Pixie came in from the streets of downtown into Portland Rescue Mission and sat down for a free meal. Kelsey was already at the table and started a conversation. Kelsey, along with 30 other students from Montana State University, was in town as a part of Portland Urban Immersion, a spring break missions trip.
After talking for a while, Pixie eventually opened up to Kelsey about her attempt to get away from hard drug use. While she had lost hope for herself she at least had hope for some of her friends who had never done hard drugs. Kelsey told Pixie there was still hope for her and offered to pray for her. As she prayed, tears ran down Pixie’s face. Kelsey shared how Christ had given her hope and changed her life.
Kelsey and Pixie talked for about an hour until Pixie said, “I want that. I want Jesus as my Lord and Savior.” They prayed together and Pixie submitted her life to her new Savior, Jesus. She then got connected with a woman who leads a female Bible study at the mission and the three of them also prayed together.
It is so exciting to see students from across our region sacrifice their spring break to share hope with hurting people. The MSU students, many of them freshman, came with a desire to grow in their ability to share their faith. They had many opportunities to engage the lost in downtown Portland, at the rescue mission, Portland State University and many other small campuses across the city. After an afternoon of sharing in the city one student said, “I think this is the most enlightening thing I have ever done.”