Mill Ave Evangelism: March 12
Before leaving to witness on Friday evening we prayed specifically for women who had been abused in any sort of way. We prayed that while out on Mill, we would encounter a woman of that nature and that God would heal her:) Within the first five minuets of arriving on Mill Avenue myself and Mia met a woman named *Sara(name changed for confidentiality of the individual). Sara described a sickening story of 10+ years of physical and sexual abuse , by various male family members. We were able to share with Sara that God saw the sin that was committed against her. He weeps for that sin. Her transgressors will have to face God one day and give an account for the evils they committed( Acts 17:31). Sin does not go unseen by God. She was familiar with the gospel already, but we were able to refresh and encourage her regarding the good news( Mark 1:15… and hundreds of other verses!:) We prayed with the young woman for healing, and she was able to humbly pray that she could forgive her abusers.
As Mia and I spent time with Sara, David Barr had a long conversation with two men(they were cousins). Both men knew quite a lot about the Bible and apparently had been brought up in Christian churches. Both indicated that they were either separated or divorced from their wives. David was able to pray with them, for God to restore their marriages. They were both really taken back by the time David spent speaking with them. They both sincerely thanked him and one actually said he was going to, “repent from his sin against God!”
Jonathan was able to use a lot of props in order to illustrate the gospel. One of his props included a giant marijuana joint(made from paper not real), in order to share his testimony of deliverance of drug addiction. He also used a large beer cup to share the gospel. He expressed that if someone were to put a “turd,” in your refreshing beverage, it would be discussing and you wouldn’t want it. Despite the size, even if it just a small morsel, it would still defile the drink. This is the same concept of sin. The smallest hint of sin, defiles us completely. Which is why we need Jesus to cleanse us! Jonathan’s “turd,” discussion brought in a crowd from the humor and truth of what he said.
Breanne(from Desert Life Church) came out witnessing with us for the first time. About half way through the night she decided to share her testimony on the microphone. People stopped and listened( and of course some, actually many mocked), as her testimony is really powerful. She discussed her deliverance from alcohol, drugs and depression. She described that the reason why she turned to alcohol and drug abuse was due to the fact that as a young child her, older brother committed suicide. As you can imagine this was devastating and the family has never been the same since. She communicated that everything she turned to made her feel progressively more depressed, worthless and empty. That was the point the gospel was reveled to her and her entire life changed. Breanne stood at the mic fully delivered from the addictions of drugs and alcohol and no longer suffers with depression. All glory to God:) As she teared up telling her testimony, two men listened attentively. They didn’t appear to blink once. As Breanne finished the pair approached Ephrem and he was able to share the gospel with them.
If you have ever mocked or actively disobeyed God, as we see on Mill Avenue nightly( and how I have done myself), I have good news for you. Jesus died for those who mocked him, while he bleed on the cross. While Jesus hung agonizing in pain on the cross, and the crowd blasphemed his name he prayed,” Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:33-24)Jesus died for you while you were yet a sinner.( Rom 5:6-8) He didn’t wait for you to get it right to die! Haha. Turn towards Christ today. Turn from your sin and accept his offer of forgiveness.
“Sin is so bad it’s a liar, it’s says we’re on the throne, it tells God to retire. It says He’s not enough and it says we want more. It says He’s not Just and it says He’s not Lord. Sin is the laugh at His power, the rape of His mercy, the mock of His patience. It says He’s not worthy.” -Lacrea(Christian rap group)