Results of the Work – 8/26/19

Hey sisters and brothers in Christ,

I hope ya had a great day walking with Jesus. I had a good day on campus and Isabelle and McPaul each prayed with me to receive Jesus today. His friend Jared asked for a booklet to think about it. I had a long conversation that I think made some headway with a cute round-faced Islamic girl, Massa with a tiny nose.  She had dyed her hair close to blonde and was from Syria. She was dating and not very committed to Islam. But I gave her scholarly evidence for the Bible in a Rose hand out and pointed out how Islam and the Quran had changed giving her a little pamphlet on Jesus and the Quran.

Isabelle was sitting in the hallway at a counter height table on the ground floor that wraps around more or less westward toward the bookstore. Her hair was dyed blonde, halfway from the ends upward and she had sharp features, tall, thin and pretty. Her nose in profile was kind of a perfect triangular shape. She wore skinny jeans, black with holes in them and a white t-shirt. She was up for doing a survey about God. She said she wanted to travel the country and I talked to her about going to the lodges of the National Parks. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven, she really struggled saying, “Ahh let’s see…” I tried to help, asking her if she went to Church. She was a faithful Catholic in Elmhurst. So I asked her what her church might say would get her into Heaven, but she could not think of anything and in the end had to settle on “I don’t know.” She thought she had a 50/50 chance to go to Heaven saying, “it depends.” But she wasn’t sure what it depended on. I began to go through the Gospel with her, saying some of it would probably come back to her, but literally nothing did. She was happy to find out that Jesus had died to take away her sins and I pointed out that that is what the Mass was about. ‘The wafer is symbolic of Jesus’ body and the wine His blood.” So I suggested when she took it she should say “thank you,” because it commemorates that He had died for her so her sins could be forgiven. She liked that and resonated with the Gospel. I asked her if she would like to be forgiven trusting in Jesus so He could live inside her or thought something else. “This one,” she said convinced, pointing at the circle with Jesus inside. “Well, it seems like you hadn’t ever put all this together to place your trust in it.” She agreed, so I said if she would like to trust in Jesus there was a prayer she could pray. I talked her through it, saying she could, “Pray it silently and God would hear the thoughts of your heart.” “Sure,” she said brightly. And she prayed to receive Jesus as I stood by the table looking down. She crossed herself as she finished and I began to explain the power of the Spirit to live the Christian life. I gave her a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do writing by the  Spirit’s Power in the front and then writing her name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside of the cover. I gave her a Bible Study on the Deity of Jesus and got her email address to send her some stuff. I explained that if she was trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness, the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. She thanked me and was happy. I said I’d see her in Heaven and she laughed and I headed out.

 

I was walking through the big lounge were we have Bible Study and 4 black guys were sitting at a table together so I asked, “Anyone here wanna do a student survey on what you think about God and stuff, find out how to go to Heaven?” I explained it was for a Bible study group. McPaul, with his back to the glass wall, said he would do one. They guy next to him, Jared, asked for a booklet when we were finished, saying he’d been listening. I said maybe I’d see him around and we could talk about it more. A big dude walked up and introduced himself and I shook his hand. He went to the other end of the table and a white girl had walked up to the other end of the table too and that got the rest talking, so I focused on having a conversation with McPaul, kneeling on the floor next to where he sat. He wore a blue polo shirt with a white coat he had buttoned up to the top. A bit of chin hair and a pencil thin mustache. He had a mop of short braids on the top of his head and was a doppelgänger for a young Malcolm-Jamal Warner. (The oldest son on the Cosby show.) When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I feel like He would let me into Heaven. I’m a follower of Christ. I do good, give back.” I asked him the % likelihood he would get into Heaven and he said, “75%, only because I have lived my life to the fullest and go to Church.” When I asked him what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away his sins he though a second and said, “He sacrificed himself.” I said, “Right,” and went on to explain the blood of Christ cleansing us and that the imputed righteousness of Christ could be to our credit as He perfectly fulfilled the Law. He said he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus. So I pointed out that his answer suggested he had been trusting in his good works to earn him Heaven and he agreed. I said he could pray a prayer and trust in Jesus and know he was forgiven and said he could do it and no one would know (everyone else was distracted and talking between each other) as we sat there. I asked if he wanted to pray silently. “Yeah,” he said. When he finished he reached out his hand to me to shake mine and said, “Thank you.” as I shook his hand. “Yeah, you’re welcome man,” I replied. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and also and explained the power of living the Christian life, relying on God’s Holy Spirit. He had a Bible so I gave him a Bible Study and explained a couple ways Jesus claimed to be God. “Nice to meet you,” he said as I got up to leave after thanking me a few more times. “Nice to meet you too,” I replied and headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed. I also got to give some follow up books to Danni and Thomas, who prayed to receive Jesus last year.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 8/22/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed yesterday and life was good. I had a headache that finally lapsed after a few hours, so I went to campus and Chase and Gillam each prayed with me to receive Jesus. So that was great. 11 students prayed to receive Jesus this week and 2 others committed to Christ saying they would pray later.

Gilliam was sitting in the cafeteria at the counter looking outside, about to study something. But she said she’d do a student survey. Her blondish hair was up in a bun and she had on running shorts and a v-neck shirt. She had a pretty smile, cute perky looking kid, small nose looked kinda sporty. She was faithfully attending a Roman Catholic Church. When I asked her what she would say to God if He asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” she said, “I don’t know,” and then pausing said, “I mean it’s really up to Him.” She thought she had about a 65% chance of getting into Heaven. She was not sure what Jesus had done to take away her sins, but the story seemed to come back to her a bit. And after I explained that Jesus had lived a perfect life, had died in her place and His blood cleansed her, I said, “That’s really what the mass symbolizes. The wafer is His body broken for you and the wine symbolizes his blood that cleansed you. It is reminding you He died for you and so you are forgiven, so sometimes you don’t know what to do in the service right then but you can just say ‘thank you'”. “Thank you,” she repeated in a bright tone of understanding. I then explained how Jesus’ righteousness was to her credit. He made good things out of our bad things and we were saved by faith. I asked her if she’d want to be forgiven, with Christ inside, trusting in Him or thought something else and she said, ‘I’d want to be forgiven.” I said, “Well, you grow up in the Church and maybe don’t think about it much. But now you are in college and have to decide for yourself. So if you wanted to place your trust in that, there is a prayer you can pray.” I explained it, reading it through and she said, “I like that.” I said she could pray it silently now and she’d know she was forgiven. “Right now?” I said, “Sure, not like I’d hear you, but God would hear.” She checked again if she should pray it out loud and I told her no only God needed to hear. And she prayed to receive Jesus. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and a Bible study she could read. I explained living by the Spirit’s power to her. Just asking for help from Him. I said that if she was trusting now in Jesus righteousness to be her righteousness, the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. “God bless you,” I said. “God bless you too,” she replied. “Thanks for talking with me,” I said in leaving. “Of course,” she replied. And I headed out.

I had some long talks with some students I knew from last year who were not Christians.  I walked one theist, who had not settled on Jesus yet [Bill] but was in another philosophy of religion class, to the bus stop, and he gave me his thoughts on where he was at. He was in the middle of 5 books and did not want another one.

I headed into the BIC and the hall was pretty empty as it was getting into the afternoon. But I found Chase sitting on a bench with a basket ball sitting beside him, his duffle bag at his feet. He had a short afro and a bit of facial hair lip and chin, good looking guy, lean with a round head. Friendly, warm smile, seemed laid back. He had on basketball shorts and a plain white t-shit. He was over 6’4″. Friendly. He’d gone to Church in life, and his mom made sure “we all had bibles”. When I asked him why God should let him into Heaven he said, “I would hope to say, ‘I did what He asked me to do… hopefully.” He thought he had a 50/50 shot to go to Heaven. As I went through each point of the Gospel he repeatedly said, “Makes sense.” And said he want to be forgiven when I asked at the end. I said it seemed like he hadn’t had a chance to put all this together before so he could trust in it and he agreed. So I said if he wanted to place his trust in Jesus there was a prayer he could pray and walked him through it. He said, “Makes sense.” again and when I said he could pray it quietly and be forgiven he said, “I’ll do it.” And he did.  I said he could keep the booklet and he held out his hand to shake mine and said, “Thank you.” I shook his hand and I explained the Christian life was asking for God’s power through the Spirit to do anything He was asking us to do. I gave him a Bible Promises for You book writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and “By the Spirit’s power.” I also gave him a Bible study, which he liked. Then it seemed like he had to get somewhere. I told him I would keep him in my prayers through next year and he said, “Thank you, thank you,” and threw the book in his duffle with the Bible study and headed down the hall. My headache was coming back and the school was basically empty so I headed home.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism on Thursday of you had a chance. God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 8/21/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was filled with the joy of the Lord. The Lord blessed me on campus.  Jeff and Cole each prayed with me to receive Jesus.  Daniel also committed to Christ, saying he would pray later. So I am hopeful I’ll run into him again in the lunch room. He had the Clark Kent brown haircut and a wider nose, typical American face.

Jeff was sitting in front of some conference room doors, just west of the outside doors near the bookstore, up on the second floor. He had skin like mine (sadly for him), brown hair swept back and looked like a young Homer Simpson, minus the 5 o’clock shadow. He wore jeans and a blue t-shirt and said he was an Eagle Scout. When I ask him what he would say to God to be let into Heaven, he said, “I don’t think there is anything I’ve really done that’s been, like you know…” I queried him a bit more and he said, “Bad or spectacular, either.” “So you haven’t done anything really great, if that’s what gets you into Heaven and you haven’t done anything really bad if that would send someone to Hell?” I asked. “Right,” he agreed. He had gone to a Catholic Church as a kid and then his family had gone to a Lutheran Church that was closer to his home. He thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. He did not know what Jesus had done to take way his sins, or could not remember. He really tuned into the Gospel however and it was enjoyable to talk to someone I was certain wanted to listen. It is good news after all. Based on where he was sitting, he wasn’t waiting for a class to start and we just sat on the floor leaning against the wall and talked. When I had finished going through the Gospel, I asked him if he wanted to be forgiven or thought something else. “Well, I’d want that one,” pointing at the circle representing Christ inside, with a tone of voice suggesting it was the obvious choice. So I told him there was a prayer he could pray to be forgiven and walking him through it. I asked if he would be willing to pray it silently and be forgiven, he nodded. I said “Just pretend I’m not even here” and he gave chuckle and received Jesus. When he’d finished he was glad.  I explained the Christian life living inside out by God’s power. He thought they had some Bibles around somewhere, but I offered him one of his own and he wanted it. I showed him the “Where to Turn” section in the back to answer questions and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and told him Jesus’ words were in red. I gave him the book 20 Things God Can’t Do explaining how everything was by the Spirit’s power in the Christian life, writing that in front. I also gave him a Bible Study and got his email to send him some stuff. He offered me his hand and I shook it and he said, “Thanks.” I said I’d see him around maybe and say hi and he said ok. “Have a good one man,” I said getting on my feet.”You too,” he said with a smile and I was off. I also gave him an extra booklet and a Bible Promise book for Jenna his girlfriend, whom he said he wanted to marry.

I bumped into Cole just past the lounge where we have bible study down the hall a bit. He was a small guy with stick straight brown hair in a mop with bangs pushed over to the side, pointed nose and a round head, no facial hair, he looked too young for it. He wore a red, white and blue kind of tie-dyed hoodie and red and blue basket ball shorts. He was a really nice, friendly kid, smart. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “Ooo,” thinking a bit, then settled on, “You were always in my life, I guess, even when I didn’t go to Church you were still with me.” He thought he had a 50/50 shot at going to Heaven. He didn’t know what Jesus had done to take away his sins when I asked him. It turned out though he didn’t live far from school. His father and stepmother had taken him to Willow Creek Church, but the left it and had been headed downtown somewhere for church. He went occasionally. He listened closely to the Gospel like he hadn’t heard it before. Though he must have heard some. In the end, I asked if he wanted to be forgiven, trusting in Jesus and he said yes, using a theological term for abiding with Christ which escapes me now, (sorry it’s late and I’m tired).  I said something about growing up in the church you kind of just roll with it and don’t think about it much. But hey, welcome to college you’re a man and you have to make up your own mind to follow. I offered him the prayer and he decided to pray to receive Jesus, though he had to run to his class. That was great. I hadn’t had a chance to get another Bible so I said I’d look for him around and give him one since he said he needed to get a new one. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and explained living by the Spirit’s power, writing his name and the date and forgiven in the front. I gave him a Bible study, quickly explaining it a bit and he thought it was cool.  I asked if he had any questions and he said, “No, I’ve heard it before.” I assumed he meant at church, which made some sense that it would all start sounding familiar. “Thanks,” he said, getting up to leave. “See ya around man.” “Yeah see ya,” and he ran off.

So thanks for your prayer for the ministry and for Evangelism today if you had a chance. God blessed and life was good.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 8/20/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a great day walking with the Lord. It rained a lot here but the Lord blessed on campus.  Ray and Marco each prayed with me to receive Jesus. Chloe committed to Christ saying she’d pray later. She hadn’t understood any of the Gospel but had been attending a Bible study of some kind. Unfortunately, she had to run to class as I quickly explained the Gospel to her. She hadn’t understood it at all. We’d just started to talk and she was willing to take a booklet before class began. She was a cute, short girl with blonde hair, an oval face pointed chin .and asked for another booklet for her boyfriend Juan. So I am hopeful when I see her again she will have prayed to receive Christ.

Ray was sitting on the edge of the lounge outside student activities (the lounge below where we have Bible Study.) He was a little more slight and shorter than me in build and had a wide flat nose, sharp chin and jaw line with a bit of facial hair lip and chin. He wore a gray cross country shirt from high school and had ripped up jeans on. His afro piped up a bit into braids on top. Good looking’ kid, reserved. He was cool. He said his Grandfather was a preacher, after agreeing to do a student survey. After his Grandfather had died he’d stopped going to Church. I asked him what he would say if God asked Him why he should be let into Heaven and he said, “That’s a good one… Because you love Him?” he guessed. He didn’t say he loved Him so I wasn’t sure how to take it. He knew Jesus had died to forgive sins. I went through the Gospel with him and he stopped me in the middle and said, “I know you probably don’t mean to say this but it seems like you are saying you could believe and just do whatever you want.” “Well I’m not finished yet,”  I replied. But I went on to explain if someone said they believed God had died for them, to save them, and then did evil things it would be realistic to think they were lying. After all your mom has done for you if you never helped her at all or showed her any appreciation I would not believe you if you said you loved her. He agreed that was true. I said that if you knew someone for 20 years who said 20 years before they’d become a Christian, but then saw no change in their life, and they were still bad, you’d assume they were lying. People can make big mistakes though and have a bad day where they fall into a sinful life they left behind too, “I’m not saying people can’t make mistakes.” I went on to explain the rest of the Gospel and asked if he wanted to be forgiven, trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “The first one,” he replied. So I said that if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and I talked him through it. I asked if he would want to pray silently to receive Jesus. “Yeah,” he said, slowly dragging out the word. I handed him the booklet and he prayed to receive Jesus. He went to hand it back then but I said he could keep it, having used it to explain the Holy Spirit to him a bit. He asked for some verses on faith. So I gave him a Bible Promise book. There wasn’t a specific chapter for faith in the one I gave him, so I gave him some others. I wrote his name, the date and “Forgiven” in the front and gave him a Bible study to read too. “Your Grandfather is looking down right now and saying, My Man” I told him and he grinned and laughed a bit and said, “Yeah” and thanked me. Then, saying I would be praying for him, I headed out.

Marco was sitting on one of the stone walls outside the PE building. He had a couple of days growth of beard, a pointed nose and sharp outline to his long face, deep set eyes and swept back, straight, light brown hair. He said he’d gone to church a couple times with his mom as a kid but he didn’t know what kind it had been. It was obvious he had never heard the Gospel before. He had on a t-shirt, dark gray jeans and brown leather high-tops. It was sprinkling a bit so I did not know how long we’d last. I kept praying the rain away thinking about Elijah. I got hit with the occasional drop as we talked. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I feel like I’ve done nothing wrong.” ‘You mean nothing really bad, nobody’s perfect. ‘Right” he agreed. I knew he’d know nothing of the Gospel so I went straight through and he was really interested to understand what God had done. I explained the short time we have here compared to eternity where God would glorify us. I said he could be forgiven, believing in all I had explained to him. That Jesus was God, had died for his sins and rose from the dead. He thought he believed and could trust in that “But is that enough?” he asked. The theological answer is it is enough if God is at work in the hearer and enters them with His Spirit by faith Who seals them. All the Bible’s analogies are written that way, dead one moment-alive the next. No one is half alive and then finally totally alive. It is a zero-sum game. But it seemed like Marco was asking if he had enough faith. I explained that you have to take the first step on the ladder and with God’s power you do that and you’ll climb higher, you will depend on Him more. Sometimes you won’t like what He is doing and you’ll have to ask for more faith. He had said he wanted to have a family and so I talked about the day I got married. Now decades later I realize I could not have known then what it would take to stay married or known what my wife and I would each become, how we might change. But I learned to trust my wife more and more and now I would trust her with anything and would do anything she asked me to do for her. But if you tell God you believe, “If you die tomorrow you will be in Heaven, it is enough,” I concluded. He decided to trust in Christ saying, “I can do that.” And he prayed to receive Him. It was raining a few more drops. He had to go so I gave him, The Case for Christianity Answer Book, “Following Jesus” the Rose publication and a Bible, writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front trying not to let the rain hit it, after I showed him the “Where to Turn” section. I told him my email was in the booklet and then gave him a Bible Study that has my email on it too and shook his hand. It started to pour. I shook his hand again as he thanked me and encouraged him to ask me anything. He headed to the parking lot and I to the building. He thought he’d come to the Bible study. Please pray he does if God would have me pour into him more.

So thanks for your prayers for the Ministry and for Evangelism today if you had a chance. I was wiped out from a long, tiring night the night before, but God used me today anyway.

Love in Christ,

Bob

Back to campus! Results of the Work – 8/19/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I went through the Gospel with 4 African American guys, Roy, CJ and Jamari, Jaylen, who each prayed to receive Jesus today and Carmen, a Latina Catholic who prayed to receive Jesus too. I got through the Gospel with a Muslim guy Hadi and Kenyan girl [Linda] who took it in anyway, saying she believed already and another black guy Jordan who committed to Christ saying he’d pray later. Thanks so much for your help in prayer. This is pretty long so I can imagine not everyone wishes to read it. I’d be grateful if you’d just pray for these 5 kids to grow in their faith.

A lot of people turned me down today, but 11 peeps heard the Gospel including Hadi a HS kid who afterwards did not want to tell me what he thought of Christianity (intonating he did not want to insult me. He said he had nothing to say that would help.) but was friendly.  I gave him a small pamphlet on Islam which he took with him. I also went through the Gospel with an Atheist Samantha outside the MAC.

Roy was sitting at the end of a row of chairs and had a slip of paper in his hand he was working on that turned out to be a survey from another group. I asked him if he wanted to do a survey before I realized what he was up to and he said, “I got one ,” showing it to me. I said this was something different and began to ask him questions. He showed me a tattooed verse on his arm saying “This right here,” when I asked him why God should let him into Heaven. He had on red sneakers, quilted jeans and a blue short sleeve shirt. He had a very short afro, fairer skin and an oval face with classic African features. I explained that his tattooed verse (from Proverbs) was from the Old Testament, so that could not tell him how to be saved and I began telling him some of the Gospel through analogies. I went through several of them and then took out a booklet so he’d have the verses written down. “Where did you learn all this stuff?” he asked. “From reading the Bible,” I replied. He circled a few more things on the survey and the girl came back and picked it up without speaking, smiling at me knowingly and I went on explaining everything to him. He had not understood or trusted in Jesus by faith and hadn’t known Jesus had died for him, to take away his sins. Though I think the story sounded a bit familiar. I offered him a chance to pray at the end and he  did and received Christ  and was really happy thanking me. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and a Bible Study on the deity of Jesus. He was late for an appointment and had to run. “I hope I’ll be seeing you around,” he said. I encouraged him to ask for God’s help in everything and blessed him and he gave me a very serious look saying, “You too,” and headed off.

Jamari and CJ were a couple of football players sitting in the hall of the BIC. They said they’d do a survey. Jamari, a real solid looking guy, was very dark and  more reserved with sharp features, dark blue t-shirt. His afro went up and then flat like a stove pipe. Good looking guy. CJ was built like a receiver and both wanted to play “In the League” [NFL]. CJ was more outgoing, had fairer skin and a bit of facial hair on his lip and chin, face more round classic features for an African American. Both were friendly. Jamri knew Jesus had died to take away our sins, but both had been trusting in good works to go to Heaven. I don’t think either had thought about it much before meeting me. When I asked why God should let them into Heaven, both reacted like they had just read the test question they hadn’t studied for and stared across the hall, thinking. Jamari said, ”Cause I always put people before myself.” CJ said, “I changed my life around from bad to good.” Jamari was 100% sure he was going to Heaven and CJ gave himself a 70% chance. After I went through the Gospel with them and pointed out that they had been hoping they were good enough by their answers, I asked if they would want to be forgiven believing in Jesus. They seemed a bit unclear and I had taught them a lot, through a couple high fives of other players walking by. “Would you want to trust in Jesus dying for you on the Cross to be forgiven. Trusting in the good things Jesus has done, not the good things you have done? Jamari said yes right away, but CJ said, “Man this is a lot to think about.” “It’s not really a lot,” I said, “It’s pretty simple. Do you believe Jesus is God, has died for your sins and rose from the dead.” He looked at me and said, “Yes.” I asked would you want to put your trust in that to be forgiven? He thought for a moment and God touched his heart and he said, “I believe,” very seriously and remained very sober. I talked them through the prayers they could pray and handed them the booklets, saying they could pray silently. They each prayed their own prayer though closing their eyes off and on and kept the booklets. I gave them each 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote their names, the date and “forgiven” in the front of each. They were thankful and cheerful as I left them and I gave them Bible Studies a bit later passing them in the hall.

Jaylen was a round face guy with a short afro and facial hair, (lip and chin) very articulate, shorter, had some weight on him, not too much though. He was sitting at a table on the edge of the lounge where we have Bible Study facing the bathrooms. He was willing to do a survey. When I asked him why God should let him into Heaven he said, “Because I try to bring a positive influence wherever I go.” He thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. He listened carefully to the Gospel and so I asked him if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins after comparing Christianity to Buddhism and Islam. “Forgiven,” he said simply. So I asked him if he thought he had been trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus to pay for his sins and get him into Heaven or if he’d been hoping he was good enough. “Trusting in Jesus,” he replied. So I said that this was a way he could share his faith and I showed him the quote in the back I always talk to students about, “Your walk with Christ depends on what you allow him to do in and through you, empowered by the Holy Spirit, not on what you do through your own self effort.” [Paraphrasing] Then I said if he was showing this to someone and they wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer they could pray and I walked him through it.  I asked, “Is this something you’ve done before, said this to God, or haven’t you gotten around to it yet?” “Hadn’t gotten around to it,” he replied. So I said he could pray the prayer silently in his heart so only God would hear and asked if he wanted to do that. He nodded and took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ, so that was great because he had joy then. I offered him some books to read and he chose a Bible promises book, so I wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven”  in the front. He was very grateful and thanked me several times. I explained the Christian life to him. “Alright,” he said enthusiastically, “thanks for that.” I said I’d write that down as to what he thought about the Gospel and he said, “The man.” I also gave him a Bible study to read and said I’d see him in Heaven as I got up to go. He thanked me again and I headed out.

I hadn’t put two Bible promise books in the my pack and school was emptying out. But it was a little earlier than I wished to leave, so I walked out to the truck and got some more books and went in to school again. After another conversation with a Christian I invited to Bible Study, I found Carmen sitting on the second floor near the stairs in back near the waterfall. She is a pretty short, petite, Latina girl with long brown wavy hair past her shoulders. She had a yellow shirt on and jeans and nearly perfect white teeth. Her eyes were like  Mila Kunis, cute kid. She said she tried to go to Church every Sunday.  When I asked her what she would say to God if He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” she said, “Because I always believed in Him and looked up to Him.” I went on to explain the Gospel, saying God wanted to know her, which meant to live inside her with His Holy Spirit but first He had to take away her sins to make her his type. I asked what the big thing was that God did to take away her sins. She kind of apologetically said that in her church, which she assumed would be different than mine, she confessed her sins. I said that was right. The Bible said “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I went on to say, “The Catholic church teaches that only God can forgive your sins. So the priest does not forgive your sins, but he is telling you that because you confessed that God forgives your sins. So why is it the priest can say that?” She was unsure. To help her think I said, “When we sin we hurt ourselves and the earth, and everything here even us is God’s stuff. So when you wreck God’s stuff you owe Him for it. And God has to get paid, so the priest can say your sins are forgiven because God got paid for your sins.” I went on to explain the Gospel of Christ as how God is paid for our sins, His blood cleanses us in an ongoing power in the world and His righteousness is to our credit. I said this is symbolically what the Mass is about. She had not realized these thing before at all. I said when she took the mass she should just say, “Thank You” to God for forgiving her. She wanted to be forgiven so I said she could pray a prayer receiving God’s forgiveness trusting in Christ. I explained it to her and said she could pray silently and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. She said her mom had a big Bible so I offered her one and showed her the “Where to Turn” section and she really liked that. I put her name the date and “forgiven” in the front. She got a phone call from her ride home and asked them to wait 2 minutes more. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do and a Bible Study. She thanked me for talking to her and I said now she knew what church was about. “Thank you,” she said warmly and hurried off.

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

In Him,

Bob

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