Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
I hope your day was blessed and you found yourself trusting in Him for comfort and love. I had a good day on campus and Jameson and Christ, a black guy from African heritage each prayed to receive Jesus today. Thanks so much for your prayers to guide me. Their stories are below.
I found Jameson sitting at a table in the cafeteria. He was wearing a grey t-shirt with some printing on it and a large graphic in red and black shorts. He had stick straight light brown hair that was parted on the side, had some summer sin highlights in it. With rosy red cheeks he looked really young, nice smile on the shorter side. He said his family was Christian and he thought of himself as a Christian too but they no longer attended church. He said he wanted to “have a family” when I asked him something he wanted to do before he died. This proved true again as a response to lead to salvation. When a guy says he wants to have a family answering that question it almost always means he is a Christian or will pray to receive Jesus. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I think I was a good person.” I asked what he thought the likelihood was he would go to Heaven and he said “50%”. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world. I went through Christ’s cleansing blood as a payment for sin, the righteousness of God, the Resurrection and that he needed to receive it by faith. He was pretty reserved but I got him to smile a couple times. I asked him if he would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done for him on the cross. I’d used the 2 circles in the booklet and he pointed to the one with Jesus on the throne of his life and said, “This one.” I said there was a prayer he could pray if he wanted to be forgiven, read through it in explanation and asked if it was the desire of his heart. He nodded and I asked if he’d want to pray it silently and he said, “Sure.” He prayed then to receive Christ. I said that the likelihood now that he would go to heaven was 100% trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness. “Awesome,” he replied cheerfully. I gave him a Bible Study and Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside 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. He had to go so I stood up to shake his hand and said, “Nice to have met you.” “Thank you,” he replied and headed off to class.
Christ was sitting in the lounge that connects the science buildings. He was African American and on either side were two other black guys, more slight in stature than him. He was sitting on the only chair and they were off each shoulder leaning of the window sills. I asked if they would want to do a student survey and he said he would but the others said they would just listen. One did and took a booklet at the end the other had on headphones and didn’t hear. The two guys had long thin tinted braids and could have been twin brothers dressed by a mother. But Christ had thick cornrows a top of his head. He was darker skinned than the other guys too and said his family could all trace their heritage in Africa, it seems their blood line did not go back to slavery in the US. I found out having said I would sit at his feet like he was a king and he said he knew he wasn’t. He wore a black hoodie and minimally shredded black skinny jeans and had classic black features, good looking guy. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said “’Cause even though I sin I’m still His son.” He thought he had a 45% chance of going to Heaven. He listened attentively to the explanation I gave of the Gospel. He was obviously learning something but said at one point that he had read pretty much through the entire Bible and he knew all that was in there and could answer a question on it. When I had finished explaining everything I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else. As an example of something else, I explained Islam with a couple points different than Christianity saying they had a different God. He said, “I thought they would say they had the same God. I helped him finish the idea that Mohammed traced his lineage back to Ishmael. I said I realize they claimed that but they could not supply the descent that they claimed with a detailed lineage. Ismael would have been half Egyptian and half Jewish effectively, but the Arabs would not claim they were descended from Egyptians and Mohammed’s family tree was not written down anywhere. He thought he would want to be forgiven. I said if he would want to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray. I talked him through it and he thought about it. I went back to his response where he had said he was a child of God. I said that was true, that the Bible said we are all His offspring and that if he wanted to God could forgive him and live inside him. I said, “If you pray I will pray for you everyday to be blessed with a Bible verse until next Spring and then one year after.” That made up his mind and he took the booklet and prayed then to receive Jesus in barely audible tones. He’d said he would change a few words but I don’t think he did. When he’d finished praying he said, “Thanks,” handing me back the booklet. I used it to explain the Christian life asking if he had a Bible, he had three. I explained living “Inside > Out” I tried to give him Bible Promises for You. He said he had the same book with a green cover. The Case for Christ Answer Booklet was something he didn’t want to read having herd of Strobel’s movie (I think he saw it). He was willing to take a Bible Study went I explained how Jesus claimed to be God by walking on the water as a Dave Chappelle bit. So on the front I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” and handed it to him. I said the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I said “I’ll see you in Heaven. I’m old and will get there first so you can look me up and I’ll show ya where the cool places are.” “I want to ride a horse around the Galaxy,” he said. I said I thought they had horses and other animals up there as there would be everything to make us happy and I liked animals. “God bless you,” he said and gave me a fist bump. “God bless you too,” I replied. “Thanks for the blessing.” And I headed out.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly Blessed.