Paul Boone may not be a pastor or a theologian, but he is undoubtedly a vessel of faith, a modern-day evangelist on wheels. Paul signed up to drive for Lyft over seven years ago to supplement his teacher’s salary. However, God had other plans. From the very first ride, Paul realized that his car was not just a means of transportation but a ministry in itself. Every day, he had conversations with people from all walks of life, discussing faith, life’s challenges, and the hope that comes from knowing Jesus Christ.
On September 30, Paul wrote on his Facebook profile, “In the past four weeks, I have invited over 500 people to join me at church for Invite a Guest Sunday to hear Lee Strobel and the Newsboys. To be quite honest with you, I’ve been a tad bit disappointed because I didn’t have anyone who was coming for sure. As you know, lots of people say they will when things get in the way.
Well, my phone rang at 4:39pm today. ‘Is this Paul?’ the voice said. ‘Yes,’ I replied. He continued, ‘You gave me a Lyft ride a year ago, and I remember you talking about God and your church. Can you tell me a little bit more about it? I would like to go tomorrow if that’s okay.’ I said, ‘You have absolutely no idea how happy I am that you called?’ We talked a little more, and I got his contact information. Before we ended our conversation, he said, ‘How is it that God just put me in your car?’ I said, ‘I can’t explain it, but I do know this… He’s done that sort of thing over 20,000 times in the past seven years and five months! Tomorrow will be one of the best days of life!’ He thanked me.”
The following day, Paul picked up 24-year-old Chandler at his house at 9:30am. They attended Invite a Guest Sunday and participated in a Q&A session with Strobel and Dr. Jeffress about faith, Christianity, and religion following the service. Paul said, “The gospel has never been communicated more clearly. I’m so happy that Chandler joined me for the service. He told me at least four times how happy he was to be at church today. We had a great visit on the way home about all that he heard. I wanted to clarify anything which might not have been clear. I emphasized the urgency of making a decision for Christ. None of us are promised tomorrow.” Even though Chandler still has a lot of questions about what it means to trust in Christ, he expressed his desire to return to First Dallas, this time with his family.
Chandler’s story is just one of many that Paul has been privileged to witness during his time as a Lyft driver. He has given over 20,000 rides, and each one is an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Paul’s unique ministry is a testament to the impact one person can have when they allow God to work through them. His story reminds us that we all have a role to play in fulfilling the Great Commission, and sometimes all it takes is a simple invitation or a heartfelt conversation to change someone’s life forever.
So, who will you invite to church next? Be inspired by Paul’s boldness and join us in the mission to share God’s love with those we encounter—one ride, one conversation, and one life at a time.
We want to celebrate all that the Lord has done in your lives! Share your story with us by emailing firstdallas.org/stories.