While some "converts" fall away,some Gospel seeds fall on "good ground. The following letter tells the great story of a 10-yea-old boy and the results of his decision.
"I have been meaning to write you for years. My name is Jeff Hawkins. I grew up in the First Baptist Church of Alpharetta under A.B. Hatfield’s ministry. When I was 10 years old (I am now 42) you came and preached a revival at the church. God brought me under conviction and a few days later I came to know Jesus Christ as my Savior. I had a tough time as a teenager but God brought me to my knees as a 19 year old and I had a dramatic recommitment of my life to Christ. Shortly, thereafter the Lord called me to preach. I went on to Bible College and Seminary. I am now in my second church and have been pastoring for 13 years – before that I was a youth pastor for 6 years. All that to say – Here is a long overdue thanks-----Thank you for preaching the gospel and for being the instrument God used to bring me to the point of salvation."