“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free… I am
the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus from John
8:32 & 14:6
UGA Outreach A few weeks ago, I met my
good friend, Rich Suplita, to share the truth of the gospel with University
of Georgia students. We had several quality conversations with them about how
to know Christ personally. Some students were too busy to stop, while others
showed genuine interest and interacted with us.
I gave Sarah (above) a copy of my book, Secure In An Insecure World, to give to her non-Christian roommate, Brittany. She was excited about having that tool to help her roommate come to Jesus! Pray for the truth in my book to speak to her heart!
I engaged in a debate with a few students with the socialist organization. They insisted that capitalism promoted greed and unfair treatment of the poor. I challenged them, “Are there not greedy socialists?” Then I spoke God’s truth to them, “Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, acts of adultery, other immoral sexual acts, thefts, false testimonies, and slanderous statements.”” I explained, “The problem is not our form of government as much as it is our hearts. We need our hearts to be changed! We are all greedy and only Jesus can set us free.” My words seemed to resonate with them. God was speaking truth to their hearts!
During lunch I gave a young Hispanic woman a copy of the same book, in Spanish. Yesenia is a server at a local restaurant. Rich has been building a friendship with her and sharing the gospel with her using his limited knowledge of Spanish. So, when she received my book in her language, she was elated and wanted me to sign her copy. Please pray for these women and the students who heard the truth to repent and come to Christ. Ask God to continue using Rich!
Illinois Update The Bible
teaches us not to make light of small beginnings, “For who has despised the day
of small things?” Everything starts
small. Oak trees, businesses, families, and churches all start off small. House
churches start small, grow, and then multiply to stay small. It takes a
different mindset and a certain amount of security for someone to start house
churches. David and Stephanie are just those kinds of people! They love the
Lord and have a passion to help others. The house church setting is a conducive
environment for building intimate friendships and making disciples. That is
exactly what they have been doing recently with a young couple they met. These
new friends have not placed their trust in Jesus yet, but they are interested
in spiritual things and attracted by the life they see in the Shirleys! They
have been coming over to the Shirley’s home for fellowship, and discussions
about current social issues where they heard God’s truth and the gospel.
Health Mother is back home after breaking her hip, having hip
replacement surgery, and several weeks in a rehab facility. We thank God for
answering prayers for her recovery and keeping her encouraged through this
difficult time. Her desire to trust God has been evident to all!
Prayer & Praise
1. Rich & UGA Students Pray for Sarah, Britany, Yesenia, and
all the students who heard the truth to embrace The Truth – Jesus! Pray
for Rich and his wife, Mary, as they minster to students.
2. Atlanta Church Pray for us to stay
active in the gospel – building friendships and sharing truth with
neighbors and co-workers. Pray for solid, loving marriages and families where
Christ in seen.
3. Shirleys In Illinois Pray the new couple David and Stephanie
are spending time with to become Christians. Ask God to work miracles in
people’s lives who are open to hearing the truth.
4. Mother Please pray for mother
(she’s 97) to be safe and to stay encouraged in the Lord as she adjusts to the
challenges of aging. She is a tremendous blessing to our family and her
Steve & Danelle