Akron group got up at 5:30 and met in Downtown akron at 6am. We took a giant pack of chalk and chalked up 5 blocks of the busiest part of downtown. As we finished and stood in a circle praying for the Lord to speak through this to people, a police approached saying it was not allowed. But we already did it. Derek asked if he wanted to pray with us but he declined. It was a well spent hour and a half.
My brother in Christ: Antonio Johnson has gone through many things in his life that made him completely open to Jesus Christ and allowed him to be saved, baptized and be joined to the Church Life and God's Kingdom! He wants to now live a life for Christ and according to his will while leaving the things of the world behind him and following after the lord in his new man!....video message will come if i can find out how to make one!... technologically illiterate
19 salvation prayers, 6,500+ invites passed out, 50 significant conversations and contacts; only half way through the week!! Lord! Thy Kingdom come.
This year at G.O was an amazing experience for Me and it just really helped me to open up to people about Jesus. But there was one conversation I had that was really Awesome.......
~Me and Ian talked to a woman down town who believes in Jesus but stopped going to church. She said she used to be very close to Him but now she felt like there was a Barrier between her and Jesus. We showed her a few bible verses and then prayed with her. After that she started crying, and you could just tell that something changed in her, Jesus just totally pushed that barrier out of the way. So that just really touched me, just to see how God can move in peoples Hearts♥
i think it was tuesday wen Derek, Joseph, and I went out preaching on the kent state campus. there werent that many people and i was pretty discouraged. we were just walking around and derek goes up to this one kid and starts talking to him. we let him do most of the talking..and he had some pretty weird beliefs. throughout the convo, i would just input some of my thoughts on what he had to say. the convo lasted about 20 mins, and at one point i asked him if he ever read the bible. he said he did but not that much, so i asked if he wanted to read more and he replied that he didnt own a bible or had money for one. so i gave him the new testiment i was holding and encouraged him to read it. and then we all prayed for him.
this was the one time during this whole week that i could actually relate to someone and actually really cared about their salvation. i knew first hand what he had been going through and i so badly wanted for him to be saved. even though he didnt get saved, i felt peaceful in the end and had faith that something of the gospel and God got through to him.
So one good experience I had this week was wednesday night, our group went to menchies. When we were all done eating our yummy ice cream and about to head home, Shulamite saw two girls walking across the street, so we chased them down, haha, and started talking to them. We talked to them for like an hour or so, and at the end of the convo we asked if they both would want to pray with us. They agreed and both got saved. Another time was friday afternoon, our group went downtown Cleveland to preach. Our first few conversations weren't too encouraging, and i was feeling sorta down. But Cody and I walked around 1 last time to see if we could find anyone to talk too.... and we found someone. He said he was having a hard time in life. But he was really open, and like wanted to know more. So we read some verses to him and in the end he really wanted to pray with us! So we did. I was just so happy and filled with joy after that conversation. From my day not going too well.... to praying with someone for salvation! My overall experience at GO was, lets just say... amazing!! God can really work in awesome ways. :)
On 8/8/12 Wendy Smith was saved and baptized through Jesus Christ and now is in the Kingdom of God!! Wendy had a lot of hard things in her past, she is alcoholic anonymous and has been cleaned for 8 weeks. Our first day, Timothy Miller Tim Watkins and myself were strolling along preaching the Gospel. Eventually, we saw Wendy and her daughter walking toward us and Tim M. says lets talk to these 2 (My good dude Tim M. does a lot of the talking in this conversation) He asks Wendy if she has a moment, she says a few minutes but she was in a hurry. So we talked with Wendy for just a bit, and then she needed to go. But, as she was about to walk away she gives us her number and says call me tonight at 6 and we can schedule a time to meet, i'm interested what you have to say. We ended up meeting with her on Wednesday at her apartment with her daughter and her friend John. John is a saved and baptized brother, he was a huge encouragement for Wendy. So we talked and prayed in her kitchen for awhile. Eventually, Wendy became saved and wanted to be baptized. Friday morning Wendy was baptized and cleansed through the blood of Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord for a new sister in God's Kingdom!!
this week was pretty legit. haha i really enjoyed it. all week, i was praying to get someone saved. i really, really, really wanted to pray with some people for their salvation. it was thursday and i was like... man... i didn't save anyone... but then i was going door-to-door with sam and we talked to this one guy who was really, super open. we got to pray with him for his salvation and i was just really encouraged. the last couple days, i could really see the Lord working and i guess overall, it was just really cool. once i gave the Lord the week, he could use me a lot more and seeing the end results of what He can do in ONE WEEK... well i was really encouraged :)
JP and I met 22 year-old Marcus Tuesday afternoon. We asked him if he had any spiritual beliefs and he said he believes in a higher power possibly being God and that he was open to hearing anything. We talked to him for a bit and had him read verses in Romans. He said he liked talking to us and was interested in meeting up later in the week to talk more or have a Bible study. Two days later we picked Marcus up and took him to a pizza restaurant with David Huoh and a boy named Chris. At first it was awkward and JP and I didn’t know how to lead the Bible study but then Marcus talked about his search for something more. He realized something was missing in his life. We saw that he was “thirsty” so we read the chapter in John about the Samaritan woman at the well who had an unquenchable thirst. I think the Bible verses really hit home with Marcus because it was so relatable. He asked us a lot of good questions and we gave him the last piece of pizza and his own New Testament Bible! I was really encouraged to see that Marcus was thirsty and that he wanted to pursue his relationship with God. This was my first G.O. and it was amazing to see God working in people! All of my expectations were exceeded and it was the most worthwhile week of my life. I hope to make G.O. a lifestyle and to help build up the church family. Glory to God for such a precious week!
The authors of these various posts are the participants in the 2012 Gospel Odyssey!