Results of the Work – 4/1/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope ya had a blessed day waling in the light as He is in the light. I had a good day on campus. I got to encourage Josiha (never seen the “a” at the end before but hey) a Black guy who plays defensive end on the football team, he has assurance of salvation now. It seemed like he believed in Jesus to forgive him but was not sure that would be enough to get into Heaven. Then Samantha prayed to receive Jesus. Please pray these students grow in the faith. Samantha’s story is below if you have some time. Thanks for your prayers.

Samantha was sitting on a stuffed chair in the light of the glass doorway that opens out to the top of the waterfall on the south side of campus. The stonework for it I was once told cost a hundred grand and I imagine it would be 3 times that today. She is a Latina, fair skinned and had a slightly wide, short pretty face with a beauty-mark freckle on either side of her nose. She wore camouflage print sweats tight at the ankle and a grey hoodie. Her hair was pulled up behind her head and it had some tint to it. She kind of had an athletic build. She wanted to become a pilot. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and was asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” She thought a moment with an “Um.” Then she said, I tried my best to, um, be a good person.” She thought she had a 95% chance of going to Heaven. To which I replied, “So you’ve been pretty good?” and she smirked that that was true. I asked her what the big thing Jesus did to take away the sins of the world. She thought for a bit and I added, “How he purifies you or cleanses you?” “His body and His blood,” she finally said. I said, “Right, He dies for you.” She listened patiently to the gospel mostly with an open posture but at one point she folded her arms so I hoped it didn’t mean anything. I have always heard that folding your arms means you are expressing closure to what you are hearing. But I have caught myself folding my arms just to relax and was at the same time enjoying what was being said. So all that to say I don’t know how valid it is, I just continued and then prayed God would open her heart. She listened to everything that the blood of Christ cleansed her from all sin. This was how God was paid and so could justly forgive her sins. The righteousness of God earned by Christ was to her credit when God adopted her. I said this was all hers by faith and asked if she’d like to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus, then he could live inside her or thought something else. She thought for a bit and then said with a smile, “Forgiveness is nice,” So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray. I talked her through it and said, “It says here does this prayer express the desire of your heart and she nodded that it did. I asked if she’d like to pray it silently, “I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear and you’d know you would be forgiven, wanna do it?” “Sure,” she replied and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I walked her through the Christian life asking her if she had a Bible, “I’ve got a couple,” she replied. I explained living “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power. I gave her, Bible Promises for You, and wrote her name and the date and forgiven in the front. I gave her a Bible Study explaining it to her a bit making her smile and a copy of The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I said the likelihood she would not go to Heaven was 100% trusting in the blood and righteousness of Jesus and that though I was old and had sinned more there was enough to save me too. I told her I would pray a Bible verse for her each day through Spring and next year. “Well, I’ll see ya in Heaven,” I said as she seemed ready to go. “See ya there,” she said. “Thanks for your time,” I replied. “Thank you.” She said and headed off.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.

In Him,