September has officially come and gone. The PIE Team had its ups and downs, but we were still blessed to be able to talk to a lot of people and hand out some tracts. Due to being talked to several times by the same security guard we haven’t been able to pass out as many tracts at the mall. It might be time to find a new fishing hole, even if it is just for a few months, until the mall gets back to being free and open for conversation and tract distribution. Please pray about that for us.
As for the people we spoke with they came from all sorts of different backgrounds. Sue talked to a young man who quickly told her that he was an atheist, but by the end of the conversation seemed like he was open to the Gospel whereas he wasn’t open at all at the beginning of the conversation. We missed Stan and Frank for a few of the weeks due to health problems (please lift them up in prayer). Overall though, it was a good month.
Here is a list of people who I was able to speak with this month. This by no means is all of the people that the PIE team spoke with this month. Judy, Sue, and Frank have talked to lots of people and have even seen a few people profess faith in Christ. While those people remain nameless on this blog post, God knows each and every one of them. Christian, Shelly, Yesenia, Katrina, Angel, Nikia, Alberto, Mauricio, Dylan, Victor, Elsa, Danny, Anthony, Sabrina, Oscar, crying teen (never caught his name), Porter, Louie, Chris, and Betty (took Bible).
I wanted to write specifically about two meaningful conversations that happened this month. The first one was with an older man named Oscar. I noticed that he was standing against the railing upstairs staring straight off into the distance. After introducing myself and asking him if we could talk (he said yes) I shared the Gospel with him. He sounded like he had been a church going fellow at one point in his past, but had since walked away from it. When we got to the end of the conversation I asked him if I could pray for him (he seemed like he needed prayer). When we opened our eyes at the end of the prayer he was in tears and gave me a giant bear hug and said “thank you.” I think in all of the years that I’ve done PIE that is the first hug I’ve received. I’ve gotten lots of handshakes, seen lots of tears, but I don’t know that I’ve ever been hugged. In any case, please pray for Oscar. He has a lot going on in his life and needs God.
The other conversation I wanted to write about was with Dylan. We only talked with Dylan because his friend Benny was wearing a shirt that said “sinner” on it. We were basically done for the night, but I wanted to walk over and see if Benny was wearing the shirt for any specific reason. Turned out that Benny was a believer (which is what I assumed), but his friend Dylan was not a believer. Dylan was very open to hearing the Gospel and seemed like he understood everything that we talked about. Please pray that Benny would also share with him and that Dylan would become born again through repentance and faith in the Gospel.
Thank you for reading and praying!