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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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  • Partnering with other Ministries

    Campus Leader, Andre, is supporting his church by leading a week long outreach at his church. He was able to teach the children and share the gospel.

    Leah spent a week volunteering for Joni and Friends. She spent time with children and their families. 

    Campus Leader, Cliff, helped out with Vacation Bible School at his church. Here are a few of the students that attended the program. 

    Jenifer was asked to speak at the Vacation Bible School at her church.  She shared the gospel with the children and taught them how to share the gospel with other kids.

    Jenifer also spent a few weekends training up a young man that is feeling convicted to do abortion ministry.  Jen took him to the abortion clinic several weeks to help him learn the ropes.  Jen was able to minister to several people that go out to the clinic and minister each week.  One of the gentlemen was not sure of his salvation.  About an hour was spent on how a person knows they are saved and sanctification.  

    Ryan, Leah, and Eric spent several days at their local clinic sharing the gospel and pleading with women to not have an abortion.  They had a turn away this month, which means a baby was saved.

  • 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!

     

  • August 2014 Praise Report

    The Students are back at school on many campuses.  We have many new students that are excited about going out and sharing their faith.  We also have many students that are back from last year.  Please pray for the students boldness for this coming semester.

    In August we had a booth at the Richland Community Days.  In the picture above, Matt a Slippery Rock Student is witnessing at the booth.  He did a great job sharing his faith.

    We were able to share the gospel to so many people at the booth.  We had many groups of young ladies that we were able to share the gospel with.

     Within one of the groups that I shared the gospel with I gave the young ladies the Good Person Test.  I asked them if they had Lied, Stolen, and they said yes to both.  Then I told them that if they hate a person they have murdered them in your heart.  I asked them if God judged them by the 10 commandments would they be innocent or guilty.  The young ladies said they would be guilty.  I asked them if they would go to hell and they said they would go to Hell and that it concerned them.  I gave them the following scenario.  If you stood before a judge and you were guilty.  The judge tells you that you have to either pay a million dollar fine or go to prison.  You are unable to pay the fine.  Someone you do not even know runs into the courtroom.  They pay the fine for you.  The judge would be a just judge and the one that paid the fine would be merciful.   If your Dad paid your fine then he would tell you not to do that again and you would think that was reasonable since he paid your fine.   That is what Jesus did for you.  At this point one of the young ladies started to cry.  I explained that Jesus lived a perfect life.  Jesus never stole, lied, hated, lusted.  Jesus never broke any of God's laws.   Jesus healed people and raised people from the dead and he allowed himself to die on the cross.  He died for the laws you broke.  You have to repent and put your faith in Jesus.  Jesus rose from the grave 3 days later showing that he was God and able to forgive sins.  500 people saw him after he rose from the grave.  They young lady cried as she heard this good news.  I told her that salvation is a free gift you can't earn it and you do not deserve it but it is a free gift and she was given a stuffed animal of her choice, a Bible and some tracts.  

    About 10 minutes later I had another young lady crying after she heard the gospel and she ran away in tears.  I had to chase her down to give her a stuffed animal and a Bible.  There was a older Christian couple standing behind her and they teared up and almost cried seeing her hear the gospel.

     

       

    CCN has Crash Course in PA this month.  Andre and Cliff did a great job teaching the church how to go out and share their faith.  They took people out afterward to go out and use what they used.   CCN offers free Evangelism Crash Courses.  We just ask that you pay for travel expenses for CCN to get to your church, printing and tract costs.  

     

    The picture above is Andre teaching on Apologetics.  

     

    Above is a picture of Cliff teaching the Evangelism Crash Course.

    For the past few months, Ryan, who is a Campus Leader in Ohio has led the congregation from Hyde Park Baptist Church through the Way of the Master Intermediate Training Course. It was 8 weeks of equipping the saints on how to share their faith biblically. Everyone enjoyed the class and feel better prepared to witness to others. Here's what some of the participants had to say:

    "Made me aware of the necessity to share the Gospel"
    "A great confidence booster"
    "Got me out of my comfort zone"
    "Lots of conviction, which was good"
    "Gave me methods and scenarios for witnessing"
    "Less afraid than before taking this course"
    "Gave me more tools"

    We praise God for such a positive response and for raising up more laborers for the harvest field! Please pray that these people would continue putting into practice what they've learned in this course.

     

         

    Tim our Campus Leader in Virginia used banner to help him get into conversations during a local outreach.

    Hundreds of people hear the gospel in a 1-2-1 fashion each month through CCN. 

    Nick and Jenifer were able to serve at "Jesus Loves Chinatown"  in New York City. We both were  team leads for a group of attendees.  I was given the opportunity to teach open air evangelism.  Nick Taught on pride in ministry.  The students loved all the new things that they learned.  They used the boards that I taught them to use during the outreaches to share the gospel so many people. It was hard to decide which pictures to show you.  Here is me teaching

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    The boards really help start great conversations.  It does not matter if you are doing open air or you are just hanging out by the boards and waiting for people to stop by and talk about the IQ tests.

    These students in the picture above are from China and only speak Mandrin.  Peter was able to take them through the good person test in their own language.  They were drawn to talk to us by the IQ test boards.  Their handler came by and dragged several away while Peter gave the gospel but 2 of them stayed to hear the entire message.  Pray that the 2 tell the others the good news of Jesus.

      

    Above you can see some young people hearing the gospel after they had taken the IQ tests.

    One of the women Diane sent me in an email after the training:  "in these past days I shared the gospel to a Polish woman who laid in a towel near my sister and I at the beach.  I would not  have found the courage to do this before the training!  I went up to her, while my sister half-jokingly told me (in one of the languages we both speak):" hey, crazy woman...what are you doing?"  I went up there...a chat was started...before I knew, she was in tears, asking me to pray for her!!"

    People are changed by going to a several day training.  Please consider signing up for Repent and Witness.  At Repent and Witness you get training to share your faith and then plenty of time out on the streets spending time sharing your faith.

    School started at Pitt and at Slippery Rock.  I have been using the boards on the campuses.  I have had so many amazing conversations on the campuses about the gospel.  The first day at PITT I was able to share the gospel with 2 young ladies from mainland China, a muslim young lady, 1 buddhist young man, I spent 45 minutes talking to a homosexual Jewish man in a blue dress.  The Jewish man did go from not believing in absolute truth to seeing absolute truth and a just God was a reasonable thing.   He did see how Jesus could be in Isaiah 53.  The conversation with the man in the Jewish man in the blue dress ended with him not wanting to be a Christian because he did not want to live forever.  I tried to explain that he was either going to live forever in hell or in heaven.  He did not understand that was not an option and walked away.  I have just been so blessed by all the 1 -2 - 1 conversations that I had this year.

      

    Thank You for your support.  We could not do all of these things without you.

     

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