As a Leadership Team we have been specifically praying for life change over the past several months. We've seen that God has given us the grace to gather some people together but it is all meaningless if people's lives are not being forever changed by the truth and power of the gospel! Well, after sending out our newsletter last week and specifically asking our prayer partners to be praying for life change as well, we saw God move!!!
I first want to tell you about Tiffany. Tiffany is a high school senior, 17 years old, who has a rough home life to say the least. We met Tiffany at the park when we were first beginning our Bible study and she has come sporadically since we've been meeting at the Methodist church. Well, we've been praying for Tiffany and you all have been praying for life change so I guess none of us should be surprised at what God is doing.
Every Friday before we dig into the Word we give people an opportunity to share what God is doing in their lives. This week Tiffany shared that last Tuesday she gave her life completely over to God! I told her that a lot of people don't know what that means and asked her if she could explain it. She said that she has been a Christian for sometime now but she hadn't completely surrendered her life to Jesus. Tuesday night, alone and broken before the Father, she did and her life is obviously different!
I also want to introduce you to Antwan. Antwan was one of the first people we met at the park and he is a respected in the neighborhood. He's been going to the park for 18 years and everyone knows and respects him. He would always hang-out with us and stick up for us but never showed any spiritual interest. Finally, the first week we met indoors, he showed up! Ever since that time he has been coming to Bible study, hanging out with us outside of church, and telling others about what we're doing.
Friday night he began talking with Becca Hurst and asked her how she knew when she was a Christian. She shared with him the gospel and her story. Later I asked him if he was a Christian. He said, "I think it's a process I'm going through." He continued to tell me how his life had changed over the past several months. I said, "Antwan, do you believe that is Jesus making those changes in your life?" He said "yes." I then told him if he really believes that and believes in what Jesus did for him on the cross, then he is a Christian! He's still struggling with the price of salvation... free! But at the end of our conversation he said, "I just feel like a new person!"
Praise the Lord! Life change. Life transformation. New birth. God is working. PLEASE keep praying!