February 7th at Bus Station:
Eric – a young Catholic man headed to Bowling Green to visit his girlfriend Lauren. His family and girlfriend were all Catholic. But after a review of Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 1:9 and 2:16, Titus 3:5, and Philippians 3:7, Eric wanted to trust in Christ alone (not his works). Pray that he would read his bible and follow Christ.
Samuel – a believer who claimed he received a vision from God a few days before he was hit by a car. Samuel told his friends at work that he may not be back. Then he was hit by a car. Two women were fighting and the car struck him.
February 4th at Bus Station:
Renaldo – a Christian who learned the truth about Christ while attending Wildwood Ranch in Michigan. Wildwood Ranch caters to inner city Detroit youth. Fruit from Renaldo’s life included sharing the gospel with his friend Craig who also came to saving faith.
Mike – a young man just out of prison and headed to Cleveland to unite with family. He asked for prayers that he “stay straight.” Mike heard the law and the gospel. We also discussed Tetelestai: it is finished. The debt has been paid. Mike paid the debt he owed to society. Jesus paid the debt for Mike’s sin.
Dustin – another young man just released from prison and headed to Cleveland. Dustin heard the law and the gospel. He asked for prayer for a job in construction.
January 19th at Bus Station:
Lawrence – a Black Hebrew Roots Israelite who engaged Aaron. Lawrence stood on Old Testament scriptures including Genesis 25: Esau and Jacob. He argued for blessing and curses based on race. After a discussion about race, Aaron shared Ephesians 2 (we are one in Christ) and Romans 2 (God’s righteous judgment). Lawrence was willing to listen and claimed his authority was the scriptures. Pray that he would repent of a race-based false gospel and turn to Christ alone for salvation.
Akim – Akim’s name means “obedience “according to Dorothy Astoria’s The Name Book. Aaron talked with Akim about obedience to the ten commandments. After a discussion about the law, Aaron was blessed to present the gospel of Christ.
Rhett – a Christian man who was on his way to Florida. He asked for prayers for God’s will in his life.
December 13th at New Life Mission:
Romeo – He understood the gospel but believed that he was “not there yet.” He was not sure what would happen after he died. Romeo was willing to visit church together in the future.
December 12th at Bus Station:
Travis – was happy to receive the Christmas message. He went to church as a child but he did not remember much. He failed the Good Person Test but was glad to learn about the Savior.
John – was from Africa but on his way to Boston to see his father. He admitted that he “used to sin.” Pray that he would trust in Christ alone.
December 10th at Dayton Bus Station:
May (pic below) – was excited to bump into Steve who had given her his book, What Happened? May read the book and agreed to share additional copies with her friends. Pray that God would use May to share the gospel with others.
October 3rd at Bus Station:
Jessica – traveled from Oregon which is a long time to spend on the bus. Jessica thought she would go to heaven because she asked God for forgiveness every day. We examined the scriptures together in the bus station. Pray that she share the gospel boldly.
Angel – video.
Dave – believed that he would not go to heaven. He was Angel’s friend and got to share the gospel with Angel.
Trinity – a student at Xavier who understood the importance of faith alone in salvation. Pray that God would protect her from the false gospel of the Catholic church.
August 30th at Bengals Game:
Drew – Check out this special young man’s website: Drew’s Rainbows. Drew handed me a “You’re Special” rainbow card.
August 17th at Dayton Bus Depot:
August 1 at Bus Station:
July 21st at Bus Station with Aaron:
Kwane – A man who trusted in his own goodness. Aaron shared the law and the gospel. Aaron described putting on the Christian faith like a parachute. Kwane was reluctant to make a commitment to Christianity.
Brian – a man who confessed to “robbing people” when responding to the “Good Person” test. He claimed Christ as Savior but Aaron shared the importance of repentance in conversion.
Matthew – Although his father was a preacher, Matthew struggled with a lifestyle of sin. Part of his conversation with Aaron about repentance and Romans 8:2 is shared in this video: God’s Kindness is Meant to Lead You to Repenance.
Anthony – asked for prayers for recovery from recent surgery (amputated toe) and for the resources needed for an apartment. Anthony encountered a season of depression after his mother died.
Less – a self-proclaimed “good person” who took the “good person” test. We discussed the role of faith and works in salvation.
Tina – a woman who received a Bible and was open to revelation related to her new relationship. Pray that her boyfriend would also profit from the teachings of scripture.
Eva – Please join me in praying for her daughter who is recovering from a van accident.
July 5th Bus Station:
David – a man who got uncomfortable when Jason reviewed the 10 commandments: “I thought you guys were just going to ask me a few questions.” Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict him of sin leading to repentance and faith.
Noah – a grown man who did not know who could pay the fine for him when he died. He thanked Jason and I for telling him. Join us in praying for him to read John 3 and John 8 which we bookmarked for him.
Jeff – another man who did not know how to get his sins forgiven. We discussed his tattoos and eternal life. He knew Jesus was God. But when Jason spoke about repentance, he shut down and our conversation ended.
Demandre – Believed that time forgives sin: I used to do those things but I don’t anymore. He realized he was a sinner but “did not play with God” by going to church on Sunday and living like wrong the rest of the week.
July 5th at Food Pantry:
William – a Baptist who did not go to church and was not reading his Bible. Pray that he would accept my offer to pick him up for church this week.
Cherica – a single Mom who was facing financial difficulties. She felt led by God to do many things. Pray that she would read the Bible we gave her and hear from God directly through his word.
Tom – a man with many health problems who was separated from his wife and faced financial difficulties.
William – thought he would go to heaven because he had “been through hell on earth.” William was a Bass Player and claimed to have played with many household names in the music business. As a result of his travels, he understood sin and his guilt before a Holy God. He asked for prayers for his injured wrist. Also, a former band member is now a Pastor in Dayton. Pray that William’s friend is able to point him to the Savior.
Anna – A Christian woman who asked for prayers for her 15-year-old grandson who was not obedient.
Kary and Maurice – a couple who asked for prayers to be reunited with their children.
Alex – requested prayers for physical healing. Alex had hand tremors and a limp that was being treated by Doctors.
Jeff – a self-identified pagan who believed in the concept of a divine god and goddess. He claimed to have an eclectic faith where he could pick and choose. His sense of justice was tied to a scale where your sins were weighed. Although Jeff’s mom was Catholic, Jeff claimed that he had never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was my honor to share the law and gospel with Jeff. He was humble enough to see his problem and he received my contact information with an offer to follow up. Please join me in praying that this Pagan’s eyes become opened by Christ.
June 9th at Bus Station:
Adam – a young man headed to Florida to start a new life. He claimed to believe in reincarnation but agreed that reincarnation required a moral authority. This moral authority was in charge of sending souls up or down seemed to have the attributes of God including omniscience and omnipresence. He wanted to be reunited with his Mom who was a Christian and died when he was young. We discussed the law and the gospel. We were both glad we talked about Jesus.
Daniel – a man who claimed to believe in God but left the church after what he claimed were multiple character failures by ushers and the pastor’s wife. Pray that he would repent.
May 29th at Bus Station:
Maura and Jamie – a Lesbian couple who had a Catholic background but were not following the faith. After an extended discussion, they took a Gospel of John from Pastor Jason. Pastor Jason also gave them his contact information. Pray that they would consider the words of scripture and reach out with any questions.
Cici – Pastor Jason encountered Cici who claimed to be a Hebrew Roots follower. She challenged Pastor Jason with a question: “Do you know Yahweh?” Little did she know that Pastor Jason was studying the name of Yahweh in seminary. He explained the “I am” of John 8 to her and she stopped asking questions and started listening. Pray that she would repent of Hebrew Roots works righteousness and rest in Christ.
Christopher – a 36 year old man who claimed to have overdosed on drugs 30 times. Christopher has spent some time in the back of ambulances and he knew about Narcan. He was headed to Knoxville and hoped to serve as a drug counselor so he could be “good enough” to make up for his past. Pray that Christopher would read the Gospel of John on his way to Kentucky. Pray that he consider John 3 so he can become reborn.
You can talk to strangers about God. Some people literally wear their faith on their sleeve.
May 22nd at Reds Game:
Marco – a man who rejected the Bible because it was written by “white men” and condoned slavery. Pray that he would work to investigate the truth about the origins of Christianity and repent of his sin.
Shadow – a street performer (drums) who was happy to claim Christ as Savior and was a deacon in his church. Pray that his physical needs be met.
Tracy – a Christian who brought his son and daughter to the Red’s game. Pray that he honor God through his parenting.
May 17th at Food Pantry:
Jason – a Catholic man from Price Hill who married a Baptist woman. We discussed “faith alone” and the book of Galatians. He agreed that he did not hear much about hell in the Catholic church. He agreed to consider these things. Pray that he would return soon to continue the discussion.
May 12th at Bus Station:
Tyler – Tyler claimed to be an EMT who was the first responder to his best friend’s fatal auto accident. His best friend was decapitated in the auto accident. Can you imagine being the first responder to your best friend’s decapitation? I asked Tyler how he coped with the tragedy. Tyler responded that he had PTSD. Initially, he became an alcoholic but now he had a service dog to help. When I asked him about life after death, Tyler claimed to believe in the spirituality of his Native American Indian heritage. When asked about the 10 Commandments, his self righteousness became apparent. Pray that Tyler would repent.
Josh – a humble man on his way to meet his girlfriend Kierra’s family in Miami, Florida. Josh said he would plead guilty to breaking the 10 Commandments. And he would need someone to pay the fine for him. Kierra’s family is Christian so pray that Josh and Kierra build their lives on the precious cornerstone of Jesus Christ.
Mark – a man (pic) with a unique tattoo: “Forget Me Then, Forget Me Now.” Mark explained that the tattoo was a remnant from his incarceration years ago where he claimed he was “forgotten” by family, friends and … God. His attitude was, “If you forgot me while I was incarcerated, I don’t want to be with you now.” I explained the law and the gospel to Mark. He needed the Savior but was not ready to follow the Savior. Pray that Mark would find the one true God who promised never to leave him or forsake him.
May 11th at Appalachian Festival:
Mr. X – a man who was on break from booth duty where he sold CROSSES. He was not sure if he would go to heaven. And he was not willing to engage Mark and I on the 10 Commandment/Good Person Test. He said he might fail the test and he would prefer not to know. So … please pray that this man who sold crosses at an Appalachian Festival would have an encounter with the Christ of the cross.
Mike – a man who claimed to be a Christian but was not reading his bible. Mark and I remain concerned for Mike’s eternal soul so please join us in prayer.
Ken – a Gideon who was bold enough to offer free bibles at his booth. Ken and his booth partner told Mark and I that they had been able to share bibles with a number of students. Pray that those students would read the Gideon Bibles.
May 3rd at Bus Station:
Kevin – A man at the bus station asked Kevin (pic) if he had any spare change this morning. Because Kevin had just won $14 on lottery tickets, he gave the man the tickets with a charge, “Go across the street, cash these tickets and bring the money to me.” The man cashed Kevin’s tickets … but ran away with the money. Kevin just laughed. He was going to give the man the money anyway. The thief did not need to steal and run away. We discussed sin, temptation and the gospel.
Shawn – a man who has read the book of Job more than you have this year. Shawn was hospitalized for meningitis and had three brain surgeries. While hospitalized, he was served divorce papers. He lost his car and his house. But he leaned on Christ and read Job. He agreed that, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Pray for Shawn’s physical recovery.
April 30th at Miami University:
Evan – thought that there was “nothing” after you died. When confronted with the truth of non-material realities like free-will, morality and consciousness, he remained steadfast in his atheism. Pray that God would grant him the gift of repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.
Mitchell – claimed to be a Buddhist but he was not living according to the precepts of Buddhism and he was not pursuing enlightenment. He rejected the Bible’s age so we discussed the transmission of ancient documents. He also claimed Science as the way to know truth. Pray that Mitchell would repent and trust the Savior before it is too late.
April 28th at Bus Station:
Benton – a baby Christian who claimed that he had just given his life to the Lord eight days ago. Benton was headed to New York. Pray that he would read the Gospel of John and abide in the word.
Wayne – a local man who was looking for a church in the Covington, Kentucky area. Pray that he would find a community of believers who would disciple him in the faith.
Marcus – a man headed from Buffalo to Atlanta to live with his Mom. His businesses included real estate and a career as a barber. But his passion was for a new mentoring project called Missing Link which would mentor local youth. Pray that he would ground himself in the word of God.
Fahtina – a wounded young woman who needs prayer. She shared a story of being a victim of rape within the last week. Also, she had lost both parents recently and had found her father dead. Despite her challenges, she was able to forgive her rapist. She had faith in God and her Grandma taught her the Bible and took her to church often. But she had converted to Islam. We discussed the contradictory nature of the religions. And we discussed John 14:6 and Jesus’ claim to be the only way to God. She acknowledged the contradictions including Islam’s denial of the crucifixion, the return of Christ, the injustice associated with the scale of Islam, and the nature of the triune God. Pray that the Lord would make himself known to her.
April 18th at Miami University:
Addison – a young man who grew up in a Methodist church. He affirmed Christ as Savior but could not affirm Christ’s teachings on hell. Pray that he would repent.
Chase – a Christian who had claimed that God visited him in a dream. Chase immediately repented and began to follow Jesus. He knew that Christ has a calling on his life. Pray that he would consider joining a church that taught the bible more seriously than his current church.
Mahesk – a Hindu who received the law and gospel but claimed that on the day of judgment he would pay the fine for his sin debt. Pray that he would repent.
April 14th at Bus Station:
Maddy – a colorful young woman who claimed she was a “good person” because she had completed 65,000 hours of community service by age 20. She was undaunted by a discussion of the 10 commandments and denied her sinfulness. Pray that she would discover an end to herself and find the Savior.
Austin – was headed to Louisville for work. A family member who lived in Covington had recently died of a heroin overdose. We discussed life and death and life after death. Austin decided that on the day he died, he needed someone to pay his fine.
Ed – a man headed to Cleveland. He claimed his religion was Justice. He was not a Christian. We discussed the law and the gospel. Then we discussed Justice and Mercy. Pray that Ed would repent and find Jesus at the foot of the cross where God’s Justice and Mercy meet.
Baba – a Muslim man from Senegal, Africa. He believed that Bible had been changed over time. He also believed that words of the Bible changed depending on country. We discussed his sin and the sinless lamb of God (Genesis 22). Pray that Baba find truth.
April 13th at Miami University:
Emma – a young woman who asked a lot of good questions about faith, evolution, science and Christianity. She came from a Catholic family and believed in God but did not claim to be a Christian.
Josh and Krishna – Josh heard the law and the gospel and seemed convicted. Krishna claimed to be an atheist. He argued for relative truth by saying that 2+2=5 according to the Soviet Union’s First 5 year plan for growth.
April 11th at University of Cincinnati:
Brandon – identified as a Pagan practicing in a Greek religion. He claimed to have been raised in a Christian church but was hurt by Christians and left the faith. He related a series of problems to Randy including the divorce of his parents, the physical abuse of his siblings, and the incarceration of his father. He knew why Jesus died on the cross but claimed his wounds keep him from the church. He would not take a Gospel of John. Pray for Brandon, his mom and his step-sisters.
Wallay – a Roman Catholic who claimed you “must do good works to be saved.” After reviewing Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9 and Galatians 2:16, he would not identify “faith alone” as the basis for salvation. Pray that he would consider the gospel.
Matthew – an atheist who returned to visit. When challenged to identify the physical justification for his free will, Matthew replied that “free will is an illusion.” Pray that he would consider the presuppositions associated with atheism.
Varaj – was raised in an Indian culture but claimed to be open to the gospel. However, after a thorough discussion of the law and the gospel, he was not willing to give up his Hinduism. We discussed the exclusive nature of truth and John 14:6. Pray that Varaj would find the truth of Christ.
Nicole – a woman who attended Crossroads church and claimed she had invited Jesus into her heart. I gave her a gospel challenge. Pray that she would connect with us again to discuss the results.
April 7th at Bus Station:
Melvin – told us that after people died, they got whatever they believed. Jerry explained the law of non-contradiction and the exclusive nature of truth. Melvin also believed in a scale of justice: good deeds and bad deeds. We explained the nature of justice and the need to give an account for bad deeds. Melvin heard the gospel and took a book of John. Pray that he would read the gospel of John on his trip as he promised.
Michael – claimed his father was a preacher and traveling musician. Michael would not call himself a Christian because he abused alcohol on weekends. Pray that he would consider repentance and the biblical gospel.
Armani – heard the gospel while on the way to Tennessee. Pray that he would think about the important things we discussed.
Brandon – heard the law and the gospel from Jerry. Brandon had recently been released after being incarcerated. We bought him lunch and encouraged him to build new friends in his church.
April 5th at a New Evangelism Fishing Hole:
Greg – was raised by his Grandparents but recently lost his Grandpa to Agent Orange effects. He went into a dark season of hatred but claimed to have been restored by focusing on volunteer work including service to veterans. Pray that Greg would be rescued by the gospel and glorify God in his service to others.
Marie – After a brief discussion about her faith, Marie asked me about the role of baptism in salvation. Marie’s friend at work advocated for baptism as a requirement for salvation and Marie was confused. During my discussion with Marie, a woman with a different understanding rebuked me – this was a first for me. I was able to finish my discussion with Marie. Pray that Marie would be a good ambassador for Christ as she witnesses to her friend at work.
May – a woman who believed she would get to heaven by obeying the Bible. When we discussed the 10 Commandments, she readily admitted she was not obeying “everything” in the Bible. Pray that she would consider the biblical gospel of repentance and faith.
Steven – a Pastor at a local underground church who advocated for the King James Version. He cited Revelation 22:18 and stated that if anyone adds anything to the King James Bible they are changing the word of God. Pray that Steven would consider the manuscript evidence associated with modern translations and that God would be glorified as he preaches the gospel at his underground church in Hamilton.
March 29th at Bus Station:
Jonathan – a professional Jockey who was headed to Lexington to work at Keeneland. He was from Maryland and has already won 600 races in his career. When asked about the dangers of the business, he acknowledged that danger was real. His friend Jose, another professional jockey, recently died. Although Jonathan provided this great transition to spiritual things, he lost interest when discussing the law and the gospel. Pray that Christians in Lexington reach him while he is sensitive to eternal matters.
Derek – was recently released from prison. He had been shot and now lives with a colostomy bag. We discussed the gospel and the word of Jesus on the cross: tetelestai (it is finished). His debt to society is now paid. And his sin debt can also be settled. Derek was going to Virginia. We gave him a gospel of John. Pray that his Grandma have a strong influence on Derek because she is a strong believer.
Mr. X – believed in aliens and 13 crystal skulls that connect up the knowledge of all sacred planets. I am not kidding. He got his information from The History Channel.
Shaq – was headed to Florida to Spring Break with two of his friends. We talked about how some young people make tragic mistakes on Spring Break. He claimed to have led a “good life” but was convicted by the Ten Commandments.
Justin – was a computer analyst who was proud of his ability to think logically. When challenged for the truth about spiritual matters, Justin claimed to be a naturalist: he only believed in material things. When confronted with non-material presuppositions like free will, morality and the existence of evil, he saw the contradiction in his worldview but did not appear to be concerned.
Lamar – a young man who was headed to Pittsburgh to begin Art School. He had his cell phone and charger stolen while in Cincinnati. He was able to connect with his parents who were sending money for a new phone. We were able to pray with Lamar for peace, forgiveness and more.
March 23rd at Northern Kentucky University:
Michael – a Catholic, who was with his friend Sergeant Logan, heard that the truth about Christianity from Jerry. Pray that Michael read the Gospel of John that he received from Jerry.
Joe and Joey – two Catholics who took the Catholic test and read Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16 and Titus 3:5. They understood the truth of scripture and were willing to consider the important issue of justification.
Alex – an atheist who softened his view after hearing an argument for God from morality. He said he wanted to read the Bible. Pray that he would read the book of John and take advantage of Pastor Greg’s offer to call him with any questions.
Calvin – an atheist who claimed he had not lied (except for a few times), he had not stolen anything, and he had not looked at anyone with lust in his heart. Pray that God would grant him the gift of repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.
James – a Christian who was with Created Equal, an anti-abortion ministry protesting on the NKU campus. Pray that their ministry change hearts and minds about this important issue.
James and Alecia – James was a Christian who spoke passionately about his faith in front of his friend Alecia. Pray that James’ faith cause Alecia to consider her faith.
March 17th at Dayton Oregon District St. Patrick’s Day Celebration:
Sienna – Randy talked with her about Easter as her boyfriend listened patiently.
Jessica – a woman who was convicted that she was not living right after Jannai shared the law and the gospel.
March 15th at Northern Kentucky University:
Dylan and Teegan – our first interview on the NKU campus was encouraging. Dylan was a Christian and made us feel welcome. Thanks for showing us hospitality.
Jonathan – a heavy metal rocker (pic) who knew Christ as Savior. Pete asked him about his T-Shirt which served as a great conversation opener. Pray that Jonathan would be a light in the darkness of the heavy metal music business.
McKenzie – Randy spent extensive time with McKenzie. She could not commit to Christianity because, “she did not know about all the other religions.” It was telling that she was content “not knowing” and claimed we don’t have “the ability to know as humans.” She took a Good Person tract and was interested in the Good Person test. Pray that she would come to know the truth.
James – identified as a Catholic and claimed most people eventually get to heaven. First, we shared the narrow gate passage in Matthew 7:13-14. Then James took the Catholic test for justification (Faith in Christ versus Faith in Christ PLUS baptism, reconciliation and works). Pray that James would consider his eternal future in light of the biblical gospel.
Sydney – admitted a lifestyle of sexual sin but claimed Jesus as Savior. Pray for true repentance.
Blake – Pete interviewed Blake (pic) about fishing and faith. Blake competed as part of the NKU’s Bass Fishing Club and was wearing his jersey. Although each evangelist has strengths, Pete impressed us with his ability to “catch fish who catch fish” today.
Matthew – identified as a Mormon Christian. We asked him if he believed he could become a God. We shared Isaiah 44 and 45: I am the Lord, there is no other. He legitimately had to run to a meeting. Pray that he would stop back and visit with us so we can explore the truth of the scriptures.
Max – a Christian looking for a church in the Mt. Healthy area. We pointed him to First Baptist Church of Mt. Healthy where our friends Chris, Richard, Pam, Barry and Olivia worship. Randy encouraged him to read his Bible and find a church. Pray that Max find a bible believing church and hold to his promise to read the scriptures.
March 13th at Bus Station:
Jaleel Miller aka JP DaPrince – a rapper from Detroit. Check out his song: I want it all. Jaleel loved the optical illusion. He heard the law and the gospel and needed a Savior. He said “haters” were jealous of his success. Pray that Jaleel would put the Lord first in his life.
Trinnie – came from an Indian family but denied reincarnation. We had a discussion about Jesus and the resurrection. Pray that he consider Christianity for his eternal future.
Mark – Old Order Mennonite who claimed salvation by faith alone and cited Ephesians 2:8-9. He dressed differently than we dress but we considered him a good ambassador for Old Order Mennonites.
March 10th at Bus Station:
Chris – thought that he was not going to heaven because “he was not worthy.” We discussed Christ’s imputed righteousness. We discussed how humble people who put their faith in Christ alone (and follow him) can be right with God. He asked for prayers for his son Mason: to grow up strong. And prayers for his wife Ashley: that should would be happy.
Abu – a Muslim who was willing to discuss the claims of Christianity. We discussed the Islamic scales of good and bad deeds. I explained that true justice requires that he be held accountable for any bad deeds regardless of the number of good deeds on the scales. We discussed the historical evidence for the resurrection. We also discussed the sinless life of Jesus and the life of Muhammed. I wrote some notes for him to investigate. Pray that Abu would find Jesus.
March 2nd at University of Cincinnati:
Zohebe – a leader in a campus Muslim organization. We discussed the historical evidence for the crucifixion which is denied by the Quran. We challenged the fairness of a justice system where a Muslim’s good deeds are weighed against bad deeds. Zohebe suggested that we read the story of Mary (Mariam) in the Quran. He said that only he could expiate his sins. I introduced Zohebe to Jake from H2O church. Join Jake and I in praying that Zohebe repent and turn to Christ as Savior.
Nick – was not sure where he would go after he died. Nick had almost died of medical complications related to diabetes recently so he was ready to listen to Pete share the law and the gospel. Pete got a chance to give Nick a book authored by Mark Cahill. Pray that Nick read the book.
Mark and Jamie – adults who were visiting UC from Seattle, Washington. After pleading guilty to breaking the law, we challenged them to think of justification in terms of third person (Jesus) rather than first person (their own goodness).
Krishna and Karthik – Krishna was studying Business Analytics and Karthik was studying Medical Science. They were both guilty of breaking God’s moral law and needed a Savior.
March 3 at Bus Station:
Tracy – had never heard the gospel. I was surprised but delighted to share the law and the gospel. Tracy agreed to read the Gospel of John on the way to Tennessee today. Pray that Tracy would believe and obey.
Alex – quickly learned the optical illusion magic trick and impressed his girlfriend with the illusion. Alex received the law and gospel. After a discussion about abiding in Christ, Alex agreed to receive information about Hyde Park Baptist Church. Pray that he would follow through and attend church at Hyde Park Baptist Church.
February 24th at Bus Station:
Leander – worked on ladders for a living and had thought about facing God. He was struggling with alcohol and striving to overcome temptations. We took him through the law and the gospel. We challenged him to read his Bible and gave him a book of John. Jannai gave her testimony to Leander and encouraged him (pic). Pray that Leander spend time reading the word of God.
Sam – a former church youth leader who was not walking with the Lord. He accepted our challenge to make an account of his sins while on the way to Detroit. Pray that he get saved.
Angela – a self-proclaimed pagan who appreciated having multiple Gods instead of relying on only one. We discussed the issue of ultimate authority and she claimed the pagan bible was her authority. She knew about Jesus but would not submit to his authority.
February 20th at University of Cincinnati:
Monica – Identified as a Christian and acknowledged her need for the Savior. She had recently completed a course on Women in the Bible at UC. But when Jerry asked if she shared her faith with non-Christians, she responded, “Who am I to say that they are wrong?” Jerry pointed her to the command of Christ to make disciples in Matthew 28:19. And he explained how the law of non-contradiction justified exclusive truth claims. Pray that Monica prayerfully consider her conversation with Jerry.
Roger – Although he was raised in a Christian denomination, Roger has abandoned Christianity. Roger saw no evidence for the existence of God. We discussed classical apologetics arguments including the cosmological argument (the Big Bang needs a Big Banger) and the design argument (a finely designed universe demands a fine tuner). After a lengthy discussion, we shared the law and the gospel and invited Roger to join us for lunch some time. Please join me in praying that he accept the invitation and continue the discussion.
February 19th at the Bus Station and Fountain Square:
Christopher – a tattoo artist who quickly acknowledged that he was a sinner who was born in sin. He showed us his tattoo (pic). After an initial discussion about “his energy living on after death”, we worked our way to the gospel. Christopher acknowledged faith in Christ and claimed to follow him.
Justin – a skeptic who claimed: 1) he is the source of truth in his life 2) the name Jesus did not exist until long after biblical times 3) the mythological god Mithras predated Jesus and 4) after Justin dies he will come back to earth. We gave him the law, the gospel and talked about how we can know things to be true. We discussed the risks associated with making himself the epistemological center of the universe.
Tim – thought he would go to heaven as long as he did not commit too many sins. Doug gave him the law and the gospel. Tim asked for prayers for his heart condition (endocarditis).
February 14th at University of Cincinnati:
Mr. Satanist – Jason shared the law and gospel with this self-proclaimed Satanist. He “does not hate others” and desires to “clean up the earth.” Upon review, he is a garden variety idolater: he worships himself. Jason shared apologetics from John M. Frame and they discussed an emerging trend of panantheism among the science community. Pray that God would give growth to seeds that Jason planted today.
Steve – did not know where he would be going if he were to die. Randy shared the law and 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11. His grandparents were Christians so it is a good bet that they are praying with us for his salvation.
Dylan – knew that he would be guilty on the day of judgment but claimed he would “ask for forgiveness.” We discussed the likelihood of a local criminal getting serious charges dismissed by a local judge because he “asked for forgiveness.” Dylan was convicted so please join me in praying that he seek the Lord with all his heart.
Dominic and Cole – two humble and hard working construction workers on their lunch break. After a quick review of the 10 Commandments, both declared that they would be going to hell if they died today. It was a pleasure to share the gospel with these men. Let’s pray that God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25
Kati – Kati believed she would be going to purgatory. But she changed her mind after we discussed the true gospel and the binary nature of heaven and hell presented in the Bible: wheat and weeds, good fish and bad fish, and the narrow and wide gates.
February 13th at Miami University:
Leah – gave Palentine cookies to Jerry and Randy. The saints were thankful for the cookies … and that she knew the gospel. We discussed Christ’s love. Pray that her love for Christ and her heart for the saints not go unrecognized.
Madison – a pre-med student whose studies included Kinesiology. She was raised Catholic but claimed justification “by faith alone” after reviewing Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, and Galatians 2:16. Pray that Madison would rest in Christ alone.
Michael and Emily – two Christians from local Nazarene churches. Emily asked for prayer for her vision – she had new glasses after a prescription change. Michael asked for prayer for “social issues”: a friend had betrayed him and there was damage to his reputation.
Jaijuan – a solid young Christian man who decided that he wanted to come along side us as we share the gospel at Miami University. Praise God for his faith and his boldness.
February 9th at University of Cincinnati:
Jake – a Christian minister in training from Toledo. Jake asked for prayer. His plan is to go home to Toledo to raise support money. Then he plans to return to University of Cincinnati where he plans to join the H2O church staff and do campus ministry. Please pray that God would grant him the desires of his heart.
Jason – had an “evolving faith.” He was “not ready to make the jump to Christianity yet.” Randy was able to share the gospel with him.
Mars – was from China. He went to Catholic school in the Cleveland area. He had his own belief system and did not identify as Christian. John and Mars had a discussion about Watchman Nee.
Koran – was not a Christian and had never heard the gospel before. Randy was able to share the gospel and 1 Peter 3:18: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. Koran took a gospel booklet of John. Pray that God’s word would not return void.
Davu – came from a Hindu family. He was investigating Christianity and even attending a campus church. He was skeptical of Christian truth claims including the historical Jesus. Davu acknowledged his sinfulness and heard the gospel. Pray that God would use his Christian friends to bring him to the truth about important things.
Yon – believed in a unique mix of Eastern religions. He did not believe in things he could not measure so we discussed free will, the laws of logic and other transcendental truths. We presented the gospel and historical Christian faith. We are praying that he see the need for the Savior.
February 3rd at Bus Station:
John – John is a preacher’s kid who claimed to live by John 13:34 … A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
John did, however, admit that he was addicted to marijuana. And he believed that the Holy Spirit could work through him if he was high …but not through me if I was drunk. He claimed that the fact that marijuana came from the earth distinguishes it from alcohol. He also cited the health benefits to the endocannabinoid system that justified marijuana use. Please join Doug in praying that John would repent. And that Jesus would be enough for him. Please pray also for John’s Mom and Dad.
Chastity – Chastity is a woman headed to Rochester, NY. She was leaving Tennessee where she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. She was broken and teared up when talking about circumstances. We discussed the gospel and encouraged her with multiple scriptures including the beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12). We bought her pizza and put a smile on her face. Please join Doug in praying that God would lead her in Rochester as she makes a new life.
Tony asked for contact information so he could visit our church on Sunday morning.
Justin – claimed to be a Christian but thought he would get to heaven because he was “better than most people.” We discussed biblical justification by faith alone. Justin seemed to view things more clearly.
Also, Justin shared a real man’s trial: he could have lied about a medical condition and been driving his truck today. But he told the truth to the trucking company. And now he was enduring medical treatment that has kept him off the road. Pray that God would allow him to hold to the truth of the gospel. And pray for a way for this real man to stand up under this trial.
January 31st at University of Cincinnati:
Vince – returned to thank us for the small Bible that Jerry had recently given him. Vince grew up in Over-the-Rhine and was pursuing a career as a Physician or a Physician’s Assistant. He did not know how to get to heaven but received the gospel. Pray that he make time to set his mind on things that are above.
Charlotte – Described herself as an “agnostic ex-Christian.” She claimed that when her parents got divorced they “ran out of time to go to church.” Perhaps we can pray Psalm 34:18: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Randy – When we met, Randy stated that, “I will get to heaven because of faith plus my good works.” I gave him the Final Exam for Catholics. There are only two choices: faith alone or faith plus works. Before he picked, I showed him the relevant scripture verses. He reasoned to faith alone as justification. Please join me in praying that his change of mind would move from intellectual faith to saving faith.
Aushick – After a discussion of the 10 Commandments, I asked him, “Do you knew anyone who will pay the fine for you?” He knew about Jesus and the resurrection. Let’s pray that he encourage others with his Christian faith.
January 30th at Bus Station:
Dominick – He claimed to be a Christian. But he was not prepared to tell anyone else that their religious beliefs were wrong. In fact, his girlfriend is a Wiccan who used a crystal for healing. She once put her crystal out at night and it got warm to the touch (scary).
We talked about the exclusive nature of truth … and snake bites. If I were bitten, would Dominick give me snake antivenin or Advil or blood pressure medicine? Only one would cure me. We talked about Jesus and John 18:37: Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice. We also talked about the consequences for men in the Old Testament who turned to other gods. Pray that Dominick would seek the Lord continually.
Austin – a young man who claimed to be raised in a Christian home BUT he did not go to church and was skeptical that the Bible had been translated accurately. Austin’s co-workers discussed spiritual things including non-bible sources regularly. He considered his co-workers his church. We discussed the danger of making himself the final arbiter of truth (rather than the God of the Bible). We discussed the transmission of ancient documents, the early codices and the phone game. Austin did concede that he had broken the 10 Commandments. Pray that God bring a Christian co-worker into his life who will speak gospel truth.
Richard – was confident that he was going to heaven because he had done many benevolent works … and he trusted in Christ’s work on the cross. He was a leader in the IBPOEW Elks fraternity that was founded in Cincinnati. Benevolence was in the fraternity’s name (the B in IBPOEW). And charity is one of their four named virtues. We discussed Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1 and the importance of salvation by faith alone. Pray that Richard repent and trust in the benevolence of the Savior alone for his salvation.
January 23rd at Bus Station:
Terry – Terry claimed to be a Christian but he had not read his bible or been to worship recently. We discussed the importance of feeding on the word of God and going to church (Hebrews 10:25). He said there were no guarantees to faith so we discussed the words of Jesus: “I shall lose none of all those He has given Me…” John 6:39. Terry was grateful for the encouragement and said, “Thank you.” Pray for repentance.
Dennis – was headed to Fort Wayne where he had a place to stay and a plan to stay sober. He heard the law and the gospel. Pray that he would stay on-track.
January 20th at Bus Station:
Robbie – worked on cell phone towers for 23 years. Sadly, he lost a friend who fell 350 feet from a tower. Although he was raised Southern Baptist, he believed he would get to heaven because, “he had a good heart.” We discussed the 10 commandments and Jeremiah 17:9: the deceitful nature of the heart. Then Robbie shared an interesting story with me …
When Robbie’s Christian Grandma was dying, she shared a vision with him right before she died. In her vision, she was in a field with a water pump and a man said to her, “You can drink from this water and never thirst.” I told him it was scripture and showed him John 4:13-15. Robbie was blown away and asked me to write it down so he could keep it.
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
I am not sure I changed Robbie’s mind about the deceitfulness of his heart. But I am confident that he heard the words of our Savior today. Praise God. Robbie asked that we pray for people who fall upon hard times and need help.
Dezmond – was headed to Rochester but was frustrated because he had been delayed for several hours in Cincinnati. When asked about going to heaven, he claimed, “he had not sinned.” After getting him hooked up with a sub sandwich, we discussed the 10 Commandments and the gospel of Christ. His countenance changed and we put him on the bus with a new view of important things.
G – a young man who was just released today after being incarcerated. G’s debt to society was fully paid so we discussed Jesus’s work on the cross and the Greek word “Tetelestai.” As a homosexual, he had questions about God’s love. G was grateful for the conversation and suggested that, “it was meant that we would talk.”
January 11th at University of Cincinnati:
Sarah – Claimed she did not know what happened after you die. But she knew about the crucifixion of Jesus and learned how her sins separated her from God. Sarah listened to Randy present the “Bridge Illustration” in the Pocket Testament League Book of John and she took the 21 Day Challenge to read a chapter from the Gospel of John every day. She said, “Thank You.” Join us in praying that God would redeem Sarah.
Gabriel – an atheist who thought is was easier to defend atheism than Christianity. We discussed Greg Bahnsen’s statement: “The proof that God exists is the impossibility of the contrary.” We discussed free will, immaterial laws of logic and morality as further evidence. After a discussion about the law and the gospel, Gabriel promised to return and talk another day. Pray that God would grant Gabriel the gift of repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.
Officer M – a Catholic man who returned after a previous discussion about biblical Christianity this summer. He claimed to have been thinking about these things including the critical issue of salvation by faith alone. Please join us in praying for fruit from these important discussions.
Jennifer – a Buddhist who claimed Buddhism was about “treating others like you would want to be treated.” We discussed the moral precepts of Buddhism including prohibitions against lying, stealing, and sexual immorality. She became uncomfortable with the accountability of behavior in her Buddhism so we started talking about Jesus and his claim to be the only way to heaven. She refused literature because her boyfriend was a Catholic and he gave her a lot of Christian information. Pray for Jennifer to escape the snare of false religion.
Devon – a strong Catholic who admitted his need for the Savior but rejected salvation by faith alone. He held to Catholicism and pointed to the book of James as evidence that the Bible argues for salvation by faith and works. He was not open to further discussion about this important truth claim so we pray that we bump into him again (soon).
January 9th at Bus Station:
Donald – a Catholic man who prayed to Jesus, God and Mary. He did many good works as a volunteer and claimed he was saved by his faith plus his baptism. We discussed Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5 and Galatians 2:16. Pray that he accept salvation by faith alone.
Angie and Kenny – An engaged Christian couple asked for prayers as they prepare to be married in August.
John – claimed that a person is saved through the demonstration of acts of faith. Ex. John gave a man $20 to buy something and asked for the change. If the man returned to John with the change, he was demonstrating an act of faith. John acknowledged that he was a sinner but he needs prayer and more truth from scriptures.
Nick – believed we get to heaven by “learning the lessons God has provided for us.” Nick claimed that he learned a lot of lessons from his ex-wife. Nick “suffered in a living hell” due to bad decisions she made during their marriage. As a result, he believed his sins will be forgiven and he will go to heaven. We talked about the bible as the objective standard for truth. Pray that Nick would repent and read the bible.
Cody – a truck driver with a guitar who was traveling to Tennessee. Cody had recently given up the Catholic faith and claimed to be agnostic. Cody read the entire gospel tract (law and gospel) and admitted he could be wrong about his new found agnosticism. Pray for his eternal salvation.
January 5th at Bus Station:
Warren – an Amish gentleman who was happy to talk to us about Amish ways. He said we are saved by grace alone. But when Jerry asked him about Bible Study, he denied studying the Bible. He joined the Amish when he was young due to frustration: Christians around him were not living the Christian life.
James – a Christian drummer in a Gospel band (Gospel Way Singers?). He requested prayer for his sister Peggy and brother-in-law Jimmy. Peggy resisted the gospel because she did not want to be considered a hypocrite.
Rob – a young athlete from Columbus, Ohio. He listened to an impassioned plea to follow Christ and took a Gospel of John. He was finishing a degree in Life Science and had a professional football tryout in Canada. Pray that he build his life on the precious cornerstone of Christ.
George – a skeptic who affirmed a powerful God but struggled with Biblical authority as a way to know Him. George agreed that an all powerful God could communicate with us. Pray that George will repent and seek the Savior.
William – lost his family to a heroin addiction while living in Northern Kentucky. He knew the gospel and asked for prayer for roofing work in Alabama … and prayers for continued sobriety.
January 2nd at Bus Station:
Mark – Mark (pictured with Chris) was caught reading a Chick gospel tract while waiting for his bus. The tract was left by an unknown person. Mark was open to learning more about the gospel because he had just lost his father on December 13th. Chris explained the law, the gospel and 2 Peter 3:9. Pray that God would continue to work in Mark’s heart as he mourns the passing of his father. Who says nobody reads gospel tracts?
Tyler – (pictured with pink hair) received the law and gospel. Tyler’s unique jacket led to a discussion about the coat of righteousness we can receive from Christ. By wearing Christ’s coat of righteousness we can stand out and be identified by God as a follower of Christ. We gave him a passionate plea to identify with Christ. Then we gave him a Gospel of John and a 21 Day Challenge to read it. Pray that he would put on the righteousness of Christ through faith.
John – believes he will become energy after he dies. He was skeptical of anything that originated from men but agreed that he was guilty of breaking the 10 commandments and he heard the gospel.
Lauren – a Catholic who believed she was good. She thought she would get to heaven by “repenting and doing good.” She took the Good Person test based on the 10 commandments. Turns out she was not good by God’s standard. Pray that she trust in Christ alone.
December 29th at Bus Station:
Terry – claimed she would go to heaven because she was a “good soul.” After a discussion of the 10 Commandments, she changed her mind. Terry asked for prayers for her husband who was sick in Buffalo.
Tommy – a former heroin addict with a great Christian story. After overdosing on heroin, the paramedics tried several times to give him Narcam. They had already called the coroner when one of the paramedics gave him one more shot. It worked. Tommy was able to kick the habit in jail. More importantly, he read his Bible and found the Savior. Praise God.
Raymond – Anthony was able to give him the Good Person Test and the gospel.
Palmer – did not know if he would go to heaven but Anthony was able to give him the gospel.
Richard and Wilma – two saints who are heading from Florida to South Carolina.
Bonita – woman on the way from Mississippi to Pennsylvania. She listened as the gospel was preached to her.
Tyrone – was from Chicago. Believed he was “good enough” to get into heaven but reconsidered after Anthony delivered the “Good Person” test.
Anthony – Anthony was traveling from Detroit and had a biblical understanding of the gospel.
Von – Von was from Tennessee and also understood the gospel.
Jerry preaching the gospel on December 28th:
December 27th at Bus Station:
Summer and Trentin – Young couple headed to Knoxville to stay with Grandma. Summer loved the Christian hymns from Grandma’s church. After discussing the law and gospel, Summer shared a prayer request concerning the recovery of her short term memory after a recent concussion. Pray also that Grandma would encourage them to study the Bible.
Gerald – Before discussing the law and gospel, Gerald mentioned that he was going to drink a “cold one” when he got home. After being humbled by his need for the Savior, he looked me in the eye and expressed genuine appreciation for our discussion about important things. Pray that God would continue to work on Gerald’s heart while he is humble.
Shawn – Shawn and I discussed the million dollar question: “Why would God let you into heaven?” After discussing his answer, I bought Shawn lunch and he had a question for me, “Why would you do this?” Pray that Shawn would continue to be surrounded by Christians who help him see the light of the gospel of Christ.
Deb – a man who was raised Hindu but was no longer actively practicing the religion. Deb knew Jesus words, “Love thy neighbor.” We discussed the difference between works based religions and the free gift of God in Jesus Christ. Pray that Deb would read the bible as we discussed.
Damien – thought he could enter heaven because, “I have done the right thing most of the time.” After discussing the law and the gospel, Damien left for Erie, Pennsylvania with a biblical view of justification.
Lionel – I asked Lionel, “Are you a “good person?” Lionel responded, “there was only one good and that was Jesus Christ.” May his tribe multiply.
December 9th at Bus Station:
Frank – Frank lived in a cult compound in Kentucky. The leader cut off contact with all outsiders. Frank’s parents left the cult so he is now free. But he claims his skepticism for all things Christian prevents him from following Christ. We talked about how the abuse of Christianity by a cult leader does not negate his sin, the truth of the gospel or the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Tyler – a young man from Columbus who studied actuarial science in college and worked at Nationwide Insurance. He agreed to breaking God’s law and needing the Savior. Pray that he would connect with other Christians.
December 4th at Miami University:
Ethan – a Jewish man with an interesting story. His Grandma was a Holocaust survivor. Randy was able to give him a hard copy list of Jewish prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. Pray that he would come to know Messiah.
Blaine – an atheist who believed there is nothing after you die. Jerry was able to give him the book of John.
Grant – Identified as a deist. He believed in God and was raised Catholic but was not willing to tell others that their religion was “wrong”. We discussed the exclusive nature of truth. And the evidence for Jesus and the Christian faith.
Ben – A Christian who sat under solid teaching at Xenos Christian Church in Columbus.
Meredith and Marcie – both needed to be reminded that God’s forgiveness is contingent upon faith in the Savior.
Matt and Steven – two Christians who held to biblical justification of Christ alone.
Additional Prayer Request: Please pray for these parents (and children):
- Emily K (Jade),
- Tom and Misty G (Preston, Obadiah, Justin).
- Dianna R. (Morgan, Brayden, Preston).
- Vanessa and Jared R. (Josiah, Jeniveve, Shawn, Brianna, Jaydence).
November 29th at UC:
Thanks for your prayers. Each of these people heard the law and gospel.
Ella – Jewish woman heard Micah 5:2 and Issiah 53 highlights. She was with Jacob who was a Christian who helped explain the gospel. Pray for Ella to come to know Messiah.
Chris – former Catholic who admitted he was guilty of sin but denied literal heaven and hell. He claimed Jesus spoke about the kingdom figuratively (only). He was not interested in bible refutation. He also claimed Eastern reincarnation and Karma.
David – Hard Atheist who was confronted with his contradictory truth claims. He claimed free will, a mind, and moral truths which can not be grounded in material atheism. He heard the law and gospel. Pray that God would lead him to acknowledge the contradictions in his worldview and turn to Christ.
Madison and Lauren – Two young seemingly innocent Christian who were “reminded” of the gospel.
Nick – a Christian who was “not quite good enough” to go to heaven. Pray that he would hold fast to the gospel and become a bold witness for Christ.
Matthew – an Atheist who has visited with us before.
Robert – believed in “nothing” after you die.
Emma and Taylor – Two Christian women. Emma’s grandfather was a Baptist preacher. Pray for their witness on campus.
Wesley – a skeptic.
Abby – a PhD candidate for Mathematics. She claimed Eastern philosophy including reincarnation.
Thanks for your prayers for these young men and women.