I love love love love sharing Jesus at Universities. It’s a tremendous mission field, where God sends our way students from all walks of life, and from all over the world!
We had a fruitful Autumn, focusing on The University of Massachusetts, and The University of New Hampshire.
One student who really stood out was a transgendered student named Jack. More on her below in the photos.
Also, my team and I noticed that there appeared to be a noticeable increase in students who told us that they were struggling with same-sex attraction, or have decided to throw themselves into the LGBTQ Lifestyle. Please keep this new generation in prayer as Satan in clearly using sexuality as a weapon to keep people from Jesus. Please also pray that God will open the door for my team and I to make an impact for Jesus in the LGBTQ Community.
Other than reaching unsaved Students, University ministry is a blessing because we run into Christian students, some of whom have never seen effective Open Air Ministry. I hope and pray that God uses us to embolden Christian students to share the gospel with strangers.
In the photos and descriptions below, I make reference to “The Good Person Test.” This is a tool that I’ve found to be very very effective in getting students to think about eternal things.
Please feel free to click on the graphic below to download a copy of “The Good Person Test.” Please print it out and use it in your own personal evangelism. And if you want it as a Microsoft Word document, so you can edit it and add your own contact information, just let me know and I’ll get it to you.
You can always find the latest version of “The Good Person Test” at: http://luke-15.org/good-person-test.pdf.
I’ll let the following photos explain what has happened on campus recently.
Please pray for us and those we meet!
In addition to the people in the photos, some other people who stood out are:
- Mohammed: Mohammed is Muslim and said that the Bible has been corrupted, therefore we need the Koran. I explained that Mohammed taught his followers to trust the Bible, so we reasoned that if the Bible was corrupted, it happened AFTER the life of Mohammed in the 6th Century. He agreed that makes sense. Then I told him that our modern Bible come from manuscripts well BEFORE the 6th Century. He said he didn’t know that and said he wanted to read the Bible now.
- Jake and Connor: Jake and Connor are members of the International Church of Christ (ICoC). They ICoC teaches that you must be baptized in water (in their church) to be saved. I shared Acts 10:44-48 with them. Connor is a friend of my family, so I was very heartbroken to see him with the ICoC. Connor and I have been emailing a bit, and I’ve been sharing reasons why the ICoC is wrong on water baptism. Specifically I shared an article, Is Water Baptism Necessary for Salvation? You can read that here: http://luke-15.org/baptismal_regeneration/
- John: John is a Jehovah’s Witness. When he heard about grace instead of works, he said he wanted that. He actually said that he wanted to convert. Sadly he didn’t want to get together with me again to talk more. Please pray for this young man.
- Catarina: Catarina spoke with Ted for a while. She listened to his testimony of how he became a Christian by reading the New Testament, and she accepted his gift of a New Testament! Getting God’s Word into an unbeliever’s hands is very powerful.
- Noah: Noah is a Roman Catholic and didn’t know how to go to Heaven. Chris took Noah through “The Good Person Test” to illustrate that we have no chance of going to Heaven by being a good person. Noah said that he didn’t have a Bible, but was willing to take one from us! As an afterthought Noah told Chris that his roommate is a Christian who goes to campus ministry. How cool is that?
- Johnny: Johnny walked right up to Ted and said, “Do you remember me?” Ted had shared the gospel with Johnny before. Johnny is a polite young man, but doesn’t yet know Jesus as his Savior. I love going to the same locations to evangelize because it’s great when we get to form a bit of a relationship with the students, and get to plead with them about Jesus on multiple occasions.
- Kate: Kate came right up to Chris to ask to take the Heaven Test. Kate is a former Roman Catholic, but she’s been attending a Christian-lead Bible study recently and says she finds Christians to be welcoming. She knew a bit about the gospel, but not enough to know how one is forgiven. After taking the “Good Person Test,” Kate was very concerned about her sins, and Chris got to share the gospel message. A terrific Divine Appointment!
- Andrew: Andrew is a young Christian. He clearly wants to live for Christ, but doesn’t know what that’s going to look like when he graduates in the Spring. He’s trying to discern God’s will. We prayed for Andrew and talked for a while.
- Holly and Valerie: Holly and Valerie approached me because they wanted to take the test to see if they’ll go to Heaven. Before taking the test, Valerie said confidently that she’ll go to Heaven, but after going through the commandments, her mind changed 180 degrees and now she said that nobody is going! I explained to her that nobody deserves to go, but God offers unmerited grace. We talked about Christ as the substitute and giving the gift of eternal life.
- Angela: Angela is a Christian, and went to Christian High School, and one year of Christian College. Sadly, her faith is being attacked here on this secular campus. Chris prayed with her and encouraged her. We told her about a great Church in town and Christian Student Organizations that she could get involved in to meet people who will encourage her.
- Brandon: Chris got into a good conversation with Brandon, a Roman Catholic. Brandon had no personal relationship with God. Chris talked with him about getting to know God through His Word. Brandon said, “Isn’t that what the Reformation was about?” Chris was able to share the gospel clearly and give Brandon an evangelistic DVD.
- Liam: Liam identified himself to Ted as a Satanist. But he was very open to listening to Ted’s testimony of how he met Jesus Christ. And of course the gospel was shared in the testimony.
- Gavin: Gavin introduced himself to me as a “Former Fundamentalist, but now Atheist.” He was wearing a hat that said, “Science doesn’t give a **** about your beliefs.” Gavin and I spoke for 45 minutes. And it was a very productive conversation. Since he was an “intellectual,” I used an argument called the Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God. It was a very cordial conversation. I took him through the “Good Person Test” because the Holy Spirit uses His Word to convict people of their sin and show them their need for the Savior. Gavin said that he doesn’t believe in sin. But I suggested that he can say that, but he doesn’t live that way. I told him, “If I punched you and stole your iPhone, you’d say that’s ‘wrong,’ wouldn’t you?” Of course he would. So he does believe in right and wrong after-all. Anyway, clever arguments won’t convert Gavin. Please pray that the Holy Spirit grabs a hold of this young man.
- Sophie: I was coming out of the men’s room in the University library, and Sophie came right up to me and started a conversation. This was back when the controversy around the Brent Kavinaugh Supreme Court appointment was happening. Sophie recognized me as the “Will You Go To Heaven ‘Sign Guy'” and wanted to know what I thought about that. I really don’t like talking politics when evangelizing, because it’s the gospel that saves people, not a political party. But she insisted on my opinion. So I told Sophie that since I’m a Christian, I’m for justice, as well as safety for women. I told her that I’m greatly looking forward to when Jesus returns and there will be true justice. I told her that I can’t know for certain if Kavinaugh was guilty of the accusations, but I did know that all of us are sinners. We all need the Savior. Sophie and I had a good, and a bit heated, conversation, and I did my best to turn the conversation into a gospel conversation. And I think I made a connection with a Liberal Feminist, not the type of person who would typically go to a Church service!
- Allana: Allana rode her bicycle to me and wanted to try out our “Heaven Test.” After talking for a while, she identified herself to me as “a gay woman.” She also wanted me to know that she is a Scientist as well. Allana was really nice. We both listened to one another. And after she took the “Good Person Test,” I got to explain God’s grace to her. She ended up taking an Evangelistic DVD. A few weeks later I saw her again, and we said hi to one another.
- Nodirbek : Nodirbek is a cultural Muslim from Uzbekistan. He and Chris had a great conversation that lasted about 30 minutes. Chris got to share his salvation testimony with him.
As you can see, God uses University Ministry to reach a lot of people who might not otherwise hear the truth about Jesus. I’m sad that it’s over for the winter. But I look forward, Lord willing, to ministering at the Universities again in the Spring!!!
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