Results of the Work – 4/20/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with joy from the Lord. I had a good day on campus. Nancy Prayed with me to receive Jesus today and Zane a big curly haired, red headed dude with an engineering shirt on took a Case for Christianity book. He thanked me and said it was interesting but had not been to church and was not religious at all, so maybe a seed was planted. Please pray they are blessed. Nancy’s story is below.

 Nancy was sitting in the MAC arts building upstairs overlooking the lounge at a counter height table. She was pretty, had blonde hair and sharp features, kind of one of those classic faces. She wore a white cardigan and jeans. She said her mom was Italian and she’d had 3 trips to Italy cancelled, the most recent by the school to study there. When she told me her name I asked if she’d ever heard the old Beatles song with her name in it. “Her name was Magill, and she called herself Lil But everyone knew her as Nancy,” I quoted. She said she hadn’t heard the song. “Rocky Raccoon. It’s a great one,” I said. And that made her smile. When I asked her what she would say to God if He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” she said, “I have a pretty good relationship with God. I went to Catholic school for 13 years. Every day I try to be a pretty good person and try to carry out His requirements toward other people. I try my best to be kind to others.” Then she added, “That’s an interesting question I never thought of that before.” I asked her what Jesus had done to take away everyone’s sins and she knew Jesus had died. So I explained His blood and righteousness and explained that we don’t go to Heaven because we do good, but because Jesus is Good and we are connected to Him. “Like if you marry a millionaire ya got a million bucks. Or if you get adopted into a billionaires family you get to live in the mansion and drive the cars. So God adopts us into His family and give us the blessings of His family. He gives us the sacrifice for our sins, the Blood that cleanses us and the righteousness of God that surrounds us. So it’s like ya got some place to go, Heaven, and something to wear when ya get there, the righteousness of God.” I explained she need to receive Jesus by faith and then that faith would save her. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins or if she thought something else she said, “Forgiven,” in the kind of emphatic way of saying wow of course, I’m surprised you had to ask. So I said there was a prayer she could pray if she had never said to God she was trusting in Jesus to be forgiven she wanted to be forgiven and I walked/talked her through it and asked if it was the desire of her heart and she said, “Yes.” So I said she could pray it silently so only God would hear and she’d know she was forgiven. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life living “inside out” asking God to transform and guide her. I told her that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside and she said, “Perfect.” I gave her The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and a Bible study on the deity of Christ. She thanked me. I told her I would pray for her each day one of the lines from the prayers of Paul in the scripture. She was grateful and I said, “It was so nice to meet you. I’ll keep you in my prayers.” “Thanks you so much, have a great day!” She said enthusiastically and I headed out.

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

Blessings,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/19/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed still reveling in the good things now ours in the resurrection of Christ. I had a good day on campus and Brandon and Nico trusted in Christ praying to receive Him and Nathan (who looked Latino with a chin beard and student glasses, professional conservative business like hair) cut took The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and said he wanted to think it through for himself. He hadn’t been to church as much since his parent divorced. So it was a good day, thanks for your prayers, I taught the Bible study with Ellen and a couple girls came too. The guy’s stories are below if you want to spend the time, I’d be grateful if you could say a prayer for them to grow.

Brandon was sitting against the counter in the cafeteria and quickly put on a mask. But he looked Filipino. He had a receding hairline that made a sharp V to one side as his stick straight dark hair that fell forward into bangs. He wore the student glasses, dark plastic across the top. He had on black and white large square print pajama pants and a gray sweatshirt. He said he went to a Christian Church “with the big TV screens in front” but could not remember the name. When I asked him what he would say to God if asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” he said, “ ’Cause my father’s there, my family is there.” He thought he had an 80% chance of going to Heaven. He did not seem to have a clear picture of the Gospel at all but as I went through it he was engaged and took it all in when I asked him if he would want to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else he simply said, “I would want to be forgiven.” So I said if he would want to be forgiven there is a prayer he could pray and I walked him through it asking him if it was the desire of his heart. “Yeah,” he replied so I told him he could pray it silently and God would hear and he said “OK.” So I said, “Just pretend I’m not here.” I was standing at the counter where he was sitting in the Cafeteria facing outside so I just stepped sideways a stride and wrote down what he was wearing as he prayed trying to give him some space. When he finished I said there was more about faith in the booklet he could read later and explained to him the Christian life living “Inside Out” asking for the transformation of the Holy Spirit. He didn’t have a Bible so I gave him one showing him the “Where to Turn” section in the back and the “Messianic Passages “ section. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I also gave him The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet because he said he liked to read and a Bible study on the Deity of Christ. “I appreciate it Bob,” He said. I explained that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I told him I would be praying for him for the next year. I made to go and Brandon said, “Nice seeing you, it was nice to meet you.“  “Nice to meet you too,” I replied and I headed off. I looped around the halls a bit not finding anyone and then waited for the Bibles study to begin back in the Cafeteria.

After the Bible study I came across Nico sitting in one of the sofa chairs against the wall in the big lounge on campus where we’d had Bible study in past years. He was wearing a mostly off-white flannel plaid shirt with a grey hood he had pulled up over a winter cap with a “Carhartt” label on the front and jeans with white trainers. He had a good-looking boyish face and braces on his teeth. He looked a bit like Eminem’s. He was not very large in stature. He went to a Catholic Church on the holidays. “Like Christmas.” When I asked him what he would say to God if asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” he said, “I don’t know I tried to do all the right things, go to college and stuff, get good grades.” He thought the likelihood he would get into Heaven was 50/50. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he did not have a sure idea of how Jesus had taken away his sins. So I explained the blood of Christ and how he earned the Righteousness of God and that we did not have anything perfect we could offer God to pay him for the things we had done. I asked him if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “Be forgiven,” he replied. So I said there was a prayer he could pray to be forgiven and I walked him through it and asked if it was the desire of his heart and he said “Yeah.” So I said he could pray it right now, “I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear you and then you’d know you were forgiven.” “Right now?” he asked and I said, “Yeah now, just pretend I’m not even here.” “OK,” he replied. He took the booklet then and prayed to receive Jesus. When he finished I explained living the Christian life inside out and that the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100% trusting in the righteousness of Jesus. He asked was the difference was between what I had explained and Catholicism and I explained at its base, all Christian Churches believe Jesus dies for your sins and that is the mass. ‘The wine,” I began. “Is the blood,” he finished. I agreed and said the bread was Christ’s body broken for him on the cross. It commemorates Jesus has died for your sins and so you can be forgiven, though the way the symbolism works differs. The Catholic church says only God can forgive your sin but the priest stands in place of God and at times they suggest that you have to contribute to being forgiven. You do have to do what you can to demonstrate you actually believe by asking God for His power to help you live the Christen life. The problem is you do not have anything perfect to offer to God. “Because He is perfect,” he put in. I agreed. And the problem with acting like you contribute to your salvation is that you could fall to pride, thinking you were better than someone else. The Bible says it is by faith God forgives you. I gave him the book Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside and he said, “Sweet.” I also gave him a Bible study on the deity of Christ.  I asked if he had any more questions. “No,” he said and then, “really cool.” I told him I would pray one of the lines from the prayers of Paul for him each day for the next year asking God to bless him as I was not sure if I’d see him again. “See ya in Heaven,” I said getting up to go. “For real,” he replied enthusiastically and I headed off.

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

In Him,

Bob

Spring Prayer Letter – updated 4/15/22

“But we preach Christ crucified…”  1 Corinthians 1:23

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you have been doing well since we last mailed out a letter. Sorry it has been a while. Most of the people that support our ministry on campus get emails with a report each day that I go out to do evangelism. This week is Spring Break. Ellen is filing paperwork to keep us an NFP (something she does as a kindness, as Third Watch could never afford to pay her) and I decided to do an update.

In the course of understanding the studies Pfizer has done (court documents now show, since they were forced to release them) I realized I am exposed to a lot of stuff on campus. Pfizer claims the vaccine sheds spike proteins to others. So I have been taking more supplements to help me stay on top of the fatigue I’m feeling this year. Though I have not felt 100% very often, 51 people have prayed to receive Jesus this semester along with 86 that did so last semester.  There are several others who committed to Christ saying they would pray later, so I pray for them not knowing God’s work after I left their company. Many consider themselves Christians before speaking with me, but are hoping they will be good enough to go to Heaven. It seems like a toss-up as to if they know Jesus died to take away their sins. The week before last on campus, the response of Emily (she prayed to receive Jesus) was a good example. When I ask her what she would say to God if asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “Because… I wanna say I tried my best,” she replied after thinking about it a while. But she did not seem to think that was a good answer saying, “That’s a hard question. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about that.” I asked Wayne, after explaining the Gospel to him, if he had been trusting in Jesus or his good works to save him. “I have been trusting in my works,” he replied. “But after hearing this, there’s something I’m gonna have to do.” He also prayed with me to receive Jesus.

I don’t know if it is a problem in the Churches of the US that the Gospel is not clearly proclaimed. (Though I have visited 4 large churches in my area that offered people salvation or a relationship with Christ without once mentioning the Cross or the resurrection of Christ.) But I don’t know enough about other churches. Campus is not a fair test. I am not doing a random sample of church-going people on campus at all, really. I am praying to be led to the people who need to hear the Gospel and think about it with regard to their own salvation. College can be a time when you first separate a bit, thinking on your own apart from your family. I believe God is directing me to people who are ready to hear, though most students politely decline to talk to me. It is the mystery of the inner workings of the minds of people and the movement of the Spirit when they will be willing to listen. I also give out The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and less often the longer book by Lee Strobel, The Case for Christianity. So I am hopeful others will one day turn (I pray for over 30 I have met). Sadly, books are not the main source of new information anymore and most students’ News Feed is probably “Twitter.” God is able.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry on campus. I have had a sense of God’s leading, often having a picture in my head of a place to go to or an inner nudge, finding a student there who then prayed with me.

These are the 137 students who have received Christ so far this school year.  And 6 (*) who said they would pray later.  Please keep them in your prayers. I am praying for each of them every night.

Brieana, Delyla, Jermaine, Tryvis, Dajon, Edwin, Solomon, Brandon, Joe, AJ, Rafael, Keyshawn, Edmund, Fiyin, Cedric, Marshawn, Derek, Micheal, Anecia, Adrian, Amarillus, Richard, Joe, Victor, Natalie, Katie, Abraham, Eddie, Beth, Devion, Karina, Arielle, Slone, Henry, Leo, Jake, Anthony, Laila, Cam, Fashawn, Aniya, Amaya, Garrett, Gabriel, Ryan, Travis, Jack, Juan, Armen, Nathan, Roman, Fabi, Noah, Ben, Eugenia, Alexis, Bobby, Jeremy, Alma,  JJ, Yaritza, Maritza, Karina, Vernon, Sam, Brooklyn, Keagan, D’Andre, Ash, Matt, Tyler, Nuvia, Dom, Kaliyah, Jenn, Romel, Kendall, Thea, Eduardo, Daniel, Marissa, Harry, Jimmy, Elena, Jordan, Nya, George*, Leon*, Adrian*, Lewis*, Matt, Hazel, Angelina*, Valentin, Demo, Kori, Victoria, Gabriel, Milda, Esther, Nikki, Lucas, Jaden, Cira, Jerry, Caleb, Elona, Corey, Aleksander, Solomon, Carlos, Jalen, Gloria, Brooke, Rafel, Sam, Vlad,  Klay, Kevin, Javier, Tireh, Wayne, Emily, Breyon, Denise, Nicholas, Kai, Eric, Nicholas, Manuella, Juan, Favian, Kevin, Aaliyah, Tony, Gary, Liz, Milly, Gingis, Jamal, Laney, Bianca, Mar*

Two students, Alma and Dejah, meet with Ellen and me for discipleship each week. So we have enjoyed that time together.

Your prayers & gifts keep our ministry going.  We are so blessed by your partnership with us.

 

In Him,

PS As I mentioned I have had some health issues through the semester and relative to that I recently have taken in some information from Karen Kingston, a medical writer and former employee of Pfizer. (These interviews with Greg Hunter (USAWatchdog.com) can be found on https://rumble.com which is a YouTube type site.)

email: bob.thirdwatch@sbcglobal.net                               website: www.thethirdwatch.org

Results of the Work – 4/14/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your weekend has been blessed as you think on the love of God poured out when Christ died for sinners. I had a good day on campus yesterday and Mar received Christ. Please pray her faith grows.

She had to run to class but said she would want to be forgiven and the prayer was the desire of her heart. I asked, “Do you trust in Jesus for forgiveness?” and she said yes so I quickly gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and Forgiven in the front. Then she ran off with 5 minutes until her class began.  She looked like Native American. Pretty, wide face, dark hair. She wore gray baggy sweats and a leather coat with a black t-shirt with bling on it. When I asked her what she would say to get into Heaven she said, “I’d probably say… umm,” and then said, “Why wouldn’t you let me into Heaven.” So I will keep her in my prayers. I told her if she would trust in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism last week if you had a chance. 2 students prayed with me and one committed to Christ who I hope has also come in.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/13/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed on Tuesday. I had a good day on campus talking to Christians. I encouraged Camilla in assurance of salvation and explained the righteousness of Christ and she was really grateful. Brad took a copy of The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. I asked him if deep in his heart he felt like the he believed Jesus was God had died for his sins and rose from the dead and pausing a bit he said he did but had a lot of questions, I answered a couple preemptively. He was really grateful we talked. He’d not been to church since 2nd grade.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today. God blessed though no one turned in the moment I will be praying for Brad.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/11/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with a walk in the sunshine of His love and ya got some vitamin D out of the deal. Laney & Bianca each prayed with me to receive Jesus today. Please pray they grow in the faith they received. Their stories are below if you have time.

Laney was sitting at the end of the 2nd floor hallway heading toward the student services lounge where Starbucks is located. She had on a light grey hoodie and shredded jeans she had completely poked through with her legs, basically looked like shorts that became a big hole and began again as pants at her shins somewhere. She was petite, had straight brown hair and no make-up, sharp chin and nose for features, pretty face and long powder blue nails. She said she had gone to church and a Wednesday youth-group for students all through school until she got busy with college. I asked her what she would say to God and she said, “I don’t know. Probably that there’s a lot of things I’ve overcome as a person. I’ve been in really dark places; I’ve overcome them and been able to admit that I was wrong.” She thought she had a 45% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her telling her God wanted to take away her sin to know and live inside her. I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sins and she struggled saying she thought she knew the answer but couldn’t think of it. So I said no problem and began explaining the Gospel to her, that God in Christ lived a perfect life for her and His blood was the payment for her sins. As I explained each point she said “Right,” agreeably. I explained the righteousness of Jesus that was to her credit. “So it’s like ya got some place to go, Heaven, and something to wear when you get there, the righteousness of God,” I explained. “Right,” she said. I explained that God adopted her making her his child and this was all by faith given her that saved her. I asked if she would want to trust in what Jesus had done to be forgiven for her sins and have God live inside her or thought something else. She said, “Probably be forgiven,” she replied pointing at the circle with God inside. “If you want to be forgiven there’s a prayer you can pray,” I said and explained the prayer to her asking (by reading the line), “Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?”  “Lemmie read it,” she said and she quickly read through the prayer and said, “Yeah.” I said she could pray it silently and she said, “Sure.” She took the booklet then and prayed to receive Jesus.  I took it back to explain living the Christian life “Inside out” and she said, “Thank you so much.” Which she said again 2 more times. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave her a Bible study on the Deity of Christ. I told her I would pray for her for the next year one of the prayers of Paul each day and that now trusting in the Righteousness of God to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I then thought to give her The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet asking her if she liked to read a bit. “I’ll take anything I can get,” she replied. She’d already said she had several Bibles she got as gifts. I put her name in it after explaining it with a few words. And handed it to her. “Thank you so much, thank you!” she said. “You’re welcome,” I replied and I headed around the corner to walk around more.

Bianca was sitting in the lounge that is kitty-corner from the police desk, which could be seen through the glass over her shoulder. She is African American wearing a hoodie and leggings had braids piled up on her head, some had been dyed a lighter brown. She wore a mask that she discarded as we finished talking. She had a full face and soft features, good looking gal. She looked older than 21 and had a 5 year old daughter, Avani. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “Because I did everything with a thankful heart.” She thought she had a 78% chance of going to Heaven. I explained the gospel to her and when I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sins she said, “He forgives you?” I said yes God forgives you because He got paid.” And I began to explain the gospel to her. “Wait can I record this? I lead a positivity group and this is such a good message.” I said sure and the recording mostly caught my silhouette and voice. It stopped recording twice and she restarted it and I picked up more or less where I left off. As I finished I asked her if she would want to be forgiven trusting in Christ or thought something else. “I would want to be forgiven,” she replied. So I said there was a prayer she could pray and explained it to her and she said, “I receive it!” I said she could pray it silently and she would and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus and then said, “Amen!” and turned off the recording. I explained living “inside out” transformed by the Spirit. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside. I explained that now trusting in the Righteousness of God in Christ to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%.  She asked me what I would recommend she teach her daughter and I said she could find short Bible verses and help her memorize them and said there was a group called AWANA that if it is in a good church would be good for her. I said she could do a search for the Focus on the Family Website and they would have age appropriate materials. She was grateful and thanked me and blessed me and said she might come to Bible Study. “I’ll see you later,” she said and telling her I would be praying for her and her daughter I said, “OK” and headed out.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/7/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your weekend has been blessed with all good things from the Lord. We have been blessed with God’s provision. I’m glad it is sunny not snowing today and happily Milly trusted Christ on campus Thursday after first appealing to good works Gingis and Jamal each prayed with me to receive Jesus. Please pray their faith is affirmed and they now walk by it. All were very grateful. Their stories are below if you have the time.

 Milly is 74 years old African American. She had on a wig and a long leather looking skirt and a jacket. She had classic black features, high cheek bones, a nice smile. She has a locker at COD. She said she lives with her daughter and it seems she maintains some privacy that way. That was kind of a vague story but COD would be a pretty safe place to have a locker. If you stopped paying because something happened to you they would open it and contact you to get the contents. I guess you can get one as a community service to retirement era folks. She had nothing but time on her hands, possibly waiting for a bus as we sat under the stairs by the doors near the Bookstore. She said she’d do a survey and she ended up having more questions for me than I had for her. We talked for over an hour. The Mormons had gotten her number and called her but she sent them packing. I said they were liars and she agreed. But I didn’t go into what they taught since she seemed to have discarded any idea they could be correct. She told me a couple dreams she’d had and since their content was things in the Bible I said, “When that happened in the Bible it meant…” She was very happy with looking at her dreams that way. I asked her what she would say to get into Heaven and she said, “Because I served you I am a servant I obeyed your statues and commandments.” I began explaining the Gospel to her. She objected and I would then explain the reasoning and then she changed her mind. She did not at first think God could live inside you and I explained the Trinity and it did not mean we were God to be one with Him. I explained how faith in what Jesus had done for her was what would bring her to Heaven not her good deeds and it was His righteousness not hers she needed to trust in.  At the end she said, “You have changed my thinking and now I understand the truth.” I walked her through the prayer and she said she believed it and committed to trusting in Christ by faith and resting in His righteousness not hers. I gave her Bible Promises for You. I wrote her name and the date and “Forgiven trusting in the Blood of Jesus by faith,” in the front. “I have heard many pastors and no one ever explained things this clearly to me,” she said. I said that was because the Holy Spirit was working in her so she would understand. I told her I taught a Bible study for a Biker club and one on campus for students. “Well other people need to hear than just bikers,” she said. “You need to start a Church.” I told her I would pray about it and if God gave me one I would do it. She said she’d email me in the fall to find out if He had. As far as I can tell no one else is talking to the students about the Gospel so I think my calling at school is still the place to be. We parted as I told her I was going to look for some kids to talk to and she thanked me.

 Gingis was an Egyptian who was sitting at the top of the stairs at a table in the lounge against the fitness equipment in the PE building. He had a sweptback hairstyle of thick hair and a jaw line beard, a pencil thick mustache that ended with his mouth, his cheeks clean shaven, small features. He had on a blue shirt like a mechanic would wear at work and was busy on a laptop. He was Greek Orthodox and believed it to be the original Church telling me they had buildings thousands of years old. I said I imagined that if there was a question of which church was the oldest going back to the time of the Apostles, Egypt being so near the Holy land was a good possibility since the Jerusalem Church was basically destroyed with nearly every Jew in Jerusalem in 79AD. The earliest Bible manuscript fragments are Egyptian papyri. He said he had another Bible study group he went to but could not recall the name. So I said, “You wanna just answer one big question?” “Sure I can answer a question,” he replied. So I asked, “You’re walking down the road and you get hit by a bus so you’re dead and you stand before God and He says, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say?” “I think he would look at my good deeds and my bad deeds and weigh them out,” he replied. I said so you think your good deeds will hopefully get you into Heaven?” I asked. “Yes,” he said. So I said the Bible says something a little bit different, would you want to hear some Bible verses about how you get into Heaven?” “Sure,” he replied. So I began to go through the Gospel with him. He seemed to know the verses and understand Jesus had died for him to take away his sins. So then I explained Jesus righteousness and how he could not pay God will anything perfect in his life though he owed God a perfect life, and the restitution of the damage of his sins. So God had to become a man Jesus who lived a perfect life for him. His blood cleansed him (1John 1:7) and pays God for all the imperfect things we have done that we owe God perfect payment for doing. “The real reason God can forgive you is He got paid, but He had to pay Himself. God is just.” I explained Jesus righteousness is his righteousness. He wanted to trust in Jesus by faith as I finished going through the Gospel with him. He read through the prayer with me and he said he agreed and I said, “Amen?” “Amen,” he replied “I appreciate you man thank you!” he said enthusiastically. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the Date and “Forgiven” on the inside and gave him a Bible study. I said, “God Bless you man,” getting up to go. “Thank you. I appreciate you man,” He said again happily. And I headed off down the stairs.

I went out to the tunnel over to the BIC and Jamal was sitting on a row of chairs as you come out of the tunnel. He was in sweats all black but the sweatshirt had some colorful lettering here and there. He had braids making a chess board block pattern on the top of his head coming out about6 inches. Clean shaven oval face, good looking guy. He said had been asked to do a survey before and if he’d done it, it left him no enthusiasm for another. So I asked, “Ya just wanna take a booklet?” “Yeah I’ll take one,” he said. So I gave one to him and began to explain the Gospel to him saying, “Christianity is like a blood transfusion, I have A+ blood so if you fill me with B- blood I would clot up and die. God wants to fill you full of His Spirit then since He is eternal and the source of life you would have eternal life. But first he has to make you His type, so he takes way your sin.” I could see he was really interested by that so I knew the Spirit was moving him and I continued to go through the Gospel until I had finished it with the Booklet. I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus and he said yes. And so I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and talked him through it saying he could pray it right now and he’d be forgiven. He took the booklet and began to pray. Cam who had prayed to receive Jesus in the fall walked by and knew him and said hi. Jamal looked up from praying said hi and went right back to it. Then Cam greeted me, he’s always really friendly. He is a huge offensive lineman (fair skinned black guy ) with kind of a loose afro of curls. It goes straight up and makes him look about 5 inches taller. We shook hands and I told him I was still praying for him each night and he thanked me and headed down the tunnel. Jamal had finished so I explained living “inside out” where God transforms us on the inside, we become good men, and do good things on the outside. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven” on the inside. “Thank you so much,” he said in return. I gave him a Bible study and told him I would be praying for him each night, one of the prayers of Paul as I did for Cam. “Thank you so much,” he said again and I said he was welcome and headed down the hall north out of sight.

So thanks for your prayers for the Ministry last week and for evangelism. Though I had a day that was just evangelistic discussions and was under the weather another day 4 people trusted Christ all together and God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/5/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things from God’s kind hand. Liz prayed with me to receive Christ today. Please pray for her to come to increased conviction about her bad choices and for the word of Christ to take root in her life and produce fruit. Her story is below if you have the time. Another girl Alex polish from the border of Ukraine thanked me saying, “I actually learned a lot.” She felt like Christ was in her. I think she came to understand the Gospel really for the first time. She knew Jesus had died for her but had been appealing to her works until after I explained everything so I will pray for her.

 Liz was sitting in the hallway on a row of chairs seeming to wait for class to begin. She wore skinny jeans, had a long oval face and round bottom student glasses, straight brown hair past her shoulders. She had a child, I believe a daughter, and her mom brought the little girl to church without her. She looked 19 or 20. The father was in the picture, was her boyfriend. Nice kid. I asked her what she would say to God if he asked “Why should I let you into Heaven.” “Hmm, that’s a tough one,” She replied. I don’t know.” I asked her if she went to church when she was a kid, she said she had and so I asked what she thought they would say gets you into Heaven. “Putting all your faith in God,” she replied. She thought she had a 75% chance of getting into Heaven. She knew Jesus had died to take away our sins. As I explained the Gospel she asked, “What if you make bad choices?” I said, “About half the people in the Bible make bad choices. I had a Navy Seal tell me once, when I said God could forgive him, ‘You don’t know what I’ve done.’ I asked him if he had ever gone into a small village and killed every man woman and child and every animal and run off with their stuff. He said, ‘No.’ I said David did that and God forgave him.”  She had made a run of recent bad choices; she hoped her boyfriend would forgive her. It seemed she thought it was a trend of late. She’d invited another guy over who had worked on her car for her. Nothing had happened except her boyfriend had discovered it. She said she felt like the car repair boy was more her type than her boyfriend. I said for the sake of her daughter that decision was already made and there were sacrifices you have to make when you have children. She agreed saying she had not gotten any good advice about it.  I told her the solution to making bad choices was to ask God to live inside her and help her make the right choices. I explained that God could make all things work together for good for those who loved Him. She needed to choose to be forgiven trusting in what Christ had done with God inside her and ask God to work. I asked if she’d want to be forgiven for her sins. And she said she did. I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and after explaining it I asked if it was the desire of her heart. She said it was and I said she could pray it silently. “To myself,” she said. I said, “Yeah talking to God.” And she prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living the Christian life “inside out”. A guy who had been leering at me from across the hall interrupted then asking some things about who I was, trying to make it clear he did not think I should be talking to people about God. I told him I had permission to be there and carried a letter and the cops knew who I was. He did not like the answer and said something about not really asking if I had permission, though he clearly was. “Do they know you are walking around proselytizing?” he asked. I said that I had a lawyer had taken the steps necessary and yes they knew. He was older, 23 maybe a well groomed bearded, larger guy. I was concerned not to put a bad end on my conversation with Liz so I did my best to disengage with him. He ruined the last of the time I had with Liz, at least in any way of getting more of her story. I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I told her I would pray for her for the next year and she thanked me. I headed out.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 3/24/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you were blessed today with all good things from the Love of God. I had a good day on campus and Kevin committed to Christ saying he would pray & Aaliyah prayed to receive Christ as Savior. Please pray they grow in their faith and walk with the Lord. Their stories are below if you have some time. Yesterday I had long interview discussions with two guys who had said they were atheists and as I left them described themselves more as agnostic. Nick, sitting a 1st floor BIC atrium lounge on the North  side. He had boyish face was a future journalist with a baseball cap over short sandy hair. He took The Case for Christianity Answer Book. He was really grateful. Later in the science lounge on the second floor, overlooking the step down lounge that connects the buildings, I found Andy. He looked like a surfer kid with a blonde mop of curls short on the side. He a square chin, blue eyes. He took a creation magazine after I explained how all the animals could fit on the Ark.

 Kevin looked Latino and goes each week to Catholic church. He was wearing read trainers and jeans and a t-shirt. He had a mop of straight dark hair and looked like his skin was still recovering from not having to wear a mask. He was sitting reading a text for class the size of a coffee table book, it held bright Medieval looking pictures as I glanced at it. I asked him if he wanted to do a student survey for a Bible Study about what he thought about God. “I’m reading about God right now,” He replied from a seat on a row of chairs off the student activities area. “Oh yeah,” I replied, “what class?” “European History,” We discussed the survey and I asked what he would say to God to get into Heaven. He said he thought that if you tried to please God and did basically good things you would go to Heaven. I began to explain the Gospel to him and went back and forth. He knew Jesus had died to take away his sin and I reminded him the Mass he took each week was symbolic of what Jesus had done and when he took it he should say “thank you”. I finally showing him the booklet and asking him if he wanted to be forgiven. “I would want to be forgiven,” he replied. I asked if he had ever told God he wanted to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or was hoping he was good enough and would go to Heaven. “The second one,” he replied. So I showed him the prayer and said he could pray it silently and he said sure took the booklet and then said I really do have to read this stuff. So I said sure sorry to keep you and I gave him Bible Promises for You. And said I’d see him in Heaven and took off having the impression he would pray as I left.

 Aaliyah was sitting in the hallway of the BIC on the 1st floor. She was reading on her lap top but she said she’d do a survey. She was a black girl with full lips and kind of a button top nose, a had a fountain of teased out afro off the top of her head with a grey hoodie half pulled up, she wore nylon leggings with diamond shapes on the side. Cute kid, thin and small. She said she went to an Apostolic Church and wanted to have a career as a traveling nurse and go to at least 20 countries. When I asked her what she would say to get into Heaven she said, “Hmm what would I say… that’s a real good question. I would say even though I didn’t deserve to be in Heaven I always kept a strong faith. I always spread your word to lead people closer to you.” She thought she had a 75% chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel and she knew Jesus had died and even had John 3:16 memorized. I asked her as I finished going through the Gospel if she would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done and she said “I would want to be forgiven for my sins,” she said with some enthusiasm. So I asked if she had ever asked God to forgive her trusting in what Jesus had done or if she was just hoping she would be forgiven. “I try to ask God to forgive me all the time,” she replied. “But were you trusting in Jesus when you did that,” I asked “Or were you just thinking God would forgive you. “I just was, hopefully,” she replied. So I said if she wanted to ask God to forgive her trusting I Jesus there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it and asked if it was the desire of her heart. She said it was. So I said she could pray it right there silently, I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear and she’d know she was forgiven. “OK,” she replied. I said, “Just pretend I’m not even here and she giggled with an actual “He, he, he,” kind of musically (I think thinking it was funny I would disappear) and prayed to receive Christ. I explained living “inside out” asking God to transform her. I said now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would get into Heaven was 100%. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and forgiven on the inside and a Bible study and said I would keep her in my prayers and she was thankful.  “God bless your plans,” I said getting up to go. “Thank you, you too,” she replied. And I headed off.

Thanks for your prayers today.

Bob

Results of the Work – 3/22/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was a good one walking in the joy of the Lord as your strength. I had a good day on campus and Favian prayed to receive Christ. Also Juan a guy I had gone through the Gospel with and talk to off and on said he had trusted in Christ a while after we talked the first time. He has kind of teddy bear good looks and is great at soccer, wears his hair shaved on the sides and a crew cut on top. Last I spoke to him he told me he had been reading proverbs so I gave him a Bible promise book. So I’m grateful he has decided to follow Christ. We had a talk today on guidance and promiscuity, he is living a pure life so I helped him see the benefits long term of holding to that. Favian’s story is below if you have time.

 Favian was sitting in the cafeteria and I began talking to him waiting for our Bible study to begin in the same room. His questions tied me up for a while and I was late but Ellen sat with the girls that are now coming and held down the fort. Favian was a bit on the shorter side he had a crew cut and soft features. He was a pretty average looking guy but for a couple freckle birthmarks. He wore glasses with metal rims wore a t-shirt. He had been to Catholic church as a kid. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven” He paused for a min. with a “Hmm, what would I say to God.” The he replied, “Because to the best of my ability I treated people the way I want to be treated. I treated them with respect hopefully with enough care to make them feel they mattered.” He thought he at a 35% chance of getting into Heaven. When I asked what Jesus had done to take away his sins he said, He carried his cross.” I said, “Yeah, He died for you.” He listened closely to the Gospel and I asked him if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus for forgiveness. He then said, “I personally don’t agree with being forgiven just by faith or [by] believing in God.” I replied that he was not being forgiven just because he had faith, he was being forgiven because there was a terrible price in the death and suffering of Christ that allowed God to forgive him because He had been paid (which I had already explained). He said he hated handouts where there was nothing in return. I pointed out that there were all kinds of things given to him in this life he would never be able to repay or simply couldn’t. One was his parents care for him as a child, changing his diapers and feeding him among other things. I talked to him about the infrastructure of America and how much we had been granted just be living here, highways and electric power everywhere. I then said that he would be expected to give a lot in return if he gave his life to God. God would be his boss and could ask anything of him and some of it would require sacrifice different than what others were doing. I said these things God would ask him might be very difficult and that we were headed into very hard times as a country where the things God was asking him to do might cost him a lot. His actions could only demonstrate to God that he was genuinely grateful for eternal life, but could not pay God back for the suffering of Christ. He asked if God would appreciate what someone had done by basically being good. I said, “There is an old saying that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. But there is another much more common way evil triumphs, it’s when good men to the wrong thing.” I explained God was playing 3-d chess and he could end up being the rook that went to the wrong square and it ended up sacrificing the queen. We could only hope to contribute to the good God was doing in the world if he was guiding and directing us. He wanted to do an Iron man completion and I used examples from that of God being with him. He asked about people who had not heard in other countries. I said there were 10’s of thousands of people coming to Christ in Iran by God appearing to them in dreams saying, “Pray to me alone.” These then would come across a Christian who could not publically proclaim their faith or be killed there and clandestinely enter the underground church. I said I believed that anyone who was genuinely seeking God, God would find them. But most are not. I explained the trade off of living for God now when compared to the far longer eternity that awaits. He had some other good questions. I had read through the prayer with him earlier and guided him back to it asking if he would want to be forgiven where God lived inside him and gave him strength and guidance. “For sure,” he finally replied after about 30 minutes of answering things. And he prayed then to receive Christ. Ellen was only a couple tables away but I realized then how late I was and I gave him a Bible study and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front of Bible Promises for You. He was grateful and happy and I headed over to teach the girls.

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

In Him,

Bob