I have a huge prayer request for those of you who believe that prayer changes things. Today at the nursing home I was teaching the story about Paul and Silas in Prison and how the jailer wanted to know how to be saved. Lena and I spoke to two of the ladies in our room about their need for the Lord. These ladies are the ones I am asking you to pray for. The first lady, Marfa, whom we have given the gospel to before and she had told us "Later", told us that she wanted to die. I asked her if she knew if she died today, if she would be in Heaven. She told us, "no". I proceeded to talk to her about the Lord. To make a long story short, she said that she knew that she was not going to heaven and she has been a Russian Orthodox all her life and she would not abandon it now. We told her that it wasn't about a denomination, church, or religion. It is All about trusting in Jesus Christ! We told her that Jesus loves her and died for her. Her final words to us were, "I know that I will not go to heaven, but I will not forsake the Orthodox beliefs." This is how many people here believe. They see it as religion and not Christ. As I left her today, giving her a kiss on the cheek, I told her that Jesus Loves her, and to think about what He did for her.
The other lady's name is Zoya. She is very hard, but we have have seen the Lord working on her. Today I asked her if she knew if she would be in heaven when she dies and she said she didn't know and God would make that decision when she dies. I told her about Jesus and what He did for her on Calvary. We spent much time with her going through the Bible, but at the end, she said, "I'm not ready". She said she understands but is just not ready.
Today I left there with such a deep burden for them. Satan has such a hold on the people here. Last week we had a lady in another room (that was always happy to see us) say she did not want to listen to us and when the lesson began, she closed her eyes and wouldn't even look our way. Praise the Lord, after a week of prayer for her, she was very excited to see us and listened very closely to the Bible lesson. Please Pray for these ladies and their receptiveness to the Gospel!