Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed with the unseen things which are eternal (2Cor. 4). I had a good day on campus and Shauna, Oscar and Chris each prayed with me to receive Jesus today. Their stories are below if you wish to take the time. Please ask God to bless and strengthen the Word in them. Thanks for your prayers, God blessed me. I got a couple other seeds planted too with Emily and Luna who were going to think about it.
Shauna was a black student sitting at the counter in the cafeteria. Round face cut face and, on the short side, she had jeans with holes at the knees and a black shirt on as kind of a jacket with large white letters that wrapped around it from the back. She was round in stature. He her hair was long past her shoulders pouring out from under a multi-colored cap, looked like a match for the coat Joseph was given by Israel. She had a Christian background. I asked her what she would say to God if she died to be let into Heaven. “I pretty much dedicated my physical life to serving God. Everything I’ve done has been generous and caring—understanding. I did fulfill a purpose in the world. The deeds I have done have shown I did deserve to go to Heaven.” She thought she had an 80% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the gospel with her. She knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world. But she hadn’t been trusting in His work to save her and ask I explained that Jesus blood cleansed her of sin so He could live inside her and give her eternal life she made a quiet expression, kind of like “Oh,” realizing salvation in Christ. I explained the righteousness of Christ to her credit that she would not go to Heaven because she was good but because Jesus was good. I then told her He rose and salvation is by faith. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven or thought something else. I then repeated would she want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done. Nodding she said, “Yeah,” so I walked her through the prayer and asked if it was the desire of her heart and she said, “Yeah,” again. Saying she could pray it quietly, would she like to, and got a “Yeah,” response again and she prayed to receive Jesus. I then told her trusting in the Blood and righteousness of Jesus the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I explained the Christian life living “Inside > Out”, first changed by God’s Spirit’s power on the inside then doing good things on the outside by His power. I gave her a Bible Study and Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside and also The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told her about the Bible Study. I told her I’d pray for her each day until Spring and then another year after. “Thanks for all this,” she replied. “This is good information,” she said looking at the Bible study. “You’re welcome, God bless you,” I replied. “Bless you too, have a good one,” she said and I headed off.
Oscar was sitting on the doorway out to the south patio on the BIC building that runs its length in concrete. He had short curls of brown hair and a face in the shape of a shield with a squared off chin. He looks Latino and had on red shorts, his left leg banded by a tattoo and a low collar showed a ring like a necklace similarly inked on. He had a black T-shirt and a black fleece on. His left eyebrow had a gap in it. Interesting looking guy. He had grown up Catholic but did not at present regularly attend. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he said, “I’d say… umm. To see my relatives. I feel like I was doing things being seen by Him in a sense, his seeing me and my actions. He thought he had a 30% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel and I asked him what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world, “He crucified Himself,” he replied, which was mostly true. I explained the payment for sin and the righteousness of God to him as well. I said he could be saved by faith so if someone asked him why God should let him into Heaven he would say, “Because Jesus died for me.” “OK,” he said accepting the revised answer. I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus. “Yeah,” he replied. I explained the prayer to him asking if it was the desire of his heart. “Yeah he replied again and so I said he could pray silently and only God would hear but he would know then he was forgiven. He took the booklet and I said, “Just pretend I’m not here.” “Ha OK,” he said. He then prayed to receive Jesus. I told him then the likelihood he would go to Heaven was now 100% trusting I the righteousness of Christ to be his righteousness. He had a Bible but it was in Spanish so he was glad to get the study Bible I had for him. I showed him the cross references and the maps and 99 Doctrines page and 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. “God bless you,” I said shaking his hand. “God bless you too,” he replied. I told him I’d see him in Heaven and he said, “See you there.” And I headed off.
Chris an African American and was sitting on a set of hallway chairs with oval lap tables against the wall near the Student Recourses Center. He was a very big dude. He had a moderate afro in individual spikes and pulled muff headphones up off his ears as we talked wearing them over his forehead and ears. He had a burly beard as thick as my forearm and a mustache as light as his beard was thick. He had a smaller nose and wore a military green shirt jacket a black t-shirt and dark tan pants. He was very laid back and came across as intelligent. He wanted to go to Japan and I told him the story of a friend who took Japanese at COD and had gone there. Chris learned Japanese in High School and was into Anime. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven. “Umm, well. I really wouldn’t know what to say. I go to church each Sunday. My Uncle is a pastor. I don’t even think I could fathom what I would tell Him. Like when you read the Bible it seems like you shouldn’t be there [in Heaven Is. 6:5]. Nobody deserves it.” He thought he had a 60-70% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he too knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world. He took in the idea that his sins were paid for and the blood of Christ cleansed him and the righteousness of God was too his credit. When I asked if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else he said, “Definitely forgiven.” So, I offered him the prayer asking if it was the desire of his heart, “Umhum,” he replied affirmingly and I said he could pray it silently and know he was forgiven. “Sure,” he replied. He prayed to receive Christ. I invited him to Bible Study. I then told him trusting in the Blood and righteousness of Jesus the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I explained the Christian life “living inside > out by the Spirit’s power”. It turned out he went to a men’s small group on Thursday nights that went late and I said that seemed like a good thing. I gave him a Bible Study (explaining it) and Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. He said he liked to read so I also gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told him I would pray for him a Bible verse each day from now until Spring and a year after and he thanked me. I got up to go and said if I saw him around I would give him a wave. He said “OK.” And I headed off.
So, thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance God truly blessed.