We were saddened to learn that one of our own, Stan, was in the hospital with a serious infection. After praying for Stan, reading our Bibles, and praying we headed out for the night. This night saw us go to our local fishing hole the Tyler Mall. We also had a first time participant, Sue, join us on this night!
The first conversation was with John, Alexis, and Luis. I asked them the million dollar question after handing them the million dollar bill – “Will you go to heaven when you die?” They all sat for a moment before answering “heaven.” I asked them why and they told me because “we are good people.” I then asked them if I could ask them a few questions to see if that was true of them (that they were “good”). I asked them if they had ever told a lie, stolen, looked with lust, blasphemed, been jealous or greedy, and if they had ever worshiped something/someone other than the God of the Bible. They had done all of those things. I asked them “Do you think God is letting you into heaven with all of this sin?” They said “no.” I then asked them if they wanted to know how God could forgive them and wash their sin away (in order to let them in) – they said “yes.” So I told them the greatest news ever – that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, was buried in a tomb, and rose again on the 3rd day and that this risen Jesus offers them eternal life if they repent and believe in Him for salvation. They seemed like they were listening, but when I asked them “What’s holding you back from putting your faith and trust in this Jesus?” they didn’t have much to say. Usually that means that there is a sin in their life that they love more than the idea of trusting in Christ. Nevertheless, please pray for them!
The next conversation was with two guys named Jose and Daniel. They both were from a catholic background, but when I asked them if they had ever been born again they didn’t know what I was talking about. When I asked them if their Catholicism was “a family thing or a hardcore faith thing?” they told me that it was a “family thing.” I asked them if they had kept the 10 commandments to which they said “I’m not sure.” So we went through a few of the commandments – lying, theft, adultery of the heart, and blasphemy. They had done all 4 of those things. I asked them “Keeping in mind that you are professing liars, thieves, blasphemers, and adulterers at heart, do you think that God will let you into His heaven when you die?” Their heads kind of sunk as the gravity of that thought hit them. The truth is that none of us has been good enough or can be good enough to get to heaven on our own. Like Jose and Daniel we all need the forgiveness and life which is only found in Christ. After sharing the good news with them they told me that they would think about what I told them. Please pray for Jose and Daniel to come to a saving faith in Christ!
Javier, Paige, and Victoria were the next conversation of the night. They were very friendly and very attentive as we talked. They all said that they believed in God, but weren’t sure why (I took a page out of the Stan playbook and asked them “why do you believe in God? After they told me that they believed in God). We went through all 10 of the commandments and it showed them that they were in trouble and in need of God’s forgiveness. Please pray for these well spoken, kind, young people.
Frank, Judy, and Sue also had numerous conversations. Please pray for all of the people who they spoke with about the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ!
Thanks for reading and praying!
~The PIE Team