TWM Prayer Letter – Spring 2019

Third Watch Ministries, NFP, P.O. Box 1283, Wheaton, IL 60187-1283                                                                                                                                         Bob & Ellen Bollow                                                                May 29, 2019

Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”  John 5:25

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Well the school year has ended, though someone forgot to tell the western suburbs of Chicago to warm up. It’s nice today as I write, though rain is predicted again. The seasonal pond in the yards behind us has ducks. The Cubs were all still wearing head socks in the field at night until a week ago. The school year went well as a whole, and 151 students prayed to receive Jesus after hearing the Gospel from me. This school year I have survey cards for 410 students I went through the Gospel with, though sometimes I go through the Gospel without doing a survey. Many of these students were professing Christians already. Some changed their mind, from hoping they would be good enough to saying they were trusting in Christ for salvation by the time our conversation ended, and yet did not pray with me. So I am hopeful for others whom God may have drawn to Himself as we talked, without their truly realizing it in the moments after. I am hopeful these too realized the truth for the first time and placed their trust in Jesus. There were days God lead me to someone through a prompting in my mind to go to a certain place on campus when I first arrived at school. But for the most part, I just got blown around by the Spirit until I could find someone to talk to about Christ. As John the Baptist says in the Gospel of John, A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.”  I worked hard. Hundreds of students turned me down (usually politely enough), uninterested in a conversation about God or too busy. I pretty much ran myself into the ground from conversations by the time the year had ended. But apart from God’s power, no one would pray with me to receive Christ. So I feel like it was kind of God to use me and hear your prayers for the work. About a half dozen students told me they would pray later in the evening and then later on I bumped into them and they said they had prayed. Several after checking with a parent about if what I had said was true.

This spring, a guy I had first talked to over in the BIC building, called out to me later over in the science building. He introduced himself and I said I remembered him and where we’d been sitting and what he’d been wearing. I said I’d been praying for him each night. He thanked me by saying that our contact had made a huge difference in his life. He was grateful. This is what I wrote of him back on February 11th:

Sam was on the second floor where I felt nudged to go when I first got to school. He was just killing time on his phone, waiting for his class to begin directly across the hall. He was wearing running clothes; heavy nylon sweats and a jacket, and a red and blue winter hat pulled down so I could not see his hair. He had a boyish face with skin like a kid. He had been to a Lutheran Church growing up and now had begun to get back into Church and go with some couples he found at school. I warned him there were cults at school, since I did not know who his new friends were. I asked him what he would say to God if he died and God asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He said, “I don’t know to be honest. I don’t think there is a right answer I could give that would be good enough. It’s really in God’s hands. It would just be begging at that point.” He was nonetheless certain he would go to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to save us from the consequences of our sin. He understood the Gospel better as I went through it and really liked the illustrations I used and related to them. I asked him in the end if he would want to be forgiven for his sins and have God live inside him. “I would want to be forgiven.” So I began to ask if he had been trusting in what Jesus had done for him to be forgiven. It turned out he had not really been thinking about it at all. “I really just pray a lot,” he explained. I explained the difference in having a relationship with God as his creator and being in a relationship with God as his Savior. He talked about his friend who was engaged at the age of 20 to a girl of the same age. He said his friend had said the first thing he did when he got up in the morning was to text her. His friend went on to say that he should be doing that with God, the first thing in the morning he should talk to Him. I said that was great, but getting back to their relationship…the reason he could text her was because they were engaged. If I started texting her first thing in the morning, that would be creepy. Their relationship made that texting meaningful. I said he had not been sure there was anything he could say to God that would get him into Heaven. But God had told him what he could trust in to do just that. I said he could not have been trusting in that truth, that Jesus was God, had died for his sins and rose from the dead, if he did not understand there was such a truth. Sam agreed, and so I said if he wanted to trust in Christ there was a prayer he could pray. I finished explaining it and asked if he thought he’d like to pray it. “I like it,” he replied. Then checking to see if it was OK to do so silently, he prayed to receive Jesus. We talked some more about providence and I quoted Ephesians 2:10 to him. I explained the Christian life was walking by the Spirit. I gave him a Bible study and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name, the date and “forgiven” in the front. I also wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” and explained asking for help in all things. He thanked me and asked about the Bible study again so I am hopeful he will come. We had a great talk right up to the minute before his class began and then he took 6 steps across the hall and went in.

I often do not bump into students again, so I was touched that Sam had called out to me after I was 20 steps down the hall past him.

The weekly bible study we have on campus to disciple students was pretty well attended and we made some new relationships and friends.  Several of those students will be transferring to other schools in the fall, and we will miss them.

We can’t fully express to you how much your prayers and gifts to help us do ministry have meant. I have acquired some physical infirmities with sciatic nerve pain and  a recurring neck pain that have drastically limited my ability to do painting work on the side and through the summer. I can still do small stuff where the physical side is less demanding. Ha, maybe I just got old. But the Lord is still guiding students to talk with me on campus and bringing them to be discipled a bit by us at bible study (Ellen of course looks much younger, so that helps I’m sure.) So we are truly grateful for your financial help so we can keep on ministering the Gospel on campus.

We have, however, reached a point where the gifts to the ministry are not sufficient to cover the expenses.  Third Watch runs on a shoestring, and we are always trusting the Lord to provide for our needs.  Drawing a modest salary the past several years is depleting our surplus funds, and it is likely they will be exhausted this year.  All of Ellen’s administrative work is volunteer. Our efforts to continue in this ministry will be at a cross-road.  If you know someone, or a group of friends, that we might share our ministry with in order to bring more partners alongside us, we would be grateful for an introduction. Or if you have a bible study or small group that would be interested in hearing how to do a Gospel presentation.  Over 1300 students have prayed with me to receive Christ since we began this ministry in 2002.

These are the 151 students who have prayed to receive Jesus this school year. (An * means they committed to Christ, saying they would pray later and I have not yet found out if they did.)

Maya, Paul, Alec, Nashoana, Daniella, Jackie, William, Alexis, John, Mariana*,Justin, Nick, Mark, Jada, Sebastian, Frank*, Celeste, Nick, Sam, Irima, Christian, Joaquin, Dylan, Luis, Mike, Derick, Bridget, Christina, Demya, Tamera, Jalissa, Chamar, Ryan, Patrick, Angelo, Sydney, Adi, Cody, Alyssa, Jane, Zeke, Joey, Kamaria, Drey, Colin, DJ, Stephanie, Jesse, Kyle, Patricia*,Anthony, Cind, Chuck, Nick, Stephanie, Sean, Jessica, Jocelyn*, Nickie, Jaslynn, Malcolm, Tanner, Nataly, Emily, Lekayla*, Lauren, Oscar, Issac, Patty, Nino, Alec, Mia, Jalen, Grant, Alex, Stephanie, Brian, Josh, Jack, Lionel, Anthony, Jose, Nick, Jada, Bre, Lucien, Janet, Charley, Leidy, Jessica, Charliene, Tika, Connor, Gaetano, Leondra, Ben, Dylan, Nicole, Sam, Tavarus, Anthony, Cameron, Lupita, Joe, Flora, James, Roben, Jaden, Jacob, Kaela, Michael, Juana, Aislinn, Nas, Yadi, Joe, Mirijam, Chris, AJ, Dom, Alex, Noah, Akire, Carter, Mike, Matt, Xavier, Matt, Ariel, Dawnnette, Danni, Mari, Dorian, Zac,Thomas, Jerry, Brianna, Michael, Tom, Byron, Arturo, Jacob*,Mike, Erik, Alex, David, Julio, Anjelica, Lea, Storm, Eddie, Grace, Melanie, Salma, Alex, Florin, Christian

Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:28&29

In Him,                                                                              bob.thirdwatch@sbcglobal.net

Bob & Ellen                                                                       www.thethirdwatch.org

Results of the Work – 5/10/19 last day of the semester

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your weekend has been blessed and you are living in the presence of the Lord. I had a good last day on campus I had some conversations with students I know and Christian prayed with me to receive Jesus.

When I first got to school I felt prompted to go to the cafeteria after praying God would lead me to someone. I found Christian was sitting at a table by himself having eaten his chik-fil-a fries his sandwich was still wrapped up but it was probably cold when we finished as he took it out and took one bite and forgot about it once he began listening to the Gospel. He had a hoodie on with “Chicago” across the chest, dark blue and a ball cap of the same color with some kind of white logo on it. He had an oval face, dark brown hair and wore black rimmed glasses, just a regular looking guy you’d lose in a crowd pretty quick, like a secret service agent. When I asked him what he would say to God if he asked why He should let him into Heaven he said, “I never did anything that shouldn’t allow me to go to Heaven. I did everything right, I go to church every Sunday. I did my job as Catholic person.” He thought he had a 95% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he really did not know any of it. I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins and he said he didn’t know even after thinking a moment. As I talked with him he was accepting everything I said but it didn’t seem like acknowledgement but learning. So I explained that Jesus lived the perfect life he could not live and died in his place for his sins. His blood cleansed him and now God could live inside and give him strength to live the Christian life. I told him he would not go to Heaven because he was good but because Jesus was good. He’d be wrapped in a robe of God’s righteousness [Isaiah 61:10] and clothed with Jesus [Romans 13:14]. And HE had risen from the dead and 500 people had seen Him all at one time. “So how do you hook up with all that God did for you?  You believe it or receive Jesus by faith.” I said and asked him, “Would you want to be forgiven with God inside or do you think something else?” “Be forgiven with God inside,” he replied. I suggested then that he probably hadn’t had a chance to put this all together before but he could pray a prayer and receive God’s forgiveness and I talked him through it and asked if it was the desire of his heart and he said, “Yeah.” So I said he could pray it so only God would hear and asked if he’d like to and he said “Yeah.” And I gave him the booklet and he prayed to receive Christ. So that was great. I explained the likelihood of his going to Heaven was 100 percent since he was not trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness. I explained when he took the mass the wafer was symbolic of Jesus body and the wine of his blood and when he took it, it was commemorating that Jesus had died for his sins so He was forgiven, “So when you take it just say, ‘Thank You’.” I explained the Christian life living “inside out” by the Spirit’s power and gave him a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front, along with “Just ask” and “By the Spirit’s power”. I gave him a Bible Study on the deity of Christ. He was happy and I apologized for it taking so long and he said, “No that’s fine.” I got up to go and said, “Have a good one.” “Yeah you too,” He replied. “I’ll see ya in Heaven” and he shook my hand with a grin and said, “Yeah you too.”

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance God truly blessed right up to the last day of the year.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/9/19

Hey Sisters and brothers in Christ,

How’s it going? I hope your day was blessed today. I had a good day on campus. 150 students have now trusted Christ this year by sharing the Gospel at COD and Florin (pronounced like the chemical Fluorine) prayed to receive Jesus today.

Florin reminded me of Danny Thomas with a smaller nose and if he was 19 years old.

He had the same basic hair cut and hair color. He was wearing a nylon White Sox Jacket and jeans and was sitting alone at a table in a ground floor lounge with vending machines that looks out on an atrium. He said he’d do a student survey and was the only person willing to go through the Gospel today so I was grateful to get to talk to him. He was a really nice guy, said he went to Church on holidays. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I probably got some cleansing to do. I wouldn’t feel worthy, even though I know I am.” He thought he had a 50/50 change to get into Heaven. He knew Jesus had died to take away his sin and so I explained the rest of the Gospel, that he was cleansed by the blood of Christ, His righteousness was to his credit and Jesus rose from the dead to prove He had conquered death. When I asked him he said he’d want to be forgiven. So I asked if when he was asking for forgiveness if he’d just thought he was a pretty good person and God was forgiving so it would be ok, and he agreed right away with that idea. Then I added, “Or are you thinking in your heart, no I know I’ll be forgiven because Jesus died for my sins.” He hadn’t been thinking of that but believed in Jesus. I said if he wanted to be forgiven so God could live inside him there was a prayer he could pray and I talked him through it. I asked if that was the desire of his heart and he kind of exclaimed “Yes, yes!” So that was great. I offered him the booklet saying he could pray silently just to God and asked if he wanted to do it and he said, “Yeah.” and he took it and prayed then to receive Jesus. I explained then that by trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. He didn’t have a Bible so I gave him one and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside. I showed him the “Where to Turn” passages and the messianic section. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” and “Just ask” in the front. He liked the 100 Bible verses in the back. I explained the Christian life living inside out by the Spirit’s power and the anything God was asking him to do He would give him the power to do. [ Eph. 3:20] I got his email to send him some stuff. He was grateful and said, “Thank you so much Bob” “Yeah,” I replied “I’ll keep you in my prayers for the next year and ask God to bless you.” “Thank you,” he said shaking my hand.”Have a great day.” “Thank you,” I said back and 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 – 5/8/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today and you were walking with God in joy. I had a good day on campus. I bumped into Julio who had prayed to receive Jesus April 24th. His girl friend had heard part of our conversation and so I had also given her a booklet telling her it would show her how to get to Heaven and Julio was going to be there and they’d probably want to be together there. She laughed and agreed. I also gave her the book Bible Promises for You saying they could share it and he could explain the booklet to her. I told her I would pray for her too and got the spelling of her name. So in seeing Julio today I asked and he said Anjelica had prayed to receive Jesus too. So I told him I would be praying for them both and he was happy about that. She was a pretty girl with shoulder length hair, a Latina. She looked like Linda Ronstadt. Alex also prayed to receive Jesus today.

Alex walked up behind me in the cafeteria and said, “Hey you asked me before if I would do a survey and I would like to do one.” “Great let’s sit over here,” I said and he sat at the counter looking outside. My pack was between us in another chair and I stood leaning with one foot on it. He had a young doughboy face and warm brown eyes. His family was from Puerto Rico in heritage and he had a slight accent, he looked like a white guy to see him. His hood o his zipper sweatshirt was up it was almost pink, faded brown maybe and he had quilted jeans on. When I asked him why God should let him into Heaven he said, “That’s a really hard question.” Then thinking a bit he said, “I guess I don’t know what I would say.” So I asked if he went to church at all and he did regularly, a Christian Church. So I asked what he thought it was that you did that got you into Heaven. “Living the life God wants us to live. Not only preaching but practicing what you preach.” Talking about if you were a pastor he said, “Anyone can stand up in a church and say.. but you have to do what God wants you to do.” So I asked what it was that he thought God wanted him to do most. “Be kind to one another, treating everybody with respect, as equal…”  “No favoritism,” I suggested. He agreed and I said, “Paul does say there is no male nor female no Jew nor Greek.” He liked that. He thought he had about a 70% chance of going to Heaven. As I went through the Gospel with him I asked him what the big thing was “that Jesus had done to take away your sin?” “He died,” he replied. I agreed with him and went on to explain the Gospel that His blood had cleansed him so God could live inside him and the righteousness of God was to his credit. I thought he might be waiting for a ride as he looked outside every-so-often and it turned out at some point his mom had pulled up. But he did not interrupt me and I finally explained that he did not go to Heaven because he was good but because Jesus was good. I said the thing that God wants most from him is to believe Him, to believe Jesus was God had died for his sins and rose from the dead. That he should do good things to please God but his good things did not fix his bad things. I asked if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins with Jesus inside or if he thought something else and he said, “I want Jesus to live inside me.” So I said if he wanted to trust in what Jesus had done to be forgiven and be sure he was going to Heaven there was a prayer he could pray. I talked him through it and asked if he wanted to trust in that and he said he did and prayed to receive Christ. I realized then that he was making his ride wait. So I quickly gave him a Bible Study and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I explained the Christian life by the Spirit’s power, that everything God was asking him to do He would give him the power to do by His Spirit living in him. I said since now he trusts the righteousness of Christ is to his credit the likelihood he would go to Heaven is 100%. Then I gave him the book Bible Promises for You asking him to give it to his mom (who he’d said was waiting in the car) and tell her I was sorry I had made her wait. He was really happy about that and thanked me and I said, “God bless you.” I shook his hand. “Thank you,” he said again and ran out for the door.

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 – 5/7/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and you had some Joy. I had a good day on campus in as much as Salma prayed with me to receive Christ. I only went through the Gospel with one other person today a Hindu guy so I got one seed planted. I help a guy with sources for his research paper for a while, he was writing on the gift of Tongues and said hey to some peeps. We had a big group at the last Bible study tonight so that was fun.

Salma was sitting at a table in the science lounge in the corner on the other side of some railings from the hallway as you come into the lounge, her head was level with my feet. I leaned over and asked if she’d do a student survey and she said, “Ok” after checking how long it would take. So I vaulted over the railings and landed standing on a couch. I left my bag there within reach and sat on a chair beside her and her computer and study materials on the table. She was wearing multi colored lace up leather Keds, skinny jeans and a hoodie. Pretty, long brown hair and face, she looked a lot like Annette Funicello. She said she was Spanish in family background from back in the day and wanted to visit Spain. It turned out she went to Compass Church in Bolingbrook. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into heaven she thought for a bit with an “Umm” and a “Hmm” and finally said a little unsure, “Because everyone gets a second chance.” She thought she had a 50/50 change to get into heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and asked her what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away her sins and she said, “He forgives you?” So I explained that everything belongs to God so when we damage ourselves or someone else or anything in the world we own God for it so he has to get paid. But that didn’t clue her into talking about the atonement so I just began to explain everything to her. How Jesus had lived a perfect life for us, died for our sins and his blood cleansed us so God could live inside us and His righteousness was to our credit. I asked when I finished saying how she needed to believe Jesus was God had died for her sins and rose from ether dead and place her trust in that. I asked if she wanted to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “Be forgiven,” she replied. “Well, it seems like you haven’t had a chance to put all this together before right?” She nodded and agreed. So I explained if she wanted to be forgiven for her sins she could pray a prayer and ask for forgiveness and God would forgive her and live inside her. I talked her through it and asked if it was the desire of her heart and she said it was. I said she could pray so only God could hear and she nodded and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I went on to explain the Christian life and living by the Spirit. I gave her a Bible study on the deity of Christ. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do and explained how everything God was asking her to do He’d give her the power to do by the Spirit inside her. I wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” and “Just ask” and her name and the Date and “forgiven” in the front. I told her since she was now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%.  I got her email to send her some stuff and said, “Well it seems like you got a good church.” saying I knew Jeff her pastor a little and she said, “Yeah.” So I said I’d be praying for her all through next year and she was grateful and I left her and had Joy.

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 – 5/6/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed, we got a cold snap this afternoon here but it got sunny. I had a good day on campus and Melanie prayed with me to receive Jesus.

Melanie was sitting outside the bookstore in the hallway. She’s had a practical pretty face, Latina with lighter brown relish hair. She had a gray cardigan on over a solid blouse and skinny jeans cuffed at the ankles. She had her shoes off with her feet up on the table sitting in a cushy chair. Her black peds socks had stripes across the toes. I asked if she wanted to do a student survey and she asked if I was with CRU. I said I wasn’t but I’d started the group here (in 2002) and in 2009 decided to do my own thing. So she said she’d do it probably out of curiosity. When I asked her what she’d say to God to get into Heaven she said with a quick “ha” laugh, “‘Cause I think I’m pretty decent, I’ve had a relationship with Him before. I don’t think I’ve done anything that would be unforgivable.” I asked what the likelihood she would go to Heaven when she died and she said, “I don’t know, I don’t want to be cocky 80%.” I began to go through the Gospel with her and she knew that Jesus had died for her sins. She’d been going to a Christian Church for about 5 years and liked it there. So I explained to her the rest of the Gospel, that Jesus blood had cleansed her so God could live inside her. Then I explained Jesus righteousness that was too her credit and that we’re clothed with Jesus. “You don’t go to Heaven because you’re good but because Jesus is good and you’re connected to Him. I used analogies and illustrations all the way through. I asked her if she’d want to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else and she said, “I’d want to be forgiven.” So I said that it seemed like she was hoping she’d be good enough to go to Heaven but if she wanted to trust in what Jesus had done there was a prayer she could pray it between her and God so only he would hear, “Wanna do it?” “Well, probably but let me ask you what if someone prayed a prayer like this and then thought they could do whatever they want?” I said I wouldn’t let someone else’s hypocrisy change what I did with God. You can never see someone’s heart and Jesus says not to judge that but we can judge external things. I said 145 people had prayed with me to receive Christ this year and Christians had asked me how I knew if they were really Christians, but the truth is I don’t know if the person asking me is really a Christian or not either. I explained that “Christianity is inside out not outside in, God changes us on the inside and we become good people who do good things on the outside, but doing good things on the outside does not make us Christians or change us on the inside, only God does that.” If someone committed to their wife in marriage but slept with Sally next door they lied in their wedding ceremony. But I’d still get married. I explained life in the Spirit to her a bit too, asking for God’s help and she was satisfied. I explained that everyone was “has” a relationship with God as their Creator but not everyone was “in” a relationship with God trusting in Him as their savior where He can live inside them. I asked again if shed want to pray. “Yeah,” she replied. “Just pretend I’m not here,” I said. “Ok,” she replied and prayed to receive Jesus. I gave her a Rose publication “Following Jesus” and found out she’d attended the Crusade group on campus all year. “You explained this better than anyone ever has at church or in CRU,” she told me. I thanked her and talked about how often Churches do not talk about the Holy Spirit and seemed to be just trying to create a lot of good people by their own effort but that’s not the Christian life. I said was under the impression from talking to others they did not teach much to students in CRU. “No it’s just games,” she replied. I also gave her a Bible study and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and also wrote “Just ask” and “By the Spirit’s Power”. She thanked me and I explained a few more things to her. She shook my hand and I said, “Nice to meet you.” “Nice to meet you too,” she replied. I got up to go saying I would keep her in my prayers every night until the end of spring and then for one year after that. “Thank you,” she said and was grateful and I headed off.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/2/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and ya walked with God. I had a good day on campus though no one came to Christ. I gave a copy of the Student edition of The Case for Christ to Sarah who came from a Catholic life in Mexico. She was an oval faced “all American kid” looking and sounding girl with a stocking cap on her head and a red Stanford sweatshirt on, short. Really nice and she said she liked to read, so I hope the book clicks with her. A black girl Chiquita heard the Gospel after saying she’d be saved by good works then heard the Gospel and said she was a Christian and was trusting in Jesus. So I just said that was great and maybe she’d like to use the booklet sometime to help her share her faith. She had multiple revelatory moments while we talked expressing understanding. She thanked me for a great sermon.  Ashley another black girl had also said she was hoped she’d go to Heaven by some good thing. She was really convicted as she realized she had known the Gospel as I went through it and then realized, it seemed, she had not been trusting in it. She’d said when I asked her why God should let her into Heaven, “Oh my god, wow that is crazy.” then thought for a while and coming up with no reason she should go to Heaven she said, “Because I never judged anyone.” Her class was right across from where we were talking and she rightly said, “I gotta go to class. Can I keep this? [booklet]”  I said, “Sure.” having gone through the prayer with her. Her teacher had her hand on the door knob as she ran in and the door closed so I hope she will receive Jesus. I had a Catholic girl with basically the same kind of experience yesterday too, Theresa.

I’m getting the message out and some good seeds planted if nothing else the past couple days. Sam a guy who had prayed to receive Christ earlier in the year flagged me down in the science building to thank me saying talking with me had really made a huge difference in his life. “No really, I mean it,” he said looking me in the eye. I thanked him sincerely for letting me know and that lifted my heart.

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 – 4/30/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and ya felt the presence of God. I had a good day on campus. I got one seed planted with an Indian guy Josh resisting the Gospel. I got in some good encouraging talks with some Christians who were nice a couple of which I had not met before. And Grace prayed with me to receive Jesus.

Grace was sitting in the hallway leading out of the PE building to the Mac Arts outdoor theatre. She was waiting for her workout class to begin and seemed to be a little early. She was dressed in leggings with a tweed print on them and a blue hoodie. All she had with her was a pink purse so it must have been her only class that day. Her shoulder length hair was a bit flyaway she had a full, pretty oval face and full lips. She wanted to skydive but felt a little stereotypical with the response but I said, “They should have a class here, seems like everyone would take it. Be a nice way to meet someone.”  It is a common response. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into heaven if she died and she said, “Because it was my time, I can’t go against what He does.” She seemed to be assuming she would go to Heaven and had said she was spiritual, raised catholic but wasn’t going to Church anymore. She thought the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%.  When I asked her what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away her sins she didn’t seem to remember anything. So I just said, “This is how it works,” and began to explain the atonement to her and the blood of Christ, that cleansed her, and the righteousness of God that could be to her credit. She was really enthusiastic about the Gospel and said affirming things at every point like, “I like that.” I asked her If she would want to be forgiven or thought something else and she said, “I definitely want to be forgiven!” enthusiastically. So I said she could just ask God for His forgiveness in a prayer. I showed her the prayer she could pray silently and unsure of what to do she said, “I read it?” “Yeah, silently in your heart,” I replied. “God will read your thoughts.” So she prayed then to receive Jesus. She said she had a Bible at home she could read. The real problem with giving her one was her purse was not much bigger than a clutch and she already had a hat in there rolled up. She did end up taking 20 Things God Can’t Do after I suggested she could let it stand on end. So I explained life in the Spirit and that everything God was asking her to do He would give her the power to do, living “Inside Out” she just needed to ask and depend on Him. So I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside and she liked that and thanked me. I gave her a Bible study showing her some of the ways Jesus claimed to be God by doing what the Old Testament said only God could do and explained that Jesus walking on the water was spoken of in Job as something God did. “Wow,” she said, moved by the prophetic nature of the story. I got up to leave as her class was beginning and I told her I would pray for her through this spring and one year after asking God to bless her each night. “Wow thank you so much this is awesome!” she said with feeling. And I shook her hand and said, “Yeah, I’ll see you in Heaven and left her smiling as I walked away. It was great sharing with her she really took everything to heart.

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 – 4/29/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you had a good day we are grateful the snow melted here, most of it yesterday, so much for global warming, but hey. I had a good day on campus and got a couple seeds planted and Eddie prayed with me to receive Jesus as his savior. I gave Jack (a guy with red hair and beard and a ball cap, kind of looked like the woodsman type) the student edition of The Case for Christ to read. Rodrigo said he liked the prayer and thought he might pray it later he had a few days growth of brown beard and stick straight hair.

Eddie was standing near the double doors as you walk out the back of the computer center about to go to his class, as I was heading out. So I took one last stab at trying to get someone to a student survey. And he said he would. He was wearing a yellow gold hoodie with a school name on it in big letters, had a day growth of beard and a James Dean hair cut. He stood a little shorter than me as we stood looking out the window leaning on a ledge. He said he’d gone to Catholic school and went to church every week. When I asked him what he would say to God if asked why He should let him into Heaven he said, “That’s tough.” Then thinking a bit he said, “I’d just say I lived my life by His values. I was forthright to my friends and good to my family.” He thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven when he died. As I went through the Gospel with him he knew Jesus had died to take away his sins and listened to how His blood had cleansed him and the Righteousness of God is to his credit [Romans 5:19]. I asked him if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in the work of Christ or thought something else or wanted to hope he was good enough. “Forgiven with God inside,” he replied. I said that if he wanted to place his trust in that there was prayer he could pray and I walked him through it quickly. And asked if he’d like to pray it so only God could hear and be forgiven. “Yeah,” he replied. And he prayed to receive Jesus. I quickly explained living inside out by the spirit’s power having explained the symbolism in the mass. I gave him a Bible study and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing “By the Spirit’s power” in the front along with his name and the date and “forgiven” showing him the 100 Bible verses in the back. He’d been looking at his watch off and on all through the time I talked with him, though he’d smiled and been engaged. I knew he had to go. So I shook his hand and he said “Thank you,” and I said, “I’ll see you in Heaven,” and he smiled and headed down the hall into the main building and I headed for my Truck.

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 – 4/25/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was filled with good things today and you were blessed. Lea and Storm prayed to receive Jesus today, so I had a good day at school.

Lea was sitting on the floor in the hall on the second floor of the BIC. She had a cute angular face, square jaw kind of like Sandra Bullock and shoulder length brown hair. She wore blue leggings like you would run in and a blue and orange Illinois sweatshirt and was built like a runner. I asked her if she’d do a survey and when she said “Sure,” I sat down next to her on the floor. She wanted to be a HUAC tech, unusual for a girl but she said she was mechanical. I said at our house my wife was often better at those things than I. That gave us a connection and we enjoyed talking from there. When I asked her what she would say to God if He asked why should I let you into Heaven she said, “I’ve been faithful my whole life. I’m constantly practicing my faith and I’ve never, like, let that go I guess.” I asked her what the likelihood she would go to Heaven was and she said, “70%, not so sure, everyone sins. So I’d say high but not that high.” I began to go through the Gospel with her asking what the big thing was that Jesus had done to the away her sins. “He died.” She said. And I said, “Right” and began to explain how He had lived a perfect life on our behalf and his blood had cleansed us so he could live inside us and she said, “Right.” following along. Then I explained how His righteousness was to her credit, like extra credit in a class. His righteousness gave her 100% though she was getting a zero. Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to 500 people at one time, everyone saw Him that’s why they believed. Since God had done all this for her she could have this apply to her if she received Jesus, believed he was God had died for her sins and rose from the dead. I asked if she would want to be forgiven or thought something else. “I’d want to be forgiven,” she replied. If you’d like to trust in Jesus to be forgiven there’s a prayer you could pray.” And I talked her through it and said, “I know you knew the story, but you know you grow up in the church and it all fits with you but maybe don’t have a chance to think about it. But if you’d like to be forgiven trusting in Jesus and His goodness instead of hoping you could do enough good things. The problem with doing good things is you are never sure you have done enough.” “Yeah,” she agreed.  So I said that if she wanted to trust in Christ that she could pray, not so I heard her but God would hear and she’d know she was forgiven. “Sure,” she said with conviction. She prayed then to receive Jesus. I explained when she was at Church the wafer was symbolic of his body and wine of his blood and it was to remind us He had died for our sins so we are forgiven. “Oh,” she replied. So when they do that at church I try to remember to say thank you.” “I always do that,” she replied. I gave her a Bible because she did not have her own and showed her the “Where to Turn” section to answer questions and she liked that. I put her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do explaining that anything the book said she should do that God would give her the power to do it by His Spirit, she needed only to ask. And I wrote, “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front. She gave me her email and I told her I would pray for her and gave her a Bible Study. Saying Jesus said we should become as a child, meaning we should be dependent. I said as I get older I keep asking Him to change me. “It gets easier,” she said. “Yeah, it does because you are trusting more in God.” I replied. Shaking her hand then getting up to go I said, “God bless you and I’ll keep you in my prayers.” “Thank you,” she said musically with a bright tone. And I headed out.

I came across Storm sitting in the MAC Lounge on the second floor that overlooks gallery space and some seating. He said his parents named him Storm because he almost died at child birth and needed an 800 thousand dollar procedure that left scars, which he showed me. On his right side he has no detectable pulse. There was another scar on his skull I could not see as he had thick curls about the width of my finger about 2 inches long and he also wore a short thin curly beard. He looked biracial, having very fair skin but his language use and tone seemed urban. He had a black oversized sweater with horizontal stripes and Jeans on and we sat at the counter high table and talked over his open text book. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he said, “I been helping, trying to help people believe. I’m not a church go-er but I say my prayers at night.” I asked him what the likelihood he would go to Heaven was and he said, “70%, at least 65% I never hurt anybody.” I went through the Gospel with him then and he didn’t seem to know any of the details but he tuned right in and was receptive taking everything in, he was friendly and open. After explaining all I had said to Lea I asked if he’d want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or if he thought something else and he said, “I would want to be forgiven with God.” So I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is God, He died for your sins and rose from the Dead? Do you think that’s true?” “Yeah,” he said making an affirming face shaking his head a bit. So I said well if you’d want to place your trust in that to be forgiven there’s a prayer you can pray.” And I talked him through the pray to accept Jesus’ forgiveness asking if it was the desire of his heart and he said, “Yeah.” So I said he could pray it silently, not so I would hear but God would hear and know he was forgiven, “Want do it?” “Yeah,” he replied and he prayed to receive Christ, I explained living by the Sprit’s power “Inside Out” and gave him a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. And I gave him a Bible study on the deity of Christ. I told him, “I’ll pray for you. God bless your life, He preserved it and now He’s going to preserve it forever baby.” I said shaking his hand. “You got eternal life.” “Thank youuuu.” he said enthusiastically. And I smiled and headed out.

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

Blessings,

Bob