Chinese Sons of Thunder
Paul Clayton was like many Christians, heavily involved in lots of activity at his church, but frustrated, and desired that his evangelistic attempts would be more effective. He first heard about Christianity Explained in the 1980’s from OAC Ministries in NZ, but his various activities distracted him from doing anything about it.
Back then, Paul was in his early 30’s, working as a builder in Lower Hutt, Wellington.
"I asked them if they would be interested to go through CE"
“I’ve always felt convinced of the need to share the Gospel and done it in various ways but had got to the stage of feeling . . . [I] needed to add a different approach.”
Hebrews 5:12 says, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word!” (NLT)
A couple of years ago, God used this verse to challenge Paul and remind him of the urgency of sharing the gospel message with those who are without Christ.
He remembered CE. A quick internet search revealed it was still current. He ordered himself a leader’s manual and made himself very familiar with the material.
Paul prayed fervently for God’s help and then began looking around to see who he could start sharing the course with.
He had to wait and kept on praying and waiting.
“To my frustration no one seemed interested and although I kept praying it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. This went on for about a year and although I hadn’t given up, it did seem to be more and more unlikely.”
By this stage, there had been some major changes in Paul’s life.