Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope you had a good day in the Lord and have found His grace and peace. I had a good day, on campus at least. It started with a long conversation over the gospel with Victor who was close to receiving Christ. He’s a Latino guy and we talked up in the glassed in lounge on the 3rd floor of the BIC where God directed me. And Marissa prayed to receive Jesus today so that was great. Their stories are below if you have the time. Please pray that Victor receives the Lord and Marissa grows in her faith.
Victor was wearing a grey hoodie and grey sweats. His hair was trimmed very short on the sides and the top mop was swept back Clack Kent style. After going through the Gospel with him and talking he said he was “ready for this” (receiving Christ) but said, “To be honest it bothers me that I am not in control of my own destiny.” I talked to him about different factors that show how little we control in life anyway. I talked to him about the strength we are given when God lives inside us, and the freedom. He said that the idea that someone could live a good life and God would not let them into Heaven because they did not believe bothered him. I said heaven was not just a place, it is the presence of God and if our sin is not taken away we cannot be there as God cannot be in the presence of sin. I asked him, “Say you are applying for a job and there are 50 candidates all good but the company says it only will hire someone who is from IL. You are the only person from IL so you are offered the job. Would you take it?” “Yes,” he said. I said there are criteria in life all the time that are happening that may not seem fair. I talked to him about many blessings we had people in other places and times did not have, we truly were blessed. You can see friends make poor choices, but you had a good mom and you remember things she said to you and it keeps you from screwing up. It might not be fair that their mother was a drug addict or in some way failed them. There are all kinds of inequities built into life. But God offers Heaven to anyone. Anyone can be forgiven. He said with all the religions he thought it was hard to know which one was true. I talked to him about the complexities of life as we find it, the human cell and the solar system and the idea there must be a creator God. Even evolutionists have run out of time for an explanation of how positive mutations could be passed on in a short time frame of what they now know is the Human genome. Finally he had to go to class. I gave him my phone number and said if he decided to trust in Christ and be forgiven he could just text me, “I did it.” No strings attached to me and I would pray for him until a year from spring each day. He seemed grateful and took The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. He said he wanted to believe. Please pray God breaks through to him.
Marissa had been to church though more when she was younger. She had long dreadlocks, a couple were dyed blonde. She had narrow almond shaped eyes if the almond was turned with the thin side looking at you. She had fair skin and I could only see part of her nose but she seemed to be mixed race. Had grey sweats on and a grey hoodie. When I asked her what she would say to God if asked why He should let her into Heaven she said, “I would say that I helped people, I love helping people, I love being nice.” She thought she only had a 60% chance of going to Heaven. When I said God wanted to live inside her but had to take away her sin she remembered Jesus had died for her sins. She listened attentively to the Gospel and as far as I could tell seemed engaged. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or thought something else she said, “Uh this, forgiven,” putting her finger on the circle with God living inside her. I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it and asked if it was the desire of her heart. She nodded. So I said if she wanted to she could pray it silently and only God would hear. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Ah yeah,” she said brightly. And she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I said that the likelihood she would go to Heaven was now 100%. I explained a life in Christ and she was willing to take Bible promises for You so I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I told her I would pray for her and she was grateful and headed out.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance God truly blessed.