Meeting Troy in Johnson City, IL

Troy, after accepting Jesus Christ.

Troy accepted Jesus as his personal savior this day. 77 years of age and had not heard of salvation, nor of being able to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Stopping in Johnson City, Illinois the next day, Tom knocked on the doors of four different churches. He stopped into a business across the street from one church, meeting a local businessman named Troy. Tom asked about where he might find the pastor of the church, explaining how there were no signs of hours or phone number or any contact information posted at the church. Troy wasn’t sure, saying the pastor was gone most of the time.

So Tom shared with the man about being in ministry and Troy shared with Tom that he was 77 years old and working in his last year of business before retiring. Tom asked Troy if he had heard about the 3 things God cannot do. Troy hadn’t heard, but said, “sure” when asked if he’d like to hear. Tom shared how He cannot lie, He cannot change and He cannot let anyone into Heaven unless they are born again. Tom asked, “Are you 50, 75 or 100% sure you would go to Heaven if you died today?” Troy said, “not at all”. If I could tell you how you could be sure, would you want to know? Troy said yes, so Tom shared the plan of salvation and lead Troy through the sinners prayer and the Troy received Christ right then.

Tom wrote down his contact information and explained the need for Troy to start attending church and that he would receive a Bible and a study in the mail. Troy then gave his permission to have his picture taken, that Tom could share the good news with others. Troy was 77 years old and had never heard of salvation or that he could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Rejoice!!! Praise the Lord Almighty!!

Tom left Troy and went on to another church around the corner, and did find it open with people. They did know Troy the businessman, and were surprised and thankful for the opportunity to have their pastor follow-up with Troy. The church also expressed a desire to seek further engagement with SOS Events. Hallelujah! We celebrate the body of Christ and His Kingdom work together!

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