Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed today with all good things from our Savior and Lord. I had a good day on campus and Austin and Ebony prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior and God. Please pray these young women are blessed by the Lord in their Christian lives and led into fellowship. Their stories are below if you have time.
Austin was sitting on a line of chairs in the hallway of the 1st floor of BIC building waiting for class to start. She was wearing the formless baggy cotton sweats we ran track in in the 1970’s and pullover V-neck nylon jacket with some print on it I never looked at hard enough to make out. Her long brown hair was in a braid far down her back as thick as a climbing rope and she wore long powder blue nails. She face was shaped like Princess Belle from the Disney cartoon, but she had light freckles and no make-up. She would have passed for her at the theme park. She was friendly and we talked a lot through the survey. She’d gone to Church more as a kid but now her family had become Christmas and Easter attenders, saying she was a “Chr-ester”. I asked her what she would say to God if He asked her why He should let her into Heaven and she said, “I’m planning to go into environmental law politically or res. I helped the earth be a better place before I left and I helped the animals who do not have a voice have a better voice.” She thought she had about a 70% chance of going to Heaven. I began to explain the Gospel to her and she knew Jesus had died to take away our sins. I explained how the blood of Jesus cleansed us and His Righteousness was to our credit if we believed by faith. That God becoming a man was the payment for our sins so God was just but He had to pay Himself. She listened closely and I finished the Gospel and asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else. “I” she said with emphasis like someone who says well I don’t know about you but, “would want to be forgiven for my sins.” I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and explaining it, I asked if it was the desire of her heart. She said it was and so I said she could pray it right now silently I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear her and she would know she was forgiven. I asked if she’d want do it. “Yeah, I don’t see why not.” And she took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I explained living the Christian life offering her a Bible and she didn’t have one so I gave her one. “There’s more than one book in the Bible right?” she asked. I said there was, and there is the Old Testament and the New Testament and Jesus fulfills the promises in the Old Testament. I opened it and showed her the “Where to Turn section” and the section with “Messianic Prophecies” I wrote her name and the date and forgiven on the inside. She thanked me. I explained then living the Christian life “inside out” by the Spirit’s power. I also gave her The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and said she might enjoy the writer because it covered his process in short chapters coming to Christ from being an atheist and he was a lawyer. I told her that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave her a Bible study on the ways Jesus demonstrates he is God. She was grateful and I told her I would pray for her to be blessed each day for the next year. “Thank you so much, have a great day.” She said enthusiastically. “You’re Welcome,” I said walking away and she hurried off to class.
Ebony had her feet up over the armrest tray in the stuffed chairs in the hallway by the student activities office. African American in features she had long flowing hair and a pretty, full face, she wore the longest eyelashes I have seen all year. She had on a royal blue sweatshirt top and black leggings. She was just a bit hesitant but I assured her she could stop me anytime if it bugged her at all, so she agreed. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “Hmmm… I’m dead…: Then she seemed stuck so I said what do you think gets you into Heaven. “Believing in God,” she replied. “So would you say that then?” I asked. “I believed in you so why can’t I go into Heaven since that is that,” she said saying what she’d say. She thought she had a 75-80% chance of going to Heaven and she said she went to church. When I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sin as I went through the Gospel she couldn’t think of anything saying it had in fact been a while since she had gone to Church. As I went through the Gospel and made each point with some verses she’d agree saying, “OK,” as if hearing it for the first time. When I finished explaining all Jesus had done to pay for her sins and she could believe by faith I asked her if she would want to be forgiven or thought something else. “I would want to be forgiven,” she said. So I told her there was a prayer she could pray and I read it through for her explaining it all and asked if it was the desire of her heart. She looked at it again reading it and said, “Yeah, I’ll say it. Thank you.” and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. When she finished she said, “I can pray this every day.” I said she could and that it was important to continue to ask for forgiveness but the forgiveness that she received when she just prayed believing on Jesus also saved her for good and I wrote Eph. 1:13 next to the prayer. I said that when she believed the Holy Spirit entered her and sealed her and He would never leave. I explained the Christian life living “inside out” by the Spirit’s power. She had a Bible at home and said, “I also have the app,” pointing to her phone. I gave her the book Bible Promises for You and write her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave her a Bible Study too and I explained to her that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I told her I would pray for her each day for a year. She was grateful and thanked me and I headed out.
So Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today on campus. God truly blessed.