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  • Religion Makes No Sense

    By Jenifer Pepling

    I recently talked to a gentleman that said he did not believe in heaven or hell. I asked him why. He stated that he is a religious studies major and said that none of them made sense. I said "so justice doesn't make sense to you?" I explained the justice of God.

    I shared the gospel and the gentleman said that he did not like the God of the Old Testament because he was homosexual. He said he was shot at in his home town and God made him this way so how could he say that was wrong. I explained that homosexuality is a sin and he told me that word did not exist. I said that even though that word did not exist at the time, you understand what the Bible means by "If a man lies with a male as with a woman." (Leviticus 20:13)

    Sadly, he walked away saying we should agree to disagree. Please pray for him.

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  • Sharing the Gospel and Trianing up Christians

    We go onto the campus and share the gospel on the college campuses. We train the students up in good theology. We teach them evangelism and apologetics. Then we take them out to share the gospel. God blessed us this past month to have students that are willing to learn and share the gospel. We are grateful to be able to glorify God.

    Here is a student at Slippery Rock sharing the gospel with other students.  It is so exciting to see students sharing their faith.

    Here you can see Cliff teaching at a church how to go out and share the gospel.  

    Here is one of his students sharing the gospel after the teaching.  I am so grateful to be a part of this ministry.  Thank you for your prayers and your support.

  • November Praise Report

    CCN exists to train up its students to go out and share the gospel.  This month one of the Pitt students shared the gospel with another Pitt student.   The new college student at Pitt joined us at Bible Study.  He was headed home for Thanksgiving later that day and could not wait to ask his Grandmother for a Bible.  Jen asked him if he wanted one and he did and so Jen gave him a Bible.  He was so excited about joining us for Bible Study that we are going to have Bible Study the week of finals.  Pray that he reads his Bible the entire way home to Philadelphia.

    Jen finished teaching through John Frames book "Apologetics to the Glory of God."  We learned all about Presuppositional Apologetics.   The students now know how to show others that Christianity true because it resembles reality.  We learned about many different ways to show that the God of the Bible and specifically Chrisitan God is the only logical God.  The students discovered that you cannot have logic or morality outside of the Christian Worldview.  It was powerful to show the students that all other world views do not have legs to stand on.

    The NYC Campuses ministered at an abortion clinic in their area.  Here is a picture of Diane pleading with those that are going inside.

     

    The MCCC Campus went out proclaiming repentance and faith in Jesus Christ in Pottstown this month as they always do.  Here is Andre preaching the good news to people waiting at the local bus stop.

    Tim at Tidewater Community College had many great conversations on his campus about the Gospel.  

     

    Some of Tim's students came out and shared the gospel several times this month.  They helped hand out Evolution vs God DVD's as well and hand out tracts on other days.  It is so exciting to see the students going out and sharing their faith.

    We  handed out tracts at the Christmas Parade in downtown Pittsburgh.  We handed out Christmas Postcards at this parade.  The Christmas postcards were very easy to handout.  We handed out the same tract last year.  People were very excited to recieve the tract.

    Each week we are able to speak to many students about the gospel on the campuses.    This month Jen had several second conversations with people.  A young man named Ben who is a Buddhist came up to talk with Jen a second time.  Jen had talked to him about a month ago and then this past week he walked right up to Jen so they could talk some more.  It was a great second conversation.  They talked about the fact that if it was natural for people to die then why was it so upsetting that they died.  Jen explained to him that we were wired to live forever and not meant to die.  We were made in God's image.  He really understood and said that resinated with him.  Pray for Ben.

     

    Bible Study is going great in Cincinnati.  We are so excited to have Ryan teaching there.  He does www.witnesstalkradio.org during his outreaches.  It is great to be able to hear many of the conversations that he has witnessing with students. 

     

    Thank you so much for your support!

     

  • January 2014 Update

    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.


  • Update Sept 2013

    It's September and CCN is in full swing on the campuses.  Topics taught included "Hell's Best Kept Secret", "Sinfulness of Mankind", "Attributes of God" and "Priorities".  We also showed a movie about evolution and discussed several key claims it presented.

    CCN just loves to go to other campuses and preach the gospel.  Our Director of Discipleship took a trip to Chicago to preach the gospel and tell people at Moody Bible College and University of Illinois Chicago about CCN.  They were encouraged by seeing Christians share their faith.  Pray that they are encouraged to start a CCN in Chicago.  This is a photo of CCN preaching at UIC.

    MCCC did a great job during outreaches this past month.  They were blessed with many opportunities to witness.  Campus Leader Andre loves to share the gospel and does a great job of teaching his students as well.  

      

    In New York we led several outreaches.  Roberto gives the gospel during a Saturday outreach in Manhattan.

    We even had a few firsts this month.  First a young man named Sam proclaimed the gospel while open air preaching at Pitt 2 weeks ago.  He had been praying to do this for a few months and was encouraged to do it for the first time this month.

    Next a young man named Dylan decided to join us for outreach at Pitt this month.  He was encouraged to share his faith.  He handed out tracts and talked to people about Jesus.  He said that he was encouraged to share his faith. This is a picture of Dylan handing out tracts.

    We have also been focusing on witnessing "1 to 1" at Pitt and SRU this month.  We witnessed to an average of 20 people per week at SRU, and had multiple quick Gospel conversations (and several lengthy ones) at the University of Pittsburgh. Laura witnessed to a man going to seminary to be a Catholic Priest who claimed the Bible is not the word of God and that traditions are just as important as the Word.  We asked him if after confessing his sins in the morning followed by a day of sinning and then dying in the evening, would he would go to heaven, he said he did not know.  I pray God saves him so he can have hope.  Please pray he reads all the tracts and information we gave him and that they will be used to open his eyes.  Here is a picture of the conversation.

      We were able to have several 30 minute conversations during our Saturday outreaches in the heart of Pittsburgh's Strip District. Diane witnessed to a retired doctor.  Pray that he repents and puts his faith in Jesus.  He wanted to go to a coffee shop and talk longer.  He talked to Diane for a very long time about God.

    The Campus Leaders got together and created a new gospel tract this month.  We're really enjoying handing these out on all the Campuses.

    Finally we like to say "Thank you!" to all of our donors.  This ministry would not be possible without you.   We are grateful to God and you for partnering with CCN.



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