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Francisco Nueves, Javier Martinez, David Santisteban, Thomas Foster, and Nelson Riviera go to the capital of Texas to open-air preach and engage in gospel conversations on Saturdays. Readied by prayer and study we go knowing some people will never enter the door of a church. This is one of the many gospel conversations that day. 

A married couple had noticed Our IQ test. I, Thomas saw their interest and went to engage them. I introduced myself and found out that they were from Egypt. The wife spoke very little English, but she was very intrigued by the IQ test and the husband who spoke good English translated the test as we were going through it. In the test, Moses is mentioned, and his Muslim belief becomes apparent. He asked my belief and I told him mine was Christian. He asked why. I told him I knew the issue was who was the last prophet Mohammed came 500 years after Jesus. Nothing is needed after Jesus paid the fine. I asked if he knew what some of the last words Jesus said on the cross, he said he did not and I told him Jesus proclaimed “it is finished”, as we had not completed the IQ test and his wife was insistent that we continue so we worked through the test. I told him the IQ test was to show us how sometimes we can think wrong or be deceived.  I took the opportunity to transition from the test and the apologetics (the natural man) to the Conscience. I asked if he knew what the Old Testament moral law was. He said he did not know. I said it was the 10 Commandments. He said he knew about them but had never been taught.  I asked the question, do they think that they were good people? He said yes I explained that he believed in One God (single). We believed in One God revealed and three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father in eternity past desired to give his Son a gift of people and Jesus agreed to purchase that gift. The Holy Spirit agreed to seal and teach the people to hate their sin and to understand his word, the Bible, and to point us to the finished work of Christ on that cross, Christ our Savior, and when we repent of our sins and place our faith in Christ’s finished work that he would forgive us. The husband then said he had never heard that and was so thankful to understand the Christian message and he said he could see my confidence and my sincerity, he grabbed my hand and held it for the longest time and over and over telling me that this meeting was so important to him. I asked if I could pray for him and he said yes I explained repentance and faith and then prayed for his salvation. One of many gospel conversations that day praise our God for His mercy and grace


Pray for everyone who heard the gospel at the Strawberry Festival. We had a lot of fun taking people through the IQ tests and sharing the gospel.

We spent hours sharing the gospel with people. There were four of us sharing the gospel most of the time.

Mary asks us to pray for her and her Momma.

I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Psalm 77:11-12

This month has been a challenge for me. My mother has been very sick and is now unable to care for herself even in the simple things. She no longer walks and says few words. She can no longer feed herself. Her decline happened overnight. My brother and I are saying a slow goodbye to her.

Yet, through all of this grief, I have been given joy. A professor on the ECU campus sent me an email to remind me that my work is not in vain. This is a beautiful reminder of what Scripture tells us in Isaiah 55:11: God’s Word will not return void but will accomplish what He pleases. Three students who attended Bible study came to debate evolution but left trusting in what God says about creation.

Ronal Regan said, “There is no limit to what can be done as long as you don’t care who gets the credit.”

Writing a monthly newsletter is challenging since the Bible tells me not to boast about myself, so I want to boast about Jesus. I just work for Him. In the words of John Barros, “Just show up, and Jesus will show off. “ He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only One who deserves credit.

Please pray for the students on the college campuses around our nation.  Why? They choose to suppress the Truth. Pray for these young people.

Pray for me as I say goodbye to my mom.

Please keep the CCN Campus Leaders in your prayers. Several of us have parents that are dealing with some form of dementia.  Helping parents and going through these experiences can be difficult.

Please pray for the outreaches that will occur in the summer.

Please pray for Bible Studies and outreaches that will happen in the Fall.

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