I replied..."Muy bien...Gracias...your Spanish is really good!" She sort of startled me because she was very outgoing and I didn't know if see was practicing Spanish for school or if she thought I didn't speak English.
Then her mom sat down and they introduced themselves. Minutes later, they explained how they were on their way to Burbank for an audition. Apparently the young 12 year old is in films--that explained her boldness when she met me.
We practically talked the entire time which was great because it made the time pass quickly. When they asked me what I "did" for a job I used Kirk Cameron's childhood acting to relate to her and then I shared about what I do for the ministry which lead me to a clear Gospel presentation. So then next time your on a plane don't forget to share your faith with the person sitting next to you.
That was the first day. Then the second day, Thursday I worked at the ministry (with the wonderful staff--photographed right Danny, Liz, Joel and Marvin) while the Academy participants where in sessions with Kirk, Ray, E.Z. Mark, Scotty, and Tony.
At noon, I went to Cerritos College to do street fishing for the radio. If you listened to The Way of the Master Radio last week, my follow-up with Petro "Nelo" Rodriguez from hour 1 went really well...he and a good friend heard the full Gospel message. And for hour 2 with Jeremiah the young Mormon man was pretty interesting. We agreed to disagree on several things. After the program, I didn't hold anything back. I shared that if he believes in the Jesus of Mormonism, then that Jesus is a different Jesus according to the scriptures. The Jesus of Mormonism is NOT the Jesus of the Bible. I took Jeremiah and his three friends through the law and he said that he would be forgiven of his sins because of "what Jesus did and all his good works". So I explained how the scriptures make it clear that we are saved by Christ alone not of anything of ourselves lest we should boast!Switching gears to something that blessed my heart on the first day of the Academy....When I arrived at the hotel, one of the participants (Nigel Titus) who came to the Academy all the way from Cape Town, Africa said, "Trish, many people back home were asking me before I left for America 'why are you going all the way from Africa to California for just for 3 DAYS of training?!!!' and you know what Trish?...It's only the first day--and today alone was worth all the traveling!...I'm inspired and we still have two more days to go!"
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