We continue to report testimonies written by our Irvine-sent and Irvine-related trainees regarding their enjoyment and experience in the FTTA for the encouragement of all the saints.Finally went door knocking! A few weeks ago, we had the Howard Higashi video, and I remember I was crying like a baby in class. Exposed and touched, I told B, “Alright this week, I want to go preach the gospel with you guys.” But then 3 weeks later, every time it’s time for door knocking something would come up. And so last Friday when B asked me again (he asks me every week btw – what a faithful brother), I thought, “I guess I’m run-
ning out of excuses huh?” So I went by faith!!
So B, D, C and I went to a skater park and we preached the gospel! Before going I told B I’m just going to sing in the back and pray for you. We approached this couple, M and D, and I sang them a song! (Hymn 339). That opened them up to talk to B. Turns out they are Christians who came down on some hard times. They talked about their troubles and D started to cry. As I was listening something welled up within me and the Lord told me, “You have something to say!” I told D, “I’ve been reading something this week, and it says our life is not a plain. It’s of many mountains and valleys, and because of this the water can flow. Just want to encourage you that what follows a valley is the mountain.” And right then I had a moment of clarity. That moment I was so happy I came back for my 3rd term. Had I not come back this term I wouldn’t have been able to share Christ with this couple.
The Lord gave me more to share, enjoyments I didn’t know I had in me! We then called on the Lord with them, shared Romans 10:13 with them. “Sometimes I would be so down because I think too much or I’m too depressed. But we can just stand on the fact! The Bible tells us whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! This is not just when we first got saved, but day to day. Every time we call, we get saved!” We ended our time by singing the high priest medley to them: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched by the feeling of our weaknesses. / and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God! /looking away unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
Before we left them, we read the mystery of human life prayer together in Spanish; there in the middle of the grass field, praying while laying on hands. Hallelujah for generality! That is the most genuine joy I’ve ever felt in my life. It’s still here – it’s a lingering joy! I am so encouraged!