I got to spend some time with two of my favorite people—Scott Wilson and Mark Wilson, not related.
Scott and I have known each other since middle school—in Germany. That’s a long story! We did not see each other for about 15 years, but reconnected in seminary. He is also a United Methodist pastor in Kentucky. It seems I find out something new about him and his testimony every time we meet. This one really got me because we have such a similar experience. Both of us had a power encounter with God at 16 years of age—but neither of us gave our lives to Christ at that time. But when we did give our lives to Christ, we both experienced that the very next day we were called into ministry.
Mark Wilson told us a story that is so gratifying to an evangelist heart. He planted a church in Virginia Beach. As part of his weekly routine, he would eat at a particular restaurant and would witness to one of the waitresses. Her heart was touched, but she would not give her life to Christ. Mark left that church.
One day, someone he knew was visiting family in Virginia Beach and went to church. A woman got up and was giving thanks for a guy who constantly witnessed to her. She had finally accepted Christ and said, “If anyone knows Mark Wilson, tell him how thankful I am!”