Results of the Work – 5/13/22, end of the semester

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you’ve had a blessed weekend. I got a little side tracked but I had a good last day on campus Friday. I went through the Gospel with Chris while we stood in the hallway. He had given me a kind greeting after being dismissive earlier in the year, about 3 weeks ago. I was just friendly and since he had been pretty solid he did not want to hear anything, I was just friendly back. But I thought if I saw him again and he was friendly I’d ask him about his faith. I did and he said recently he had been moving closer to God. So I went through the Gospel with him since he said he only had a minute. He said he’d want to be forgiven, so I asked if he believed Jesus was God, had died for his sins and rose from the Dead. “Do you think that’s a true story?” He thought for a second and said he thought it was. I showed him the prayer than quickly walking him through it asking if he had prayed that kind of thing telling God he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus. He said something about how he’d been moving in that direction and so I said maybe this was a prayer he could pray later and quickly explained living inside out. I gave him the book Bible Promises for You. “Praise God,” he said like he was quoting someone. And I said maybe I’d see him next semester and he hurried off down the hall. I think will trust in the Lord.

I bumped into Nancy, who had prayed earlier in the semester to receive the Lord and thanked me again for the books. She said she’d been reading them and told me she really appreciated it. Talked to and helped out a Muslim friend with a class that had screwed him over and a special needs guy who needed $3 for a bag of chips. So a few last blessings. One of the former students who transferred to SIU is coming over for dinner tonight. So we’ll do some ministry this summer when it pops up: with students and with the Biker Club where I am a Minister.

Thanks so much for your help and prayers this year!

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/12/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today. I had a good day on campus. I found out Aaliyah prayed to receive Jesus after I talked to her on Tuesday. I had a long talk I wish I could have tape recorded of Andrew a Believer. I went through the Gospel with him last semester. He was asking me every question under the sun for over an hour. I gave him “Why Trust the Bible” and “100 Prophecies of Jesus” Rose publications. I also gave him The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and some directions for what to look for online. I explained the cannon to him, the Trinity and gave him a Bible Study on the deity of Christ and many other things and gave him my contact information.  He’s blonde easy going guy, a real thinker. Aaliyah’s story is below if you have some time. Please pray she grows in her faith.

Today Aaliyah had changed her hair as the black girls I encounter are want to do. Now she had long braids past her elbows hanging freely down, Tuesday she had stacked and woven the braids up behind her head in an interesting bunching (you can tell I have no knowledge of hair styles). She’s a pretty girl with full features, a sweet kind face. I had not recognized her as she was looking down as I approached her in the hall on the first floor under the police Station (it’s on the second above) also her hair threw me off. I asked her to do a student survey. “I already did that,” she said brightly,” I said I was sorry I did not recognize her and asked her name. “Aaliyah,” she replied. “With two A’s,” I asked, and she said yes and that we had talked on Tuesday. I said I had prayed for her. “I read through the booklet,” she said. I had gone through the version I use of it adding things as I go but there was a part on faith in the back she must have read along with the parts I skipped. “Did you pray the prayer in the back, “Yes!” she said happily. “Oh great,” I said and checked (to remind myself) the materials I had given her and said, something like that’s great you are sure now of everything. She agreed and I headed off. When I first encountered her she was in the second floor of the PE lounge against the wall of what is the swimming area on a couch. I asked her what she would say to God if He asked, “why should I let you into Heaven?” “I would say, ‘I’ve done what you’ve asked. I’ve fulfilled the will of God. I’ve fulfilled my purpose here on Earth.’” She was 100% sure she would go to Heaven. She had not understood the Gospel before as well as I explained it to her but with a bit of a prompt she remembered Jesus had died for her. As I finished going through the Gospel I knew she had not trusted in Christ for forgiveness but was very active and connected to her Church. I suggested she could trust in what Jesus had done for her on the cross and be forgiven and she replied something along the lines that Jesus was her entire life. So I walked her through the prayer anyway saying this was a way she could share her faith and gave her Bible Promises for You and a Bible Study and explained living “Inside out” like I would have had she trusted in Christ. She was polite and thanked me. I hope she would pray later. Later that day I saw her in the big Student Services Lounge in a row of stuffed chairs talking to another student. As I walked past her and gave a little wave and she acknowledged me a little stiffly and I hoped she was under conviction. But today she was bright and cheerful and forgiven. It was kind of God to run me into her again so I would know to continue to pray for her through the next year.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God blessed me today. I also got a seed planted with an older black guy LT who had a bit of grey on the sides out from under a watchman’s cap and a hear and there beard. He took the booklet and was thinking.

Blessings,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/11/22

5/11/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things from above. I had a good day on campus and Aries (pronounced like the Greek god of war Ares) prayed to receive Jesus. Please pray she grows in her faith. She went to church. I had spent an hour talking with my friend Milly who prayed with me to receive Jesus this year. She is a 75 year old black woman and told me of a healing dream she had and an encounter with Angels. She should write a book.

Aries was sitting in the cafeteria at a table in front of a couple quarter round pizza ends. Her mask was down as we started though she pulled it up part way through. She had a cute small face and her hair was pulled up and back with a hair band, ending in kind of a loose teased fountain, African American. She wore black-rimmed glasses and had on a grey t-shirt with a print of something on it I could not make out as it was too hidden beneath the table edge. She had a nose and mouth like Rihanna.  She described herself as an “early Bird” saying she woke up automatically when her grandma used to wake her. I said that’s a nice memory when you get up and she agreed. When I asked her what she would say to God if asked why He should let her into Heaven she snapped off with, “I’m really good at UNO.” But then said, “I could help people in there. Be helpful.” “So let me in I’ll be of help?” I asked and she agreed. She thought she had about an 80% chance of going to Heaven. I told her God needed to take away her sin so He could live inside her and asked what Jesus had done to take away her sin.” “Died,” she replied. So I began to go through the Gospel with her, I was sitting across the table from her but all the verses and words I write in the booklet to explain the Gospel that it does not say were already written in it. Earlier there was a guy I’d talked to who I did not give it to. That worked out for me to be able to just point at words instead of putting it flat and writing. But she put her mask up early on so I could not see if she was responding very well. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else and she said, “Forgiven.” So I said if she’d like to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I explained it and read the line, “Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?” She nodded and so I said she could pray it silently asking if she’d want to and know she was forgiven. She nodded again and took the booklet and bowed her head elbows on the table and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life to her by the Fruit of the Spirit and living “inside out.” I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave her a Bible study on ways Jesus claims to be God also. I told her I would pray for her for the next year. ‘Thanks for talking with me,” I said getting up to go. “-enjoyed it,” she replied seeming to smile under the mask. “I’ll see ya in Heaven,” I said. “See ya then,” she said cheerfully. And I headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry today and for evangelism if you had a chance. God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/10/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and your heart is resting on the power of God to save. I had a good day on campus and Chris and Kaylee prayed to receive Jesus today so that was great. Please pray they grow in their faith and walk in the comfort of the Lord. Their stories are below if you have some time to spend.

Chris was sitting in some back to back chairs that look like they should have restaurant tables between or in front of them. The school once had then elsewhere. They are now across the door way from the security desk ten steps from the door to the patio at the top of the man made waterfall outside. Chris is a short Latino guy, clean shaven round face he was wearing soccer shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt. He was friendly. It turned out he hadn’t been to church a lot of late his family all now works so many hours that when they have time off  and it isn’t a holiday they spend it together. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked why He should let him into Heaven he said, “I guess I would say like, hmm… He chose that this is the right time for me to go. I trust His word He probably did it for a good reason.” He was in some way answering the question why he had died but it seemed he was going to trust God for whatever outcome he got. He thought he had a 50/50 shot of getting into Heaven. I sat across from him leaning forward as we talked into the space where a table would have been. He leaned forward interested as I went through the Gospel with him. When I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins he said, “Forgives you?” guessing. I said that it was true God forgives you and the reason He does is because He got paid. I went on to explain, in words I often use, the sacrifice of Christ and His blood and righteousness. He tuned right in to all of it and when I asked him if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else he said, “Probably be forgiven,” processing everything. I did not seem to have thought through any of it before. I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and I talked him through it and asked if it was the desire of his heart. He nodded so I said he could pray it silently and only God would hear asking if he’d want to do that. “Sure,” he replied. And then he prayed to receive Jesus. I told him when he’d finished he could keep the booklet and explained living “inside out” asking God first to transform us so that we could be good people filled with the Spirit to do Good things. I told him then that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. He thanked me and I gave him the book Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and forgiven. And I gave him a Bible study on ways Jesus claims to be God by doing what only God could do in the Old Testament. “Thank you,” he said again reaching out to shake my hand. “Yeah cool,” I said maybe this will help you understand a little more what is going on at Church. “Yeah maybe,” he replied. And I headed out.

Kaylee was sitting up against the counter in the cafeteria. She had skinny jeans on with some decorative blue trim up the outside seams and a black t-shirt on. She had straight brown hair to her shoulders and blue rimmed near round glasses. She had a square jaw, friendly smile, petite.  She had grown up in the Macedonia Orthodox Church and said she’d like to go to Macedonia and see where her Grandmother had grown up. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “I think I helped a lot of people.” She thought she had an 80% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and asked her if she knew what Jesus had done to take away her sins, “Do you remember maybe from Church,” I asked. ‘Well they didn’t speak English,” she said saying she didn’t understand what was said at church. So I went on to explain the Gospel to her and she followed along closely and seemed to enjoy having it explained to her. As I finished I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else. “Forgiven,” she said simply. I said that if she wanted to be forgiven she could. I explained the prayer to her asking if she’d want to pray to receive forgiveness. “Sure,” she said and she prayed to receive Jesus. I explained to her a relationship in Christ where she could ask for the fruit of the Spirit and have power to live. I said Christianity was “Inside out not outside in. Other religions you do good things and the deity is pleased and sends you to Heaven or the Universe is pleased and you don’t come back as a cow or something. But in Christianity you ask God to transform you and then you become a good person who does good things. It says in James 4 you do not have because you do not ask, so just ask.” I told her God would give her the power to do anything he was asking her to do and give her as much success as would help her in life to not come to harm. I slid the booklet to her on the counter and she said, “Thank you.” “Sure,” I replied. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside and a Bible study. And I told her if she trusts in the righteousness of God to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. “See ya in Heaven,” I said getting up to go. “I’m older I’ll probably get there first and I’ll show ya all the cool places to go.” I grinned at her and said, “See ya later.” Thank you,” she replied sincerely. “You’re welcome,” I said and headed out. So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/9/22

5/9/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things resting in the knowledge that He loves you. Hannah and Cam prayed with me to receive Jesus today and I had some good conversations. I spoke with a Muslim, Ahmed where I kept pressing that God was Just and Loving and the idea that God get’s paid and so His forgiveness is the foundation of our country’s laws, restitution and payment for damages. I also told him about a friend from Lebanon who had a vision of Jesus who told him to, “Pray to Me alone.” He’d been trying to press the point asking why would God want to become a man. We ended talking politics we agreed on. Please pray for Hannah and Cam to be blessed in their faith. Their stories are below if you have time you wish to spend on them.

 Hannah was sitting on the second floor as you walk out of the SRC building and come to the edge of the Student Services Center on the second floor. There are just the two chairs there, she described herself as an introvert and the spot fit. I sat on the table between them. She is a petite kid and had kind of a tom boy look going with a ball cap and stick straight brown hair pouring out to her shoulders. She wore a grey sweatshirt with some print across it and jeans, had red rimmed nearly round glasses, cute kid. She said she had been raised in a Lutheran Church. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “I try to treat everybody with kindness. I don’t know if that’s enough… I’m torn. Kindness is a basic thing; to actually go beyond and deserve it is actually different.” She had an insight most people lack, if Heaven was a reward and goodness is basically expected as a norm, you’d have to do something exceptional to earn it? I asked her how likely it was she would get into Heaven and she said, “There’s a pretty good chance, I wouldn’t be able to quantify it though.” She remembered Jesus had died to take away our sins when I asked her and followed the Gospel, the blood and righteousness of Christ to pay for her sins. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else and she said she’d want to be forgiven. So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it and asked if it was the desire of her heart. She nodded and I said, “You could pray it silently now if you want. I wouldn‘t hear but God would hear and you’d know you were forgiven, wanna do it?” “Ah, yeah,” she replied and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life, living “inside out” and telling her of the fruit of the Spirit which she had memorized and recited saying she’d learned it in a song as a child. She did not want a book. I gave her a Bible study she thought she’d be interested in. I told her now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I told her I would keep her in my prayers for the next year. “I don’t know if I’ll see ya again but I’ll see you in Heaven. Thanks for talking with me.” “Thank you Bob.” She replied. And we each headed off in different directions.

Cam was sitting in the hallway on the first floor of the BIC near the tunnel to the MAC Arts building. He was 15 minutes early for class around the corner. He had a grey sweatshirt on that said “FOOTBALL” and was a pretty big guy, though not as tall as me when we stood. He wore grey sweat pants. His mustache had come in light and ended at his mouth but he had a thick beard and an oval face, looked like the proverbial Longshoreman. His ball cap was turned backwards. He said he had gone to church some as a kid. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “Because I asked for his forgiveness almost every night.” He knew Jesus had died to take away his sins saying he had gone to 12 years of Catholic School. I asked him the likelihood he would get into Heaven and he said, “It’s up to Him.” And then thinking about it he said, “80%”.  As I went through the Gospel he agreed with it affirming the work of Jesus. I explained that the real reason God forgiven him is He got paid, using the illustration of borrowing a friend’s car and denting it and having to pay to make it perfect again. “Everything belongs to God,” I explained so, “if you hurt somebody or hurt yourself or the world in some way you owe God something perfect back.” I went on to say that because we were not perfect we could not pay. But God loves us so He became a man and when He pours out His perfect blood it pays God back for all the imperfect things we have done that we owe God something perfect for. Basically what I had told Ahmed earlier in the day. “So the reason God forgives you is He got paid,” I said again. “He is just, but he had to pay Himself.” “I never thought about it that way before,” he replied. I went on to tell him about the righteousness of God that Christ earned by perfectly fulfilling the Law and that it was to our credit. I asked him if he would want to be forgiven for his sins. He said he would, expressing again that he was from a catholic background so it was in keeping with that. (I had talked to a Roman Catholic guy, Frank, earlier in the day that had said, “I believe Jesus died for us all and in His resurrection. As long as you believe and you are His servant you’ll have a place in Heaven.”) Some Catholics I talk to express a basic evangelical faith. As I had gone through the other verses he had said things like “For sure,’ and “Absolutely” so I was not sure if he would say he had been asking God for forgiveness trusting in what Christ had done. “Can I take this with me?” he asked. He had a class in a couple minutes. I said that if he had not had a chance to ay to God that he was trusting in what Jesus had done to forgive him there was a prayer he could pray and I talked him through it. He said he tried to think of what he had done that was against what God wanted then he asked for forgiveness for those things. “But are you asking for forgiveness trusting in what Jesus had done?” I asked. Saying that was what the prayer was for if he would want to pray it. He said he had actually prayed it as I went through it with him, suggesting he just did that when he read prayers, he prayed them. So I said, “OK.” I showed him the last line then explaining the Christian life living “Inside out” and said if he now trusted in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. He had to run to class and so I gave him Bible Promises for You quickly writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. He took it, it seemed with gratitude and headed off.

So Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance God blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/6/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you’ve had a good day walking with Jesus. I had a good day on campus and Liz and Raymond prayed with me to receive Jesus Thursday. Please pray they grow in their faith. Their stories are below if you have time today.

Liz was sitting with her back against an indent in the wall for benches on the 2nd floor of the BIC. She has an oval (nearly round) sweet face, Latina in appearance. Her long brown hair was up in a bun. She had on a blue hooded sweatshirt and black leggings. She was a kind friendly young woman. She said her family had people from 2 faith traditions in it and she hadn’t gone either way. I think she may have meant Catholic and some other Christian tradition. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “I definitely believe in God.” So I asked if she would say that, “I definitely believed in you.” And she said “Yeah.” She thought she had a 90% chance of going to Heaven. I began to explain the Gospel to her and assumed she did not know anything as she said she had not been to Church at all. She took it all in and was engaged. I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus or if she thought something else and she said, “Be forgiven from God.” “Do you believe Jesus is God, died for your sins and rose from the dead? Do you think that is a true story?” “Yes,” she replied. I said if she’d like to be forgiven there is a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it and ask if it was the desire of her heart. “Yeah,” she replied. I said if she wanted she could pray it silently right then, I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear and she’d know she was forgiven. “Wanna do it?” She nodded and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior. I explained living “inside out” asking for the transforming power of the Spirit to change her and give her strength. She was majoring in Psych and said she did a lot of reading so I gave her the hard back copy of The Case for Christianity Answer Book. I gave her Bible Promises for You and put her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I also gave her a Bible study and told her that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I told her I would pray for her for the next year and she thanked me. “Thanks for taking time to talk with me,” I said getting up to leave. “Thank you.” She said with gratitude. And I headed out.

At the very end of the day I found Raymond sitting up against the outside glass wall of the lounge on the SE corner of the BIC building. It has vending machines and a glass wall on the hallway and another that runs parallel to the lockers making up the wall going in. There’s no way to walk through with nonchalance, you have to walk in and walk out which always feels awkward if no one will talk to me. More than 90% of the people I ask each day say no. But He said he’d do it. He had black rimmed glasses and a conservative mop of dark hair that looked recently windblown. There was a day or two growth of beard on him and his skin was darker, Latino, warm smile. He had kind of the everyman look, square features. He had on a light grey hoodie and dark sweats. When I asked him what he would say to God if asked why He should let him into Heaven he said, “Because even though I’ve made poor choices in life I’ve always had good intentions.” He thought he had a 65% chance of getting into heaven. Usually a C in community college. He said he had gone to Catholic Church 12 years and then had gone to a Community Church. He was an engaging friendly guy and tracked with everything and I got him to grin a few times. He knew Jesus had died for our sins when I asked him what He had done to take them away. I explained the Gospel to him, the sacrifice for his sins the blood that cleansed him and the Righteousness of God that surrounds those who believe by faith.  I asked him if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else and he said nothing for a while that seemed like one of the longer pauses I’ve gotten in response then said solidly, “I would like to be forgiven for my sins.” I said, “Well if you’d like to be forgiven there’s a prayer you can pray.” I talked him through it reading the question after, “Is this prayer the desire of your heart?” He nodded and I said he could pray it silently. He took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I took it back and explained the fruit of the Spirit for the asking and living “inside out” and trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I told him I would pray for him for the next year until spring. I gave him Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave him The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and a Bible study. “I’ll see you in Heaven,” I said getting up to go. “Alright,” he said shaking my hand gratefully and said “You too.”

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism Thursday if you had a chance. God truly blessed. 149 people have prayed to receive Jesus this year doing evangelism. I hope next week to find a few more as the semester ends.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/3/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed being filled with the fruit of the Spirit. I had a good day on campus and Arturo prayed with me to receive Jesus sitting in the Lounge connected to Starbucks. Please pray God draws him closer to Himself. His story is below if you have time.

 Arturo was sitting against the half glass wall in the lounge beside Starbucks. He was not busy with anything so I asked him if he’d do a student survey as I cut through the lounge. He said OK. He looked Latino, an oval, near round, face with shortish hair cut parted on the left swept to the right. He wore a grey sweatshirt and jeans. We sat in couch-like chairs with a small coffee table between us. He said he wanted to have a family when I asked him one thing he would like to do before he died. That statement, in my experience on campus, is a tell that a guy is a Christian already or will pray to receive Jesus. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven. “Hmm. Alight…” he began thinking. “I’m not a perfect person but I always try to be good. I think getting into Heaven is not about being perfect but trying to be.” I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins and he said, “Sacrifice.” “Right, He died for you.” I replied. He said he went to Church every Sunday. I began to explain the Blood of Christ and the Righteousness He alone could earn that could be ours by faith. He listened carefully to the Gospel as I explained that he would not go to Heaven because he was good but because Jesus was good and he was connected to him by faith. I told him God adopted us and made us his children and gave us the blessings of His family, “The sacrifice for our sins, the blood that cleanses us and the righteousness of God that surrounds us. So it’s like you got someplace to go, Heaven, and something to wear when you get there, the Righteousness of God.” I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus of if he thought something else. He said he would want to be forgiven.  I said if he had never told God he wanted to be forgiven trusting in Jesus there was a prayer he could pray and I talked through it asking if it was the desire of his heart to which he replied something like, “Yeah basically.” I said he could pray it right then silently and I wouldn’t hear him but God would hear and he’d know he was forgiven. I asked if he wanna to it and he gave like barely audible “Yeah,” and began to pray as I held the booklet out towards him. When he finished he said “OK.” I explained living “inside out” by the Spirit’s power and handed him the booklet. “Thank you,” he said taking it. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. I gave him a Bible study and The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and He thanked me again. I got up to go saying, “Thanks for talking with me.” “No problem thanks for talking with me actually,” he replied. “No problem,” I said and headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had the time today. God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/29/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you have had a good weekend so far walking with the Lord. I had an inactive day on campus. I chatted with a few students I knew who had come to Christ but yesterday was like a Saturday. There didn’t seem to be 20 students in the entire school building complex, which is quite large. It took a bit of time to discover what was evident by how few cars were in the parking lot. But just as I was about to head home I took one last tour through the cafeteria and found David who prayed to receive Jesus. I’d be grateful for your prayers for him his story is below if you have time.

 David had a scruffy short, dark red beard along his jaw line and onto his neck where it gave out randomly. His mustache was close to blonde ending at his mouth. His hair matched his beard. Looked like a regular guy, friendly. When I asked him if he wanted to do a survey about what he thought about God and stuff and he hesitated so I said, “The main question is you’re walking down the road and you get hit by a bus, so you’re dead. You stand before God and He asks, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say? So you got any interest in what the Bible says is the answer to that question?” He said, “Well I am religious… so.” So I sat down and got his name and go to the main question and he said, “”’Cause I believe in God. He gives us all a Chance to Believe.” He thought the likelihood he would get into heaven was 100%. I began to go through the gospel with him and he knew Jesus had been a sacrifice for sins. He enjoyed the explanation of the Blood and Righteousness of Christ and said something like “Oh, OK,” as I explained it. He wanted to be forgiven when I asked in finishing. I asked if he had asked God for forgiveness trusting in what Jesus had done. He said he had kept the Ten Commandments and believed in God. He did not think he had asked God for forgiveness based on what Christ had done and so decided he’d pray to ask God for forgiveness based on Jesus. When he’d finished I found out he did not have a Bible. He was grateful to have one and I showed him the “Where to Turn” section in the back putting the ribbon marker there and the place where Messianic passages were listed. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I explained living “Inside out” by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit. I told him God would give him the power to do anything He was asking him to do and give him as much success as he needed to stay on the right track in life. “It says in James 4 you do not have ‘cause you do not ask so ‘Just ask’.” I told him, “The parents you have now want you to be able to get out on your own and maybe be able to help them when you are old but God wants you to depend on Him all through life. Even the oldest people in the Bible God calls His children.” I reminded him the symbolism of the Mass was the Blood and Body of Christ and said it could remind him Jesus had died for him and so he was forgiven so when he took it he could just say, “Thanks You.” I gave him The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and told him Strobel was a good source for answers to any questions about Christianity. He reached out and shook my hand and said, “Thanks Bob.” I said, “Yeah cool,” and said I would keep him in my prayers for the next year. I bumped into him a bit later as he was leaving and gave him a Bible Study on the deity of Christ. He thanked me and headed out to his ride.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism Friday if you had a chance. I only had an opportunity to go through the Gospel with one student but they trusted Christ.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/28/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today with all good things from our Savior and Lord. I had a good day on campus and Austin and Ebony prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior and God. Please pray these young women are blessed by the Lord in their Christian lives and led into fellowship. Their stories are below if you have time.

Austin was sitting on a line of chairs in the hallway of the 1st floor of BIC building waiting for class to start. She was wearing the formless baggy cotton sweats we ran track in in the 1970’s and  pullover V-neck nylon jacket with some print on it I never looked at hard enough to make out. Her long brown hair was in a braid far down her back as thick as a climbing rope and she wore long powder blue nails. She face was shaped like Princess Belle from the Disney cartoon, but she had light freckles and no make-up. She would have passed for her at the theme park. She was friendly and we talked a lot through the survey. She’d gone to Church more as a kid but now her family had become Christmas and Easter attenders, saying she was a “Chr-ester”. I asked her what she would say to God if He asked her why He should let her into Heaven and she said, “I’m planning to go into environmental law politically or res. I helped the earth be a better place before I left and I helped the animals who do not have a voice have a better voice.” She thought she had about a 70% chance of going to Heaven. I began to explain the Gospel to her and she knew Jesus had died to take away our sins. I explained how the blood of Jesus cleansed us and His Righteousness was to our credit if we believed by faith. That God becoming a man was the payment for our sins so God was just but He had to pay Himself. She listened closely and I finished the Gospel and asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else. “I” she said with emphasis like someone who says well I don’t know about you but, “would want to be forgiven for my sins.” I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and explaining it, I asked if it was the desire of her heart. She said it was and so I said she could pray it right now silently I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear her and she would know she was forgiven. I asked if she’d want do it.  “Yeah, I don’t see why not.” And she took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I explained living the Christian life offering her a Bible and she didn’t have one so I gave her one. “There’s more than one book in the Bible right?” she asked. I said there was, and there is the Old Testament and the New Testament and Jesus fulfills the promises in the Old Testament. I opened it and showed her the “Where to Turn section” and the section with “Messianic Prophecies” I wrote her name and the date and forgiven on the inside. She thanked me. I explained then living the Christian life “inside out” by the Spirit’s power. I also gave her The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and said she might enjoy the writer because it covered his process in short chapters coming to Christ from being an atheist and he was a lawyer. I told her that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave her a Bible study on the ways Jesus demonstrates he is God. She was grateful and I told her I would pray for her to be blessed each day for the next year. “Thank you so much, have a great day.” She said enthusiastically. “You’re Welcome,” I said walking away and she hurried off to class.

Ebony had her feet up over the armrest tray in the stuffed chairs in the hallway by the student activities office. African American in features she had long flowing hair and a pretty, full face, she wore the longest eyelashes I have seen all year. She had on a royal blue sweatshirt top and black leggings. She was just a bit hesitant but I assured her she could stop me anytime if it bugged her at all, so she agreed. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “Hmmm… I’m dead…: Then she seemed stuck so I said what do you think gets you into Heaven. “Believing in God,” she replied. “So would you say that then?” I asked. “I believed in you so why can’t I go into Heaven since that is that,” she said saying what she’d say. She thought she had a 75-80% chance of going to Heaven and she said she went to church. When I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sin as I went through the Gospel she couldn’t think of anything saying it had in fact been a while since she had gone to Church. As I went through the Gospel and made each point with some verses she’d agree saying, “OK,” as if hearing it for the first time. When I finished explaining all Jesus had done to pay for her sins and she could believe by faith I asked her if she would want to be forgiven or thought something else. “I would want to be forgiven,” she said. So I told her there was a prayer she could pray and I read it through for her explaining it all and asked if it was the desire of her heart. She looked at it again reading it and said, “Yeah, I’ll say it. Thank you.” and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. When she finished she said, “I can pray this every day.” I said she could and that it was important to continue to ask for forgiveness but the forgiveness that she received when she just prayed believing on Jesus also saved her for good and I wrote Eph. 1:13 next to the prayer. I said that when she believed the Holy Spirit entered her and sealed her and He would never leave. I explained the Christian life living “inside out” by the Spirit’s power. She had a Bible at home and said, “I also have the app,” pointing to her phone. I gave her the book Bible Promises for You and write her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave her a Bible Study too and I explained to her that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I told her I would pray for her each day for a year. She was grateful and thanked me and I headed out.

So Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today on campus. God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/27/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a blessed day walking with our Lord and Savior by the Spirit. I had a good day on campus. Elizabeth and Mike (after a brief confrontation) prayed with me to receive Jesus today. Thanks for your prayers. Please pray they are blessed and grow in the faith. Their stories are below if you have the time.

Elizabeth was sitting in a lounge that is on the atrium, on the southeast side of the BIC 1st floor. It’s getting difficult to find people I haven’t talked to before. I knew I hadn’t asked her before but had felt kind of nudged to go toward the PE lounge when I first got there, walking past her. Sometimes that nudge is just a direction I’m supposed to walk not a destination. Still I passed her sitting on the hall side of the lounge, then 10 steps later I felt convicted to go ask her to do a survey so I did and she said OK. She was wearing a blue sweatshirt the color of her blue jeans, had nearly round gold rimmed glasses on and white tennis shoes. She looked like a Latina and had long brown hair past her shoulders, was petite, cute face. When I asked her what she would say to God if asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” she said, “I guess ‘cause I’m a strong believer in Him.” She thought she had a 65% chance of going to Heaven. When I asked her how God took away her sins so He could live insider her she said, “Confession,” kind of like she was guessing. I said, “The Catholic Church teaches only God can forgive your sins and so the Priest is saying God forgives you. The reason God forgives you is because He got paid.” I went on to explain the blood sacrifice of Christ and she was nodding that it sounded familiar. I said this perfect blood was the perfect payment to God for all the imperfect things we had done that we owed God something perfect for, but being imperfect we could not pay. I told her about the Righteousness of God Jesus earned that was to her credit and that this was true by faith. As I finished everything I say in explaining the Gospel I asked if she would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done for her or thought something else. “Be forgiven,” she said firmly. So I took that to mean she hadn’t thought that way before saying. “Well if you haven’t ever told God you would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus but has just been going to Church…” she nodded that was true. “Then there’s a prayer you can pray to be forgiven trusting in Jesus.” I talked her through the prayer and asked if it was the desire of her heart and she nodded with an, “Umhum.” So I said she could pray it silently and only God would hear and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I mentioned the meaning of the mass as commutating Jesus had died and so she was forgiven and she nodded with sort of a knowing smile, and I said she could in taking it just say “Thank you.” She thanked me and I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave her a Bible study too and explained that now trusting in the Righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I told her I would pray for her for the next year. “Thank you, Happy Easter,” she replied and I said, “You’re welcome,” and I headed out.

 Mike, a real simple hearted guy, was sitting in the cafeteria at a table towards the back. He had on Jeans and a zip up lined jacket. He looked a bit like “Wreck it Ralf”. There was a kindness about him. He might have just been the gentile giant type. He had a large oval face and shark teeth bangs. I was going through the survey with him when a guy with a big mop of curly hair shortish unimposing was standing off my shoulder and interrupted. “This isn’t about religion,” he began with me, lying, “but the people I am sitting at the table with find what you are saying offensive and ask if you can do it somewhere else.” “This is a public place,” I began. “I have permission from the administration to do this and this gentleman has been sitting here a while. If you don’t want to hear it, move to another table.” The cafeteria where we sat was 90% or more empty. He began going into his we are offended shtick again and I cut him off and said, “The short answer is no.” I turned away from him towards Mike again and he walked off when I had got up to leave they had moved to the other side of the big square post. Continuing on with Mike who seemed unfazed and who had just told me in answering God, “I would say I always try to do the right thing. I haven’t done anything horrible in life.” Then he added as a joke, “or you would have heard about me on the news.” “Unless you got away with it,” I replied smiling. He thought he had an 80-90% chance of going to Heaven he hadn’t been to church in a while. I went through the Gospel with him and he was very receptive. When I finished I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “So would you want to be forgiven for your sins?” He replied something like, “I would want that yeah.” So I said there was a prayer he could pray and talked him through it and asked if that, “was the desire of your heart, is that what you think.” “Thant’s what I think,” he agreed and I said he could pray it silently and he prayed to receive Jesus. I explained to him that now trusting I the Righteousness of Jesus to be His righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name in the front and the date and “forgiven!” I gave him a Bible study and told him I would pray for him each night for the next year. He brought up the guy who had interrupted us saying, “That was obviously about religion.” “Yeah,” I said. “He wasn’t telling the truth.” I told Mike I would see him in heaven and headed out.

As an aside the Bible says Christ teaches us to take up our cross and follow. In the context of that passage immediately before Jesus tells Peter in Mark 8:33 “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” So we know that to take up our cross and follow is to set our mind on God’s interests. In the context of my conversation with Mike—the guy who never introduced himself was focused on man’s interests. I could not be sure Mike would move with me, or have the time to, nor was I interested in them pushing him around, because I knew it was in God’s interests that he hear the Gospel. I’m careful not to argue and try not to tick people off on campus. But many of the liberals there do not want me there and are looking for a way to silence God’s interests. It would be easier to always acquiesce, but sometimes we are not called to do the easier thing. Sometimes when it is clear we must say no to man’s interests because they are counter to God’s. This has many applications in life. Christianity is not the call to be a doormat but to take up your cross.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob