7/13/10 Florentino, about 60 Valencio, about 40
I have learned enough Spanish to be able to pass out Spanish Gospel tracts and ask questions to get people interested in reading them, and I was doing just that at the park when I met Florentino, who can speak English fairly well. He was very happy to talk about the Lord and said he had been born again in 1985. He became very involved at his church, even filling in for the pastor and giving the sermon when needed. Now he has fallen away from church fellowship and although he reads his Bible, he doubts his salvation, saying he is too sinful and mentioning the lust of the eyes as a particular problem. I pointed him to Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." to remind him that it isn't "good" people who go to heaven, but forgiven people. We talked about another verse that meant a lot to him - James 1:12, "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." It rejuvenated his faith at one time in his life, and now it did again. By the end of our conversation Florentino was bubbling with joy, saying God had truly sent me to talk ti him today. His friend, Valentino, who didn't know any English, was there with us and is active in church so Florentino said he would start going back to church with him.