A New Kind of Fisherman

“The fishing is good around here,” says Andy Puleo, a Navigator in Freeport, New York, “both in a physical and a spiritual sense.” Andy takes seriously Jesus’ invitation: “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass” (Matthew 4:19, MSG).

“For us,” Andy says, “fishing has become an effective ministry outreach.” Take Charles, for instance. He’s an unofficial “mayor” in his neighborhood, Roosevelt, where poverty and gang warfare are everyday realities. On a recent fishing adventure Charles returned with a couple keepers, and on the next trip he brought along his girlfriend and younger brothers.

Meanwhile, as Andy has mentored this younger believer to live out his faith in Roosevelt, Charles is having an influence for Christ. “Charles participated in the Greg Laurie Crusade with us here on Long Island,” Andy says. “He brought two children and an 18-year-old ex-con, and two of them went forward.” Looks like Charles is becoming “a new kind of fisherman” as well!

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