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From: Kacy S.
Date: July 19, 2023

Dane and I had a really cool experience at the least expected location – the car dealership.

As we were driving to the dealership we asked God to lead us in a conversation with the car dealer who we had previously met. While we didn’t get to have a conversation about Jesus, we did get to encourage him, explain how we worked with Northwest Bible and our heart to adopt from the lens of Christianity. 

But later that day, as we were in financing with a woman …, we got to have a surprisingly easy to start conversation with her. She was a woman of peace who began asking questions about us, our marriage, our faith. We got to explain our love for Jesus and the Rock He is to our marriage and our purpose in life.

She told us that she was in a relationship where her boyfriend was a Christian and she was Catholic and she has been checking out some Bible churches with him. She also said that she’s interacted with lots of pastors and church ministers recently who have been encouraging her. At the end, we asked if there was anything we could pray for her about. She immediately teared up and asked for prayer for her father who is battling cancer. We got to pray for her right there in her office and it was such a blessing to us all! 

We walked away reminded of how good God is.

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From: Jessica H.
Date: July 18, 2023

I had asked a co-worker if she would like to come to church with me, she said yes even through she hasn’t been to church since she was 14. We met for breakfast and I listened to her story for an hour and then she attended church with me. I know the Lord was already working on her life through other people because she talked about other co-workers and how they talked about their faith with each other but she realized she did not have that kind of relationship with them. On another date at work I prayed for her, her chronic medical problem and anxiety. I’ve invited her to a a summer Bible study I am hosting in my house but she has not attended yet. My next step is to take her out to lunch again and see where she is in her faith. Please pray for [her].

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From: Jennifer S.
Date: June 28, 2023

I had a conversation alongside Neil with someone from out of town who had visited Northwest for the first time a little over a month ago, and had recently started attending church again. We got to find out from them more about why they had been out of church, their faith background, and why they recently started attending church again. We also got to learn this person’s current views about Jesus and how that translates into mental health, relating to others, and making sense out of life. Neil was able to encourage them to dig into the stories of Jesus from the gospels, and I was able to encourage them that pieces of their story seemed to point to God pursuing them and not leaving them where they were mentally and spiritually. It was a really encouraging, enlightening conversation with a younger person who is coming back to their faith and exploring more about who Jesus is to them.

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From: Jackie M.
Date: June 18, 2023

[On the Cuba mission trip, a local woman] made a commitment to follow Christ. She thought her sins were too much, struggled with mental illness and loneliness – received her first Bible and reading glasses because she wanted to able to read the book of John. Since then the local pastor shared a WhatsApp message that [they threw away] idols and [the woman] has come to church. Please pray for her to continue to learn about Jesus and how much God loves her.

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From: Dan B.
Date: June 17, 2023

[My wife and I attended] a friend’s daughter’s wedding. At the wedding reception a young gregarious guy sat down next to me. We had a lively conversation about the wedding, then it turned to his marriage. He shared some painful things. I asked about his spiritual journey and he said he grew up Catholic but has left the church. We talked about Jesus and he had lots of questions and doubts. It was a great conversation and good seed was planted for sure! I am planning to follow up. Please pray with me that [this young man] would come to know our Savior.  Also pray for wisdom for my next steps. Thanks!

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From: Jennifer S.
Date: June 16, 2023

Our team went to lunch at a local dumplings restaurant and met the owner of the place … who was so kind and told us all about the story of the restaurant. She tied it to her family history, the meaning food holds in her heart, etc. My coworker asked her how her faith plays into her views on food, family, etc. She shared that she isn’t religious but if she were, she would identify most closely with Buddhism. She said she has friends of all faiths and has great respect for all of them. I’m hoping to return to the shop sometime to continue the conversation with her!

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From: Jessica H.
Date: June 12, 2023

Allison and I met a young woman in Victoria Park [in London on the Northwest mission trip] who was babysitting her 3 yr old niece. She was on hold on the phone but willing to engage in conversation with us. We prayed for her and I was able to share the gospel! She said she had heard it in the past but forgot. Lord let these seeds be watered and not dry up! She was unwilling to let us collect her contact info but I’m praying for believers to be placed in her path.

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From: Caleb G.
Date: June 12, 2023

I met a young woman named [….]. She was walking near our group [from the London mission trip] and she said something to me like pardon. I ended up telling her about our group and the church ministry. She knew about Kahaila [local coffee shop church] which was really awesome! After a bit, I asked her if there was anything I could pray for her about, she said yes, her partner’s father was very sick. I asked how bad and it was pretty bad. I was able to have some connection with this since my mom is a hospice nurse and I lost my grandmother just over a year ago. I asked her if I could pray for her now and she said yes but she had never had anyone pray for her. So we prayed for her family and her and he partner and her partners father. After, I asked her if she was a spiritual person, to which she said yes. I then asked her if she had ever heard the gospel, to which she said no. So I asked her if I could tell her, it’ll take like 2 mins. She said yes and I got to share the Gospel with her! She was definitely impacted by this and told me she had a lot of thinking to do. I told her about the services at Kahaila at 7:30 on Wednesday and referred her to Paul [pastor of Kahaila] to answer her questions.

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From: Jennifer S.
Date: June 12, 2023

On the London mission trip, we split up into pairs or 3s and walked the pop up “farmer’s market” at Kings Cross Square in front of the Kings Cross St Pancras station. Caryss and I met […] at a cannoli booth. She works full time for this booth and was very kind. She’s been in London for 15 years and really likes it. I think she said she was originally from Pakistan???? When we asked what we could pray for her about, she mentioned her son […] who is 10 and has Autism. I was so surprised and shared that I also have a son with Autism who is 9! We prayed for him right there, and she thanked us. When we met up with the group afterwards to debrief, we learned that Allison and Christina had been by to talk to her before us (without either of us knowing), and when they asked her if they could pray for her, she said “just general stuff” – but when I asked her a little bit later, I was surprised that she answered so quickly and without hesitation, “yes you can pray for my 10 year old son […] who has Autism” I believe she must have thought about it after the other girls asked, and realized what she would have asked for prayer for! This was a cool connection God made for us too, because it showed in “real time” what we had been praying for – that God would bring other believers into the path of those we have been meeting, to continue the conversation and share Jesus with them!

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From: Lauren A.
Date: June 10, 2023

[…] was a homeless woman sitting on the side of King’s Cross Station [in London on the Northwest mission trip] asking for money to get into a hostel. I was walking around with a partner from my missions team, looking for people to have conversations with, and we didn’t have any cash on us but I asked if there was an atm nearby. [She] said yes and led me to the atm, but as we walked I was able to pray for her and the other member of my team was able to share the gospel with her as I got her her money.

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