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What a mighty God we serve

We began our monthly outreach table at Oakridge Mall this afternoon. For days we’d been praying that God would bring those that He was drawing to His Son so that we could share the gospel with them.

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Pounding Them With The Gospel???

By Dena Galang – A young woman came to my door for me to sign her petition for a cause I am totally against.  I started telling her how wrong her cause was, but while I was attempting to show her the error of her way, I heard that still quiet voice speak to my heart, “Is this the most important thing you could be telling her right now?”  I knew what the Lord was getting at, but I kept thinking, “Just a couple more points – besides I don’t have time to share the Gospel because I’ll be late for Bible study.”  Yes, I really did tell God I didn’t have time to share His Word because I would be late to study it.   However, in my defense, I did reject the asinine decision as soon as I thought it.  I transitioned into the Gospel.  She told me her name was Rosa, and we talked for a hour and a half.  She was crying on and off throughout our conversation.  She still wanted to talk, but I had a class to teach.  She gave me a big hug, and I gave her a Gospel tract and DVD (I keep evangelistic tools in a basket by my front door to take as I leave and when solicitors come to the door).  She yelled out to my boys, “You have a wonderful mom!”  I am not adding that last part to praise myself; here is my point: I have heard that telling strangers the Gospel is “pounding them with the Gospel,” “harsh,” “in your face,” and “confrontational”.  This tattooed woman was not only a stranger, but we stood in opposition to each other politically.  The Gospel broke down walls between us; it is the “power unto salvation.” Epilogue: My 17 year old takes the city bus to school.  He told me after school, “Hey mom, you know that woman you were sharing the Gospel with this morning – Rosa – well, she was on the bus with me and she talked to me the whole way down to school.  I wanted to talk about her petition (my son is very political) but all she wanted to talk about was Christianity.  She really likes you.  She said you were really brave to share your beliefs with her.  I told her, ‘Yea, if she had the cure for cancer and you had cancer, it would be horrible if she didn’t share... read more

First Time Witnessing at the Mall

By:  Mina M. – I started mall fishing in February with Eastridge being my first mall experience. Since then, I have been able to work all the malls (and I have soooo many stories) and I liken it to swimming in the ocean on a hot day in Santa Cruz California. My first steps into the water are not comfortable. My feet are shocked from the cold waves. But as I get used to it, I can go deeper and deeper in the water. Before, I know it, I’m swimming the waves and riding the waves and diving into the waves. I’m not feeling the cold at all. My apprehension has disappeared and I am fully enjoying God’s creation. And so my fishing experience at Eastridge began as the unknown, cold waters of the million dollar bill with the million dollar question. I was thankful for my training yet prayerful that God would show up and minister. This very tall guy was flying by as I gave him a track and since he was friendly enough, I said “Come back if you have time and we can talk.”  Well about half an hour later, he was standing right in front of me. “Hey you came back.” I said very light heartedly. “Let me ask you the million dollar question. What do you think happens after a person dies?”; and we were off talking for at least 15 minutes. He said a relative of his was very religious and so I guessed God had been working on him. He had a 1 year old son with him and his birth saved him from himself. As we went thru the Good Person test. He admitted in the end he was guilty but that God would send him to heaven cause God was good. I then explained the Just Judge concept that God can’t let criminals go and be good. He got it! Then I shared the good news of Jesus. His face changed in an amazing way from the beginning of the conversation to the end. I felt the Holy Spirit. I held out my hand and said salvation is a free gift and receiving Jesus is just the beginning of his journey. I prophesied over him but I can’t remember what I said. I’d love to share everything we talked about; subjects from a higher power to the exorcist…but I can’t recall it all. I gave him a Bible and... read more

Testimony

By Nancy Murphy – In April my 81 year old father, Robert Bowbeer, was rushed to the hospital.  Twice he was near death but miraculously pulled through each time.  John and I had been leading a Way of the Master evangelism training class in Los Banos.  On Friday, June 8, we visited my Dad at the hospital in Walnut Creek and then drove 2 hours to our class in Los Banos. We got stuck in rush hour traffic and were 30 minutes late to the class. When we finally got there I explained why we were late and shared about my Dad’s situation and my concern for his soul. Afterwards one of the men came up to me and offered to go visit Dad and share Christ with him.  We had recently learned about sharing the gospel with family members and it was recommended to have a friend talk to your relatives for you, because they will listen to a stranger more than they will listen to family. Well, this man, John Baldini, went to see my Dad that Monday. He went in and introduced himself as a friend of ours and asked if he could talk about the Lord. John told me that my Dad listened very carefully to every word he said. John explained to him that none of us are good enough to get to heaven on our own because God is holy and demands perfection and we have all gone our own way and sinned against Him a multitude of times. The penalty for sin is eternal death in hell. But God is also rich in mercy and love and not willing that any should perish.   That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect, sinless life that we haven’t lived and then to die on the cross to take the punishment we deserve. We have all broken God’s Law and Jesus paid the fine for us when He died. 3 days later He rose from the dead and now, if we will repent and trust in Him we can be forgiven of all our sins and have eternal life. Then John asked if my Dad would like to put his faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior and he said yes!  They prayed together and my father was born again. I went to visit him 2 days later and I could tell by a few things he said that... read more

Sharing the Gospel at Oakridge Mall

One of my favorite places to share the gospel is at the mall.  This is a bit odd, since I’m director of security for a large mall myself, and in the street evangelist community that usually means I’m the one all the other evangelists try to avoid.  However, here in California, the law requires that shopping centers allow opportunities for people to exercise their free speech rights (contact me if you want more details on this), and the Norcal Seedsowers takes advantage of this by setting up tract tables at two local malls every month.  You get a table in a high traffic area of the mall, and you can tract and talk to people as much as you want.  There’s nothing better! This last Saturday night I had the 7PM to 9PM shift at one of our tables, and had the privilege of talking to a young man named Jack.  Jack, as is true with most young people (he is 16), was full of bravado in front of his friends.  I asked him what he thought happened when he died, and he told me “I’m going to live forever!”  I asked him how he thought he would manage that.  He said, “Clean living.”  His friends got a laugh at that, but it didn’t take them long to wander off when we started talking, and without their influence, Jack turned out to be a very thoughtful, intelligent young man who asked good questions and I believe was really thinking deeply about the things we were discussing.  We had a great conversation, and he took a New Testament and my business card at the end.  He didn’t trust Christ then, but I think he left with a very different perspective on the reliability of God and His word.  I hope I will hear from him. This was a good reminder to me that very often it’s the conversations that seem to start out badly that end up the best.  There have been many times when I’ve been tempted to walk away from a conversation, or avoid one to begin with, because “that person wouldn’t be interested” or “they are too arrogant or self-absorbed to listen to me,” when in reality it’s me who’s being too arrogant and self-absorbed to follow God’s leading and do what He says, regardless of what I think about it.  I’m sure Joshua had questions about walking around Jericho too.  But he obeyed, and the walls... read more

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