Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last Week.....This Week....Merry Christmas!!

Last Week:

We (Dan, Bill, and Myself) started off the 36 degree day at Ritter Park with our "Project Ezra Scripture Reading". We sopke with several people and gave out tracts. Then we headed to Downtown Huntington with the cross. Dan spoke with John a Catholic that did not have a firm belief in Heaven or Hell, and where people go when they die. He simply stated the truth to him in what the Bible says.. Dan believes that John does have an understanding that he will be judged, and depending on his Repentance and Faith will be judged accordingly by a Holy and Righteous God... John did not really understand why Dan was out there proclaiming the truth.. Dan simply told him because he cared about people and did not want to see them go to hell..
Dan also passed a tract to another young gentlemen as he entered a cell phone store.. About 10 minutes later he came back out and asked Dan if I was an activist.. He told him he was not, as he was pointing to the picture of Obama on the front of the tract.. Dan told him that it was just a tract, something to gain someone's attention with the picture on it... He then asked Dan if he believed if it was an abomination for someone to be gay. Dan told him " yes, I do believe it is, as well as lying, stealing, etc.." this man then yelled a profanity at Dan and left... As he entered the car someone was picking him up with in the middle of the street he shouted "equality for everyone".

Bill had the cross and was able to speak with several people as well. One car of teenagers stopped and asked "Ready for what?" Bill was able to briefly speak to them and give them a gospel tract before the light turned green.
Bill also had a semi-truck driver stop in the middle of his left turn and Bill gave him a tract.
Many MDB's were handed out by all of us that day. Pray that many would come to repentance and faith in Jesus.

This Week:

Standing with the Cross today was met with much encouragement from honks, and thumbs up from people... Also had one gentlemen roll down his window and say "Yes I'm ready, Love the Cross, and You all are doing a great job, keep it up".. Dan was also met a gentlemen at the crosswalk that turned to him and said "Yes, I'm ready".. A lady with her daughter came up to grab a Gospel tract from Dan, she had said she had seen him standing there with the Cross from a ways away, and her daughter wanted to know what we were handing out. Also had one other man come up to grab one, as he saw Dan handing out tracts to others.. Dan handed a Gospel tract to a man that he spoke with last week.. As Dan handed him the tract Dan thought he looked familiar... He said "I got one last week from you, don't you remember me?"... Dan told him he did remember and repeated his name.. Please remember John in prayer...

Vernon spoke with Cortez. Cortez just moved to Huntington, WV from Cincinnati, OH. When asked "Where do you think you'll spend eternity when you die?" Cortez responded.." I hope with the man upstairs". He was familiar with God's commandments. As we went through a few of them....Cortez admitted he was guilty of breaking them and deserved eternal punishment in hell for breaking God's Law. He was concerned for his eternity. He understood the Gospel and knew that he needed to repent and place his faith in Jesus. Please pray that Cortez will repent and place his trust in the King of Kings.
We also was met with some people that were 'not ready'... Several thumbs down, middle fingers, etc... A couple cars were full of laughter as they viewed the Cross.....

It was a great day on the streets with Dan and the cross. Keep Fishin!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

An Atheist Biology Professor responds to the "Origin Into Schools" project.....

We previously blogged about our encounter with the enraged atheists during the Origin Into Schools project. One thing we didn’t mention was that shortly after the Gospel was preached and the atheists had left, an unidentified woman who had witnessed the confrontation approached our team and asked for as many books as we would allow her to have. We gave her the last remaining handful we had and at the time were just thankful to have them all distributed. Today, after church, Bill (a member of our team that day) happened to spot that woman in a restaurant. It turns out that the woman is a faculty member in the biology department at Marshall University and informed Bill that she read Ray Comfort’s intro to the book and then distributed all the copies we gave her to her students. While she is a professing atheist, she said that she is very concerned with the way the scientific community has blindly accepted evolution as fact when there are so many problems with the theory. She said she doesn’t like the way her colleagues are suppressing information that is counter to the theory, and that the scientific community is practicing “denialism” by ignoring the facts. She said that they(evolution-endorsing scientists) know that “intelligent designers” (her words) have “picked up on the fact that the fossil record just doesn’t fit” with Darwin’s theory and that they are attempting to indoctrinate college students, rather than educate them. She expressed a desire to present her students with all of the evidence so that they can make up their own minds. It was really encouraging to know that at least one professor at the university hasn’t given in to pressure and isn’t suppressing the truth. More than that, it’s humbling to know that God can even use atheists to proclaim his gospel. Keep Fishin!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday 2009

We ( myself, Bill, and Guy) headed out late Thursday evening to scout out Toys R Us, Best Buy and other stores in the Barboursville, WV area where people would be waiting in line for the doors to open. (We are minus Dan "the media man" because he had to work.) That explains so few photos or lack of video...we really miss him when he's not with us. Anyway, when we arrived we saw that the Toys R Us parking lot packed with people all across the front of the store at least 50 foot deep. We began handing out tracts and then Bill got up on a hill nearby and started to open-air. He had the attention of hundreds of people. He spoke to the crowd in a compassionate way explaining the law and the gospel. I followed Bill and spoke to the crowd. There was a constant flow of people therefore we had several opportunities to share the truth with the crowd. The Fire Marshall would only let a certain amount of people in the store so several hundred people had to wait outside for people to leave the store before they could able to go inside. Praise God!! We had a captive audience. Several people came up to us asking questions and some for words of encouragement.
Next we went over to Best Buy. Bill and I handed tracts to the crowd and Guy spoke to the crowd delivering the gospel. We thank God for the opportunity to hand out more than 600 tracts (we ran out) and for the hundreds of people that heard the gospel. We will be ready for next year with more tracts and more proclaimers of the Truth. Keep Fishin!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lets Roll !!!

What a day. We were able to distribute 1000 Origin of Species books today to students and faculty at Marshall University. There were only a few refusals to take the book which had a 50 page intro that included the gospel. We had Laurie Nair, Darren Arnett, Kevin Simpson, Paul Boekell, Leah Sikes and Julie Costolo making today their first time out with the group. This was Kevin, Darren and Leah's first time out evangelizing. They did a great job! There were no issues until the end of the day when three individuals started to heckle Bill Sikes. Bill continued to speak with the hecklers and the crowd grew larger than larger. Bill then seeing such a large crowd shared the gospel in the open air. The hecklers took off and the crowd stayed and listened. That's just awesome!!! Pray for the people that received the books and heard the gospel that many would repent of their sins and trust in Jesus for their salvation. Thank you to our team:
Laurie Nair
Paul Boekell
Dan Stokley
Bill and Leah Sikes
Guy Reynolds
Chris Tackett
Kevin Simpson
Tim Adams
Darren Arnett
Vernon and Julie Costolo

Keep Fishin!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

All Over Town (part 2)

After lasts weeks surprises our team decided to visit the same areas again. We started off just like last week at Ritter Park. I read Rev.20, Dan read Rev 21, and Bill read Rev 22 as part of "Project Ezra" and then broke into his open air. Dan and followed later with our own open air. Several people were listening and we had opportunities to speak with them. Our next stop was downtown Huntington, WV. We camped out at 4th Ave and 10th St. I had the cross. We all handed out gospel tracts and engaged people in conversation. Dan spoke with a guy named Labamaba... (that is what he said his name was)... He had the belief that our beliefs are more important that the truth.. Dan was able to go through the law with him and he understood the gospel. We pray he will repent of his sin and trust in Christ. Dan was able to hand out 30 tracts and he is looking forward to who he will talk to throughout the week. One of Bills conversations was with a guy named Tony who said he understood for the first time that God would be a corrupt judge for dismissing sin without punishment. Bill eventually told him he needed to repent and put his trust in Jesus, and Tony said he would consider what they had discussed. Bill also talked with Justin, who has been searching for truth in various religions and initially claimed a belief in reincarnation. When Bill pressed him on his views of the injustice in our fallen world, he admitted that he believed there is a judgement awaiting all people in eternity. They went through God's law together and Justin was quite
concerned about his readiness to enter eternity. Bill shared the good news of Jesus with him and Justin said that their conversation had given him much to think about. Please pray for Labamaba, Tony, and Justin. Maybe we will see them this week as we hit the streets. Keep Fishin!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

All Over Town (part 1)

Bill and I started off our day going to Ritter Park and doing our "Project Ezra" scripture reading and then we both did some open-air. We also had opportunities to engage several people in conversation or just hand them a gospel tract. During the open-air people were definitely listening to the law and the gospel. Some people even walked closer and stopped to listen. Then we went to downtown Huntington (4th Ave. and 10th St.) with the cross. It's a great location especially during lunchtime. We handed out a lot of tracts and several great things happened. One guy crossed the
street took a tract
and while he was reading it he said, "I have been thinking about
God lately....this is definitely a message
for me." We hope to see him again this week. The second thing that happened was a city bus stopped at the corner where I was holding the cross. The bus driver who had passengers onboard, unbuckled his seatbelt walked off the bus to get a tract. He thanked us and drove off. Then a police car pulled up to the curve..(we thought they were going to give us some grief) they said, "you guys need to go down by the police station with that cross, alot of officers need to see that and hear the message." We thanked them for their encouragement. That was our afternoon in downtown Huntington. Later on that evening I took the cross to 29th St and 5th Ave for a few hours to catch the rush hour traffic. I was able to hand out six tracts and had one guy stop and chat with a word of encouragement. It was a wonderful day. Looking forward to this week on the streets. Keep Fishin!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bill and His Cross

Bill was ready to take his cross to downtown Huntington, WV. He walked into Starbucks, got his coffee and then grabbed a seat outside. When we planned this event we figured we would have about an hour or so till we had to leave and thats how it all worked out. Bill had a chance to speak with several people. He spoke with a Methodist Pastor and a few other people before he was asked to leave. We went to our next location. I read the Project Ezra scripture verses for the week and did some open air. Bill did his first open-air!! He was a natural at it too...he sounded like he's been doing it for years. We all alternated holding the cross as we each open aired. What an exciting day! Many heard the Truth that day, many seeds were planted, and our prayer is that God would draw them to Himself.
Keep Fishin!!!!

Making the Crosses

Having been inspired and encouraged by Tony Miano and Paul Latour I decided to make a few crosses for our fishing team in Huntington, WV. This is a short description of how I did it and what I used.

I started out with my Materials List:
(this is for one cross)

1 - 1 x 6 x 10 Pine Select (no knots)
1 - 1 1/2 x 1/4 carriage bolt, wing nut and washer
1- English Chestnut Minwax stain
1 - Spray Polyurethane
1 - 4 inch Vinyl Lettering

I started out by cutting my boards to the desired length. The vertical piece measures 4 foot and the horizontal piece measures 3 foot.

Using a dado blade I cut a 1/4 dado in the vertical piece. This will provide stability for the horizontal piece when the cross is in its open position.

Center the horizontal piece in the vertical piece and drill a centering hole.

Drilled a 3/4 hole using a forstner bit to recess the bolt.

Next I made a circle hole jig to make the inlay to hide the bolt.

I mixed some JB Weld to add some additional support to the bolt and to keep the inlay piece from popping out.

Insert the inlay and let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Sand the crosses with some fine sandpaper. Theres not too much sanding due to the good grade of lumber that Pine Select is.

Add a coat of English Chestnut Stain and let dry for 24 hours.

Apply three coats of polyurethane. I used a commercial sprayed type but a wipe on or brush on type would work just as well. This would protect the crosses from the elements and give a good surface for the letters to adhere to.

I used some blue tape to help be sure the letters were all lined up properly.

The cross weighs 5.4 lbs.

This woodworker had a lot of fun making these crosses......but its alot more fun using them and seeing them used all over town for the glory of God.
Thanks again to Paul and Tony for the inspiration in this design.

Keep Fishin!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Street Evangelism

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


My friend David at church put this video together. Enjoy! Keep Fishin!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dan On The Box!!!!

When I first came to Huntington, WV one year ago I had to try to assemble a street fishin team. I met several guys through Ambassadors Alliance Fellowship. One of those guys was Dan "The Man" Stokley. We first spoke by phone and eventually got together. I can expect a call from Dan every week to plan what pond we will be fishing at. He is faithful in taking the gospel to the lost whenever he has an oppportunity. Dan makes opportunities. I have asked Dan in the past if he wanted to " Get on the Box"...he shook his head and said, "No". Today was a different story...Today Dan got "On the Box" for the first time!!!!. He proclaimed the Law and the Gospel several times at the stoplight. Several people yelled from their vehicles thanking him. We also handed out several tracts and spoke with several people. I thank God that He has given Dan so much love for the lost that he would set aside his fears to glorify his Savior. What a wonderful day. Keep Fishin!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

3 Guys at Marshall University for 2 Hours = 1600+ Tracts handed out...Priceless....What a great afternoon!!

Bill "The Fisherman" Sikes, Dan "The Man" Stokley and myself were very excited to hit Marshall University. We had no idea what a great day it would be. Heres a bit of what happened as told by Bill and Dan.
Bill spoke with Jessica: Jessica was curious about the million dollar bills and asked what they were. I told her they were gospel tracts, and asked her what she thought happened when people died. She said she didnt really know and hadn't thought about it much. After going through God's law with her, she looked at me with a fearful countenance and said she was concerned for eternity and that she saw herself as a guilty sinner. I presented the gospel of Jesus Christ to her and she seemed to be locked on to every word as she listened. After thinking for a moment, she told me she had never heard the good news before. I encouraged her not to wait another day before repenting of her sin and putting her faith in Jesus to be saved. She said she would and thanked me for sharing.

Bill spoke with Travis: I spotted Travis coming from a couple hundred yards away because of his "Bad Religion" band tee-shirt(a well known anti-organized religion touting band). I approached him with a million dollar bill tract, pointed at his shirt and asked, "so do you believe the same things they do?". He professed to be an atheist that believes that there is not eternal life. My response caught him off guard a bit, as I asked him, so if there was a God, and a heaven, and a hell, where would you go? We reviewed his works together against the law of God, and by his own admission, he was guilty on all inquiries. He agreed to listen as I presented the gospel to him, and his only hangup was to say "but if Jesus was Lord, why did he say that his Father had forsaken him on the cross". I responded by explaining to him that a holy God not only can not look upon the sin that Jesus had taken upon himself, but also that God the Father had poured out his wrath upon the Son. I told Travis that the wrath poured upon the Son was wrath that currently abides on him, and will be stored for his day of judgement if he rejects the gospel. In that moment Travis seemed to really understand what I was telling him for the first time, like it had become something logical in his mind instead of "corny religious cliches". He thanked me intently for sharing with him, and promised to consider what we had discussed.

Dan said he talked to one gentlemen that said he was a "Christian" that sang in Churches, but did not attend Church... I asked him how I could be saved, and he had no clue.. I shared the law and gospel with him.. pray for him that he would examine himself by looking nto the mirror of Gods Word and see if he is a believer or not.
Dan also spoke with a guy who was in a rush but was able to swap contact info with each other to finish the discussion later.

Dan also ran into several others that he had talked to before and was able to encourage them as well.

Please pray for these folks as well as all who took tracts.

We had no idea that we would be able to hand out over 1600 tracts today. What a beautiful day! What an Awesome Day.! Thank you Jesus!!! The gospel was proclaimed at Marshall University and God was glorified......Keep Fishin!