Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed today with good things from God. I had a good day on campus and Allison and Ishani each prayed with me to receive Jesus. I got a couple of seeds planted with an Asian guy Steve, who wanted to “know the secret wisdom to life” and a guy who seemed to have one foot in the door with Islam, a former Christian, Deagan. Also Alyssa a girl who looked Native American. I gave them all The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. Please pray Allison and Ishani will grow and the others come to know Him.
Thanks for the blessing and power of your prayers. The stories of those who believed are below if you wish to take the time.
Allison was sitting in the hallway outside the bookstore in an overstuffed chair with a cushioned circular ottoman in front of her. She had a white sweater on and faded light blue jeans. She had straight dark long hair and a round face and wider pug nose, cute. She said she came from a Mexican heritage. I asked her what she would say if God asked her: Why should I let you into Heaven? “I would say… I haven’t thought about that before,” still thinking. In a moment or two she just said, “All I can think to say is to see my family, past family that I lost.” She was kind of answering the question: Do you have a reason to be here? Like who invited you to the party? She thought she had a 67% chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with her and I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sin so God could live inside her. She had no idea. She had said she’d been to Catholic Church some. I explained the blood of Christ as a payment for her sins and His righteousness. I said that the real meaning of what was symbolized in the mass was that the wafer represented Jesus Body and the wine represented His blood. “It is commemorating that Jesus died for you and so you are forgiven and should say thank you.” “Wow,” she replied, having never thought about it before. I came to the end of the gospel. I said the last question was would she like to be forgiven trusting in what Christ had done on the cross with God living inside her. I pointed to the circle with God inside. Or did she think something else? I began to explain another option but she cut me off and said, “I believe that, I wanna be that!” Pointing at the first circle with Jesus on the throne of her life. So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart saying, “So you wanna do it?” “Yeah,” she replied and I said “Just pretend I’m not here,” and she prayed to receive Jesus. I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. She said something like, “Oh this has all these topics this is helpful, thanks,” flipping through it. I also gave her a Bible study and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I explained living the Christian life, “Inside out” asking for God to change her and give her strength. “Thanks you so much Bob, I feel so light and warm inside right now.” I told her that was the Holy Spirit letting her know He was in there and she enthusiastically agreed. I told her I would pray for her until a year from spring. We talked some more and she thanked me again and I said I would see her in Heaven though hopefully not too soon and she laughed and I headed out.
Ishani was sitting in the hallway as you turn the corner toward the student services offices on the ground floor. She at first said she had done a survey, so I said it was different and answered the question “So you are walking down the road and you get hit by a bus and you stand before God and He asks: ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say? So it is basically the answer to that. So do you have any interest in that answer or do you already know or maybe don’t care?” She said she would like to do it so we began to talk. She said her mom was from Burma and she thought she’d like to visit there. She was small wearing black leggings and an oversized blue Northern Illinois University hoodie. She had tinted her hair light brown, which came over her shoulders and had lovely brown skin and a small nose, full lips, very pretty. She said she had gone to Church with her Godmother and X boyfriend each Wednesday and Sunday for a while. When I asked her the question she said, “That’s a tough question.” Then thinking some more said, “I don’t really have the answer to that.” She thought she had a 78% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sin. She said she didn’t know. So I explained the Blood of Christ to pay for her sins and the righteousness of God to her credit. She listened attentively to all I had to say and smiled just a bit here and there. She was pretty meek. I asked her at the end if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in what Jesus had done so God could live inside her and give her strength or thought something else. “So would you like to be forgiven?” I asked again, “Yes,” she replied. I explained there was a prayer she could pray to be forgiven and have God inside, giving her strength to live. I walked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart. “Yeah,” she replied and so I said she could pray it now and “I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear and forgive her, would you want to do that?” She nodded so I gave her the booklet and said, just pretend I’m not here. She prayed then to receive Jesus. When she finished I said now trusting in Jesus righteousness to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. She did not have a Bible and so I gave her one showing her the “Where to Turn “ section and the messianic passages section and I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I also gave her a Bible study and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I gave her my contact information and encouraged her to ask God for guidance. We talked about the shortages of food and the price of eggs, the Tonga volcano and she said she had some fear about that. I said she could ask God for guidance but he did not guide us with fear but would care for us. She thanked me and I said she was welcome and headed out.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed.