Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed today and you are bearing fruit in kindness toward others. I’sis committed to praying to receive Jesus today saying when I asked if she’d like to pray the prayer for salvation “On my own.” Her story is below so I will keep her in my prayers. She at first went to take a picture of the prayer and then I said she could keep the booklet. So it seemed she had genuine intent.
I’sis, an African American, was sitting at counter height a table outside the bookstore. I asked her 3 words to describe herself and the first one she chose was “Beautiful.” She wasn’t wrong. She had long braided extensions and big eyes with the kind of eyelashes that make you doubt they came from the gene pool. She had a pretty almond shaped face a smallish nose and a perfect mouth. She wore a t-shirt under a poly, athletic zip up jacket that had the back-to-back twinned silhouette girls they sometimes put on mud flaps running as a ribbon the length of her arm. I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven. She said, “Because no matter what I do I ax God to forgive me. Once I get that forgiveness I didn’t do it again.” She thought she had a 50/50 shot at going to Heaven and went to Church. She listened attentively to the Gospel. A liberal obese woman with dyed red frizzy hair, who looks near 60 years old, drives around campus on her electric transport for the handicapped. She has told me I am dumping on students, so I ignore her. She rolled up in the middle of explaining the Gospel, interrupted me and asked I’sis if she was listening to something she wanted to hear. I’sis looked at her and said, “Yes.” So she rolled away. I often see her buttonhole students. I suppose I should walk up and ask them if they were hearing something they wanted to hear but this would not be worth my time. I’sis was unfazed and listened to the rest of the Gospel. When I went to ask her if she wanted to be forgiven for her sins trusting in what Jesus had done so He could live inside her or thought something else, she immediately cut me off before I could say more and said, “I’ll go with this one.” I said that if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray. I turned the page and she said, “Can I take a picture of that?” holding up her phone. I said she could keep the booklet and I continued to go through the prayer with her. I asked if she would like to pray it silently and as I’ve said she said, “On my own.” I said, “This question, if she prayed to trust in Jesus, would be 100%” pointing to the question of the likelihood she would go to Heaven. I asked if she’d like a book with some Bible verses in it. “Yes,” she replied. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name in the front and said, “When you pray that prayer you’ll be forgiven,” and I wrote, “forgiven!” in the front. I also gave her a Bible Study. She thanked me and I headed out.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today. I bumped into a few kids who had trusted the Lord before. Josiah said he had watched the DVD on evolution I gave him earlier this year and it answered his questions.