Results of the Work – 8/31/23

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and ya got some good news in answer to prayer. I had a good day on campus and Kate and Travont [tre-von-te] each prayed with me to receive Jesus. There stories are below if you have a moment. 20 students have prayed to receive Jesus the 1st 2 weeks of school. Thanks for being a part of the ministry in prayer I’m truly grateful.

I ended up sitting and talking to 4 students who wanted to be in a Bible Study for more than a couple hours when I first got to school. They all wish to come Wednesday at 10:45 so hopefully that will play out. I finally excused myself saying I had to get to work and the next two students I spoke with each prayed to receive Jesus.

Kate was sitting in the hallway beside the bookstore just a bit down from where I’d been sitting talking with the others. She is a petite little Filipino girl, black round rimmed glasses, long brown hair to her shoulder with bangs swept to the right. She had a broad pretty smile wearing jeans and a white blouse. She said she was a nurse and wanted to travel the world become a doctor. It seemed she was born in the Philippian Islands. She said she was raised Catholic but now occasionally went to a Baptist Church. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and if He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “Because you’re my God and I’m your daughter,” she replied. She thought she had a 70% chance of going to Heaven. She listened closely to the Gospel and she knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world. I went through the blood of Christ as cleansing and payment for sin saying she need to believe in Christ’s work to be forgiven. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus. She said something like, “I would want to be forgiven with Jesus.” I asked her if when she asked for forgiveness she was thinking she would be forgiven because Jesus had died for her. “I was always hopeful when I asked for forgiveness she replied. I said, “Well if you’d like to be forgiven for your sins trusting in Jesus there’s a prayer you can pray,” I replied and I read through the prayer with her asking if it was the desire of her heart. “Yeah,” she said. I said she could pray it silently and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I began to explain the Christian life to her. Her Bible was not with her in the States so I gave her one and showed her the cross references and the devotionals and study helps in back. I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in front. “I had quiz and class was shorter. I went home but decided I’d rather study here and came back you gave me a Bible!” More importantly God had given her eternal life. I explained living the Christian life “Inside > Out. I gave her a copy of Bible Promises for You Writing “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front. I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told her that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%.  She thanked me with a fist bump.

I headed off and passed another girl who asked when the Bible Study was saying she was eavesdropping and was standing next to. And I gave her a Bible Study and the time.

Just down the hall into the SSC building I came across Travont. He had a light blue hoodie on pulled up and black straight leg jeans. He wore a narrow mustache and had a beard only under his chin. Average size college guy with a wide slightly flat nose gap tooth smile. He seemed to have cornrow braids on top that I could not see much of. He was pretty low key and sober and barely cracked a smile but once. He said he’d gone to Church when he was a kid. He thought he’d like to travel to the Bahamas. I asked him what he would say to God if he died and He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “That’d be tough. I wouldn’t know what to say—honestly,” he replied. I began to go through the Gospel with him. I asked him what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world. “He gave His heart,” is what I think I heard him say. So I said, “He gave his life,” and he agreed. Thinking later I don’t think we’d meant the same thing but we were on the same page at the end.  I explained what Jesus had done in cleansing him and paid for his sins. I asked if that made sense and he said something like, “I follow.” I told him of the righteousness of Christ to his credit and I explained that believing by faith his sins were forgiven. I finished the Gospel and asked if he’d like to be forgiven trusting in Jesus so God could live inside him or if he thought something else. He thought for just a moment and said, “I’d want God inside.” So I said there was a prayer he could pray if he wanted to be forgiven and I talked him through it. I asked if it was the desire of his heart and he agreed. If he wanted he could pray it silently. “Yeah,” he replied. And he prayed to receive Jesus. I talked him through the Christian life and the fruit of the Spirit and he said, “Alright,” in kind of a deadpan way. Living by the Spirit’s power, “Inside > Out” first asking God to transform him on the inside. Then he would become a good person and do good things on the outside. I also gave him Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and a Bible study. I said I’d see him in Heaven and being older I’d be there first and could show him around. He said, “I get you,” and I headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry God blessed me today and I was thankful for them.

In Him,