NYC Mission Trip, Reflections on Days 6-8

It’s very late here in the city; the spiritual and physical exhaustion from such an intense week is a reality! I just want to share some evangelistic highlights from the week, as I experienced it: 

  • For the last several weeks, I prayed that I would be able to share the gospel with a Muslim man and make friends with him as well. God answered on Wednesday night when I shared space on the subway with a Muslim named Sami. During our 20 minute subway ride, we had a fascinating conversation about his hajj, our failure to obey the Torah, assurance of paradise, forgiveness of sins, the person of Jesus, as well as just some time to make friends. 
  • I got to brush up on my French and speak with people in a limited way, using the French language. I’m so thankful I still remember John 14:6 in French! 
  • We had the opportunity to speak with some conservative Jews (college students) from here in NYC. I had probably three gospel-oriented conversations with orthodox Jews. I was shocked at how well they knew the Talmud, Mishnah, and Midrash. However, I was equally shocked at how foggy their knowledge of the Tanak was! One individual did not know that both Jeremiah and Ezekiel wrote of a day when God would make a new covenant with his people! Another individual was surprised by the language of Isaiah 53…
  • On Sunday I spoke with a Catholic man named Jesus (ironically). He was frustrated by the fact that he continues to sin even though he makes a conscious effort not to. After Emiley and I explained the gospel to him at least three different ways, we asked him if he desired to trust Jesus. He said he did, but was uncertain how he could. After some explanation, I really believe that Jesus is either now a believer or that he will become a believer soon. 

I could go on with stories, but the bed beckons. Thanks for your prayers this week!

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