“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ” Ephesians 1:7-9
Emily witnessing to an out of towner
The streets of Mill Avenue appeared a bit bare as we arrived at our regular stomping grounds last Friday. The streets had been blocked off from traffic, as the annual art festival was taking place. The night was slow moving at first until a brigade of belly dancers and bongo drummers arrived. They were representing a local dance studio, and because they put on quite a show a crowd was quickly formed. This worked to our advantage because many people stuck around to talk after the performance was over.
Drummers spice up the night at the Art Festival
We entered into a long conversation with a man named Draggon, from Russia. When I first asked Draggon if he believed in Jesus and of he believed he was going to Heaven, he said “OF COURSE!” Rather enthusiastically, I might add. When I asked him why he believed he was going to Heaven he replied quite seriously,” Well, I am from Russia. I was taught we are good, strong people. Therefore, I go to Heaven.” I asked him if he mined if I took him through the good person test. He agreed.After I took him through a few of God’s commandments(Exodus 20 ) he looked shocked. ” I’m really in trouble huh?”He asked me. I awared him that I was just as guilty as he was and then went on to describe who Jesus was and what he accomplished on the cross. “Wow,I know nothing about Jesus. I really need to learn.”I gave him a book of John in order that he could learn about Jesus and invited him to bible study. Hopefully we see Draggon again soon.:)
Walter shares the gospel with a young couple on Mill Avenue
As we began setting our materials up for the night, a group of four people approached me, wanting to do the IQ test. Intrigued, five other girls also walked over to listen in. I selected a gentleman to take the IQ test and he read the words with confidence. The sentences read ” Paris in the the Spring, Bird in the the hand, and once in a a lifetime.” However, 98% of people do not realize the double words, at first glace. The group laughed after I pointed out the double words, ” Now its so obvious!” one man said. “Exactly. Sometimes there is clear evidence right in front of our faces, but we choose to believe our own perceptions. Jesus died, rose from the dead and appeared to eye witnesses, and some STILL did not believe” I told the group. “Wow. that’s a crazy analogy. That makes so much sense. God is real!” another gentleman announced. I was able to talk to the mesmerized man about the gospel. He expressed that he was “suppose” to be a catholic, but that he learned more about God in two minuets he spoke to me, then his whole life. He had never read his bible, followed God, or took anything Christians said seriously. He thanked me and expressed excitement to read his bible.
Me(Emily) asking a group some trivia questions.
Mill Ave Evangelism: March 12
Lisi and Mia hand out some gospel tracks