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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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  • 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!

     

  • March 2014 Update

    Ryan, was given 6000 gospel tracts by a wonderful donor.  He got a wonderful team together to hand out tracts at the St Patrick Day Parade in Cincinnati.  

    Ryan also participated in the Biggest Question Project.  He had a team give out thousands of DVD's at a major university in Cincinnati.  

    Ryan loves witnessing to the students on campus.  Ryan uses an interview style to witness to the students.

    Amynah the Campus Leader at CCNY said lots of new and exciting things happened at CCNY this month.  For fellowship this month, students learned from The Way of the Master  basic training DVD's and were encouraged and equipped on how to effectively share the Biblical Gospel message. One student commented that she really liked the Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort's method of evangelism, and that she'd never heard the gospel shared in such an easy way. New students also unashamedly joined in for many outreaches and even helped to pass out hundreds of Living Waters' Genius DVD's. The student in the picture below is a freshman student who is bravely handing a Genius DVD to her peers!

    This month the NYC Campus Leaders had a chance to labor with their local churches, from feeding the poor, to going door to door witnessing. As those who are zealous for evangelism, it’s our desire to see our own local church catch the same fire!  We encourage the students at CCN fellowships to go to church and participate in their local churches.

    Tim our Campus Leader in Virginia witnessed to students at CHOWAN this month.  He gave out tracts and witnessed to the students.

    Jenifer Pepling witnesses at Slippery Rock alone each week so she does not have pictures from witnessing up there.  However, Jen loves talking to the students at Slippery Rock.  Jen has talked to many of the students more than 1 time.  Last week Jen talked to a young lady that she had talked to before.  The student told Jen that she watches what she says since she talked to Jen last time.   The Slippery Rock Student has been working on being a better person.  Jen told her she was very proud of her for working on repentance, but she needed to trust Jesus paid the fine for all the wrong things she had done.  Jen told the student that trusting Jesus was necessary to get into heaven.  The student told Jen that she hoped that next time she talked to Jen that Jen would be even more proud of her because she was going to trust Jesus paid her fine.  Jen invited her to Bible study again.

    Being on the campus week after week witnessing to the students is a huge blessling.  We love being on the same campus week after week and the impact we can make because we witness at the same place every week.  

    Pittsburgh Campus Leader Jen was given and handed out 9000 gospel tracts.  We handed them out at the St Patrick Day parade.  We handed them out in under 2 hours.  We got the gospel into thousands of peoples hands.  Handing out tracts at the parades is one of the easiest outreaches.  If you are ever thinking about joining us and can walk a mile or so then this is the outreach for you.  You just have to say did you get one of these 1000 times and all the tracts are given out.  

    We are able to go on the parade and just walk up the side and hand out the tracts without issues.  

    Jen went to 2 different abortion clinics this month.  Jen spent time at the one in East Liberty.  We wrote on the sidewalk with chalk.  We love doing this, because it is a witness even after you leave. 

    However sometimes right after you write with chalk on the ground the deathscorts come out with a bucket of water and a broom and undo all that you did.  Jen had more chalk so she wrote with chalk again after they undid it.  Jen did not write it in all the same locations but many of them. 

    Jen said: "The surprising thing about going to the abortion clinics is how many people I get to share the gospel with.  It is the gospel that saves and so that is the most important message I share with people.  I talked with a young man named Jamel the day that this chalk picture was taken.  I walked him through the good person test and he said that he had broken all of them.  I explained that he would end up in hell and that concerned him.  I showed him that if we were in a court of law and was guilty he would still have to pay the fine even if he confessed and promised not to do it again.  He understood why Jesus died on the cross when I went through the gospel with him.  I asked him if had a Bible at home and he did not.  I asked him if he wanted one and he did.  He walked with me to the car and got a Bible.  He walked by later in the day and thanked me and said hello."

    The picture above was taken of Jen in front of Planned Parenthood after the St Patrick day Parade in Pittsburgh.  Jen tells us this "It was in the afternoon so no one that I saw went into the clinic while I was there but there are bars on either side of the clinic and I leaned up against the tree there and handed out million dollar bills as people went by.  I was able to witness to several people.  One young man that I talked to for a long time let me know that if he was able to repent of his homosexuality that he would have a drink with me in heaven.   He heard the gospel and was not offended.  Pray he gets saved. "

     

    At Pitt we spent every Wednesday morning witnessing to students and whoever will talk to us.  We have been surprised about how many people have talked to us even though it has been cold.  We have been going to Pitt for so many years I am always surprised that there are people down there that we have not talked to.  Aunt Laura and I are probably considered part of the culture at Pitt at this point.  The seniors that graduated Pitt last year did not know life without us coming down and handing out tracts and talking to people.  Please pray for all the people that we have talked to through the years.

    Thank You so much for your support.  We could not do any of this without your support.

  • December 2013 Update

    This Fall semester at CCNY has been God-glorifying!  CCN students were able to share the gospel with many students on campus during weekly outreaches, and they were able to give away free gospel tracts and books. Additionally, many professors and faculty members at the City College of New York were encouraged by CCN students as well, and invited them for lunch to celebrate a great semester. The students cannot wait until the Spring semester starts, to continue serving God!

    The last 30 days we have handed out over 10,200 tracts. We gave out many of them at the Macy's Christmas Parade in Pittsburgh.  Those watching the parade loved the tracts.  They were Christmas postcards with the gospel on them.

    The tracts were easy to give out.  We said Merry Christmas to everyone.

    They normally said Merry Christmas back to us.

    The students at Slippery Rock I believe loved the Christmas Postcards the most.  Almost all of the students I have the tracts to take them and said Merry Christmas back.

    At Pitt we were able to talk to several students while handing out tracts.  This young lady is a Christian and she asked for a few extra postcards so that she could send them to her family that is not Christians.  Pray for all the non Christians that got these tracts.

    A Slippery Rock students found the tracts easy to handout as well.  We were able to talk to this young man outside even after he finished his cigarette.  It was about 8 degrees outside.  When we first started talking to him he said he was an agnostic. Before the end of the conversation he said that he could believe in a God that died on the cross to pay his fine for his sin if he repented and trusted Jesus. He just did not want to call himself a Christian and go to Church.  I would say it was a step forward.

    We went down to the Strip District and Planned Parenthood to witness as well this month.  We spent a lot of the time praying for people after we witnessed to them.  We watched the one couple that we witnessed to at Planned Parenthood pass by the clinic.  They stopped and argued in front of the clinic but they did not go in.  They paused and the boyfriend walked back to the clinic and then walked back to the women.  The women left and did not go in.  I do not know if they really were going to go in but they heard the gospel and the women seemed to understand the gospel before she walked away from us.

    In December most Campus Leaders plan out the next semester.   CCN has two new campus leaders. 

    Jen gave a talk on evangelism on the second Saturday of the month.  The teaching went very well.

    We also had our annual outreach at First Night.  We spent several hours handing out tracts and witnessing.  Several groups of people heard the gospel 1 to 1.  The New Years Eve event is always a festive atmosphere in which to share the gospel.  We were excited to share the love of Christ at this event.  Below is a picture of the crowds during the parade on New Years Eve.

    All of this would not be possible without support.  Thank You for your prayers and your support.

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