ripple effect

Be like Holly

Front of Livin' Light's "Follow the Teacher" T-shirt on stone wall. On a short-sleeved, navy shirt, a school of light blue fish are following the big fish, Jesus with the word's "Follow the Teacher" in the middle of the school. Matthew 4:19.
Follow Jesus and He will show you how to bring other’s to the light and love of God. Matthew 4:19 reads: “Jesus said, ‘Follow Me and I will make you fishers of people.'”

Last Sunday, Pastor Dan Lacich at Oviedo City Church told us the story of how he came to Christ. The story went like this: Back in high school, he wanted to go to the senior prom. The problem? He wasn’t a senior. In order to go to the prom and the all-night after party, he would have to get asked. So his senior friends helped him find a girl and identified Holly, who was cute, unattached, and most importantly, a senior. Dan proceeded to ask her to dinner and a movie the next weekend. She said, “sure,” and in turn, she asked him to a Bible study that Wednesday.

One simple invite

Accepting her invitation was the beginning of the rest of his new life. Since then, he has been a pastor at several churches and took two of our amazing church’s pastors under his wing. He has written several books and started the OCC Institute, a series of classes to help grow our congregation’s Bible knowledge. The Institute is in the midst of a 10-year endeavor to study the entire Bible.  It is attended by 100-150 each week. 

Just how many people has Dan brought to Christ?  And to think about the multiplying effect — every person who Dan brought to Christ has themselves brought many, many more people into the church.  All I can think to say is: WAY TO GO HOLLY!  All it takes is a simple invite.  We don’t have to feel responsible for making people believe in God.  We just have to point them in the direction, either by action or word and God will take care of the rest.  

Good read: Joyfully Spreading the Word (The Gospel Coalition),

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Leigh An Coplin has been a Christian since she can remember and continues to grow in her love for God every day.  With God as her guide, she started Livin’ Light, a Christian apparel business and online resource.  She has a B.A. in Journalism from Texas Tech University and has worked at the Lee’s Summit Journal, Pacific Business News and The Honolulu Advertiser.  Leigh An lives in the greater Orlando area.