Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope you are enjoying the weather somewhere walking in the light of God’s word. Thanks for your help today in prayer if you had a moment! Maia (my-ah) and Nick prayed to receive Jesus today. Then Gabby (she’s a petite short Latina, cute face wavy hair down to her shoulders) who said she’d think about, last week, today told me she had prayed to receive Jesus. So that was great and an answer to prayer. Josiah a black dude of small stature and a beard and pin curl afro falling down about 5 or 6 inches took The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet and a DVD from CMI on the new genetic discoveries that disprove Evolution. (He didn’t have a DVD player but seemed to think he could get his hands on one.) Their stories are below if you have some time. Thanks again for praying for the ministry.
I saw Maia sitting alone on a row of chairs in one of the 2nd floor, north (backside) entrance foyers to the BIC. Maia was a cute slender girl with stick straight brown hair trimmed in a bob cut to the base of her neck, her hair tucked behind both ears. She had a sharp jaw line, cute face and looked young. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked , “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “Because I’m a good person,” she said. She said she thought she had a 75% chance of going to Heaven. I asked if she went to Church but she said she used to go to a Catholic Church but she did not like some of the things they taught so she left. She said she would like to find a church. I began to go through the Gospel with her saying that God wanted to live inside her by his Holy Spirit. “Then it’s like you are the Energizer Bunny God is the batteries: You keep going and going and when you die it’s like you don’t die, ‘cause God’s inside.” “That’s awesome,” she replied. I said God had to make her His type and remover her sin so He could live inside her. I asked her what the big thing was Jesus did to take away her sins. “He was crucified,” she replied. I said “Right.” I began to explain the payment for her sins and the righteousness of Christ to her credit. “That’s so cool,” she replied. I said that God wanted to adopt her and give her the blessings of His family. “He gives you the sacrifice for your sins, the blood that cleanses you and the righteousness of God that surrounds you, so you got someplace to go, and something to wear when you get there, the righteousness of God.” “That’s so interesting,” she replied. I said she could have this by faith explaining a bit more and asked if she wanted to be forgiven or thought something else. Then I said again, “So would you want to be forgiven for your sins trusting in Jesus?” She said she would. So I said if she’d wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through reading, Is this prayer the desire of your heart? after. She nodded again. So I said she could pray it silently and only God would hear and asked if she’d like to and she nodded and prayed to receive Jesus. I began t explain the Christian life to her and asked if she had a Bible. She didn’t so I gave her a study Bible showing her how cross references work and the 99 doctrines in front and the maps and study aids in the back. I wrote her name and the Date and “forgiven!” in the front. She was very grateful and I went on to explain living “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power. You ask God to transform you on the inside, you become a good person and then you do good things. I gave her a Bible Study and Bible Promises for You and also The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told her I would pray for her each day until the end of spring and then one year after. She was thankful for that and I said if I saw her again I’d just wave, “Me too,” she replied and I headed out.
Nick was sitting in the hallway of the BIC on the south side. He said he’d do a survey. He had wavy rings of curls in a mop hair cut more or less parted down the middle. Looked Italian with a “punisher” nose, which the curls hung down past. He wore a white tank top and grey fleece sweats with a two inch black stripe down the sides. He said that he’d been to church a few times, I believe he said with family. He was on the short side. I asked him what he’d say to God if asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “That’s a good question,” he replied thinking a bit. “I don’t know, I did everything in life that I could.” He replied finally. He though he had an 80% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and I asked him, “Do you know what the big thing is that Jesus did to take away your sins.” He nodded in the way someone kind of does to that question when they are really saying they knew Jesus had done something to accomplish that. So I began to explain the sacrifice for his sins then the righteousness of God and then went back to explained that it was really how God got paid. I said this all was his by faith. I asked him too if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done. “Yeah, I would,” he said. So I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is God had died for your sins and rose from the Dead? Do you think that’s a true story?” He shook his head with a frank purse of his mouth. I sad then that if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and read it asking if it was the desire of his heart. “Yeah,” he said. So I said he could pray it silently like I wasn’t there. He took the booklet and said, “Just in my head?” I said yeah. So he prayed then to receive Christ. He didn’t have a Bible so I gave him the last compact Bible I had, they are out of print now. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave him a Bible Study and Bible Promises for You and also The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told him I’d pray for him each day until Spring and then another year after. “Thank you man,” he said. I said “God bless you.” “You too have a good day,” he replied and I headed off.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.