Results of the Work – 3/5/2020

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your life was blessed today with all good things. I had a good day on campus and   Jackie, Gabby and Brendan, each prayed to receive Jesus today.

Jackie was the first person I talked to today just down from the locker I use sitting on some chairs in the hall. She is a Latina and attended a Roman Catholic Church. She had jeans with stylish tears across the front long straight brown hair past her shoulders and a large face with soft features, nice looking girl, kinda wholesome look. She wore a blue hoodie. I asked her if she wanted to do a survey but she wasn’t sure. So I asked if she wanted to answer one question, she agreed. So I said, “You’re walking down the road 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?” “Because He loves me?” she guessed. “He does love you,” I replied but that’s not the only reason you go to Heaven. Would you like to know what the Bible says about how you get to Heaven, or not so much?” “OK,” she replied. So I began to go through the Gospel with her. She was very attentive. As I went through I explained how the Mass was symbolic of some of what I had explained to her and when she took it she could just say, “Thank you”. When I asked her what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world she said, “He died.” So she had recalled some things from Catholic Church. As I finished I asked her if she would like to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else and she said, “Be forgiven.” So I said that I knew she knew some of the story before but in the past when she were asking for forgiveness for her sins “were you hoping God would forgive you because He loved you” or was she trusting in Jesus. “I didn’t know the story,” she replied.  I said if she’d like to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart. “Yes,” she said. I said if she’d like to pray it silently receiving God’s forgiveness she could. Would she like to and she nodded saying “Yeah.” And taking the booklet she prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life was living “Inside Out” asking for God to change her inside and by the power of His Spirit becoming a good woman who did good things. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside. I wrote “Just Ask” and “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front too. I gave her a Bible Study and explained it to her. She said she’d been invited to a Bible study today, her friend had just texted her before I walked up, but she was unsure if she should go. I asked if she knew the name and she said she didn’t. She did not know much about it but her friend went. I warned her there were some cults on campus and so if the group met in a room with a larger group of students and if the group was not asking her to attend their Church it was probably fine. But if it was a small thing with just two other women and her friend she should probably avoid it. She was grateful for the guidance. I also encouraged her not to give her phone number to people but just an email. If they started sending her emails she did not want she could just mark them spam and she would not see them anymore. So hopefully it’s one of the good ones on campus. I told her I would be praying for her until spring next year each day. She thanked me and I headed out.

I walked into the Cafeteria and at the other end sitting at a table by a post I found Gabby. She had lighter brown hair and fair skin. I would not have guess she was a Latina. But ended up talking for 2 hours and sometimes she said, “I don’t know how you say this in English,” when expressing a feeling or a thought and then she’d say it in Spanish. She had on a black v-neck shirt and round glasses, black pants. Her hair was pulled back tight back from her face. She was a sweet kid, cute. She knew who I was because I’d walked past her and I guy I knew on campus (her relationship with him was who we spent most of the time talking about). When I’d briefly met her he’d kind of sang my praises, he’s kind of a flatterer so I dismissed it with a self-deprecating joke. I asked her if she’d like to do a student survey for a Bible Study group. She said she already went to a group (that a friend in InterVarsity teaches, Jeff) I said I knew Jeff and asked if she’d like to just answer the one big question or words to that effect. So as I had a half-hour earlier I asked So I said, “You’re walking down the road you get hit by a buss so you’re dead, and you stand before god and He says, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say?” She had a longer answer and I wasn’t in a position to write it down. But basically she said she worked with the youth at her church and youth were the future (a bit ironic coming from a young woman of 19 years). It turned out there was not much she did not do at her Catholic Church where a lot of her family attended.  “So basically you are trying to do good things, that please God, and He wants you to do so you think that will get you into Heaven,” I replied. She agreed. I said that was good but it really did not get you into Heaven and I began to explain knowing God by being one with Him by the Holy Spirit. I asked what Jesus had done to take away her sins. But she heard the question existentially and told how she had been in a dark place of depression and had been offered anti-depressants but she turned them down and God had brought her up out of it. I think she’d had a lot of relationships fail and there was some depression in her family. She’d been in process for about 2 years but now felt healthy. I explained that was great and that God had obviously been working in her life but that did not save her from her sins I used the illustrations I always use and as I explained that she did not go to Heaven because she was good but because Jesus had died for her, his blood had cleansed her as was symbolic in the mass and His righteousness was too her credit. “Oh!” she exclaimed seeing for the first time. As we talked more about her life I explained how God could live inside her and give her strength by His Spirit if she asked for forgiveness trusting in the work of Christ. I said it seemed like God was around her and guiding her and she agreed. But there was a next step of forgiveness it seemed like she needed to take. I explained the prayer and said if she thought this was something she still needed to do it seemed like she had not yet trusting in Jesus as her savior from sin. “Unless you don’t think so and I’m misunderstanding something?” I said. She said, no she thought that was right. And she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained more of the Christian life living “Inside Out” and telling her the Christian life was really, “Just ask for God power to do anything He is asking you to do”. I gave her a bible study then and gave her a copy of Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and ‘forgiven” and she said, “Oh!” liking that I had written “forgiven”. Then we talked a lot about the boy who had expressed feelings for her on the weekend but told her he felt God was leading him to something far away geographically. He saw me as I walked away from her and walked up but she was right there waiting to speak with him so I said hi and that Gabby had prayed to receive Jesus. He thanked me and I said it was God’s work but “yeah sure”. So I will be praying for her, I already pray for him and it would seem I’m going to have to take him aside at some point and tune him up. He came to our Bible study 3 times in Spring 2019. Then he left on a 6 month mission trip and goes to her Catholic Church working with the youth under her. His dad is not around and I think that is creating some issues but it seems he has a sincere faith and had been a good influence on her so far.

I walked over to the MAC arts building and saw Brendan sitting on a bench by the elevator. So I went up and road the elevator down so I could easily walk past him and ask to talk. He said Yes. He had a black Levi’s jean jacket on and a grey hoodie under it. He had a mustache that did not touch his beard on his jaw line and his hair was receding but he had to have been no more than 20. Had rectangular glasses with brown thin rims and a face like a regular guy. Wore jeans and black trainers. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I been raised in a Catholic family, always believed in the scriptures and always lived by the scriptures even if it was not 100% perfectly.” He thought he had a 90% chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world. He listened and said, When I explained the righteousness of God Christ had earned that was to His credit like extra credit in a class with a story I tell he said, “That’s a good example.” “Right?” I said agreeing with him. I explained all I say usually and asked if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “Be forgiven,” he said. So I explained other was a prayer he could pray talking him through it and asking if it was something he had not done as an adult asking God to forgive him because he was trusting in what Jesus had done for him on the cross. If he hadn’t he could pray that now so only God would hear if he thought it was something he needed to do. “I could continue to do that,” he said. So I took that as the idea he felt he needed to do so and just said, “Wanna do it.” He said, “Yeah,” and nodded and taking the booklet he prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life to Him living “Inside Out” by the Spirit’s power. I gave him a Bible Study and 20 Things God Can’t Do and a Bible, he did not have his own just a family Bible and then wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. He thanked me as I got up to leave, glad for the talk. I said I’d see him in Heaven and show him where all the cool places were since I’d get there first and he liked that 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