July 31st & August 7th
As always, we stood together and prayed when we got to Rodney Square. We usually take turns praying so it probably went on for a few minutes. As soon as we said “Amen” a man came running up to us with tears streaming down his face. His name was Rob, and he wanted us to pray for him. He said that he was sitting on the sidewalk (we didn’t even see him!) and was listening to us pray. He was so grateful to God for sending brothers and sisters to pray with him. So we brought Rob into the middle of our circle and prayed for him. Afterwards, he told us how the Lord had led him to that very spot. He had been struggling to quit drinking and smoking and was basically at the end of his rope. He said he wanted to “turn away from bad things and back to Jesus.” He pointed to a brown bag that was sitting on the sidewalk. He opened it and showed us the beer and cigarettes, and we asked him if he wanted to throw them out. Without hesitation, Rob began to crack open the beer and pour it into the trash!
We saw Rob a week later and he wasn’t doing so well. He had been drinking again. Chris had a long talk with him and found out that he was facing a few months of jail time. Rob was afraid of being in jail because he didn’t want to be sober and “alone with his thoughts.” However, he realized that he needed to face the consequences of his actions, and he did end up turning himself in. We’ve seen him since, and he’s doing great! He says that no matter what his circumstances look like, he’s free. Rob amazes me with how well he knows the Word of God. I think that’s why he knew that he needed to turn himself in. God’s truth is written so deeply in his heart that he can’t get away. I thank God for His Word and for the heart that He’s given our brother Rob.