Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope you day was blessed walking in the Spirit into grace. I had a good day on campus I hope God will make into good. Akire [a deer ri] and Carter each prayed to receive Jesus today.
I came in on the 1st floor and went to the elevator intending to go up to the 3rd floor for whatever reason though alone in the elevator it opened on the second floor and I unwittingly got out. Akire was sitting at the end of a few soft benches in the 2nd floor of the BIC. I was a bit worn out, I can’t seem to get back on a sleep schedule and I toss and turn until about 3 AM. Anyway Akire is a cute kid, short. She has shoulder-length dark brown hair, kind of a smirky mouth, wide smile perky face. She wore a black and white, plaid, fleecy sweater with a black mock turtle under it, skinny jeans and a black ball cap. She was nice and said she went to a Roman Catholic Church each Sunday. When I asked her why God would should let her into Heaven if she died she said, “Because… That’s a tough one.” Then thought a moment and said, “I was a good person.” She thought she had maybe a 60% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and she knew Jesus had died to take away her sins. As I finished going through His death for her, His blood cleansing her so God could live inside her and His righteousness to her credit illustrating it all she was nodding her head like she understood. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven with God inside or thought something else and she’d want to be forgiven. I suggested she might have grown up in the church and just tried to do what they asked without processing it much. “When you were asking for forgiveness were you thinking, ‘I’m a good person and I go to church so I think God will forgive me’ or were you thinking ‘I know I’ll be forgiven because Jesus died for me’. Or didn’t you think about it.” “I never thought about it,” she admitted. So I said if she’d like to be forgiven trusting in Jesus there was a prayer she could pray and I read it through with her explaining it and said, “Is says is this the desire of your heart so do you think it is?” She said it was. So I said she could pray it silently like I wasn’t there and God would hear her and forgive her. She nodded shaking her head and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. When she finished I said she could keep it and she thanked me and I explained the Christian life living “inside out” and the fruit of the Spirit and that everything God is asking her to do He would give her the power to do by the Spirit living in her she could just ask. I said when she took the Mass it commemorated that Jesus had died for her and so she was forgiven, symbolizing His body and blood and she could just say thank you. I asked if I could give her a book and she said “Yes”. So I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front with “By the Spirit’s Power” illustrating that for her. I said if she was trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. She gave me her email to send her a bible study and I gave her one as well. I told her I would be praying for her. I was sitting at her feet on her left side at the end of the bench and she stuck out her hand to shake mine as I got up to go and said, “Thank you so much.” I said she was welcome and I would see her in Heaven. And she smiled at that with a bit of a laugh and I headed out.
I headed up to the 3rd floor then figuring I’d not been up there of late and found Carter waiting to go to class in 10 minutes. I almost didn’t asking him thinking he’d say he had to go, but he was up for it asking, “How long will it take?” I said, “6 or 7 minutes” and I would go quickly. He had quick responses to the questions saying, “‘Cause my good outweighs my bad.” As to what he’d say to get into Heaven. He wanted to be a defensive end in the NFL, pretty strong looking guy. He had kind of ringlets of gold tight curls on his forehead and a short bunch of more of the same on top, a mustache and a small chin beard. Looked kind of like a swashbuckler, good looking kid in grey sweats. He thought he had a 90% chance of going to Heaven. He knew Jesus had died to take away our sins and listened very attentively as I went through the Gospel. He believed all that I told him and when I asked him if he’d want to be forgiven he said, “Yeah I guess,” I wasn’t sure he was convinced but then when I showed him the prayer he really focused and I asked him too if it was the desire of his heart and he seriously nodded his head. I said he could pray right then so only God would hear, did he want to and he said, “Yeah,” with real conviction and prayed to receive Jesus. I was glad for that because I knew he had the excuse he’d do it later as his class began in 3 minutes. I gave him Zwingli’s view of the mass as I had Akire. I gave him a Bible study to look through without much explanation and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and “By the Spirit’s power”, I explained everything God was asking him to do He would give him the power to do and that’s goes for football too. “God is like a coach but better, a coach can’t be on the field with you but God is in you giving you strength. I told him I would be praying for him until spring of next year. He was grateful and as I got up I said, “I’ll pray you get in the NFL, hey who knows,” I said with a grin. “Thank you so much, thank you so much,” he said happily and then ran off to class forgiven.
So Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God blessed.