The state of things (2018)
The PIE team has continued to operate for the past 6 months, but it has been a very busy period in my life. I apologize for lapsing on the weekly and then monthly updates, so here are some highlights of what has been happening.
We have primarily continued to go to the Galleria at Tyler on a weekly basis as our local “fishing hole” to reach people with the Gospel. The PIE team is currently Chad, Stan, Judy, Frank, and Sue. Each of us has our own unique way of conversing with people and presenting the Gospel to people who may or may not need to hear (yes, we do encounter Christians from time to time!).
One conversation that I remember vividly and wrote down so that I wouldn’t forget was with a father and son named Aaron and Henry. The father was in his 40s (give or take) and the son looked to be about 15 years old. Aaron said that they weren’t very religious but that they believed in God. When I asked them how they think a person can go to heaven after they die they both said “by being a good person/your good outweighs your bad.” I then asked them “so do you think you’ve been good enough to make it?” to which they both shrugged their shoulders (while smiling). I then asked them if they had kept the 10 commandments. They both said “I don’t know,” so I took that as an opportunity to ask them if they have ever told a lie, ever stolen anything, ever used God’s name in vain, ever looked with lust, ever been angry or had hatred, and if they have ever prioritized other things before God. Like us all they had done several of those things. When I asked them why God should allow them into heaven when they are guilty of having sin in their life they both said “He shouldn’t.” It was at this point that I shared that God has always loved them and that He demonstrated that He loved them by sending His one and only Son (Jesus) to suffer and die on the cross for their sins (not His own sin – He had no sin). He was buried and rose again on the 3rd day, and that through repentance and faith in that Gospel message they could be born again and have a home prepared for them in heaven. I told them “you broke God’s laws (the 10 commandments), but Jesus paid the penalty for your crimes on the cross.” I asked them if they understood the Gospel and they told me “yes.” They let me pray for them and we parted ways. They thanked me for taking the time to speak with them about this. Henry said “I’ve never heard it explained like that before.” Please pray for this father and son to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Overall, the months have been fruitful. I’d estimate that 500 people (that estimate is very conservative and probably low) have heard the Gospel shared with them through 1 of the 5 PIE team members over the past 6 months. Two Friday’s ago I (Chad) shared the Gospel with 18 people by myself on a Friday night. Last week Stan and I had less success, but still managed to share verbally with 9 people total. In any case praise God for the number of people hearing the Gospel. Praise God for those who have received Christ while we speak with them, and praise God for those who will receive Christ as Savior in the future. Pray for the people who have heard, but also pray for GCC to be a church known for sharing the Gospel and fulfilling our mission statement – to take Jesus Christ to lost people and lost people to Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:14 “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?”