Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shawnee State University - Feb 2010










Today we (Gerald, Dan, Bill and myself) made our trek up to Portsmouth, Ohio to Shawnee State University. We werent there 5 minutes...security came out and relocated us to a new area. Security at SSU has always been pleasant to work with. We complied and trusted in Gods sovereignty. We soon came to find out that this indeed was a good location, maybe even better than the first. We met up with our friends Gary and Tim from Grace Community Church of Portsmouth. We all were able to hand out hundreds of tracts and engage in several conversations. Here are a few:

This was Gerald Fosters first trip to SSU to reach the lost. He spoke with several people. One guy he spoke with wanted to know more about creation. Gerald spoke with him about creation and later referred him to the Answers In Genesis website which has an enormous amount of info on the subject. We were very encouraged to have Gerald with us!!

Bill spoke with a friendly young lady named Adoujah, a Sunni Muslim student from Morocco. After a few minutes of comparing the Islamic and Christian faiths, Adoujah agreed to compare her life against God's law (which is recognized as holy scripture in Islam). Although she at first expressed confidence in the mercy of allah to let her sins go unpunished, she was a bit surprised when confronted with Proverbs 17:15, "He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.". Bill explained to her that a just God could never allow justice to be left unserved, and therefore would never allow sin to go unpunished. At that moment, her confident countenance changed and she heard the good news of Jesus. Gary happened to be only a few feet away at the time and was able to provide her with some additional literature that further explains the gospel to muslims. Please pray that God will lead her out of deception and in to the truth of his grace.

Dan had a long conversation with Dillon. From what Dan could understand Dillon had combined some of evolution and creation together. He made his own god. Dan spoke with him about all the evidence of a Creator (everything around us)... He later took him through the Law and showed him how he has sinned against a Holy and Righteous God.. by his own admission Dillon said he would spend eternity in hell and was concerned. Dan graciously shared the gospel with him and urged him to repent and put his faith in Christ...

We know that seeds were indeed planted today. Pray for the harvest!! Keep Fishin.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Redeemed!!!






Bill:
I want to share an extraordinary sequence of events that took place in downtown Huntington today that have all of us praising God for his providence and grace. About 11 am this morning the three of us set up on a corner with Dan holding the cross. Vernon and I (Bill) immediately decided to make a quick walk down to the nearby community college to hand out tracts and talk to the students. When we arrived we discovered an empty corner with nobody outside the school. We both figured that the snow had kept everyone inside and decided to do some open air preaching at the busy intersection two blocks over. We set up and I had only belted out the words "Hello Huntington, I want to..." when our amplified speaker died. At this point, I was feeling a little bit frustrated as we were having a hard time finding an audience for the Gospel in the midst of a winter snowstorm. Little did I know that God had a divine appointment set for the audience he had chosen. After our equipment failure on the corner, Vernon and I were separated as we were both passing out tracts to the few people walking down the streets. On the way back to rendezvous with the guys at the original corner, I approached two young ladies named Latisha and Saeisha outside the community college with million dollar bill tracts. They asked what they were, and I told them. I asked them what their opinions are on God, eternity, and morality, and it opened the door to a very honest, sincere conversation. I was honored with the opportunity to share God's law with them, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After about 10 minutes, at the close of our discussion, Saeisha looked at me and then Latisha and said "Bill, I'll never forget this conversation, and I'm going to go think about this right now", and then she asked for a bible. She then asked, "Latisha, where are you going now?". Latisha looked at me and said, "I'm going to go repent of my sin and put my trust in Jesus Christ right now." I gave her a bible, my email address, and the web address of my church, encouraged them, and said goodbye. Latisha said "Well, I WILL see you again" (meaning in eternity with Jesus). It is so amazing to see a heart broken under the conviction of sin, only to be made whole by the grace found through faith in Jesus Christ. I want to encourage you all that the Gospel is STILL the power of God unto salvation! If you want to see God at work, tell someone clearly, tell someone in love sincerely, that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Dan: Pepsi guy at the stoplight asked where I was from and said "What you are doing is Awesome!!" another guy drove buy and shouted "Hey, I AM ready"..
Many people waved, and had some thumbs up from passers by...
Dan also handed out several gospel tracts .

Vernon: Today was a great day...Latisha got saved!! We look forward to hearing from her. Also I had the opportunity to see Mulhollah (sp) today. He drove up while we were on the corner of 5th and 10th. He needed some tracts to hand out which we gave him plenty. We look forward to seeing how God uses him to reach the lost. We handed out several tracts. Pray that many would come to repentance and faith in the Savior. Keep Fishin.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tracts, Tracts, and more Tracts!!!


Don't you just love tracts? They are a very efficient way of proclaming the Gospel. Sometimes all you have time to do is hand someone a tract. I have had several experiences where I or a friend of mine has handed a tract to someone only to find out sometime later that God has saved them. They approach you with the biggest smile ever because their soul has been redeemed! They have been born again. Some have even gone into full-time ministry as pastors. God is indeed sovereign and not dependent on our clever speech or anything else. He commands that we proclaim the Gospel! Get out of your comfort zone and reach as many as you can with the Gospel while you still have time.

Today I met up with Gerald Foster. He is one of the Elders at Grace Fellowship Church in Hurricane, WV. Gerald wanted to hit the streets and get a first hand look at what we do. We started off at Ritter Park with some Scripture reading. This weeks Project Ezra scripture reading was Ecclesiastes 2. We did some open-air preaching and handed out some tracts!!
Then we cruised over to one of our favorite fishing holes: Marshall University. We spoke with several people on this chilly day. The gospel got into over 300 hands today. Pray that many would come to repentance and faith in the Savior.

If your ever in the Hurricane, WV area. Consider visiting Grace Fellowship Church. They love God's Word and they love people. I was very encouraged to have Gerald come out today and look forward to serving along side of him and anyone else who would like to proclaim the Truth with us. Keep Fishin!