It is estimated that there are over 30,000 Christian missionaries in the unevangelized world today. Two thirds of them are full-time Christian workers abroad. These people have left the familiar comforts of home and family to take the message of the gospel to unfamiliar parts of the world, sometimes even putting themselves in mortal jeopardy. There have been countless stories of missionaries being tortured or killed for sharing their faith. However, these reports do not sway the hearts of new generations of missionaries eager to see the gospel spread throughout the world.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?