Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed being filled with the fruit of the Spirit. I had a good day on campus and Arturo prayed with me to receive Jesus sitting in the Lounge connected to Starbucks. Please pray God draws him closer to Himself. His story is below if you have time.
Arturo was sitting against the half glass wall in the lounge beside Starbucks. He was not busy with anything so I asked him if he’d do a student survey as I cut through the lounge. He said OK. He looked Latino, an oval, near round, face with shortish hair cut parted on the left swept to the right. He wore a grey sweatshirt and jeans. We sat in couch-like chairs with a small coffee table between us. He said he wanted to have a family when I asked him one thing he would like to do before he died. That statement, in my experience on campus, is a tell that a guy is a Christian already or will pray to receive Jesus. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven. “Hmm. Alight…” he began thinking. “I’m not a perfect person but I always try to be good. I think getting into Heaven is not about being perfect but trying to be.” I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins and he said, “Sacrifice.” “Right, He died for you.” I replied. He said he went to Church every Sunday. I began to explain the Blood of Christ and the Righteousness He alone could earn that could be ours by faith. He listened carefully to the Gospel as I explained that he would not go to Heaven because he was good but because Jesus was good and he was connected to him by faith. I told him God adopted us and made us his children and gave us the blessings of His family, “The sacrifice for our sins, the blood that cleanses us and the righteousness of God that surrounds us. So it’s like you got someplace to go, Heaven, and something to wear when you get there, the Righteousness of God.” I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus of if he thought something else. He said he would want to be forgiven. I said if he had never told God he wanted to be forgiven trusting in Jesus there was a prayer he could pray and I talked through it asking if it was the desire of his heart to which he replied something like, “Yeah basically.” I said he could pray it right then silently and I wouldn’t hear him but God would hear and he’d know he was forgiven. I asked if he wanna to it and he gave like barely audible “Yeah,” and began to pray as I held the booklet out towards him. When he finished he said “OK.” I explained living “inside out” by the Spirit’s power and handed him the booklet. “Thank you,” he said taking it. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. I gave him a Bible study and The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and He thanked me again. I got up to go saying, “Thanks for talking with me.” “No problem thanks for talking with me actually,” he replied. “No problem,” I said and headed out.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had the time today. God truly blessed.