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  • As followers of Christ, remember that we are "sojourners"

    The Bible often reminds us as followers of Christ that we are "sojourners", "pilgrims" (1 Peter 2:11-12), strangers in a strange land if you will.  And last month's outreach booth at the Mars Apple Festival in Mars, PA was no exception. (They literally have a spaceship in the middle of their town!!)  


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    Here Dennis, Assistant Campus Leader at Pitt, is speaking with a woman at our booth sharing with her the gospel of Jesus Christ.  While we have the wonderful privilege of doing so and meeting many different people along the way, one common thread we've noticed running through each person regardless of race, color, creed, or religion is the erroneous belief in goods works as a means for one's salvation.  To which we continually point to the finished work of Christ on the cross and to Bible passages such as Ephesians 2:8,9.    


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    Andre, Leader of Discipleship with CCN, took his youth group out again this month to share the gospel in the streets of Pottstown, PA.  Both Andre and Campus Leader Cliff (not shown) have been faithful to share the gospel in that area for years.  Please pray for a revival in that town and may God be glorified!


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    Slippery Rock University Campus Leader Matthew met with a young man that came and sought him out him.  The student wanted to meet with Matt and see what he was doing on campus.  Matthew then proceeded to graciously walk him through the gospel.  During their discussion Matthew became aware that the young man possessed some un-biblical views.  So he spent the remainder of the time showing him what the Bible says rather than what the student thought it says.  Matt reminded the young man that Jesus was upset with the Sadducees and Pharisees, the religious leaders of His day, because they put the the traditions of men above the word of God.   


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    CCN President Jenifer spoke with a young man recently named Harry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  Harry asked some of the most often asked questions a person could ask such as:  

    • How do you know there is a God?
    • How do you know which God?
    • Is it the word of God with all those different versions of the Bible?
    • Which God do you believe in the one of the New Testament or the Old Testament? Why did God kill everyone but Noah?
    • Why did God kill all the people before Israel took over?
    • Why does God let bad things happen?

    Jen was able to give him answers to all of his questions and Harry was happy to finally get an answer to all them!  Afterwards, Jen gave him a Bible and a book called "The Gospel of God" to encourage this young man to seek after God.  Harry also took her card and said he was going to read through the Bible.  Please pray for Harry.  This was truly a wonderful conversation!

    CCN exists for the purpose of proclaiming Christ while warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may "present every man perfect in Christ Jesus" (Col. 1:28).

    Because of your partnership with this ministry God is answering prayers and providing the necessary resources needed in order for us to carry out the Great Commission.  Thank you once again for your faithfulness to the gospel in ensuring that it is being preached unto every creature (Mk.16:15)!

  • November 2013 Update

    This month one of the CCN Outreahes included feeding the hungry.  What a beautiful way to show our faith through works as well as sharing the gospel.  Praise Jesus that we are given these opportunities to give glory to Jesus.  We partnered up with Manhattan Bible church to reach the community of Inwood and Washington Heights feeding the homeless and sharing the gospel one to one.

    At CCNY they have been able to have outreach inside of a building.  They have been using the IQ test banner at CCNY.  Most people really get a kick out of the IQ questions.  It allows the conversation to start out with a few laughs and humor.  It also allows the students to see that they do not have all the answers and they could be wrong about somethings.

    In November  at Pitt and SRU, we learned about giving our personal testimony.  We talked about the importance of the students testimonies including the law, judgement, the reason Jesus died on the cross, repentance and faith.  The students were very excited to use what they learned.  They decided that they would write out their own testimonies and share them with the other students after they got back from Thanksgiving Break.  We are all very excited to listen to the students testimonies.  We all have people that we love that have not realized that when they stand before God they will be guilty if they ever broke one of the 10 commandments and would end up in hell.  No one has ever explained to them that Jesus died on the cross to pay their fine and rose from the grave 3 days later. They need to repent and trust Jesus paid it all.  

    We were able to talk to lots of people this month.  We pulled out the IQ test banner and used it at Pitt as well.  We did lots of witnessing 1-2-1 like we always do but it was fun to use the IQ test board.

    We spend lots of time handing out tracts and trying to get people to talk about the gospel with us.

    This month I started witnessing to a muslim student on the way to Bible Study Fellowship.  We walked together across half the campus while I went over the gospel with him.  When I got to the elevator to go up to fellowship he ask where we were going.  I told him that I was going to teach Bible Study.  He followed me and sat down for Bible Study.  I spent 2 hours walking him through the Bible and showing him Jesus in the different books of the Bible.  It was good because 1/2 through our conversation the students showed up and they got to see me use all the theology that we had been going over the past several weeks.  It was a wonderful conversation.  Please pray for this young man.

    At the NYC outreach we had a great time sharing the gospel with so many interesting people.  Please pray for everyone that heard the gospel at our CCN Saturday Outreaches.

     

    We also had new people join us this month.  We love to put chalk down on the sidewalk so that we have a witness there even when we are not around.  Elizabeth wrote some wonderful things on the sidewalk.  

    We had outreach in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.  We witnessed to several people but the picture of the encounter below is the one I am praying the hardest for.  Please pray for this gentleman to repent and put his faith in Jesus.  His family is Christian.  He does not believe but he heard the gospel and after his conversation with Diane he wanted the name of the good church.  Please pray for him.

    The picture below is of a student who has Christian friends and he heard and understood the gospel for the first time when I went over it with him.  He said it was very good news and understood why his friends would go to Bible study.  I gave him information about the CCN Bible Study.  Please pray for him.

    God Bless you and Thank You for your support and prayers.  I would not be able to go out and share the gospel on the campuses without your support and partnership.

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