Last Friday our Evangelism team, paired up with some of our friends from Love ASU. Love ASU is a campus orginization at Arizona State, dedicated to seeing lives changed through outreach and prayer.
We started the night off by sharing the gospel via mic a few times. From there we let the Love ASU crew have a go at the mic. Between our group and Love ASU, the Christians totalled in at about 40 people! We were able to use that amount of people as an advantage, to form a crowd. As people passed by in the streets they quickly joined the large group, curious as to what was going on. We rotated on the mic for about an hour and a half. Anything and everything was shared, from testimonies, poems, skits, spoken word, scripture reading, etc., By about 10:30, I stood mesmerized as I counted about 125 people in the crowd. At this point random Christians off the street began congregating as well. ” So, what is this? Christian open mic night?” A local believer asked. She later shared her testimony and sang a beautiful gospel song with her brother. Her brother finished up their presentation by rapping the gospel message to the crowd. The crowd cheered each time one of the Christians finished up their bit on the mic. People in the crowd used their phones to call friends to come and join the excitement.
As some people moved on, more and more new groups of individuals arrived. It was like mini Pentecost, haha! People began approaching us saying they believed in the message and needed prayer. Others, came in tears, touched by the words of the testimonies that were shared. It was shortly after this that I spoke with a man and his two friends, from Texas. As I opened the bible to show the men a few bible verses they stood at the page wide eyed, “Jesus said that? We can’t lust or be angry…like ever? I’m screwed, seriously!” One gentleman said rather concerned. At first it seemed they may have been mocking and eventually walked away. However, one gentleman came back and asked where in the bible I recommended reading first. He asked what he should do about his sin.“I sin daily. And I didn’t even know I was doing it. That is scary.” He confessed. I told him that he should simply repent from his sin and seek Jesus in order to turn from him sin. He thanked us for the conversation and said he would never see his motives and actions in the same light again.
Later Breeane and Theresa( my friend who drove all the way from Flagstaff to witness with us:)) were approached by a young couple. The couple addmitted they had been living together pre-marriage and knew that it was wrong. They asked for help, prayer and a place to go to church or bible study.We spoke with the couple for a good hour before they left, each hugging us while in tears. I have spoken to the young lady of the pair since, and she is planning on commig to bible study this week. The couple is also planning for engagement and are looking for seperate appartments in order to go about their reationship, in a biblical manner.
I could share for days all the wonderful testimonies from Friday night, but I will close with one of my favorites. Myself and some other members of our team spent three weeks in a row sharing truth with a local Mill Avenue man.On Friday night he approached us grinning from ear to ear. He described that after three weeks of in debth conversations, he belived God was calling him, as a lost sheep, to “come back home.” He asked what the nessasary steps of salvation were. He said he feared going to Hell and wanted to stand right before God one day. I shared with him several verses on repetance. He seemed a bit caught up on the requirements for Heaven, so I also shared several verses with him which define Jesus as the one and only way into Heaven. He went around hugging us all, practically in tears. We gave the man a bible and he asked if we could each write him a short note or verse in the front of the bible in order to remember such a joyful night:)