Soul winning for The River Bible Institute has been a weekly event that has allowed me to lead people to Jesus Christ on the streets, in the malls, and the housing projects. Many times it’s like getting born again all over again when they say the prayer with you and you feel the same exhilaration, gratitude, and love.
Children have a special place in my heart and to see those, with innocent, child like faith, receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior is like having your first born baby. The delivery went smoothly, everything was normal, and you just had a wonderful feeling that all is well.
The Love of God is the thing that impacted me the most when I received the infilling of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5) To see others experiencing that Love for the first time or the rekindling of it for those who have backslidden brings a “joy that is unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8) There’s almost a look of unbelief on some of the faces. For others you see a hopeful gleam in their eyes that maybe this is real. Then there are some that have such light and joy on their faces as they encounter the very presence of God in such a tangible way, you can see an immediate effect. From darkness to light they are born again and translated into God’s Kingdom.
One of the most exciting things is training up people who have never won anyone to the Lord, to go out and see them win their first soul to Jesus. From then on, they are on fire about sharing the unconditional Love of God to a hurting world. They step out in fear and trembling, maybe stumbling over the words at first, mustering up the belief that this is going to work. When they see how easy it is and that the person repeating the prayer is very grateful afterwards; it makes them want to make up for lost time as they zealously approach the next person.