"Come, Follow Me..."
MWS Race Team
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Why is a Bible verse on the back of our shirts?
"Come, Follow Me" is a summarization of a verse in the bible from the Book of Matthew, chapter 9, verse 9. One of Matthew Stahl’s passions was going to church and learning about our Lord, Jesus Christ. He enjoyed Sunday school and an evening children's program called Voyager. Every night, Matthew would read from his “Action Bible” and “Comic Book Bible”. Both tell stories in comic book fashion and have awesome illustrations that any young boy would love! Matthew's favorite story was about a man named Samson. In "The Action Bible", Samson is drawn as one really buff dude. He is definitely a comic book super hero! Every night, Matt would stay up past his bedtime reading his bible. Shortly before Matthew died, he excitedly showed his parents a page in his bible that showed a picture of Matthew the taxpayer and Jesus. Jesus was saying to Matthew, "Come, Follow Me." The full verse from the NIV Bible reads:
“9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.”
Young Matthew could not contain his excitement when he showed his parents the picture of Jesus saying, "Matthew, Come and Follow Me" in his Action Bible. He was excited, as if Jesus was speaking directly to him. Little did his family know that the Lord truly was calling Matt to follow him. On October 29th, 2012, Matthew's beautiful life was abruptly ended and he was taken home to be with his Father in Heaven.
We believe Christ calls everyone to follow Him and it is our choice to do so. We choose to follow and walk by faith. This is why we chose this verse as our catch phrase.
Shortly after Matthew's death, a dear friend of ours sent a letter to Sergio Cariello, the illustrator of the Action Bible, to tell him about the huge impact the bible had on Matt's life. Touched by Matt's story, Sergio sent us case of Action Bible and Action Bible devotionals to give away in Matt's memory. In August of 2013, we received a hand drawn picture of Matthew's face on Samson's body along with a touching note from Sergio.
“The Action Bible” played a large part in Matthew’s life and brought him joy and peace. Because of this, the Stahl family is providing not just Action Bibles, but different bibles for all ages anyone who asks for one. If you would like to know more about Jesus Christ, we have small pamphlets illustrated by Sergio that introduce you to Jesus Christ with a few short, yet powerful stories about His ministry This is a personal mission that the Stahl family funds on their own. If you would like to help with the purchase or shipping of bibles, please feel free to contact us via email to ask how to donate to this cause. Jrstahl05@MWSRaceTeam.org