Results of the Work – 11/1/22

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today with every good thing from the Lord of Hosts. I had a pretty good day on campus finding 4 students to go through the Gospel with and Michelle prayed with me to receive Jesus. Gabe told me of some of his good works that would get him into heaven he hoped. He also not willing to say for certain he would go to Heaven saying “there is always room for improvement right?” but he wanted to be forgiven. I walked through the prayer with him and he said he’d prayed a prayer like that. I pointed out he did not understand it before. And I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is God died for your sins and rose from the dead?” He said he did and so I asked if he trusted in that to be forgiven. He said he did again. So he left saying “thank you”. I hope now he will trust in Christ and faith alone. He was interesting had a curly mop of hair shaved to the skin over his ears and glasses. I’d be grateful for your prayers for these students. Thanks for your prayers for me on campus. Michelle’s story is below if you have time.

Michelle was sitting at one of the counter-high tables that looks out onto the patio of the MAC Arts Building where they have some outdoor concerts. There once was a bagel place there but it never really reopened after Covid. The area used to be busy all the time but the numbers of students taking classes in person shrinking it’s never coming back. She had a large oval face and wore black-rimmed box shaped glasses, warm pretty smile and had the long dark hair of a Latina. She had grey sweat pants on and a black shrink top. I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven. She said at first, “These are tough questions!” Then she settled on “I’m dedicated to myself and my parents.. well my family.” When I asked the likelihood she would go to Heaven she thought she had a 60% chance. She’d gone to Church only when she was a kid but she remembered Jesus had died to take away her sins. I finished going through the Gospel explaining what Jesus had done to cleanse her and be a payment to God, that His earned righteousness was to her credit and she was saved by faith. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins. She thought for a moment and said. “Well, I want to be forgiven but where do I go from there?” I said, “The first step was to pray and ask God to forgive you,” and I walked her through the prayer. I then explained that the Spirit would enter her and give her strength to live the Christian “Inside Out” and then “by the Spirit’s Power,” she’d be guided and changed in life. I said, James 6 says, “you do not have because you do not ask”, so just ask. Everything in Christianity is asking for help from God. Your parents now want you to make something of yourself and even help them out when you get old.” (When I’d asked her one thing she wanted to do before she died she’d said, “Make my parents proud.”) “But God doesn’t need anything,” I went on. “He wants to help you through life and will always be your Father. Life is full of streets (you’ll have to cross) and God always wants to hold your hand.” I went on to say she could pray the prayer silently and be forgiven and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. She said she lived in Woodridge. I said The Compass Church might be near her out there on Hobson and she said she thought she’d heard of it. I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet saying Strobel also had YouTube content. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. And I gave her a Bible Study on the Deity of Christ. I said we started doing Bible studies and if she emailed me I could get her into one, saying when one was at present. Finally I told her the likelihood she would go to Heaven now was 100% trusting in the righteousness of Jesus. “Appreciate it,” she said as I got up to go. “Yeah,” I said with a smile, “You’re welcome.” And I headed off towards the jazz ensemble playing in the MAC lounge. It turned out the guy on sax had prayed to receive Jesus this year, Anthony.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for Evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.

In Him,