Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope you had a blessed day walking with God. I had a good day on campus. Jaden and Hameedah each prayed to receive Jesus and Darin* committed to Christ but had to run for his ride who had called him. Thanks for your prayers. Their stories are below if you have the time.
Jaden was the first guy I found to go through the Gospel with today. He was sitting on the second floor of the BIC on the north side on a bench in the hall. He had stick straight hair, spiked up in the front, short on the sides. He was slight in build shorter than me wearing a light blue pull-over hoodie and dark blue sweats. He had dark circles under his eyes and a square chin with kind of the Private Eye film noir look. I asked him if he died, what he would say to God to be let into Heaven. He thought for a minute and said, “I’ve lived a good life. I’ve been a good person.” He thought the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 90%. He hadn’t been to church in a while but regularly went to Church growing up. I began to explain the Gospel to him and said in order for God to live inside him he had to make him his type and asked “Do you know what the big thing is that Jesus does to take away the sins of the world?” He nodded then and looked at me the way you do when you can’t answer the question. I said, “This is how it works.” And explained the gospel. He followed closely listening carefully and I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done, then God would live inside him and give him strength in life or did he think something else. Then said again when he was slow to respond, “So would you want to be forgiven for your sins.” He thought a moment more taking it all in and said, “Yeah.” I said, “Well, if you want to be forgiven there’s a prayer you can pray.” I read through the prayer and asked, “Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?” “Yeah,” he replied again. I said if he wanted he could “pray it right then silently and I wouldn’t hear him but God would hear and you’d know you were forgiven. Wanna do that?” “Ummhum,” he replied and he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I took the booklet back saying he could keep it. “Thank you,” he replied and I explained the Christian life living inside out. I gave him a copy of Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and forgiven in the front. I gave him a Bible Study and Told him the likelihood now he would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I said I would pray a Bible verse for him each day to bless him through spring and through the next year. “Thank you,” he said. I said, “Really cool to meet ya.” “Yeah you too,” he replied. Have a good one,” I said. “You too,” he said and I shook his hand and took off. He was very low key and reserved but friendly as I left him.
Hameedah [ha mead ah] was sitting in the booths at the doors leading out to the waterfall, it’s turned off for the winter. She had dozens of long braids of brown and black. She was African American but had an African accent. She had a petit pretty face with a small nose and almond shaped eyes, a small pretty mouth. She had a kind sweet demeanor. She had on a black puffy coat with thin horizontal quilts and skinny jeans, white tennis shoes. We sat across from her friend who had headphones on and never looked up. She said she went to Church every Sunday downtown. I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven and she said, “I tried my best to be a good Christian. I’ve been committed to God and feel I’ve been a good Christian.” She thought she had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and she had John 3:16 memorized and knew Romans Rom. 6:23 finishing each as I read. But then I asked her what was the big thing Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world so God could live inside her. She had no idea and said nothing and kind of shrugged. I finished telling her how Jesus had died for her, His blood had cleansed her and His righteousness could be to her credit. “You don’t go to Heaven because you are good but because Jesus is good and you are connected to Him.” I said, saying God adopts her and gives her His blessings of a sacrifice for her sins and Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I explained she was saved by faith. I asked if she would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done. “Yes,” she said. Then I said there was a prayer she could pray to be forgiven and walked her though it and asked if it expressed the desire of her heart. “Yes,” she said again. So I said she could pray it silently and she nodded and prayed to receive Jesus. When she finished I said she was forgiven. I explained the Christian life living inside out. “It’s also my Birthday,” she said happily.” I said I had a book for her for a Birthday present. I wrote her name and “Happy Birthday” and the date and “forgiven!” In the front. I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and a Bible study. I then told her the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. Saying, “Jesus’ righteousness was worth an infinite amount because He is God, so there is enough to an old Biker like me and a young girl like you that hasn’t even done hardly anything yet, God’s righteousness will cover us both.” “Amen,” she said. I said I would keep her in my prayers through the Spring for the next year praying a Bible verse to bless her each day. “Thank you,” she said. And I got up and headed out.
Darin was in the MAC Arts building wearing his jacket with a satchel at his feet. He had a watch cap on and a beard and mustache, African American, slight in stature. As soon as I got his name he immediately got a call and said, “I see you I’ll be right out.” I said it did not seem like he had time now but asked him If he died what he would say to God if asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He thought about it saying it was a good question. “I haven’t done anything necessarily to warrant not going to Heaven,” he finally replied. He thought he had a 70% chance of going to Heaven. I took out the booklet and quickly made 4 quick points asking if he’d want to be forgiven or thought something else. “I’d want to be forgiven,” he replied. I said there was a prayer he could pray and read through it and said he could pray it silently right now or take it with him. “Ok,” he said, “Thanks.” I asked if he believed Jesus was God had died for his sins and rose from the dead. “Do you think that’s a true story?” “Yeah,” he replied. “And do you trust in that to be forgiven for your sins?” “Yes,” he said firmly. I said he was forgiven then and need only talk to God about it. I gave him Bible Promises for You and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and he got up and left for his ride. His phone rang again two steps from me with the impatient ride calling. So I think he has believed unto salvation and I will see him again. Matt. 10:32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.”
Thanks for your prayers for the Ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance God truly blessed.