The month of July was a bit hit and miss for the PIE team. Due to circumstances beyond our control and a personal vacation we only met 2 of the 4 Friday’s available. Nevertheless we were able to share the Gospel with quite a few people during those two Friday’s. The harvest is truly plentiful. The Lord only asks us to go into His harvest field to share with our fellow humans.
Here is a list of the names of all of the people who we spoke with on those two Friday’s in July.
Marcello, Christian, Gabriella, Rick, Kris, Cassidy, Juan, Charles, Edith, Manny, Cesar, Jaime, Jesus, Estephanie, Ruby, Roger, Anthony, Perla, Steven, and Enrique.
In addition to those names there are numerous people who spoke with Frank, Judy, and Sue. I don’t have their names on hand, but God knows each and every person who they spoke with during those two Friday’s.
It’s always interesting when you talk with someone and let them explain their worldview to you. Many times the people who are sharing with us seem to be making it up on the spot. That hits the nail on the head for the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is the creation of a “god” in the image of that person. They create a god in their mind who is okay with most (if not all) of what they are doing and may or may not be concerned about what other people are doing. In olden times they would carve a statue, be it made of stone or wood. Today we are much more clever. We turn God into a cosmic genie or a benevolent Santa Clause type figure who is waiting to shower us with His gifts and goodness.
I don’t mean to sound rude or arrogant about the beliefs of other people. That’s not my purpose. I myself have held to many wrong ideas and beliefs during my life. In my early 20s I had the “I’m saved – I’m good for eternity” mentality mixed with the worldly, relativistic thought pattern that people could believe whatever they wanted. I knew I needed Jesus. I wasn’t 100 percent sure why everyone else needed Jesus. Thankfully God changed my thinking and made the Scriptures clear to me through great teaching. So when I hear a guy like Marcello say that he is a good person and that God won’t send him to hell because “a loving God would never do that”, I empathize because I too once thought incorrect things about God. I shared the truth of the Scriptures with Marcello though and hope that God will do a miracle in his heart and mind.
Christian, Gabriella, Kris, and Cassidy came from a Catholic background. While Stan was sharing with them he shared his experiences growing up in the Catholic church. He made sure to emphasize to them that a religious system alone can’t save you. Only Jesus Christ can save. He told them that they needed to personally receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Their grandparents, parents, and church affiliation couldn’t do it for them. Stan has a great way of letting people know that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” while he speaks with them.
Please join me in praying for all of the people, named and unnamed, who heard or read the Gospel in the month of July as a result of the outreach of the PIE team. Pray for repentance, faith, and truth to reign in their lives!
Thanks for reading AND praying!
~The PIE Team