Before the winter semester started at LCC (LaGuardia Community College), Aishah and Nick discussed how they can encourage and galvanize the Christians on their campus, while also sharing the gospel with the unsaved. After an hour of witnessing on the campus, the Lord gave Aishah the idea to host a interfaith dialogue. An interfaith dialogue is a event in which people from different religions come and share their views on God, morality, and things pertaining to salvation.
After a week of promotion, the interfaith dialogue had arrived. Aisha and Nick didn’t know what to expect. We wondered "Will we students come out?" "Would it be all Christians?"- All we knew is that God was going to do something, and that’s exactly what happened. Though we didn’t have a huge number of students come out, had 4 Christians and one atheist - who really was open to the things of God.
The event was a success. A Christian was encouraged and an atheist heard the gospel. What God began that night continued the following week. Our young atheist friend returned, and our topic of discussion was none other then the gospel. We play a short clip by Paul Washer on the cross, and proceeded to talk about morality. Evidently the discussion went from the gospel to abortion. At the end of our fellowship, we gave him a 180 DVD, which is a documentary on abortion, and Evolution vs God both by evangelist Ray Comfort.
The month is almost over, and with only 3 more weeks to go in this semester our prayer is that our atheist friend will repent and trust Christ.
January was also a new start on both Pitt and SRU. The Pitt fellowship was changed to be during the lunch time at this semester. There are many good reasons to do this. Please pray for the new fellowship time.
During one CCN Saturday in Pittsburgh that CCN went to Planned Parenthood we had a couple that decided to not murder their baby. This was a very exciting day. I went over to the Strip District afterward and met up with others who share their faith. We talked to several people that day.
Our CCN Leadership summit this month was so encouraging. Many of the leaders taught at the summit. We learned about fellowship, loving those we are ministering to, being approachable, prayer, homiletics, avoiding the down falls of pride in ministry and keeping your word. The teaching was amazing.
We went out witnessing during the Leadership Summit as well. We love to go to Astor and 4th to witness and open air evangelize in NYC. Here are some pictures of us sharing our faith. This is Andre our Campus Leader from MC3.
This is Cliff sharing the gospel.
Here is Jen sharing the gospel with some young people.
Here is Jake sharing his faith.
We also spent time on Wednesday morning at the Planned Parenthood in NYC in Manhattan. We all pleaded for the lives of the innocent. We try and go through the gospel with the women and then explain that repentance is deciding to not go into the clinics. We pleaded for their babies lives. Here is a picture of Aishah pleading with a women.
I printed out tracts in Simplified Chinese for us to handout since we were staying in Chinatown in NYC. We were able to hand out tracts to many Chinese people while in NYC. We cannot speak Chinese but we were able to give them tracts. This is Nick handing out Chinese tracts in Chinatown.
Several CCN Campus Leaders were also able to attend the Super Bowl outreach this month. Many of the people in Times Square were not taking tracts. Jen loves to be in one to one conversations and so she decided to just walk up to people that seems to be either alone or not in a rush and ask them if she could ask them a few questions. Then she would take them through the good person test and share the law and the gospel with them. It was a great week.
Jen was able to talk to so many people during the four day Super Bowl outreach. The gentlemen that you see me talking to below is a muslim, his name is Turk from Turkey. She had spent 5 hours on the way to NYC listening to James White talk about witnessing to muslims. She asked one of our friends to come over and join the conversation and then he ended up using all the things that she had learned on the way. It was a great conversation and we gave him several presents and he even cared about the conversation so much that he came back to make sure that he had not offended us at all. He said that he was going to look up the things that we talked with him about.
When several members of the team went out to eat they witnessed to the waitress. She asked them to pray for joy for her.
When several members of the team went to Applebee's in Times Square and had a very fruitful time witnessing to our waitress. When she brought us our drinks, we asked her if she would like us to pray for her about anything. She asked us to pray for her happiness, which we did. Then we explained to her that happiness is good, but that we want her to have the joy of eternal life. We share the law and gospel with her. She was moved to tears and said that we made her day. She said that we were her last table of the night, so we invited her to sit with us. We spent the next hour or so, sharing with her. When we gave her a Bible, she said "I can't believe that I was given this gift at work today!" She was amazed that we cared about her so much and that Christ would die for her. She was invited to church. Please pray she repents and puts her faith in Jesus and goes to church. This picture and the following was written on facebook:
"Met the most kind hearted and down to earth people at work yesterday, #ThankYou for giving my day"Joy"#ForeverGrateful #Blessed #YouNeverKnowWhoYouCanMeet #TimesSquare #Happy — with Jake Larson, Amynah Diop, Andrew Rappaport and Mitchell Lebron.
The young lady on the left is the waitress. Please pray for her joy and salvation!
Time Square is a great place to draw a crowd. Jake is wonderful at drawing a crowd to preach the gospel by just sharing about God's word.
Jake Tells this story: "When I was preaching in Union Square, Jamie (a teenage skateboarder) asked some very good questions. He asked how we could know if the Bible was true. I then used apologetics to reason with him. Jamie expressed frustration that he was being taught absurdity in school. When I shared the law and gospel with him, he softened. When I said "Jamie, you know this is true", he didn't argue but thanked me."
We went to one of Jen's favorite locations, Washington Square Park. Here is Jen using Presuppositional Apologetics and she shared the law and the gospel to this group of young people. Afterward she spent about 30 minutes talking to a young man named Neal. After the conversation was over Neal thanked Jen for giving him the gospel and for listening to him. He said that most people like Jen do not tend to listen and he thought better of Jen because she listened.
Jen was able to talk to a man named Walter for a long time. She gave him a big thousand dollar bill tract when he walked by and then he came back and said you got me. It is about God. She walked him through the good person test and explained the gospel to Walter. He enjoyed the conversation. He told me about how his dad died and about how badly his mom was treated when she died. He had issues dealing with anger against those that treated his mom badly. She explained that those people would either be punished in hell or Jesus died on the cross to pay their fine. She told him that revenge was of the Lord. He thanked me and said that he was going to start going to church again. He made a comment about how sweet she was to him. Here is a picture of me talking to Walter.
Jen's favorite conversation of the weekend was with a man named Isaac. We were at Union Square and Jen asked a young man named Mitch to walk around and witness with her while others were preaching. Jen witnessed to some skateboarders and another couple. Then Jen told Mitch to start a conversation with Isaac. Jen did not realize that this was Mitches first 1-2-1 witnessing encounter. Isaac's first language was french and so that made Mitch nervous but he did a great job. Isaac turned out to be a muslim from Africa. Mitch walked him through the law then Jen gave him the gospel.
Isaac asked what Christianity's view was on the following. He said that the strong kept the weak down. Jen told him that God made men strong so that they could take care of their wives and Children. Jen told him that God made the strong to take care of and protect and provide for the weak. He loved that answer. He then talked about the American wife that he had. Jen was able to give him a Christian view of marriage, man loving his wife and Mitch was able to give the mans view. He liked what we had to say. Mitch is a local in NYC and was able to invite Isaac to his church. Pray that he goes to church. Isaac said "I think I could become a Christian." Pray for Isaac. It was so exciting to talk to him. He really understood and agreed.
Below is a picture of Mitch and Jenifer witnessing to Isaac.
Thank You so much for your support.