Results of the Work – 8/22/23

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with good things. I had a good day on campus.

Kolton, Alex and Will each prayed with me to receive Jesus today. Their stories are below if you have time. Thanks for blessing the work with your prayers that I might find them. Andrew, a small Latino Catholic with round glasses saw the truth of the Gospel laid out for him clearly for the 1st time and I think came to an understanding. He felt being Catholic he had believed already so hopefully he’ll fully trust in Jesus.

Kolton was sitting under the stairs in the PE building and had a square jaw and a full mop of sandy wavy hair with teenage skin. (He looked like a better hair version the actor Breckin Meyer, as seen in an ad for a movie I’ve never seen called “Road Trip”.) He wore a blue shirt and blue sweats. He said his brother was in a Bible study group and was really into it all but he wasn’t. We talked about the genetic scientific impossibility of evolution (mitochondrial “Eve” and “Y chromosome Adam” were now generally accepted the be the pair of humans everyone else came from) and about a former physical trainer he’d had. That guy who was “spiritual” seemed to believe in the “Well of Souls”, that we were preexistent before birth. I said we did exist as a thought in the mind of God as our names were written in the book of life from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8). “So if God is thinking about you does that mean you in some manner exist, I don’t know,” I said. We talked about reincarnation and that it denied nearly everyone’s experience as no one they knew had any memories from a past life. I quoted Hebrews 9:27 to him. I suggested Karmic guilt from a life you could not remember and so did not learn from seemed implausible and it was a bad story, “Who wanted to keep having to do Junior high over and over again?” With the increase in world population where did all the extra souls come from if people were being reborn? He agreed.  I finally asked him what he would say if he’d died and God asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He said, “I don’t know. I’d probably say a couple different things… I’ve care greatly. I’d also like to see my relatives.” I asked if he had some who had died and he said he’d had a cousin that had live with their family for 7 years who had died young. She was close friend and they played together as kids. He thought that he’d have a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died for the sins of the world. I explained there was a payment to God in the Blood of Christ and God was just to forgive us. I explained the righteousness of God to our credit. He could believe by faith and put his trust in what Jesus had done for him. I asked in if he’d want to be forgiven, trusting in Christ. “For sure,” he replied. So I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray. Talking him through it I asked if he’d want pray to be forgiven silently and God would hear. “Sure,” he replied. “This is a great booklet,” he said when he finished. I said he could keep it and explained living the Christian life by the Spirit’s power. I explained that now trusting in the righteousness of Christ to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. ‘Thanks Bob, this was a great conversation,” he said. He did not have a Bible so I let him pick between the two I had one smaller than the other showing him the “Where to Turn” section in the one he picked explaining who had bought them for me to hand out. I put his name and the date and “Forgiven!” in the front. I also gave him a Bible study and Bible promises for You and The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. I said he could quiz his brother and he agreed, amused, saying he’d “see how much he knew of this stuff”. He shook my hand and thanked me again and I told him I would pray for him and if I saw him around I’d give him a wave and headed off.

I went up an elevator a bit later and while in it thought I might go to the 3rd floor having pushed 2. I got out at 2 and had the thought I really wanted to go to 3. I turned around to go to the elevator and saw Will as a result sitting off to my left at a folding table. There were 2 chairs there over by the door south of me, exiting the Student Services Lounge. I thought I’d ask him and then go upstairs but he enthusiastically said he do a survey. He had sharp features and was wearing a white tank top. His hair was light brown, he was good looking, kind of a surfer kid look. He seemed really up beat and I’d only asked him a couple questions when a girl walked up who was very visibly pregnant. She had a pretty wholesome face and wore a peasant style dress, she had long brown hair and could have gotten the part of “The Virgin Mary” in the Christmas play. He introduced her saying, “This is my fiancé Alex.” I stood up to shake her hand and asked if she’d like to do the survey too and she agreed. I insisted she take my chair, given her condition, which worked out great as I kneeled across from them. When asked one thing you’d like to do before you die, he thought he’d already said he’d like to go skydiving and she said after thinking a bit, “Well, I would have said, have a family but I already did that.” I said that was fine to say that, she hadn’t quite done it yet. (It turned out later she was due September 14th but they were going to have to induce due to the risks of her being type 1 diabetic which he was as well.) I asked them what they would say to God if asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “You shouldn’t,” Will replied. I thought there would be a “but” after that but he said no more and then she said, “You shouldn’t,” also. I asked what the likelihood they would get into Heaven was, she said, “Zero.” “1%,” Will said. I said, “The last part of this is going through this little booklet with you it tells how you get to Heaven.” I actually do not use much of the booklet except the verses, with these Will seemed familiar. I write in it and explain things with other verses as well he hadn’t known. (The booklet is a version of the 4 laws which does not say, Jesus is God or mention His blood or righteousness or even Hell.) I began to go through scriptures with them and both of them knew Jesus had died for the sins of the world but neither had been trusting in that to save or even forgive them. I explained the righteousness of Christ to their credit. I asked if they would want to be forgiven. I said there was a prayer they could pray and they both wanted to be forgiven. And after I walked them through the prayer they each said, “Sure.” Will said he had done some evangelism with people. I said it was possible some had become saved listening to him. But he was not forgiven based on his responses to me, though he knew Jesus had died he had not trusted in that to be forgiven or have eternal life. So his actions were not of the indwelling Spirit. He then said he thought he could have been doing it for himself, not led by God. I explained living “Inside > out” trusting in the Holy Spirit’s power. They said they’d been looking for a church and I said Ellen and I could meet with them when they asked about a Bible study. They live in St Charles and he works a lot so I gave them my number if they thought later they wanted to meet. They both had Bibles and so I gave them each a Bible Study and Bible Promises for You writing their name and the date and “Forgiven!” in each one. I gave them each The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. They were happy and we talked a bit more. They said they had named their girl “Desa” (pronounced like Odesa the city in Ukraine). I said I would pray for their little girl too that she would be a healthy baby that loved them and loved Jesus (having told them I would pray for them for the next school year and a year after). I said it was great to meet them and to feel free to call if they wanted to do a Bible Study.

Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed. Please pray a blessing on these students as well.

In Him,