Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed and you were blessed with all good things from above. I had a good day on campus and Riley and Juan each prayed with me to receive Jesus today. Thanks so much for your prayers. Their stories are below if you have se time and interest.
When I first got to school I was praying about where to go and had the thought that I hadn’t gone to the third floor of the BIC much this semester. So I headed up there where I found both guys, the only people I found to talk with today.
Riley was sitting ten steps from the window that looks to the West towards the half circle loop to pick up people near the Cafeteria. He was dressed pretty crisply for a college student, had a square chin and red neatly trimmed hair and metal rectangular glasses, wasn’t that tall. Wore a jacket and pants. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t a Mormon before we talked saying they’d approached him a couple times trying to get his phone number. I explained that was why I didn’t take any numbers or Email from people so they would not thing there were strings attached. I also explained the historical impossibilities of the Book of Mormon that had horses, chariots, steel sword and metallurgy for coins, along with barley and hops for beer in it in North and Central America. Unfortunately for Mormons all these things came a thousand years after the Book of Mormon said they did with the Conquistadores, so their book is a lie. He wanted to have a family and was studying at the Homeland Security building to become a Conservation Warden. This is a new set of officers that seems to be set up to take police powers away from Park Rangers. There are at this point only going to be 250 per state. They seem to have Federal Powers that extend even beyond the National Forests used as an excuse for their existence. It sounded suspiciously like another Federal Police force. He claims they’d have powers state wide. I asked him what he would say to God as a reason he’d enter into Heaven. He said, “For all the things that I’ve done. And probably trying to be the best person I can be for others.” I asked him how likely it was he would go to Heaven and he said at first 50% but then said, “I’ll really just keep doing what I’m doing. It’s not up to me. I think I’m doing alright, it’s just what it is.” He took the Gospel I told him seriously and knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the World. I explained Jesus cleansing blood and how God got paid. When I asked him if he would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done he said he would had said that he prayed the Rosary and asked for forgiveness. So I asked, “When you are praying and asking for forgiveness are you thinking, ‘I know I will be forgiven because Jesus died for me’ or are thinking you’d be forgiven for the rigors of the religious efforts you are doing and God would see that and forgive you?” “Yeah, it’s really the second one,” he confessed. So I said that we should do things because we are changed by the Spirit and explained living “Inside Out by the Spirit’s Power.” I said that if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done to save him there was a prayer he could pray and I explained it. He decided he needed to pray that to God trusting in God to make him the person He wanted him to be. He crossed himself than and prayed to receive Christ and crossed himself again as he finished. I had explained that the Mass was symbolic of the work of Christ and when in taking it, it was saying that was how his sins were forgiven and he should just say, “thank you” and he agreed with that. We talked more about the state of the world and he said “I feel old.” By that he meant older than his peers whom he saw slipping into the “Woke” narrative. He talked about the pope and the efforts this pope supported to merge Christianity and Islam. I said other Churches with big congregations supported that as well and mentioned Rick Warren. We shared values and he said, “Thank you for walking around and doing this, spreading the Word.” I gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and I wrote his name and the date and forgiven in the front of Bible Promises for You. We talked for a while more and I told him I would keep in him my prayers until a year from spring. He was grateful and I headed out. I may see him around as he is on the 3 plus one program. In it you finish all your classes on COD property but get credit from another local 4 year school, National Lewis.
Juan was just a bit down the hall. Normally after I talk to a guy I make sure I’m out of sight before talking to someone else. But Riley had been affirming I stepped into the stairwell to chew down my daily dose of aspirin and popped out to ask Juan to do a survey. I’d seen him a bit down the hall seated alone. Riley did walk by as we went through the Gospel. I didn’t notice his approach and until I saw his back and his unmistakable red head pass me as I sat in chairs to Juan’s left. Juan had a roundish head and a medium size pug nose. He wore metal-framed glasses and a stripped watchman’s cap, looked a touch Asiatic somehow. He had on Hawks Chicago red-letter black sweats and an army-green pullover sweatshirt. He was a warm person and also wanted to have a family as a life goal. When I asked him what he would say to God he said, I want to be given the opportunity to help others. He only thought he had a 40% chance of going to Heaven. I asked if he went to church at all like when he was a kid. He had but had gotten out of the habit saying, “I should go to church,” and confessed, “I don’t have anything to do on Sunday, I just don’t [go].” He listened to the Gospel clearly. When I asked what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world he said, “He forgives you?” I said he does forgive us. This is how it works, God gets paid.” I went on to explain that the blood of Jesus cleanses us and was an infinitely valuable payment for our sins. I explained how the righteousness of God was to his credit earned by Jesus. He was our robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10, Galatians 3:27). “So it’s like you got some place to go, Heaven, and something to wear when you get there, the righteousness of God.” “Right,” he said in agreement. He listened to the last of salvation by faith and I asked if he’d want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus. “Yes,” he replied so I said there was a prayer he could pray and offered it to him. I explained it and he said, “I’m sorry I keep looking at my watch I have a class, [but] I can do it I can definitely do it.” Then crossing himself and then his lips he prayed to receive Jesus and did so in ending. I explained the symbolism of the mass and quickly gave him a Bible study and a Bible. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave him Bible Promises for You and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told him I would pray for him until a year from spring. He thanked me sincerely and I headed out.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed.