“When we arrived to prayer walk the University of Central Oklahoma, my eyes caught a guy in a parking lot off in the distance. I felt prompted in my spirit that God wanted me to speak to him but he seemed too far away. After over an hour of walking and praying the campus, our team loaded back up to leave, our van was stopped and I noticed THE SAME GUY now walking beside my van. I knew that God was going to ask me to do something and so I looked away. Again, the Holy Spirit brought my attention to this man and I KNEW that God wanted me to give him my shoes. I wrestled with God.
I told God: “My shoes are expensive. I don’t have another pair. This is ridiculous. “
God responded: “Give this man your shoes. “
So I thought, if I’m supposed to do it, my leader will not stop me but encourage me to get out of the van. Can you believe it?? She told me to get out of the van and go for it. So I reluctantly got out of the van and introduced myself to the man. His name was Jacob. He believed in Jesus, but life had been hard on him and he was now living on the streets. As I looked down, his worn, calloused, battered feet were exposed in ragged old sandals that were too small for him. I asked him his shoe size and of course, they were the same exact size as mine. We exchanged shoes and I prayed for Him and got back in the van. God had been teaching me about instant obedience, especially when it’s sacrificial, as well as humility. I always want the best things and I don’t care about the price. Today, God reminded me it’s about humility. Even when I refused a month ago to do this very thing, God didn’t let it go but gave me another opportunity to choose obedience.”
This and many more stories like this, are ones our students will never forget. They are eternal, Kingdom centered, and life changing. The more our students reflect Jesus, the more effective they will be in ministry. Pray for our team as there are only a few more days of ministry left. Pray for strength as they lean into what the Holy Spirit is doing. Pray for continued divine encounters as they engage in Jesus ministry.