Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed as the late summer weather comes. Ours is forecasted to be cooler soon. We had a good day on campus. Ellen and I had a Bible study and I thought we’d celebrate Ellen’s Birthday after. But she decided we’d just do dinner tonight and prayed for me as I headed back into school. (She’d got presents and a poem and flowers this morning.) So I did some evangelism this afternoon and Davon trusted Christ as his savior.
Davon is African American in appearance. He had a rough afro and black plastic rimmed glasses, good looking kid. He had on a black t-shirt and grey sweats. He was laying on a couch in a small lounge at the Northwest entrance to the BIC building just beyond the SSC lounge. He said he had just been to Cru. They’d had a Bible study it seemed. I asked if he’d like to hear the big metaphysical question to take with him for the day. He sat up slowly and said, “OK.” I said, “You’re walking down the road and you get hit by a bus so you’re dead and you stand before God and He asks, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say?” He thought for a moment and said kind of tentatively, “Because I have a relationship?” Probing a bit I asked, “What happened so you could have that relationship?” He struggled to say so I said, “Christianity is like a blood transfusion. I have A+ blood, so if you fill me with B- blood I would clot up and die. God wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit, to live inside you, then He is eternal and the source of life so you would have eternal life. But first He has to take away your sin. Then you are perfect and holy inside and you match God. You are purified then you are His type and He can live inside you. So what is the big thing Jesus does to take away your sin and the sins of the world.” He guessed something like, “He forgives you.” I asked if I could show him some Bible verses to show what Jesus had done. He agreed. As I went through the Gospel with him it was clear he was understanding it for the first time. I finished saying most of all I normally explain about the blood and righteousness of Christ and forgiveness by faith. I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or thought something else. I explained the options by the two circles. He said he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus pointing at the circle with God on the throne. So I said there was a prayer he could pray to tell God he was trusting in Jesus and I talked him through it. He said he thought he had prayed a prayer like it before. “But you did not understand it right?” ‘Yeah,” he replied agreeing he had not understood what the prayer meant. I suggested he might want to pray it again so it meant something. He agreed and prayed to receive Jesus. When he finished he was thankful saying it “Helped me understand things more.” He had gone to Willow Creek Church but more recently was in a Church out on Rt 59 I knew of to be a good church where the students I bump into have a sound understanding of the faith. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I also gave him a Bible Study. He did not think he would read Strobel’s book. I told him I would be praying for him through next spring and one year after. I explained the likelihood he would now go to Heaven was 100%. He offered his fist to bump saying, “Thanks for the information.” I told him if I saw him I would give him a wave. “See ya around,” he said and I headed off.
So thanks for your prayers for the Ministry. God blessed today.