Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed with all good things coming down from the Father of Lights. I had a good day on campus, though I was only able to find one person to go through the Gospel with Kendall, and he prayed to receive Jesus. He had only been to church a couple times as a kid and had traveled to play basketball out in California at a boarding school. He unfortunately is having surgery on his ankle tomorrow having broken it, torn cartilage in it and suffered ligament damage. It threw the trajectory of his life off and he was troubled by it. The rest of his story is below if you have time. Please pray he can grow in his faith and be completely healed.
Kendall was sitting on a couch in the hallway on the ground floor that winds past the bookstore. He looked a bit like another guy who sits there on Mondays but he made eye contact and I realized he was a different guy. He agreed to talk and seemed to be waiting for his girlfriend Ivanna to get out of class. He wore a grey zip up hoodie and grey sweats with light caramel work boots that were untied. He had fair skin and so was presumptively half white. He had an afro under a truck stop style hat. He had kind of a pug nose with a thin pencil thick mustache and a goatee under his chin, round face, not a big guy. The sides of his head were shaved up to his temples. He wanted to have a million dollars in the bank and I later realized he probably dreamed of playing professional basketball. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he said, “That’s a good question… Wow I don’t know.” Not having gone to church. I asked him what he thought it was that got you into Heaven. And he said, “Good actions, trust in God or having a relationship with Him.” When I asked he thought he would go to Heaven saying, I don’t know I don’t plan on doing anything that He would not let me in so, 100%. I began to go through the Gospel with him and when I said God wanted to know and live inside him and so would have to take away his sins he said, “Wow.” He said, “Wow,” again when I explained the righteousness of God was to his credit. “So when He dies we get his righteousness,” he said back to me and I said, ‘Yes.” I explained Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good for them that love God and are called according to His purposes. God can turn even the bad things we do or happen to us into good things because He controls the future. I said, “It might not be exactly the good you want. But God’s not like bad girlfriend where when you screw up she’s like ‘we’ll see how you do.’ When you tell God you’ve sinned He already knew what you’d done and he controls the future so He is like, ‘Don’t worry I knew this would happen. I got a plan and everything will be for cool.” He said, “Say that again, so I repeated it and he said I need to write that down. So I wrote it in the booklet I explained then there were two options to be forgiven with God inside or you think something else. I asked, “Would you want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus?” He nodded. I walked him through the prayer and asked if he would like to pray it silently. “I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear and you’d know you are forgiven and going to Heaven. Wanna do it?” He nodded. So I gave him the booklet and he prayed the prayer and then looked away and closed his eyes and prayed for a long while. When he was done I said the likelihood he was going to Heaven was 100% because the righteousness of Jesus was to his credit. He did not have a Bible so I gave him on and showed him the “Where to Turn” section and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave him Bible Promises for You and a Bible study on the deity of Christ. We talked more and I prayed over his ankle. He got a call as we talked saying his surgery was at 10:45 so I will be praying then. “Thanks so much, I really needed this.” He said. Then his friend walked up Henry who had prayed with me to receive Jesus earlier in the year. I recognized him right away by his glasses but he kept his mask up so I still don’t know what he looks like. I told Kendall I would be praying for him every day until Spring. He got my number and asked me to send him some Bible verses once in a while. He thanked me again and I said good bye to them. I got back to the truck to get another Bible and sent him Phil. 4:6 and 7. “Thank you so very much” he texted back.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today I you had a chance God truly blessed.