Results of the Work – 8/31/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with good things from the Lord and joy in your heart. I had a good day on campus and Scott and Josephinie* each trusted Christ as Savior. Please pray for them to grow in their faith in Christ. Their stories are below if you have some time to read today. Thanks for your prayers. Adnan was a Muslim (looked 30) who showed some interest today and took a Bible Study on the deity of Christ and The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. He also copied down my friend’s phone number to contact who does ministry with Muslims, Hesham Shehab. So hopefully he’ll call him and he was not just being polite.

Scott was sitting in the hallway on the first floor that connects the BIC and the SSC. Interestingly enough the CRU group had a meeting today and so did Intervarsity Fellowship in rooms directly across from where we sat. Scott was wearing a white cowboy hat with the edges over his ears curled up. He actually looked something like “Woody” from the cartoon movie “Toy Story”. He had a thin face and similar features. His voice box seemed to have a kind of injury. When he spoke it sounded like he was speaking through water. It was a little difficult to make out the words. But I prayed for help not wanting to call attention to his disability. He had a dark red t-shirt on and grey shorts. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked: Why should I let you into Heaven? He said, “Um, I’m a Christian. I followed the scriptures as best I could.” He thought he had about a 70% chance of going to Heaven. I said God wanted to know and live inside him and so had to take way his sin and asked how Jesus did that. He didn’t know saying, “He forgives you?” So I went on to explain the Gospel. It seemed like he’d been to a few different Churches. One he’d had a falling out with, he said they’d asked him to leave. They did not believe any crosses should be displayed as it was idolatry.  He had a cross in his room, a piece of Jewelry his grandmother had inherited to him. He kept it on his mirror as a remembrance of her and her faith. We talked about legalism a bit. I went through the Gospel with him and he hadn’t really understood the atonement. I explained Christ’s righteousness and believing by faith. I asked if he would want to be forgiven with God living inside him trusting in what Jesus had done and he said, “I’d want to be forgiven with God inside.” So I said, “It doesn’t seem like you have put all this together before,” he kind of nodded, “But if you’d want to be forgiven there is a prayer you can pray.” and I talked him through it and asked, “It says here then is this prayer the desire of your heart?” “Yeah,” he said so I said he could pray it silently and God would hear and asked if he’d want to do it. ”Yeah,” he said enthusiastically. And he prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living “inside out” asking for transformation by the Spirit. I gave him a Bible Study and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front of Bible Promises for You. He thanked me and shook my hand and we both got up and left.

Josephine was sitting on the second floor of the east most science building in the hall. She was an attractive black woman, wearing jeans and a peasant blouse and looked to be in her mid 20’s. She had long hair with some brown tints in it and a rhinestone on her left cheek, full lips classic African American features. She had a larger frame but was not over weight at all. I asked her if she wanted to do a student survey and she said she’d been asked so I said this was a little different and asked if she’d just want to answer the one big question. She agreed.  So I of course said, “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’m a good person.” She’d said that she went to church and was a Christian. “The Bible says something a little different would you be interested in hearing the Bible verses that explain how you get to Heaven?” “OK,” she replied and I began to go through the Gospel with her. When I asked her what the big thing Jesus had done to take away her sins was she said, “He forgives you?” “Yeah I said He does but the real reason God forgives you is because He got paid.” I explained how Jesus lived the perfect life we could not and was the sacrifice for our sins and His blood cleansed us, paid God back for all the imperfect things we owed God something perfect for. “He over pays really by giving His life, unless you’ve killed someone.” I said. She smiled and said she hadn’t. When I finished explaining being saved by faith I asked her if she would want to be forgiven and have God live inside her and she said she did. So I said well do you think you have ever asked God to forgive you trusting in what Jesus has done or were you hoping to be good enough and things would work out?” “The second one,” she replied smiling kind of like you got me.. I said there was a prayer she could pray and I explained it saying she could pray it silently when she agreed it was the desire of her heart. “I’ll pray this later when I can be more intimate with God.” She talked about hierocracy a bit then and it seemed she wanted to feel like it was genuine. I said sure no worries and explained living “inside out” by the power of the Spirit and said if she was trusting now in the righteousness of Christ to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I asked her again then, “So now if I asked you what you would say to God to get into Heaven what would you say?” She smiled and said, “Because of Jesus.” “His blood and righteousness right I said. I said there was a book she might like with promises in it and she agreed she would. I gave her Bible Promises for You and asked her to spell her name again for me and she said, “You can just write Josie,” and I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and she was touched by that. I thanked her for talking with me and headed off. I hope I’ll get to that part of campus next Wednesday to try to bump into her again.

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 – 8/30/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a good day walking with the Lord. I had a good day on campus and Riley, Litzy and Gordon each prayed with me to receive Jesus today. So that was great. Please pray they are blessed in their faith. Their stories are below if you have some extra time.

Riley was up on the third floor sitting in the last triangular shaped lounge before you walk out to overlook the largest central lounge in the school in SSC building. He had dark blue shorts on and a grey blue t-shirt. His sandy mop of wavy hair was parted on the left. Good looking kid. Seemed like an “every man” well-rounded guy. He went to Catholic Church intermittently. When I asked him what he would say to God (if asked why He should let him into Heaven if he’d died) he though a minute and said, “I did my best to help others.” He thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I explained that God had to take away his sins to live inside him and asked what Jesus had done to take away his sins. He thought for a moment and guessed, “Confession?” I said that was true quoting 1John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I then said, “The priest then tells you you are forgiven but he can do that because he knows God got paid.” I went on to explain the atonement and the blood of Jesus cleansing us from all sin. He seemed tuned in to what I was saying and when I had finished explaining saved by faith in the blood and righteousness of Christ I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins. ‘Yeah definitely,” he said with a smile. So I explained there was a prayer he could pray to receive God’s forgiveness and walked him through it and asking if it was the desire of his heart. He said it was and I said he could pray it silently. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Sure,” he replied and he prayed to receive Jesus. I said then that trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave him a Bible Promise Book and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and gave him a Bible Study. I said I’d pray for him and see him in Heaven. I got up to go and he said sincerely, “I appreciate it.” I said, “Sure.” And I headed out.

Litzy was a Latina girl sitting out on a park bench in the sun in front of the road that’s the main drag across the North side of campus. She had kind of a scrunched up cute face with a little knob for a chin, long dark wavy hair, short stature. She wore a hoodie and a peasant blouse and shorts. Went to Catholic Church. When I asked her what she would say to God to be let into Heaven she thought for a bit and said, “Because I’ve been kind.” She thought she had a 50% chance of going to Heaven. I explained God needed to take away her sins to live inside her and asked what Jesus had done to take away her sins. She thought for a minute and said, “The blood?” I said that was right and then began to explain God became a man and when He told people the truth they killed him drawing a stick figure on a cross. “Oh!’ she said, remembering the story or realizing how the blood and the crucified Jesus were tied together. I finished explained that she was saved by faith I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus and what He had done for her on the cross or thought something else she said, “The first one.” So I said, “Well, it seems like you hadn’t had a chance to put all this together before,” and she nodded. “But if you want to be forgiven there is a prayer you can pray.” I talked her through what the prayer meant asking if it was the desire of her heart. She nodded. So I said she could pray it silently, did she want to do it and she said, “Vmm—k.” And she prayed to receive forgiveness by Jesus. I gave her a Bible and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front showing her the way the cross references worked and the 99 doctrines in the front and where they were found and the devotionals in it. She really liked it. I gave her a Bible Promise Book too and a Bible Study on where Jesus refers to the Old Testament to claim to be God in the Gospels. I said now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I said I would be praying for her. She was happy and I got up to go saying, “Have a good one,” as I left her. “You too,” she said cheerfully and I headed off.

At the end of the day I was outside again and looking at the trees at the top of the man made waterfall outside. There are some tables and benches just a few yards west of it. Gordon was sitting at one of them in front of a huge text studying. He seemed busy so I kept walking and then 10 yards past him, down a couple stairs, I turned around walking toward him and he had closed the book. So I asked if he’d do a student survey. He had a big mop of sandy hair also swept left to right and wire rimmed glasses the shape of an old school TV screen. He was wearing silver rings and has a bunch of thin roped bracelets on and said he liked my rings. Square jaw warm smile. Good looking guy. He was wearing black and gray shorts with white stripes on the side and a vintage looking Atari t-shirt. His arm was in a sling, he’d had an operation on part of his shoulder. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he said, “I don’t know. I’d like to think I’d make it into Heaven. There are sins I’ve committed I guess… I regret.” I asked him the likelihood he would get into Heaven and he said. “60%. I tend toward more of a righteous [life].” I went through the Gospel with him and though he said he hadn’t been to church much since he was a kid, when I asked what Jesus had done to take away his sins he said He was a sacrifice. I finished explaining everything to him and asked if he’d want to be forgiven or thought something else. “I’d like to be forgiven,” he said frankly. I asked if he thought that Jesus was God had died for his sins and rose from the dead was true. “Yeah I think it is.” He replied. I said “Then there’s prayer you could pray to be forgiven.” I explained it asking if it was the desire of his heart. “Yeah,” he replied. I said he could pray it silently and he took the booklet and said, “Thank you.” He prayed then to receive Jesus. I gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and a Bible Promise book writing his name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside. I told him 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 see him in heaven and getting up to go I said, “Have a good day.” “Thank you, you too he replied 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

Results of the Work – 8/29/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things from above. I had a good day on campus and Savannah prayed to receive Jesus as her savior. She was trouble and living with her mother whom she said had a demon. Please pray for her. Her story is in part below if you have the time.

Savannah is African American, a pretty girl with curly wavy thick dark hair down past her shoulders, that coupled with her features would suggest she was biracial. She was sitting in the hallway leading into the cafeteria in one of the sofa chairs against the stairs. She had on black leggings and a white form fitted shirt and was eating yogurt with her mask under her chin. When I asked, “Say you’re walking down the road, and you get hit by a bus so you’re dead and you stand before God and He asks why should I let you into Heaven? What would you say?” She thought and had some “I don’t know” like statements and said something like, “What have you done for me?” God asks.” I tried to narrow it down and ask what she thought would get you into Heaven and she said, “I don’t know, I try to follow Him.” She did not know how likely it was that she’d go to Heaven saying she had sinned but “I try to work on myself.” She was really low key. I went through the Gospel with her and asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins when I finished. She did want to be forgiven and I walked her through the prayer. She said she needed to talk to someone about her life. I asked what part of her life, saying there were guidance counselors at school. She said they would not believe in God and so could not help. She began to tell me then that her mother had a demon. She said her mother was asking more demons to come to her and threatening Savannah. She was living with her mother and sister and needed to get out. She said she’d just began a job and so thought it would be a while. She said she had met a man who turned out to be a Warlock and he had claimed to put a “love spell” on her. She said she also was told things about other people she did not know when she first met them sometimes, in her mind. It seemed like she was oppressed demonically from all she said, so I returned to the Gospel. I said she could pray for the thoughts of Satan to be removed from her. She said she tried that but it did not work. I explained that until she trusted in Jesus to forgive her and His blood to cleanse her so the Holy Spirit could live inside her she would not be successful at battling those forces. I explained Christianity being inside out, not outside in, that God could forgive her and then that God was greater than Satan and she could resist. I said she needed to trust in Jesus and pray to be forgiven for her sins. I reminded her that she was trusting in her own effort to be good enough. I said she needed the Spirit’s power on the inside to pray against these forces. She decided to pray to receive Jesus and did. I encouraged her to rebuke the evil forces she sometimes felt and claim that Jesus blood had cleansed her and forgiven her and I gave her a Bible Promise Book, writing her name and the date on the inside and “Forgiven, forgiven by the Blood of Jesus!” on the inside. She said she did not know how to pray. So I gave her Max Lucado’s Pocket Prayers book saying she could read the verses and pray the prayers in it and she happily took the book. I gave her my contact information and encouraged her to text me. She offered me her number and I said if she texted me first I would text her back. She could simply text and ask me to pray for whatever was troubling her. I said I would pray for her each day until a year from next spring. Her mom texted her then to pick her up. So I prayed with her asking God to protect her and keep her from the evil forces that had seemed to attach themselves to her. So hopefully she will text me and I can pray more knowingly. It is the limits of contact evangelism at school, that I have to wait on students to contact me when they are around. They don’t live on campus. Please pray for Savannah.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today. God blessed to bring one person to ask for forgiveness.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 8/25/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things from above. I had a good day on campus and Kyra and Ethan each prayed to receive Jesus today. Mario said he would pray later; Kind of surprisingly I went through the Gospel with 8 people all together since there is a lot of remote learning options again this year and not that many students on campus.  Thanks for your prayers. Kyra’s and Ethan’s stories are below if you have the time. I have a funeral to go to in the morning tomorrow. A friend died on his motorcycle so I will not be on campus tomorrow.

I bumped into Ethan at the counter in the cafeteria. He had short straight brown hair, tight to his head, kind of like a painted on cap. He wore rectangular large-frame glasses, had on athletic shorts that were mostly black with a wide white stripe on the hip and a blue t-shirt. He was smallish in build.  He didn’t want to be a part of a Bible study saying he was part of the “Tech Club” at his church connected to the college group there. So I asked him if he’d like to hear the one big question and try it out on his friends. He kind of begrudgingly said ok. I asked him what he would say to God if he died and God asked him why he should let him into Heaven. He didn’t answer with the Gospel but said something about how it was up to God, so I asked him why God would decide one way or the other and he said, He forgives you and I asked him why God forgives us and he was stuck. I said that God wanted to live inside him with His Holy Spirit and if he was one with the Spirit of God, God is eternal and the source of life so he would have eternal life. He is just. “You sound like my Grandma,” he replied and I suggested she might have something to do with why I was talking to him. I asked if I could show him some verses about how it all works and he said, “Ok”. I went through the Gospel with him. He knew when I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins so God could live inside him. He remembered then that Jesus had died, but after I finished going through everything I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus. He said he would so I asked if he had ever asked God to forgive him based on what Jesus had done on the cross. “No I haven’t,” he said.  I said that if he’d like there was a prayer he could pray where he would receive God’s forgiveness trusting in Jesus. I talked him through the prayer and asked if he would like to pray it silently in his heart right now. “I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear and then you’d know you were forgiven.” “OK” he replied and he took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I explained living by the Spirit’s power to him then to live the Christian life.  I offered him a Bible Promise book but he said his Grandma had given him a book just like it and it seemed he was active at Church so I said I would keep him in my prayers. I thanked him for letting me butt in and grab some of his time and he said, “Ok.” And I headed off.

I had been at school about as long as I planned and it was getting late into the afternoon so I headed out as there were few people around. I passed a girl with purple hair sitting in the last lounge I go past headed towards the computer center. And kept walking but felt a tug and went back over to her and the girl sitting next to her and asked them if they’d like to do a student survey about God. Kyra was sitting next to her friend with the purple hair and said she’d like to do it.  She wore glasses and was a Latina, had an oval face and long brown straight hair, a black t-shirt on with jeans. The purple hair girl said she wasn’t religious at all and was throwing the negative vibe Kyra’s way but she was curious at first saying she’d like to do it but then hemmed and hawed. I said it was cool no worries but would she just like to answer one big question. She said “yes”. I asked what she would say to God to get into Heaven if she’d died after being hit by a bus. “I don’t know I’ve tried.  I’m trying to be a good person.” I said that Christianity teaches that God wants to live inside you but first He has to make you his type by taking away your sin. So I began to go through the Gospel with her kneeling then at the table extension on the chair she was at and going through some verses. I explained how Jesus had died shedding his blood for her and that that was symbolic in the mass. The wafer was Jesus body broken on the cross and the wine was symbolic of His blood that cleansed her of all her sin. “Why didn’t they ever explain that at church? I never knew what that was about.” I said I had come across people who had the same complaint. As I finished going through the Gospel I asked her if she would like to be forgiven for her sins and she said, “Yes.” So I explained there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it and then said she could pray it silently so only God would hear. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “The prayer?” she asked. “Yeah I said you can pretend I’m not here and no one else is here.”  She agreed and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living by the Spirit’s power and then asked her if she would like a book with Bible verses in it. “I won’t read it,” she replied. Then saying her teachers had given her books at church but she hadn’t read them. So I made sure I wrote her name down getting the spelling from her saying I would pray for her and if I saw her at school I’d give her a wave. I thanked the purple-haired girl saying I was sorry to interrupt and she cheerfully excused me with a “Oh that’s ok.” And 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 -8/24/22

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things. I had a good day on campus and felt the Lord’s leading and wisdom helping me. Fernando, Dona and Mariana each prayed with me to receive Jesus and Brian sitting in the cafeteria (a Latino guy, hair short, shaved sides straight mop of hair on top, had the blue collar look to him, mustache and smattering of beard) said he would pray tonight. Khamani committed to Christ. (Black guy with a rough afro short on sides has a chin beard and a mustache and a BLM shirt on, we talked a lot about Justice and God’s forgiveness and the imperfect world. Open minded guy rugged good looks, he took 100 Prophecies Christ fulfilled pamphlet and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet). Hopefully they pray later. I think it more likely Brian will as he said he would pray tonight. And I got a good seed planted with Robert who took The Case for Christ Answer Booklet also and a Bible Study on Jesus claims to be God. He was a soccer player in the PE, good looking guy with a mop of curly hair on top, looked Latino. So that’s the overview the stories of those who came to Christ are below if you have time. Thanks so much for your prayers.

Fernando was wearing a NY Mets shirt and was sitting across from the adult learning offices as you head west toward the cafeteria. He had light brown jeans on and a chin beard, oval face, Latino. When I asked him what he would say to God (if asked, Why should I let you into Heaven?) he said,I felt like I lived life in the right way.” He was friendly and said he went to Catholic church, though less since Covid. He thought he had a 65% chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with him and he couldn’t remember what Jesus had done to take away our sin. But he was engaged and resonated with the Gospel verses. At the end I asked him if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Christ where God would live inside him or thought something else. He hesitated for a moment and then grinned a bit and put his finger on the circle with Christ inside. I said, “Well if you’d like there’s a prayer you could pray.” And I talked him through it asking if it was the desire of his heart, “Yeah he said.” I said he could pray it silently and I wouldn’t hear but God would, “Wanna do it?” I asked. “I think so,” he said affirmingly. And he prayed to receive Jesus. I gave him a study Bible and showed him the 99 essential doctrines page and the devotionals and stuff and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. He took a Bible Promise Book and a Bible study and I gave him a copy of The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told him that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. “It was cool to meet ya,” I said shaking his hand. “You as well,” he said with a big smile and I headed out. He later walked past me in the hall talking to Mariana and said hi.

Dona was sitting in the hallway at one of the counter height tables (if headed to the bookstore from the SSC) in front of her computer and some books. She was pretty, slight, with a small sharp nose and long dark hair past her shoulders parted down the middle. She wore a blouse, jacket and jeans. I asked her what she would say to God (if asked, Why should I let you into Heaven?) and she thought for a moment and said, “I don’t know.” Then thought more and said, “I’m a good girl? Maybe.” She thought she had a 60% chance of going to Heaven. She’d been to church as a small child. I went through the Gospel with her and she listened patiently and believed. I asked if she wanted to be forgiven or thought something else and she just said, “Forgiven.” I asked if she believed Jesus was God had died for her sins and rose from the dead and if she believed the story was true. “Well I don’t know much about it but yeah”. So I said if she’d like to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and talking her through it I said she could pray it silently. She said she’d read it as I explained it and I said, “Amen?” “Amen,” she replied. I explained living by the Spirit’s power as I always do and asking for God’s help in everything. She did not want anything else to read. “This is enough,” she said of the booklet I had written notes and verses in with the prayer in it. From what she’d said she did not excel at school and so I don’t think reading anything would be the way she’ll prefer to learn in life. I said the likelihood she’d go to Heaven was 100% trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness and said I’d be praying for her and then said, “Nice to meet ya,” and she said “You too.” And I headed off.

Mariana was sitting in the hallway in a row of chairs on the 1st floor of the BIC near the corner where the tunnel goes into the Mac Arts Building. She was pretty with a warm smile with just a tiny part visible in her front teeth you couldn’t get a credit card into. She wore a white sweatshirt with black printing on it and leggings. When I asked her what she’d say to God (if asked, Why should I let you into Heaven?) she really struggled for an answer. I asked if she went to church and she said she did and asked what she thought they would say. She thought for a moment and said, “Be kind to people.” So I asked if she thought she might say something like that. She agreed and said, “I helped people out.” She thought she had a 60% chance of going to heaven. I began to go through the gospel with her saying God wanted to know her and that meant He would live inside her with His Holy Spirit but first he had to take away her sin. “What’s the big thing that Jesus does to take away your sin?” I asked. “He was crucified,” she said. “Right,” I said and I explained how the blood of Jesus cleansed her from all sin and she could inherit the righteousness of Christ. When I had finished explaining salvation by faith I asked if she would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus and she said she would so I said, “I seems like you knew a lot of this stuff but hadn’t put it all together before so you could trust in it,” and she agreed that was true. So I said that if she’d like to trust in Jesus there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart and she said, “Yeah.” So I said she could pray it silently and she prayed then to receive Jesus.  I told her now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I also explained living by the Spirit’s power and gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and she said, “Perfect.” I said I’d see her in Heaven. “God bless your day,” I said getting up to go. “Thank you,” she replied, “You too.”

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 – 8/22/22, back on campus

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a good day walking with the Lord. It was warm here and I talked to some kids outside and God brought fruit to the work. Kevin, Riq and Shane, each prayed with me to receive Jesus. Omar was a big 5×5 guy with a beard and a shaved upper lip, a curly mop of hair. He believed that trusting in Christ saved you eventually as we talked (after I had gone through the Gospel) and taking the booklet said he was going to mark the page with the prayer. He also took a Bible study on the Deity of Christ and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I am hopeful he will fully place his trust in Christ and I’ll bump into him again to find that out but I’ll be praying for him. He had a “Muslim father and a Roman Catholic Christian mother”. The other stories are below if you wish to read more. Thanks for your prayers today.

Kevin was sitting in the hallway as you turn the corner on the ground floor of the BIC into the Student services area. He was slight in build wore light grey shorts and a dark blue shirt. He had a couple earrings in each ear, straight dark hair. A good looking Latino guy with square features and a sharp nose. When I asked him one thing he wanted to do before he died he said he wanted “to give his kid a life he didn’t have.” That’s a slightly different spin on “Have a family” response. If a guy tells me that and he isn’t a Christian I cannot remember a time they have not then prayed with me to receive Jesus. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” he said, “I would say… That’s a good question,” he said thinking. “I left a pretty good impact on people I left [behind], talked to. I didn’t have any negative impact on those I left, if I was let into Heaven.” He thought he had a 70% chance of getting into Heaven when he died, and went to a Catholic Church. I began to go through the Gospel with him. I explained God would have to take away his sins to live inside him and asked what Jesus had done to talk away his sins. “You pray?” he tried as an answer. I said that was true that you needed to pray to ask God for forgiveness. “Forgiveness” he said, agreeing he had to be forgiven. I explained Jesus lived the perfect life we could not. Then as a payment for sin his blood cleansed us dying on the cross. I said that symbolically the mass was His body broken for us and His blood cleansing us quoting 1John 1:7 and he agreed with that. I explained receiving Christ by faith and asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins with God inside him or thought something else. “Forgiven,” he replied. I said there was a prayer he could pray and walked him through it asking if he’d like to pray to receive forgiveness. “Yeah,” he said a bit softer than he’d been speaking and he prayed to receive Jesus. He did not have a Bible so I gave him a study Bible with devotionals in it, 99 essential Doctrines and cross references and maps and such, writing his name and the date and “Forgiven!” on the inside. I also gave him a Bible promise book and a Bible Study on the Deity of Christ. I shook his hand as we got up to go having told him I would keep him in my prayers. “I’ll see ya in Heaven and you can tell me how it went with the kid and stuff,” I said. “Thank you,” he said seriously looking me in the eye. “I appreciate everything, thank you.” “You’re welcome,” I replied and we headed off.

He said everyone called him Riq which was short for short for “Enriqo”. He had a square jaw and a chin beard and small pencil width mustache. He was wearing a white ball cap turned backward and jeans and a white t-shirt. We sat on the half wall outside the cafeteria where he was waiting for his ride.  I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he said, “I would say… I would probably be like, I’ve always trusted you, believed in you, prayed and you did me well in life, things like that,” he replied. I asked him the likelihood he would go to Heaven and he said, “I’m not a bad person, at least 90%. I love God.” I began to explain the Gospel to him and that God had to take away his sin to live inside him. And he said, “Yeah how does he do that, you pray?” So I explained the Gospel to him and that Jesus death was a payment for sin, explaining that when we damage someone’s stuff like denting their car we owe them something perfect in return. Everything belongs to God so when we hurt ourselves or others we owe Him something perfect but we can’t pay. So God has to pay Himself and Jesus lives a perfect life and his blood pays for our sins on the cross. “There’s my Dad,” he said then his ride rolling up. So I just said, “If you’ve never had a chance to trust in what Jesus did for you on the cross to be forgiven there’s a prayer you could pray and you would know 100% you are forgiven for your sins.” I talked him through the prayer then explaining it and said if he wanted to he could pray the prayer before heading off to his ride. He took the booklet then nodding and prayed to receive Jesus. When he’d prayed I quickly explained living by the Spirit’s power and gave him a Bible Promise Book writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. He was happy about that and headed off for his ride.

Shane was sitting outside on the other side of school on a bench along the sidewalk with his back to the Mac Arts building and the BIC building to his left. He wore metal-rimed rectangular glasses and had short hair and a round head. He had tan shorts on and a black t-shirt with some print on it. He was friendly, looked like a pretty average Latino guy. He went to Catholic Church. When I asked him something he wanted to do before he died he said, “Start a family.” When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he didn’t think God would ask so I asked him what he thought got someone into Heaven asking what they’d say at Church. “As long as you’ve accepted Him in your heart and believed in Him, accepted Him in your life, that’s why you would get in—He lets you in.”  He thought he had an 80% chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to take away his sins. I said “I know a lot of this was probably familiar to you but do you think you have ever actually asked God to forgive you trusting in what Jesus had done for you on the cross or did you just know the story?” He thought for a while and came to a realization saying, “I don’t think I have ever asked Him.” So I said, “If you’d like to be forgiven there’s a prayer you can pray.” I walked him thorough the prayer. I said he could pray it now and know he was forgiven. “I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear you and you’d know you were forgiven.” “Silently?” he asked. “Because I was reading it along with you in my head.“
“Sure.  Amen,” I said and he stopped and took the booklet and said, “Can I keep this?” “Sure,” I said and then he paused and silently prayed to receive the Lord saying, “Amen” when he’d finished. I explained the Christian life living “inside out” and gave him a Bible Study and a Bible writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. I showed him the “Where to turn” section and references in back maps and stuff. It was a bit different Bible than the other I’d had I my pack and given to Kevin. I gave him a Bible Study on the Deity of Christ and a Bible Promise Book too. He was grateful. I explained now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. “Nice to meet you,” I said as he got up to go.” “Nice to meet you too Bob.” He said and headed into the building.

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

In Him,

Bob

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

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

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

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

Thanks so much for your help and prayers this year!

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/12/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

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

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

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

Blessings,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/11/22

5/11/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

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

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

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 5/10/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

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

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

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

In Him,

Bob