Upon arriving in Huntington, WV three years ago I didn't know what to expect. No evangelism team, church, good friends or for that matter woodworking supplies.  I immediately started contacting people via the Ambassadors Alliance map for people in the area to hopefully form a team.  I remember speaking with Dan Stokely on the telephone.  He said, "he would love to hit the streets, watch me and maybe hand out some tracts".  I also had a fellow from Jacksonville who had relocated with me that I had been talking to at work whose name was Bill Sikes.  Just so happened that few weeks after arriving in WV that a Transformed Conference was going to be happening in Charleston,WV.  I invited Bill to go with me ( I had already been to Transformed in Americus,GA)  Bill said, "He never heard any teaching on evangelism like that"..."Vernon, I want to hit the streets with you and see how you do it".  I met with Dan and Bill on the streets of Downtown Huntington and Marshall University most every week. Upon first watching Bill in action I knew God had given him a special gift of public speaking and a desire to speak with others with a compassionate heart.  I was truly so thankful that God brought Bill to Huntington, WV.  Week after week we would hit the streets together passing out tracts and having one on one conversations....I would then ask Bill if he was ready to "get on the box?"  Of course just like earlier as soon as Bill started boldly proclaiming the gospel I was so thankful to the Lord for him and this ability that he has to communicate the gospel with clarity. (I keep waiting for him to ship off to The Master's Seminary in Cali. :-)   Its so exciting to see and hear how God has equipped Dan over these past three years as well.  I remember his first time on the box.."stop light preaching".  I also remember all the Project Ezra readings at Ritter Park with Dan and Bill.  Our first time at Marshall University Dan ran out of tracts..matter a fact we all did!  Since then we've handed out thousands upon thousands of tracts.  We even all packed in a car and drove to The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.   We met up several times with Gary Chaffins and Tim Duduit at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH. and then had a sweet time of fellowship grabbing a hamburger at Hickies.   Kenny Taylor (my pastor) and Gerald Foster has joined us on the streets several times and they have been an encouragement to me.  Kenny, Bill, Gerald and Fred actively participate with the churches' "Prayer Station" at Wal-mart.  Gerald, Bill, and Dan also take their "Are You Ready" crosses out on a regular basis!!  Did I mention why these men do these things?....All for Gods Glory.  I could go on and on.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to walk side by side with these men in proclaiming the truth to the lost.  I'm so glad that if I never saw these men again on earth....I will see them again in Glory.....what a joy.....thank you Jesus,  my Savior.


Paul Latour said…
The Lord had His reasons for your time in Huntington, WV. You accomplished the mission He had assigned you to in those 3 short but fruitful years.

He now has you on the move again. He has another mission for you in Atlanta. God bless you for your faithful obedience in doing "the work of an evangelist".

I am honored to know you as a brother in Christ, friend and fellow gospel harbinger. I am so looking forward to working with you again when you come up later this year for Mission Ottawa 2011.

God bless you, Vernon, in your new endeavours in Atlanta. May you continue to give Him glory in the act of reaching the lost for the building of His kingdom. Press on, bro! We'll be in touch.
Vernon Costolo said…
Thanks for your encouraging words..I can't wait for Mission Ottawa!!