Our God brought many across the path of the Cross on the beach again this day. Many visitors were engaged in conversation and received the ministry gospel tracts and of those who crossed our path God came to meet Heaven (age 16) and her friend Mercedes (age 17). These girls stopped at the Cross and inquired about the ministry. After explaining the purpose of the ministry Heaven was asked about her name and she said it was spelled just like God’s heaven. She was then asked if she stood before God and was asked why she should be admitted into heaven what would she say and she responded by saying: “I have always tried to be a good person, I try to be very good always.” It was said to Heaven that what she said is not what the Bible teaches about eternal life. Mercedes then moved closer and said: “I too believe that being a good person would get a person into heaven.” The girls then wanted to know what the Bible teaches about entry into heaven. Heaven and Mercedes listened closely as it was said to them that eternal life is a free gift of God and heaven cannot be earned by any good deeds a person does.
The gospel of God’s grace was presented to Heaven and Mercedes and after hearing they were asked if they understood and they both said that they did understand and that they wanted to pray to God and be sure of heaven. Romans 10:9-10 was shared with the girls and then individually Heaven and Mercedes prayed out loud the salvation prayer which was printed on the gospel tract that they held in their hands. Both girls were so thankful. They were encouraged to pray to God when they arrived home and to ask God to help them to take the next step in their Christian faith. They said that they would do this. We reminded Heaven and Mercedes that our body of Christ would be praying for them. When this Holy Spirit encounter came to a close we gave praise, honor, and glory to our God.