouth.
When the officer came to Jaylene’s window, I leaned over so that he could see me and said, “It might not be what you’re thinking it looks like, sir! In fact, you’re probably going to think we’re crazy.”
“Those guys need to hear about Jesus and we were giving them gospel tracts!” Jaylene explained to the officer.
Then Jaylene, handed him a Million Dollar Bill tract and showed him the Curved Illusion tracts, he smiled and said, “You’re showing the wrong person. I’m already saved.”
We were taken by surprise. He was a brother in Christ, and he didn’t stop us because of what we were doing, but because our license plate light wasn’t working. Upon leaving, we handed him a stack of tracts and encouraged him to witness.