Cardboard Evangelism (Miracles)—A Found Poem
This morning in church we had a visit from a group of men from our local Teen Challenge ministry. The sermon was about how God still performs miracles and these men shared how they are each a miracle. They did so in a very unique way; they called it their cardboard evangelism. Each man walked in front of the congregation with a cardboard sign. On one side they had written who they saw themselves as before they came to Teen Challenge; on the other side they had written who they are now—a miracle of God.
After the service I asked if I could write a found poem based on their cardboard evangelism and they said I could. So with the help of a few of the men I took pictures of the signs so that I could transcribe these miracles into this found poem.
Cardboard Evangelism (Miracles)
Walking in a world of darkness
Found the Light in Jesus Christ
Lost cause; No foundation
Redeemed child; New creation
Chained down by addiction
Set free in Christ
Suicidal depressed broken spirit
Miracle Overcomer Healed
Young homeless lost with no hope
Found by Jesus who gave me hope for a better life
Abandoned, Dad was in prison
Found and free through my ultimate Father
Addicted to cutting myself; Hopeless, in pain
Christ bled enough for me. I am healed inside and out
20 years running with the devil
Now . . . running with GOD
Introduced to meth; it was killing me slowly. I hit my rock bottom
Repented to God. Now praying to be faithful
Bitter outcast looking for acceptance in a needle and a spoon
Passionate Jesus freak
Fresh and clean with the Lord
Lost everything to alcohol
Gained everything through Christ
Overwhelmed by darkness
Overcome by Truth
On the street homeless, shooting meth, feeling hopeless
Overcame all with God’s love & forgiveness
Now have purpose
Had everything; wasn’t enough
Have Jesus; more than enough
Lost, broken, and hopeless
Found, healing, and hopeful
Junkie running to the needle every day
Delivered running to my Sword †
Imprisoned by drug addiction
Bailed out by Jesus Christ
Drinking away the past and the hurt
Trusting in Jesus to heal it all
Chasing dope daily, just to get high
Chasing God daily, and lifting Him high
Afraid I could do nothing right
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!
Oh I am so happy you wrote this because I I wanted to do the same…each testimony was so poignant and so moving and transforming. I will share this with a friend of mine who needs to hear this. Thank you!!!!!
What a wonderful idea and poem! Thanks for sharing it with us, Linda!
It was God’s idea, and the guys wrote it all. It was a very powerful testimony!