Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed walking’ with the Lord. I had a good day on campus and Ariel, Dawnnetta each prayed to receive Christ today. I ran into Matt in a first floor BIC lounge who said he would pray that night, (this was before spring break). I greeted him and he was friendly and as I headed away down the hall I thought I could turn back and ask him if he had prayed. Walking back I said, “Hey you’re Matt right and we talked up on the third floor in the glass walled lounge?” He said that was him and I asked if he’d prayed the prayer in that booklet I’d given him. He said he had and it was sitting right on his desk. So I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and a Bible Study and told him I would keep him in my prayers. And he was grateful for that so that was great to see some fruit on time delay.
Ariel was sitting on the third floor of the SSC lounge looking out over the area (a floor below) where we meet for Bible study. She wore plaid pajama pants and a light green tie-dye hoodie with a Teenage Ninja Turtles emblem. Her once brown hair (judging by the quarter inch roots) was dyed kind of a bright orange. She had a cute, wide baby face. She said she’d gone to Catholic Church when she was young but hadn’t been there for a while. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she struggled for a while first laughing as she thought, “Because,” she began then laughing again almost nervously. She finally settled on “Because I love you.” She said as if she was sure she did but not sure if it was a good answer. She thought she had about a 90% chance of going to Heaven. When I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sins she knew he had died for her. I began to go through the Gospel and she remembered Jesus had died to take away our sins. She listened closely to the verses and I said the Bible teaches, “You are to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” She replied, “That’s why I only said 90%.” I agreed with her that if you had to be perfect n your own everyone would go to Hell. When I finished explaining that Jesus had died for her and His righteousness was to her credit. I explained she needed faith to be forgiven and her good stuff couldn’t fix her bad stuff. I asked if she would want to be forgiven and she said, “I would.” So I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is God He died for your sins and rose from the dead, do you think that’s true?” She said she did so I said if she’d like to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray. I walked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart and nodding she agreed it was so I said she could pray and God would hear her and forgive her. “Wanna do it?” “Sure,” she said taking the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living the Christian life “Inside Out” to her and how everything God was asking her to do He would give her the power to do by His Spirit. I said if she was trusting in Jesus righteousness to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. “Cool!” she said smiling. She didn’t have a Bible so I gave her one and showed her the Messianic passages in the back and the “Where to Turn” section to answer questions. I also wrote her name the date and “forgiven” in the front and gave her a Compass Church card to watch sermons on line. I gave her a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Spirit” in the front. She had to go then so I said “Nice to meet you,” standing up from my seat at her feet on the ground and shaking her hand. “Nice to meet you too,” she replied. “God bless you.” “Bless you,” she said.
I chatted up some peeps I knew and had a god apologetic discussion with a guy Trent who finally said he had time to talk after a few times when he had work to do. Then I came across Dawnnette (who pronounces her name don-ette). She was sitting in the hallway of the BIC waiting for her class to begin. She said she’d do a survey so I closed the door to another class leaving it ajar only 3 inches (it lock peeps out if the door closes) and began a survey with her. She’s African-American, social, a nice kid, a bit short, long eyelashes. She wore a black leather jacket with a mock turtle showing, and torn skinny jeans, her hair was straightened and she had it in a bun on top pulled up from the sides (straight down in back) full features, cute with a nose ring, bright smile. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she struggled with an answer though she said went to church faithfully every week. She finally answered in slang, “I say like ’cause I really obedient towards God.” Then not really satisfied with that answer she said, “I guess ’cause I… I don’t know…” she trailed off. She thought she had a 50/50 chance of getting into Heaven. I began to go through the gospel with her and she could not remember what Jesus had done to forgive her sins. “He forgives you,” she replied when I asked. I asked again trying to rephrase it but she could not think of anything else so I just began explaining how her sins were paid for and the righteousness of Christ to her credit and that Christ’s blood had cleansed her so God could live inside her. I skipped the review I do in the middle as she’d gotten a call in the middle and seemed anxious to call them back before class. But she wanted to be forgiven for her sins and so I simply said there was a prayer she could pray and walked her through it saying she could pray it silently like I wasn’t there. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said firmly and prayed then to receive Jesus. I gave her the book 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote her name and the date and forgiven in the front. I gave her a Bible Study and explained living by the Spirit’s power “Inside Out”. Then I explained that if she was trusting in Jesus righteousness as hers, the likelihood she would be forgiven was 100% and she was happy for that. She said we were across the room from her class, so I said “God bless you,’ getting up to go. “Thank you, God bless you too,” she said happily. And I headed off down the hall.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.