I believe in Jesus Christ. And I believe in personal evangelism, witness leading others to a personal relationship (and eternal life) with Jesus Christ.
In recent days I have seen the unusual experience of a number of older people coming to personal faith in Christ late in life. All studies of evangelism and missions show that the vast majority of people who ever commit their lives to Jesus Christ do so at a relatively young age. My first year in the ministry, I knelt with a 90-year-old man in Loudonville, Ohio, who prayed to receive Christ as his Savior. Through the years I have learned how unusual that is. The older one gets, the less likely it becomes that he or she will make a change in their faith.
A year ago my wife was returning from Kentucky where we spent Thanksgiving with our children. Jackie flew back a couple days after I did, so that I could be back at our church here in Cape Coral, FL, on Sunday. Her flight was delayed significantly, and to help out an elderly couple she offered them a ride with us from the airport to their home in Cape Coral. They were so appreciative that they later took us to lunch, visited our church and established a friendship over the past year. Both Rose Marie and Hank were faithful Catholics, and Hank was glad to visit our church on our annual Friend Day. Rose Marie was too ill to come.
At age 78, she was stricken with cancer over the past year, and as time went on it became evident that she was dying. At their request, Jackie and I visited their house to pray with Rose Marie. It was obvious that both she and her husband have been active church people with faith in God. Even more importantly, Scripture also describes the kind of faith which gives us assurance that we are Gods children and going to heaven one day (I John 5:13). When I asked, Rose Marie expressed to me that she wanted to be sure that she was going to heaven. I explained the Gospel through the plan of salvation as revealed in the New Testament Book of Romans. Both she and Hank were glad to pray to receive Christ as their personal Savior. She expressed the assurance in her heart that she would go to heaven when she breathed her last based upon her faith in Christ as her personal Savior.
A few weeks later, early this fall, she passed away. When Jackie and I visited Hank at the funeral home there was a sense of spiritual peace behind the tears. Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live! (John 11:25)