Monday, October 27, 2014

"Let the Little Children Come to Me"

Akon (the boy in blue) interacting with one of our volunteers
After sharing a Bible story at Moore Park with a group of kids, one boy wanted to stick around and look through the Beginner's Bible. As the rest of the kids went with the staff to play tag, Nicole stayed with Akon who is around 9 years old to answer his inquiries. He flipped through the Bible asking many questions, which gave her the opportunity to share the gospel with him. Akon is not from a Christian home so his interest in the Bible is very exciting! He asked Nicole if we brought any other books. As she looked through our bin, the gospel cube caught Akon’s attention and he wanted her to explain it to him. They spent a good 15-20 minutes together as he soaked in all of this Good News!

We love ministering to the children through games and facepainting and often pray for opportunities to share the gospel in a way they can understand and receive. This seemed to be one of those special opportunities and we are thankful for what God is doing in his heart. Please pray that the seeds we've sown go deep, and that Akon and many other kids would give their lives to Jesus. Thank you! 

The Power of the Gospel

Recently David received a phone call from a practicing Muslim named Mohammed. He told David that he was walking by the Mobile Resource Center during our newest outreach to Corona, Queens, and he stopped to pick up a Gospel of John and one of our contact cards. That night he read through the entire gospel and was totally blown away by it. He kept telling David, "I've never heard anything like this! I've never heard anything like this!" He is now interested in learning more about Jesus and the Bible and he expressed a sincere desire to come to join us at King's Fellowship. Wow, Hallelujah! God is drawing him to Himself. Please join us in praying for Mohammed.

Our Mobile Resource Center Set Up In Corona

Jaime's Story

Some of the Men at Tompkins Square Park
Several weeks ago Jaime stopped by the Mobile Resource Center to speak to a few of our staff members. During their conversation Jaime confided in them, acknowledging that he had a drinking problem and had been struggling with alcoholism for most of his adult life. He told them that he was sick of drinking and he wanted to stop but was never able to give it up. They prayed over him for God to break this cycle of addiction and to give him the grace to walk away from his drinking habits.

The next week, when we came back to the park, Jaime was back and he seemed very eager to tell us what happened to him during the week. The day after we prayed over him, he was hanging out with his buddies, and they started drinking again as usual. When they invited Jaime to join them, he didn’t want to. They kept pestering him to drink but as they tried to entice him he remembered our time of prayer. He told us, “I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t drink anymore.” He quickly removed himself from that situation, and by leaning on the Lord he successfully overcame the temptation that had enslaved him for years! It’s been about three weeks since all this happened, and he has been completely sober the entire time.

Beyond the sobriety, we’ve noticed additional changes in Jaime. Every time we see him now he praises God for the transformation that has taken place in him. He routinely reads the Word and has a great desire to understand what scripture teaches. He has come to King’s Fellowship and is even looking to find other churches in his area (Manhattan) with Bible studies that he can attend regularly. Though he is still trying to find housing, he recently got a job as a cook and is no longer unemployed! During our most recent conversation with Jaime, he placed his hand over his heart and told one of our staff members, “It feels different in here.” God has clearly done a work in Jaime’s life and we look forward to helping him grow in his new-found relationship with Jesus. Please join us in praying for him!