Hey Brothers and sisters in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed walking with Jesus. I had a filling fall out of a back tooth and did not know for sure if I would get to campus as I ran out the door to the Dentist. But I got there eventually and Kenny and Omar each prayed with me to receive Jesus as their savior. Please pray that they might grow in their new commitment to Christ by His blood and righteousness. Their details are below if you want to take the time.
Kenny was sitting at a table in the largest common area on campus the Student services lounge. Her back was against the railings to the large staircase to the ground floor. When I’d first walked in she was on the phone. I went down stairs to talk to a guy and came back up and she was done talking and eating lunch. African American, she had a perfect oval face, roundish glasses, cute kid. Dressed all in black, with a long sleeve shirt and a ball cap she looked athletic. Her black leggings had the word “Pink” written in some kind of bling 3 times running down her leg on my side of her. I sat beside her when she said she’d do a survey. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and he asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven.” She said, “Umm, Umm I don’t know… What would I say?” Then thinking a bit more she landed on, “’Cause I love you and I tried my best.” She thought she had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. She said she went to a Baptist church. I said that God would have to take away her sins, purify her so he could live inside her and asked her what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world. “He died on the cross,” she replied. “Right,” I went on and I began to talk about the blood of Jesus cleansing her from sin and righteousness of Christ to her credit. As I had begun talking she returned to eating and finished one thing and then peeled open a container of mac and cheese. She wasn’t looking at me at all but just at her food, so I just kept talking through the gospel and she even texted to something on her phone as I talked. But she nodded in affirmation to the points I made a couple times and was listening. When I got to the end I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “Forgiven,” she replied now looking at me having finished her food. I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it and asked if it was the desire of her heart. She nodded and I said if she wanted to she could pray it silently. She nodded more and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living inside out by the Spirit’s power and told her I would be praying for her through a year from spring. I said that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. She wouldn’t take a book or a Bible Study and had her own Bible. So I wrote the date and “forgiven!” on the booklet saying she could remember and she took it and seemed grateful. So I said Merry Christmas and we both headed out.
I got hung up talking to a Presbyterian guy I see sometimes. Then a woman who also stands at their table joined them who I’d also met. Finally some Mormon missionaries walked up when she offered them some literature so I slipped away. I headed over to the science and health buildings where I’d been prompted to go and the timing was right to find Omar sitting in the hall. He had green scrubs on and a washed out red (near pink) pull over windbreaker. His hair was cut conservatively a bit curly on top, short at the sides. He had old school style, gold metal half circle rimmed glasses with black across the top. He wore a gold earring in each ear and had a mustache that was short/flat, the thickness of a popsicle-stick over the top of a broad smile. He seemed to be listening to the world cup on his phone. In coloring looked he Latino and went to St. Mark’s a Catholic Church nearby. He said he’d do a survey and let the game play on. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven. He said, “I follow God so I hope all the good I’ve done is for something, I listen to Him lead me to the path.” He thought he’d have a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and asked him what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world. “He sacrificed himself,” he replied. I think it was right about then he turned off his phone as I began to explain the blood of Christ, purifying him and as a payment for his sins and the righteousness of God to His credit. I finished talking about salvation by faith and asked, “So would you want to be forgiven for your sins trusting in what Christ has done or do you think something else?” He didn’t say anything he just looked at the respective circles and with a long straight finder touched the circle with Christ inside. I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and walked him through it and asked if he’d want to he could pray it silently and that I wouldn’t hear him but God would hear. He nodded and took the booklet saying, “I’m gonna get this?” meaning get to keep the booklet I had been writing verses in. “Yeah,” I replied and he began to pray. When he finished praying I explained living inside out and by the Spirit’s power. I said something like, “You go to church and they tell you something you can do. You can ask God to make you that kind of man on the inside and if you forget it by Wednesday (he nodded when I said that like it had been his experience) it doesn’t matter, God is already at work on Sunday.” He thanked me. I explained the mass being symbolic of what I’d said and mentioned the wafer and he finished with the wine and I said when he took it he could just say, “Thank you.” I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and forgiven on the inside. I gave him The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and explained it a bit. Finally I gave him a Bible study, going through one point quickly and said I would pray one of the lines or verses from the Bible for him each day from now until Spring and one year after. “Thank you,” he said again sincerely. I said he was welcome shaking his hand. “I’ll see you in Heaven. “Yeah see ya,” he said smiling. And I headed out with a “Merry Christmas”.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry of Evangelism on Campus. God truly blessed today.