Results of the Work – 2/22/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your week was well spent resting in the Lord and His great grace. I had a good week on campus. Calvin and Tilicia prayed with me to receive Jesus yesterday.

Myles and Simone prayed with me earlier in the week so 4 students prayed to receive Christ after I told them the Gospel and one said they would pray later (Fabian). Calvin and Tilicia’s stories are below if you have the time. Please pray these all grow in their faith. I’m home today trying to recover from a chronic cough.

Calvin was a very big guy sitting at the stretch of tables in the PE lounge. He had a bushy beard largely on his jaw line and a mustache flat to his lip above it as thick as my finger, though thinner than his. He’s an African American guy and is on the offensive line on the football team. He was dressed in a black pull over hoodie that had info about bats printed on it and cotton-polyester sweats on. He had glasses that were gunmetal rectangles and a mole perfectly centered between his eyebrows. He seemed like a genuinely humble guy and was soft spoken. I asked him one thing he’d like to do before he died and he said, “Get close to God, as close as I can… if there is a God.” I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was he was asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “Because I did what I could to get close to you,” he replied. He thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to take away his sins. He listened closely and made eye contact and wasn’t distracted. I finished explaining the blood of Christ to cleanse him and the righteousness of God to his credit by adoption and salvation my faith. I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins and he looked hard at me and nodded, I explained the prayer and asked if it expressed the desire of his heart and he nodded again. So I said he could pray it silently and know he was forgiven and asked if he’d want to do that and he again nodded. He took the booklet then and prayed to receive Jesus. I began to go through the Christian life with him. He did not have a Bible so I gave him one. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and explained how to use some of it. I gave him Bible Promises for You and though he said he was not a reader except to do school work I gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet saying Strobel had videos he could watch. I gave him a Bible study and told him I would pray a Bible verse for him each day from now through Spring and a year after. I told him the likelihood he would now go to Heaven, now trusting in the righteousness of Christ and his blood was 100%. I got up to go and he said, “Thank you.” I nodded and said “See you in Heaven man.” “See you,” he replied. And I headed out.

I talked to a Christian guy who was dating a Mormon, and warned him marrying her would make him unhappy and screw up any kids they’d have. He was grateful for what I taught him and she’s away at BYU (I think the one in Idaho). They were having difficulties so if you read this please pray they break up.

I came across Talicia at about 2:30 or 3. She was a short black girl with a cute face small nose, round head and long straight hair that she had pulled back in a hair band. She had some kind of Las Vegas t-shirt on under a grey cardigan, black leggings and was a bit heavy.  She was a biology student, very sweet girl. I asked her what she would say to God if He asked why should I let you into Heaven and she said, “Um I would say… well my main thing is I try to live by His word all the time, I try my best. I even talk to my people about him.” She thought she had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven saying she still had lots of stuff to get consistent. As I began to go through the Gospel I asked what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world and she said, “He died and rose again.” I explained then that Jesus blood cleansed her so God could live inside her and was a payment for her sins. I explained the righteousness of God to her credit saying she would not go to Heaven because she was good but because Jesus was good and she was connected to Him. God wanted to adopt her and give her the blessings of His family. These blessings were hers by faith, believing Jesus was God had died for her sins and rose from the dead, not that she just knew the story but that she put her trust in that. So if someone would say to her, “Why should God let you into Heaven she’d say, “Because Jesus died for me” I asked if she’d like to be forgiven or thought something else. “Forgiven,” she said. So I said to her also there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it asked if it expressed the desire of her heart. She said, “Um hmm.” I said she could pray it silently and she nodded saying she’d like to and she prayed to receive Jesus. I gave her Bible Promises for you writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I said the likelihood now she would go to Heaven trusting in the righteousness of Jesus was 100%. I said I’d pray a Bible verse for her each day through Spring and one year after. I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Book and a Bible study and I mentioned I had a book on evolution, that it was quotes from evolutionists betraying their lack of confidence in their own paradigm. She said that was ok and that she was convinced evolution was not possible. I mentioned a couple proofs that evolutionary theory failed and we talked more about the darkness in the world today but that God had something for each of us to do. “You know I think that book might be helpful,” she said. I agreed, so I took it out and gave her, Evolutionists Say the Oddest Things. Natural Selection is simply an invisible power that has no scientific evidence that Darwin creates to replace God. Nothing is biology gives the least hint of being random and the environment does not select minor changes in life forms, the code in the life form is already built by God to be able to adapt. Even the mutations follow a pattern in Humans, only one in 1,000 of which are positive. We had a good talk and another friend came by I had yet to see this semester who I pray for, Isabella. She moved on after chatting with Talicia and I said, “I’ll see ya in Heaven and if I see you on campus I’ll just give you a nod.” “Thank you so much,” Talicia replied. “You’re welcome, thanks for your time,” I replied. “Of course,” she said and I headed off.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and evangelism yesterday if you had the time. God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/20/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed knowing God is blessing the upright, and we are that in Christ by the power of His Spirit. I had a good day on campus. Interacted with some Muslims a bit who had no response to ways the Quran has changed. We had a Bible study with a couple guys and Simone prayed to receive Christ so that was great. Her story is below if you have some time. Please pray she grows in faith; she’s going to a pretty good church in Aurora.

Simone was sitting in the SE corner lounge of the second floor of the BIC at a table slid in there on an angle. She is a pretty black girl; her septum was pierced with a horseshoe and she had another piercing in her right nostril. She wore a grey sweatshirt for Ohio University and had leggings on. She had her hair in braids with ornaments tied in in multiple places had a firm jawline and a slight square chin. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” She began to reply with, “Hmm… I mean… Hmm.” Then said, “I feel like I’d be willing to confess the sins I’ve made. I’m willing to learn from the mistakes I’ve made. I feel like I’ve lived a good life. I’ve loved the people in my life. I would try to help as many people as I can if I can.” She thought the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 70%. She listened as I began to talk about the Gospel and God living in her. I asked what Jesus had done to take away her sins and she said she did not know. So I explained how Jesus had died His blood cleansed her and was a payment to God for all we owed Him. Then when God adopts us the righteousness Christ earned is too our credit. I explained receiving Christ and that the answer to the question: Why should God let you into Heaven? Is: Because Jesus died for me? I asked if she’d like to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else. “I’d like to be forgiven,” she replied. So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and talked through it asking if it expressed the desire of her heart. “I think so, yes.” She answered. I asked if she’d like to pray it silently and she said, “Sure.” And she prayed to receive Jesus. I told her now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness and His blood to pay for her the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I said I was old and so had sinned way more than her but the Blood of Jesus is of infinite value as was His righteousness and so would cover us both. I gave her a Bible Study and Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Book. I told her I would pray a Bible verse for her each day from now until Spring and then one year after. I told her if I saw her around I’d give her a wave. “I like your hair,” I said getting up to go. “Thank you I did it myself for the first time.” I said it looked good and the top really laid flat and she explained her hair flattened out easily with something she put in it and was happy to receive the compliment. I said “good job I guess you saved a lot of money” I’d heard from other black girls it can cost $200 to braid their hair. She agreed smiling and was happy. She said thank you and I headed off.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/19/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and God provided you with all good things from above. I had a good day on campus and Myles prayed to receive Jesus, Fabian said he would “go and pray” as we parted company so I hope did or will, he was a Latino wearing a black ball cap backwards with a hoodie on with colored skulls like the Day of the Dead is depicted in Mexico. His features were sharply pronounced and he had wavy shaped upper lip. He was raised Roman Catholic. He watched his Parents convert to Jehovah’s witnesses which he rejected having investigated on his own and deciding he believed Jesus was God. He did not attend Church but hung out with some friends who studied the Bible but was trusting in his religious works when we met. Janiyah trusted Christ last Thursday and I never wrote about it being both busy and sick on the weekend. So those stories are below if you have time. Please pray they grow in their faith or in the case of Fabian that he realizes his need to trust in Christ alone by faith, his works empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Myles was sitting in some stuffed chairs in a circle outside the cafeteria. He’s a tall lean looking guy. He was wearing a “Saint’s” black with white sleeves letterman style jacket. He had black sweats on that said NASA and wore white high tops. He had gold wire rimmed glasses that were near round and wore a black watch cap. I asked him what he would say to God if asked why He should let him into Heaven and he said, “I would say I’ve been a devout follower and… Humm, I trust that he would make the right decision.” He thought he was 95% sure he would go to Heaven. His mom he said made them all go to Church and was a strong Christian. I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins and he said, “He forgives you,” in a less than sure tone. I said it was true He forgives and he does this by the payment of His life. I began to go through the Gospel with him and when I finished explaining the how Jesus’ blood, of infinite value, paid God back for all the imperfect things we owed God something perfect for he enthusiastically said, “Cool.” I explained the righteousness of God to his credit and he could receive Christ by faith. I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else and he said, “A life entrusted to Christ,” reading that descriptive line from the booklet. So I said, ‘Well it doesn’t seem like you had put all this together before.” He said he hadn’t so I said if he wanted to trust in what Jesus had done on the cross there was a prayer he could pray and I read through it explaining it. I then asked reading, “Does this prayer express the desire of you heart?” “Yeah,” he said and so I said he could pray it silently would he like to do so. “Yeah,” he said again. And he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. He had his own Bible and I encouraged him to begin to read in John. I said he should confess his sins and God would always forgive him already knowing what he’d done a hundred thousand years before. I explained living “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power and gave him Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the outside. I gave him a Bible study and told him now trusting in the righteousness of God to be His righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I said that though cumulatively I had sinned far more than he through the years there was infinite supply of the righteousness of God and the Blood of Christ was worth an infinite amount so it would cover us both. I told him I would pray a Bible Verse for him each day and gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet telling him Strobel had more on line. He was grateful and I got up to go and said “I’ll see you in Heaven, I’m older so I’ll get there first and show you where the cool things are.” “Hopefully not anytime soon, God bless you,” he said and I headed off.

On Thursday Janiyah was sitting in the lounge on the corner of the first floor of the BIC right before it enters into a hallway headed to the cafeteria. She sat on her legs more or less kneeling and made a place for me in front of her saying she’d like to do a survey. Her interest seemed to be in part provoked by a lady she worked with who had been quoting the Bible to her. I asked if she had a Bible and she said no but she wanted one and was intending to get one so I said I had one for her and gave it to her at the end. She had her hair in corn rows tied to her head and wore torn jeans and had a hoodie on. She had a cut oval face and a warm slime a smallish nose and her chin was kind of squared. She was not a very big person. I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven. “Ok now Humm,” she replied thinking. “I’d say you saw my life; I deserved better than this.” She was 100% sure she would go to Heaven. As I explained the Gospel she leaned in with her face close to the booklet. I explained the blood of Christ to save her though she seemed to remember Jesus had died for her sins of the world though not having been to Church since she was little. After going through the atonement with her I explained the righteousness of Christ and she said, “OK,” accepting what I was saying as if it made sense to her. I said that she could be forgiven receiving Christ by faith and I asked her if she wanted to trust in what Jesus had done for her to be forgiven or thought something else explaining how Islam or Buddha would differ. “I think all the religions have something… everyone has something right to say. [but] I’d be forgiven.” She replied. So I said if she’d like to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it and asked if she’d like to pray it silently. She said she would and took the booklet and prayed then to receive Jesus. I gave her the Bible then writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front which she really liked. I gave her Bible Promises for You and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet I also gave her a Bible Study and told her I would pray for her each day until Spring and one year after. I said the likelihood she would go to Heaven was now 100% trusting in Jesus Righteousness to be her righteousness. She was thankful and I headed out.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/14/24

Hey sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you were blessed today and have a blessed evening ahead; holidays make me even more grateful God has seen fit to keep Ellen on the earth. I had a good day on campus and Gia & Cristina each prayed to receive Jesus today. Pretty great Valentine’s Day gift, eternal life. Their stories are below if you have time. Thanks for your prayers please ask that they might grow in faith.

Gia was up on the 3rd floor in the lounge at the southeast corner of the BIC building that overlooks the PE building across the way. She was wearing a hoodie and a kind of black leggings that stopped at her ankles. She had light brown hair and an oval face. Nice looking wearing no makeup, she didn’t have anything distinctive about her appearance, somehow looked like a lawyer. When I asked her what she would say to God she said, “I don’t know, I tried to be a good person I guess.” She thought she had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. She said she’d gone to Catholic Church through confirmation. I explained that God wanted to live inside her and to do so He had to take away her sins. I asked her how Jesus had done that and she knew He had died on the cross. I explained how Jesus’ blood cleansed her and was a payment for her sins and then explained the righteousness of God Jesus earned which was her when God adopted her, “Wow, she said.  I said would give her the blessings of His family, the sacrifice for her sins the blood that cleansed her and the righteousness of God that surrounded her. I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else. She said, “I would want to be forgiven.” So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it and asked if it expressed the desire of her heart. “I would say that it does,” she replied. So I said she could pray it silently and be forgiven. “Sure,” she replied and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. She did not have a Bible so I gave her one showing her the things inside, cross references and maps and such. I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I wrote her name in the front of Bible Promises for You and The case for Christ Answer Booklet and gave her a Bible study. She thanked me.  I explained living the Christian life by the Spirit’s power and said that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I said I would keep her in my prayers praying a Bible verse for her each day through spring and one year after. She thanked me again and her sister walked up so they had to go so I headed off.

Cristina was sitting in the Science building in the hallway with a plate of what looked like pizza but she set it aside and seemed to forget it while we talked. She had a fish net shirt over a deep red shirt and was wearing a cross and dark red lipstick. She had a black and white wrap around coat on with kind of a South West patter on it and tan, pants, black shoes with a white stripe. She had a cute kind of diamond shaped face, looked to be a Latina in coloring. Her dark brown hair was parted on the left side and was not quite to her shoulders, a bit shorter in front. She had deep green eye shadow on. I asked her what she would say to God if asked why should I let you into Heaven. “It’s really up to Him,” she replied. “He knows what I’ve done, all my sins and I trust in His judgment. As much as I would like to [make a case] it’s really up to Him.” I asked her the likelihood she would get into Heaven and she said, “60% over 50+,” she replied. I began to go through the Gospel with her and she did not remember what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world. I’m pretty sure she was aware of the crucifixion but the way I asked the question did not trip any lights in her head. I asked if she went to Church and she said she did, telling me it was Ash Wednesday and she would probably go later with her mom. I went on to say Jesus was the payment for our sin and His blood cleansed her. I also explained the righteousness of Christ. I explained that all this was to her credit by faith in Jesus. She said again that God would look at her and see what she’d done and she would accept that. I said, “He needs to look at you and see Jesus,” I replied, “Christ in you the hope of glory.” that seemed to bring her to a realization, like she woke up. I said, “When you think about it even the good things you do you have not done them perfectly. You might have done them to feel good about yourself or to make your mom happy.” She nodded in agreement. I said faith by grace saved her and then I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else. “I would like to be forgiven,” she replied. So I said there was a prayer she could pray and asked if it expressed the desire of her heart. “Yes,” she replied and I said she could pray it silently and only God would hear and I was sitting next to her on a bench holding the book open as I said it and she had already begun to pray it silently reading it she went. When she had visibly stopped I said, “Amen?” “Amen,” she replied. I explained the Christian life to her. She had a Bible but I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and forgiven in the front. “You’re giving this to me?” She asked and I said, “Yes.” She thanked me. I gave her The case for Christ Answer Booklet and gave her a Bible study explaining those things also. I told her that she could ask for forgiveness knowing God would not be surprised. He knew 100,000 years ago she had sinned and would have a plan to fix it. I told her I would keep her in my prayers each day praying a Bible verse for her from now until Spring and a year after. She realized she’d been blowing off a text then and said, “I don’t mean to be rude I just had to look at this.” I said no worries that was fine and got up to go she said, “Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.” I said, “You’re welcome,” and headed down the hall.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/12/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed walking by the Spirit. I had a good day on campus. Alex prayed to receive Jesus today. I got through the Gospel with Megan, a pretty girl with light brown hair, wearing a lacy top under a black hoodie. She was sitting in the MAC with a guy I knew, “D” who hollered out to me and walked over later to be joined by Josh a guy I pray for who I often run into. I dropped the atonement really quickly with a vet named Steven (just the atonement but left him the booklet). He had short sandy hair and thought he’d go to Heaven because he had served his country. I said because you did something good, and he agreed. Might be some seeds planted there as Megan took a Bible. Alex story is below if you have time.

Alex was sitting just off the main E/W hallway on the 2nd floor of the south side of the BIC building. He sat in a connecting hallway a couple steps south in some Chairs. He had a mop of bright red hair, kind of a boyish face, clean shaven with a smaller pointed nose and chin. He played basketball. He was wearing a black pull over hoodie and black sweats of some cotton blend. He seemed to be built pretty solid. I asked him one thing he’d like to do before he died and he said, “Spread the Bible, give my life to Jesus basically.” I asked him what he’d say to God if he died and was asked why should he be let you into Heaven and he said, “I shouldn’t. I’ve sinned like everyone else… I’ve done my due diligence with spreading the word.” It turned out he helped his grandma at Bible camps she ran up in Michigan. He thought he had a 90% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and said that God had to take away his sin so that he would be purified and match God and God would live inside him. I asked him what God had done with Jesus to take away his sins. “I don’t know,” he said after a moment of thought. So I said something like this is how it works and began to explain the Jesus lived a perfect life for him that he could not live, died for him and His blood purified us was a payment for our sins. I explained the righteousness of God earned by Christ that we inherited when God adopted us as his children. I said he could receive this by faith. I asked if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins so God could live inside him and give him strength. “Yeah,” he replied. I said that there was a prayer he could pray then. I talked him through it and said, “It says here ‘Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?’ So would you say it does?” He said it did. I said he could pray it silently “would you want to do that?” “Um hum,” he replied and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. He had a Bible so I explained living the Christian life “Inside > Out” and to him the likelihood he was going to Heaven now was 100% trusting in the Blood and Righteousness of Jesus. I gave him a copy of Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and he thanked me. I also gave him a Bible Study and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told him I might not see him again but I would keep him in my prayers until a year from Spring and reminded him my email was on the back of the booklet. “I reached out to shake his hand and he shook mine saying, “Thanks so much, I appreciate it.” “Yeah I’ll see you in Heaven,” I replied and I headed off.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/8/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you week last week was blessed and you walked in peace with the Lord. I had a good week on campus and 5 people prayed to receive Jesus, (Pearla, Griffin, Irlanda, Jarely) including CJ on Thursday. His story is below. Thanks for your prayers.

I had some other work to do on Thursday and wasn’t sure I’d get to campus until a Bible Study I had (which cancelled due to a lost cell phone).  But I ended up getting to campus just over an hour early. A guy in the BIC hallway with curly mop of hair and a beard, Gabe, committed to Christ saying he’d pray his own prayer later. I found CJ in the cafeteria. He had a hoodie on and a grey watch cap and was kind of randomly unshaven. He was African American and had an oval face, his features were unique, his lips not very full and the side of his nose which was more narrow than the stereo typical black guy wear like a shield or a plate. Good looking guy. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died and were let into Heaven he said, “’cause we go way back and our moments we spent together are worth more than … the evil I’ve done on the earth.” He said he thought he had a 50/50 shot at Heaven but he then said “Not because I’m afraid [I won’t get in] I don’t know if paradise is the only thing, if there is something bigger I would want to go there.” I said, “The Bible says that ‘no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered the heart of man, the things He has prepared for those who love Him.’” He liked that. I went through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world. So I began to explain to him the Gospel and 3 times during the verses I explained he affirmed what I said, with a “Makes sense”. I asked him if he would want to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else. “I would like to be forgiven,” he then said something like I also feel like God wants us to guide us. I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray. I began to explain the prayer reading with explanation, “Lord Jesus I want to know you personally.  I want you to live inside me Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. so your grateful I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord, or my God Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.” Then I said, “It says here does this prayer express the desire of your heart, so would you say it does?” he nodded and I said he could pray it silently and he said, “I just prayed it as you read it.” “Great I said. I then went on to explain the likelihood he would go to Heaven, with all that it was now 100% trusting in the blood and righteousness of God to save him. I told him the Christian life living “Inside > Out” by the power of the Spirit to strengthen and guide him. He had a Bible but I gave him Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. He was very grateful for it and I also gave him a Bible Study and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. “Thank you may God bless you, thank you for this!” He was happy for the materials. “I’ll see you in Heaven,” I said, “If you get there first you can show me where all the cool places are. “He said he would and blessed me again and I headed off.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/7/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with seeing God be held first place in everything. I had a good day on campus and Irlanda and Jarely each prayed to receive Jesus as their savior today. I think a good seed was planted with Jazzy from Kyrgyzstan who had been going to Church with a friend at work. She was pretty with long dark hair and looked Asian. She said, “Well of course I would want to be forgiven” but when I asked her if she thought the story of Jesus had done for her was true she said she was not sure. So I walked her through the prayer she could pray if she decided she believed and said she could talk to her friend about it and ask people at her church. She agreed and was happy to keep the booklet with which I had explained everything, though she did not want anything further to read. I’m grateful for your prayers, God blessed today. Irlanda and Jarely’s stories are below if you have time.

I had thought last night that I had not gone up to the 3rd floor of the BIC building yet this year so I should try there and so when I got to campus I headed up on the elevator and just to my left sitting near the windows I saw Irlanda [ear lan da]. She had a small mouth with full lips and a warm smile that lit up her face. Her hair was a bit fly away but it was long to her shoulders and she looked a Latina, pretty face. She was wearing a cream color sweatshirt and jeans with a tear in the right knee. She was interested in doing a survey. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and were asked “Why should I let you into Heaven, “Hmm, hmm,” she said and then replied, “I guess because I believe in Him. I grew up with like faith and stuff. I’ve always had that expectation of seeing God when you die and stuff and Him letting you into Heaven.” She thought she had a 50% chance of going to Heaven and had not been to Church for a while saying she had gotten busy going to school. She listened closely to the Gospel smiling periodically through it. When I asked her what God had done to take away her sin so He could live inside her with His Holy Spirit. She could not think of anything and so I began to explain the Gospel to her, which seemed entirely novel if facial expression reveals anything. I explained that the blood of Christ had cleansed her from sin so God could live inside her. Jesus’ blood was the way God got paid. After explaining salvation by faith I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in what Jesus had done. “Yeah,” she said affirmingly. I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her thought it. “It says here ‘Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?’ so would you say that it did?” She nodded and so I said she could pray it silently and God would hear her and she would know she was forgiven and she nodded and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. She had her own Bible so I encouraged her to read the stories in the book of John. I explained the Christian life was living, “Inside > Out” “By the Spirit’s Power”. I gave her a copy of Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I gave her a Bible study too. I told her I would pray a Bible verse for her each day from now until Spring and one year after and asked, “Do you have any questions?” She smiled and said she didn’t and said, “Thank you so much.” I got up to go saying, “I’ll see you in Heaven and if I see you here I’ll just give you a wave.” “Thank you,” she said. “You’re welcome,” I replied and I headed off.

They have put some new long tables around that have electric plugs in them, some do not fit as well as the furniture that once was there. That’s true in the small lounge on the SW corner of the BIC where they slid the table in on an angle. I came across Jarely [jar relly] sitting at one there. There had been one other person in the lounge but he soon left. She had a cute round face and her hair was parted a bit to the left and pulled back into a ponytail. She wore a light grey hoodie that collared her head closely. When I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked her, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” but she could not think of anything saying, “I don’t know, a lot of things go through my head when that happens”. She said she went to a Christian Church with her boyfriend. She thought she had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and asked her what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world. “They were just talking about this at Church,” she replied. “I can’t remember what they said.” So I began to explain the Gospel to her and the payment for her sin by the blood of Jesus that cleansed her. I explained the righteousness of God that was hers by adoption into God’s family by faith. I read how he was seen after he rose and He was the “Way the Truth and the Life.”  I asked if she wanted to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else and she said, “Forgiven.” So I explained there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it. She said, I was baptized a year ago. I don’t want to be lukewarm but I get anxious about things. I know that is sinful because the Bible says not to be and I pray for God to help me be on the path.” I said it was true the Bible said not to be anxious but to trust in God and that she needed to ask the Holy Spirit to give her peace and I explained then living, “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power. I knew though that she had not understood the Gospel and that though her Church had baptized her she hadn’t believed on Christ. So I said she could ask God to forgive her for her sins trusting in Jesus and the Holy Spirit would live inside her. “Do you think praying this might help you?” I asked. “Sure,” she agreed. So then She took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I told her than that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I explained again how she could pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to give her peace as this was the fruit of the Holy Spirit. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and showing her verses on peace she in the book, saying she pray them and ask for God to give her the peace He promised. I said I would pray a Bible Verse for her every day from now until Spring and one year after. I also gave her a Bible Study and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet saying it might answer some questions she would have. She smiled a perfect smile and she said “Thank you.” I said she had a church to go to and God could help her to grow there. I got up to go and she said “Thank you” again and I said, “Sure,” and headed out.

So Thanks for your prayers for the Ministry and for Evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed and sent forth His word.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/6/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was filled with all things bright and beautiful, wise and wonderful. Seems a tall order these days but it is sunny and warm for February on our piece of the planet. I had a good day on campus and encouraged some Christians. Griffin prayed to receive Jesus.  His story is below. Please pray he grows in faith in Jesus.

Griffin had light brown hair parted on the left and swept over. He had some sideburns he was working on that were still not quite surfacing and looked his 18 years. He had a boyish face and was friendly, blue eyes. He was 5’6” wearing grey sweats and a green t-shirt sitting in the middle of the SSC lounge. It turned out he had a Swedish Bible that had English on one side. He asked if I was a protestant. I said I was if he meant the term as a non-Catholic, which he defined as—at least a few times a year plus holidays.  He asked for the main question when I asked him if he’d want to do a survey. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and after thinking a bit he said, “Could I have done better?” He thought he had an 85% chance of going to Heaven saying he had some things he could work on. We went back and forth on the survey. I silently prayed at one point we could get back to it. His courses of conversation off topic weren’t boring, I just wondered if I could get to the gospel before he left for class. He was into Hungarian swordsmanship with a curved sword, something like a scimitar. He had 11 pupils who he was teaching this to and so had all the protective gear for himself and a student. He also told me about his brother a Marine Osprey pilot, or at least he was part of the 6-man crew. He had some things to tell me about his shotgun, showing me pictures. On two occasions he paused and said, is there anything else you were going to say and I’d get a bit more of the Gospel in each time. He knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world but as seen in his answers he wasn’t actually trusting in Christ’s work directly but more thought of it as a source of grace he could earn. I finally came around to asking if, when he asked God for forgiveness, he was thinking he’d know he was forgiven because Jesus had died for him or was it more that he hoped he’d be forgiven and he’d try harder to earn it. I said if he had never asked God to forgive him trusting in Jesus there was a prayer he could pray. I talked him through it. “Oh I pray,” he started to reply. “Yes, that’s great but that’s not really what I am asking and really you are justifying yourself again when you say it.” I pointed out he was really listing praying as another religious work. I talked to him about the Holy Spirit and living inside > out. He talked then about something he did by saying the quote he left in his HS year book. It was something like, “God provides the test and I conquer it.” I pointed out that for him not to be doing this in the flesh he should be asking for God’s power by His Holy Spirit get through a test. This had not occurred to him. He quoted the colloquialism that, “God will not give you a trial bigger than you can handle.” asking if I had heard that. I said that it was not directly in the Bible but derived from the passage (I paraphrased or quoted in part) that God would not allow a temptation beyond which you are able but will provide a way of escape. I said escape might be victory over temptation or to avoid it. He asked what I though the most common defensive move in swordsmanship is and I guessed, “to back up” and he said I was right. I went back to the prayer and helped him to see he was not trusting in what Jesus had done to save him but in what he was doing. “You’re changing my perspective,” he replied. I asked then if he would want to be forgiven praying for God to forgive him not based on what he had done but what Jesus had done. He said he would. I said then that he could pray that prayer silently and know he was forgiven. I said I could not even witness it because he would be doing it silently but it would be between him and God.  He decided to do so and prayed to receive Jesus. I told him the likelihood now he would get into Heaven, trusting I the blood and righteousness of Jesus was 100%. He had a Bible as I mentioned and I had already talked through the Christian life. I gave him Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front, The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and a Bible Study. He had to run to class then and I thanked him for the most interesting conversation I had had this year and he trucked on off.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a moment. God truly blessed and moved a heart to Himself.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 2/5/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things from above and you’re healthy and well. I was told by a couple students today there is something “going around” that has a lot of people out sick. I imagine I had it last week. Still trying to get some energy back but Pearla prayed and trusted Christ today and another girl Megan was going to process it more, she had reddish brown hair in the MAC lounge. I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet, which she seemed happy to get saying, I like books.”  Pearla’s story is below if you have some time.

Pearla was sitting at a table down a couple of stairs on the way to the little theatre the drama department uses. A couple other students have trusted Christ at that counter height table. She was wearing a powder blue puffy down coat and khaki pants. Latina, her hair was straight and to her elbows. She had a pretty oval face and was thin. I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven if she died. She thought a second and said, “I would say I’m not that bad of a person compared to like…” she paused. “Hitler?” I put in. “Yeah that’s what I’d say,” she finished. She thought she had a 50/50 chance of going to heaven. She went to Church off and on with her mom. I explained how God wanted to live inside her with His Holy Spirit but first would have to make her His type.  I asked, “So do you know what Jesus did to take away the sins of the world?”  “Yeah,” she replied then said, thinking a moment, “Well no I don’t.” So I began to go through the Gospel with her and she took it all in, the Blood that cleansed her poured out on the cross and that this was how God got paid, but He had to pay Himself. She listened to the righteousness of Christ and finally I said God wanted to adopt her and give her these things. She had to believe placing her faith in that Jesus was God had died for her sins and rose from the dead. I asked if she would want to be forgiven or thought something else. “I would want to be forgiven,” she replied. I said there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart. “Yeah,” she said looking at the prayer. I said she could pray it right then and “I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear” and then she’d know she was forgiven trusting in Jesus. “Wanna do that?” I asked. “Um, Yeah,” she replied and she prayed to receive Jesus. I said she could keep the booklet and began explaining the Christian life reading the Bible and praying. Her mom had a Bible she could read so she did not want one but said she’d get one from me later if she did. I told her that now trusting in the Righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I told her I would pray a Bible Verse for her each day though Spring and one year after. This sounded good to her and she thanked me. I explained living the Christian life “Inside Out” by the Spirit’s power.  I gave her a Bible Study and Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front and she said, “Oh, thank you.” I explained she could use the verses as a prayer or just be encouraged buy them. I also gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I explained that the Mass was symbolic of what I’d told her, and she looked as if she did not have understanding so I said, “The wafer is symbolic of Jesus Body and the Wine symbolic of His blood” and when she took it she could just say, “thank you” knowing because He died for her she was forgiven. “Thank you for your time,” I said getting up to go. “Thank you, thank you so much,” she replied and I headed off.

Thanks so much for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance.

God truly blessed.

Bob

Results of the Work – 1/25/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you had a good week walking in the light of His word and love for you. I had a good week and 6 students prayed to receive Christ (Thania, Israel, Mariana, LeDonte, Lucas, Rulan) and 3 more committed to Christ saying they would pray (Gwen*, Tara*, Lilly*) Or in Lilly’s case intonating they would. Thanks so much for your prayers Rulan prayed to receive Jesus on Thursday her story is below. And a girl from a Hindu background Karina* might pray. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven or if she thought something else and she said, “I would like to be forgiven.” But then her father called and had come to give her a ride home in the middle of explaining the prayer. I’d only read through part of the prayer and she had to run waving to him through the window as she spoke on the phone. So I said, “Well here’s your free booklet, thanks for your time,” and she smiled and ran off. In Hinduism you can add a god to your pantheon without problem so it is hard to know where she landed.

Rulon was sitting in the hall of the Science building, seemingly early for class. She had on a purple hoodie that zipped up and a t-shirt, baggy leg pants. She had a round head, high forehead and sort of a flat face and dark hair pulled back into a ponytail. Her skin was fair and based on her eyes I’d guess she had come from Chinese heritage. She was Catholic in background. She said she wanted to travel particularly to Indonesia but had no family there. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “Um, I don’t know,” she said thinking hard. Then she made kind of an amused sound about being stuck and settled on “’Cause I’m a good human, a good person.” She thought she would have an 85% chance of going to Heaven and regularly went to Church. I began to go through the gospel with her and she was interested and listened. I told her God would have to take away her sin so He could live inside her and asked, “So do you know what Jesus did to take away the sins of the world?” She struggled thinking and then finally said, “I don’t remember,” I said, “Well, it’s reconciliation (hoping to use a word she might have heard) and this is how it works.” I began to go through the atonement and the blood that cleansed her the payment for her sins and the righteousness of God Christ had earned. I gave her all the Bible verses and used illustrations to explain them and then said, “So how do you connect with all God’s done for you so you know you’ll be forgiven?” Then turning the page I said, “You just believe it or receive it.” I told her she was save by Grace through faith. Asking then if she would want to be forgiven or believed something else giving a couple examples and then said, “Would you want to trust in what Jesus has done to be forgiven and the Spirit could live inside you?” “I believe that,” she replied. So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked through it reading the line, “It says here, ‘Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?’” She nodded. “Well if you want you could pray it silently right now. I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear and then you’d know you were forgiven. Wanna do it?” “Yeah, seems interesting,” she replied and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I began to go through the Christian life just a bit with her. She had a Bible. I gave her Bible Promises for You writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. I gave her a Bible study explaining it with the miracle of Walking on the Water. I also gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told her I would keep her in my prayers through next year said if I saw her I’d wave. “Well, have a good one,” I said getting up to go. “Thank you, you too,” she replied and I headed out.

Lilly had naturally curly brown hair almost to her shoulders and light brown eyes, a shy kid. We sat by the windows in the science lounge the sun coming through the windows made her eyes kind of sparkle. She had gone to Church more when she was younger. “I wanna be forgiven she said with conviction,” when I asked. She had to run to class but I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and quickly read through the prayer. “Ok,” she said in a resolute way. Saying she was sorry she had lost track of time, as a couple others sitting near us were gathering things to go to the next period, she headed off and I gave her a Promise book.

Thank again for the blessing of your prayers. God blessed this week.

In Him,

Bob