Former Slippery Rock University and CCN Bible Study student Joshua DiPippa shown here preaching in the open air for the first time in Union Square.
Manhattan’s Union Square contained bright lights and a bustling nightlife, not to mention an eccentric mix of people. But for Campus Leader Eric Williams it also brought forth a wonderful surprise. While “on the box” Eric (right) was greeted by his cousin (left) whom he hadn’t seen in a long time. Nevertheless, while he was preaching Eric’s cousin was listening and got an opportunity to hear the gospel! “What are the odds?” Eric wondered aloud.
Dennis Miranda (left) from Pittsburgh, PA lovingly shares a passage from God’s word with a New Yorker in response to one of his objections. Just a few moments before the bicyclist and his friend had been sharply protesting during Dennis’ open air preaching before a watching crowd.
Campus Leader Gene Henderson came upon two young men dining in the park where he began a witnessing conversation with them. “They were very attentive” Gene recalls “and did not seem to mind me interrupting them while they chowed down on their pizza. The young man on my right said to me that he thought the Bible to be not a reliable book saying that it was translated so many times over so many years.” This is a common objection that CCN campus missionaries often face. Nevertheless, Gene was prepared to give a defense. “I explained to him that the Bible was written over a length of 1,500 years, written by 40 different authors and from three different continents. And that the Bible has a coherency and consistency unmatched by any ancient work out of antiquity. We see this coherency and consistency well in the multitude of fulfilled prophesies and even more amazingly in the life of Jesus who often went to the scriptures to answer peoples questions and objections. So if the scriptures” Gene pressed on “were and are good enough for Jesus to properly know and answer life’s questions then those same scriptures are good enough for you and me.” The young man then exclaimed that that was the best explanation of the validity of the Bible that he had ever heard! Thus Gene then ended his time by politely apologizing for interrupting their meal. However, they seemed very appreciative nonetheless that he stopped by to talk with them and to share the good news of Jesus Christ who forgives all when we repent and trust Him.