TSM's Treasure Hunting Adventure
by Cathy Tankersley
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, TSM started its Treasure Hunting adventure with asking the Lord where He wanted us to go to find His treasures.
We heard Him say Lowe's - to look in the wood construction and the garden sections - and Red Robin! As to exactly where, we discerned we were to start our hunt at Chesterfield Town Center where Red Robin borders the food court and Lowe's is across the street.
Praying for Clues
When we prayed for identifying our treasures, we were told to reach the lost and to look for:
-young mother with 3 children,
-stars and stripes
-pregnant mom with financial concerns
-man with a limp
We started at Chesterfield Town Center’s Red Robin restaurant. This was a new type of place for us to do a treasure hunt. We weren't real sure as to how to look for someone in a restaurant when we were not going to be customers there! HELP! So we asked the Lord for strategy. We discerned that we were to ask the hostess if we could walk through the restaurant as we were looking for someone.
We spotted a woman whose hair was woven in braids with a braided bun. Not sure whether we should interrupt the lady, we exited the restaurant. Later, we returned to Red Robin and quickly blessed the lady in braids as lunch was being served! We felt she was God's treasure. We told her “We know it sounds strange but we are on a treasure hunt and you are one of our clues.” She seemed intrigued and delighted. She gladly accepted the gift of a bible tract and love letter from God.
Young Mother with 3 Children
In the mall, as we walked around the food court, we saw a young woman with 3 children (and her husband who arrived later). We approached the woman and showed her our treasure map. She agreed she was one of our treasures and we had the pleasure of praying for her and her husband!
At Lowe's, based on our clues, we started out in wood construction section.
Finding no treasures there we headed toward the garden shop.
Pink Shirt and Stars & Stripes
As we crossed the store, we saw two treasures walking together that were like neon lights flashing at us - a lady who had stars & stripes on her pink shirt & shoes and a man with stars & stripes on his tee shirt. We shared our treasure clues with them. The lady said that she almost didn’t wear stars & stripes that day but decided to change into these clothes. They were gladdened by our encounter and requested prayer for their children especially for their daughter traveling to Jamaica. They were Christian and accepted a copy of a love letter from God as well.
In the garden center, we encountered a women sitting in a garden chair in obvious need of healing - another clue we had been given! She was wearing an arm compression wrap and had a nasty scar on her foot. She shared she had had melanoma cancer on her foot and had the cancer & lymph nodes removed and had resulting circulation issues. She gladly accepted prayers of healing.
Pregnant Mom with Financial Concerns
Next, we encountered our pregnant mom (with her husband) who had financial concerns in a gardening supply aisle. When asked for her prayer needs, she shared that she had to quit her job when she got pregnant because she worked around toxins and mold and that they were concerned about living on one income. They were overjoyed to be our treasure and appreciated our prayers.
As we were heading out of Lowe's, a salesman yelled out to us “Are you looking for a TRANE?” This opened the door to share what we were looking for – God’s treasures We gave testimony that we indeed can hear from a real God by showing him our treasure map with a corresponding picture of the stars & stripes couple matching treasure clues. The man, Bill, whom we found to be an atheist, shared that he was raised a Christian but walked away due to the actions of a pastor that offended him. He expressed no need of prayer but accepted the gift of a gospel of John bible tract along with a love letter from God. We gently stated we hoped he would reconsider faith in Christ – that his eternity depended on it. We prayed for Bill as we walked away – hoping for his salvation & ability to forgive a pastor that had offended him.
We Found God's Treasures!
Our 2.5 hour adventure felt very productive for the kingdom of God. We were encouraged and blessed as we experienced God’s guidance and saw God blessing others through us in so many different ways. We enjoyed seeing how we needed each others clues together to complete the puzzle to find our treasure. Just think of the pieces of the puzzle we are missing without your presence.
We are looking to Treasure Hunt again on Saturday, Sept 21.
Details to follow. Please pray whether God would like you
to join us on this next adventure.
It’s great fun !!!
For more information, contact Cathy at 804-833-1256.