Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A New Beginning

Pastor Nate (31yrs) - On Saturday, March 12, we sent a group of 27 adults, teenagers and children into various communities of Augusta with the sole purpose of reaching people with the gospel.  After a mere 2 hours on the streets, we came back with a total of 155 salvations and several healings.  My team went to Olmstead Homes and the park at Lake Olmstead.  While we were there, I'm happy to say that Andrew and Stephen took off on a mission.  They had a goal in mind and in the last few minutes of our expedition, they went over and prayed with 28 people to be saved between the two of them!  I was extremely pleased with their excitement and passion for reaching the lost.  It wasn't just about the numbers for them; it was about changing someone's eternal destiny! 

I met a family member of someone I knew and had the opportunity to lead her in the prayer of salvation.  She didn't know if she was going to heaven at first and wasn't happy with the life she was living.  We ministered to her and shared the good news with her and her friend.  They both got saved!  Afterward, I met her daughter and learned that they had been praying for her for a while.  Praise God for answered prayers and BEING the answer to someone's prayers!

I also met Kindel.  I was walking by his apartment when I saw his face behind the screened door.  I offered him some water and a prayer and he asked if we were trying to get people to join our church.  I told him we were simply there to spread the love of God and I began talking with him about Jesus.  He had his music blaring and told me to hold on while he went inside to turn it off.  When he came back and I began telling him about how to get to go to heaven when you die, he told me to hold on again and went back inside and shut the door behind him.  I prayed he would come back out because I didn't know if he was trying to dodge me or what.  He came back out and said he wanted his friend to hear it too, but she was trippin' and wouldn't come out.  I proceeded with the gospel presentation and got to the point of decision.  Kindel was concerned that we weren't in the right place at first.  He said, "Don't I have to be in a church to say this prayer?  Or get really quiet?"  I laughed and told him we were in the perfect place to say this prayer.  He was so elated when we said "Amen" and I gave him our gospel script to share with his friend.  He said the whole Jesus story seemed too good to be true.  Even though he didn't deserve a new beginning, he got one anyway.  That's what the good news is all about!

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