Preaching Christ To The World

 A Devotion for you, presented by Douglas Marco

Don't have a Bus Ministry, Please Start One
 Written by; Eva Marco, Wife, Mother, Missionary and Bus Kid.

My name is Eva Marco; I am married to Evangelist, Dr. Douglas Marco.  I would like to encourage you on behalf of the children in your area, if you don’t have a bus ministry, please start one.   If your not working on one, please start.  If you do have a bus ministry do not take any child for granted.  You never know what they can do for God in the future.

As I have traveled across the country, I have been in many churches.  I have heard hundreds of testimonies of people that were saved out of a life of drugs, alcohol and such.  You have heard testimonies like those.  My husband has a great testimony of what God did in his life.  For a long time I wished I could say how much my life changed and how different I am from what I used to be.  Then one day it dawned on my peanut brain.  What are you thinking?  No! God did not save me out of a life of sin.  He did something even greater.  God saved me from a life of sin thanks to the bus ministry.

In 1973, an old country preacher heard about another preacher in a little town called Hammond, Indiana who ran buses to bring children to church.  The old country preacher went back to his little town of Salem, Michigan.  He did not have a bus however; he did have a young couple with a van.  They were willing to let God use them and their van to bring dirty, snotty nose, uncouth children to church.

January 1974 my two brothers, my sister and myself were invited ride the van to church.  Excited about getting to go somewhere, we said YES!  You see we lived way out in the country and the only place we ever went to was to school.  That was no fun.  When Sunday morning came we were up early.  Dressed in our best waiting to be picked up.  WOW! Sunday school was totally different from Monday – Friday school.  This was fun.  The teacher was excited we were there.  The van driver was excited to be picking us up.  As a twelve-year-old girl it was easy to see that these people really cared about us.  I remember like it was yesterday, after Sunday school the teacher asked me to stay.  After everyone had left she asked me if I knew if I would go to heaven one day.   I told her no, I don’t think I do.  She sat down across from me and told me what Jesus did for me and why he did it.  Well she did not have to ask me twice.  Yes I wanted to go to heaven.  I know a good deal when I hear one.  I gladly asked Jesus to save me.

My mother started coming to church with us.   She accepted Christ as her savior and heaven as her home, where she went to live two years ago.  The summer of 1975 the preacher talked to my dad.  Yep, you guessed it, my dad accepted Christ as his Savior.  Two week later my dad was killed.  I don’t know how I would have made it through that time if it were not for my Preacher, Sunday school teacher and bus workers. 
October 15, 1977 my sister had a friend who was a standup comedian with Hollywood contracts to come and put on a clown show for my brother’s twelfth birthday.  Well, once he took off that clown makeup he was kind of handsome.  We invited him to church.  He was a Catholic.  He figured he had already sunk so low into sin, going to a Baptist church couldn’t be much worse.  After coming to church For a couple of weeks my rough, tough, four foot eleven inch tall mother asked him if he wanted her to go with him to the alter.  That Sunday night my future husband was saved.
Two months later God called him to be a preacher. He gave up his life of drugs, alcohol and sin.  He even gave up his Hollywood contracts to go and serve the Lord wherever God would send him. September 1, 1979 I became his wife, to stand by his side and help him serve the Lord.  We have had forty-four adventurous years.  The Lord gave us four wonderful children that love God and were saved at an early age.  When our children were very small we started praying for my husband’s Catholic family to be saved.  Eleven years later my husband was asked to handle his grandmother’s funeral.  His family didn’t know what she was, but they knew she was not Catholic.  Shortly before she died my husband was talking to her about heaven.  She told him that at the age of seventeen she was saved in a Billy Sunday revival.  She had never told anyone till that day.   At the funeral my husband told the story of her salvation and how she wanted to see them again someday.  Not only did his mother and father get saved but twenty-three other relatives also accepted Christ as savior.  Since that time we have seen all but one of his six siblings saved as well as most of his neices and nephews.
We taught all our children to be a soul winner by the age of six.  They have been soul winners ever since.  Our family was soul winning in West Memphis, Arkansas during a revival meeting my husband was preaching, when one of my daughters stopped a young boy on a bike. She led this boy to Christ.  One week later we received a phone call from the pastor.  He told us that the young boy was riding his bike home from school when a satanic cult grabbed him and brutally murdered him.  The pastor went to the boy’s parents and told them that their son was in heaven.  The pastor was able to lead the parents to the Lord.
My husband has always taught soul winners to talk to people out on the street.  We will pass up ten people to knock on one door where no one is home. One winter day a man from our church was out soul winning with my husband, when they came across an elderly man shoveling his driveway.  The soul winner took his truck and plowed the man's driveway.  Then he led the elderly man to Christ.  Before the night was over the elderly man died of a heart attack. My husband has been an Evangelist for ten years or so, most of those years the whole family traveled with him. During those years our family was privileged to go soul winning with many churches and to see thousands of people come to know Christ as Savior. There are many soul winning stories I could share with you.  The Lord has allowed my family to see and do many wonderful things for him.
So I guess my plea to you is on behalf of children everywhere.  Don’t look at them as problem in your church, and not worth your time.  Think what they could do if you love them, teach them and pray for them.  You may be the only one that will.  I truly believe that if it were not for Dr. Jack Hyles, the bus ministry, an old country preacher and a couple willing to let God use them to bring children to church, my life would no be the same.  I would not be saved, my parents and mother and father in-law would be in hell today.   I would not be married to the man I am married to, nor would I have the children that God has blessed me with.  The people we have led to the Lord would not be saved.  The people saved by those we have influenced to become a soul winner would not be saved.  All those people were saved not because of me, but because of the bus ministry, because someone cared about the children.
Thank you Dr. Hyles for loving the children.  Thank you to the old country preacher and to the couple willing to give of themselves to care for me, a dirty little bus kid.

Most of all thank you to Jesus for making salvation so simple that even a little child could understand, and thank you for saving me from a life of sin.



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