Thursday, December 20, 2012

100 Days with the Cross!

It is only fitting that the last 100 days I spent with the cross would be the 100th post on my blog. The 100 days out with the cross was a result of being inspired by my friend and dear brother Paul Latour of The Word Street Journal during Mission Ottawa 2012. He took his cross out on multiple days during his vacation. That inspired me to challenge myself to go at out on the streets for at least an hour a day for 100 days. (Unless there were hurricane force winds :-) )This is a brief synopsis of my last 100 days with the cross.

  August: The first day out was a soaker...I got drenched..but was encouraged by a kind woman who parked her car and walked over to me in the pouring rain to offer me her umbrella. She was a believer and took some tracts to hand out to others. My first Saturday in Roswell was great.. One guy said Come Lord Jesus. Another Lady stopped in her car and said "Ready for what?" I said eternity. She responded "I just saw you give a man a card...can I have one?" I gave tracts to a few others walking by. One guy handed me a cold Diet Coke..... thousands saw the cross. A few days later at Marietta Hwy / Hickory Flat Hwy in Canton, GA I Crosswalked and Stop Light preached with Wayne Albrecht from "His Feet on the Street", Cam and first time crosswalker David Beersdorf. A few days later while on vacation in FL Met Billy Mills pastor of Orange Ave Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs while crosswalking.  We had an opportunity to share the gospel with Justin and give him a Bible.


David Beersdorf's first time Crosswalking!
 

 At the end of August and back home in Holly Springs, I had the opportunity to meet Tiffany while crosswalking in Woodstock. She pulled over and asked "Am I ready for what?" Tiffany stops often and has been given HBKS, 180movie, and TBQ (The Biggest Question) DVD. We have spoken many times. I've invited her to church as well. Please pray for her.

 September: On one September morning in Roswell I had a great time crosswalking with Wayne Albrecht, Canyon Shearer, and Jason Fleming. We also ran into Todd Friel and his wife at the local Chick-fil-a. Alot of people received tracts that day! One morning in Woodstock I met Jessica and her buddist friend. They parked their car nearby and walked over to ask about the "Are You Ready" cross. As soon as I mentioned the Bible...the buddist walked away BUT Jessica stayed and we went through the Law and the Gospel. She was concerned about where she would spend eternity. We had a great conversation. Pray she would repent and trust in Christ. One morning I went crosswalking with brother Jonathan McCombs. He did a great job distributing tracts to anyone who came by! A busy day Crosswalking in Woodstock with first time crosswalker David Taylor (a missionary visiting us from Brazil) then open-aired Marietta Square then returned to Main St / Arnold Mill Rd Woodstock, GA and spoke with Brian from the U.K. he said he was a believer and we prayed together. Then more crosswalking onto Old Hwy 5 / Toonigh Rd. Shared the gospel with Josh. The next day David and I crosswalked Roswell. He held the "Run to Christ" cross.

David Taylor's first time Crosswalking!
 

  October: October started off with rain but I had my rainjacket this time! On another day a Holly Springs Police Officer stopped by and gave me a Powerade drink and some encouragement. A few weeks later I saw this Officer and was able to give him a copy of The Biggest Question DVD.

 November: Crosswalking Roswell with Jason Fleming and first time crosswalker Ryan Ensor and the "enjoygrace" cross and debut of "Esta Listo" tracts. Met Mike a missionary from Africa. Gave him TBQ to watch and pass on. I spoke with a young man who stopped by to offer some encouragement. Gave a TBQ and tract. Pray he gets involved in a local church. Crosswalked several days Wayne Albrecht. We also had the opportunity to Open air at Marietta Square then a quick bite at Salbo Do Brazil. A few days later a woman stopped in her convertible and got a DVD. I had a great time sowing seed at UGA with Bobby McCreery and Mike Stockwell. Mike was able to spend the evening with us and we had a great dinner at Longhorns Steakshouse with Cam, and Wayne Albrecht and our families. The next day Mike and I crosswalked Woodstock.


Great fellowship with our families at Longhorn Steakhouse.
 
Mike Stockwell crosswalking in Woodstock, GA


 December: Ryan Ensor, Jason Fleming, first time crosswalkers Daniel Courtney and Thadd Kennedy crosswalked Roswell. We handed out several tracts handed out and DVD's . Steve Arnold (a leader at Grace Church)visited us as well. A few days later a young girl named Cheyenne stopped by to offer a word of encouragement and said "I see you often and that what you are doing does not go unnoticed." She said she prays for me. What a joy to know that!! I'm so glad she stopped by. I gave her TBQ DVD. Over the next few weeks we crosswalked Roswell on Saturday with Jason Fleming and Ryan Ensor. Passed out several tracts and DVD's. The next Saturday, I was joined by Wayne Albrecht and Tom Goodrich (one of the elders at Grace Church). it was great to have Tom out with us..he was such an encouragement. We passed out several tracts and DVD's and also was given free Chickfila at the intersection.

Jason, Daniel, Ryan, Thadd and I after crosswalking Roswell.
Tom Goodrich crosswalking Roswell!


 There are more stories but those are the ones that come to mind. May this encourage and inspire you to challenge yourself in someway.. I was encouraged by my dear brothers over the past few months and I praise the Lord for their faithfulness to proclaim the truth with those all around them..I praise the Lord for the opportunity and I was truly blessed to have gone out with the cross these past 100 days.. I wonder what will happen in the next 100 days????

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Wrap -Up 2012

This summer has sure been a busy one.  Lots of events happening in North Georgia.  We started out at The Dogwood Festival with Revival USA and some great teaching by some dear brothers in Christ.  We were all edified and so enjoyed the fellowship afterwards.

We continued crosswalking through out the summer at different intersections in North Georgia.  Proclaiming the Truth in places like Marietta Square.  We also continued "Project Ezra" reading of scripture in public places which generated many gospel centered conversations.

June brought me back to Ottawa, Canada for Mission Ottawa 2012.  I  love my dear brothers and sisters at Emmanuel Baptist Church.  They have a evangelism report every Sunday while giving the announcements.  This report consists of what happened in the city evangelistically for the last week....Its like a message from the frontlines.  These dear brothers and sisters take the mission seriously and want to know what is going on ....so they will know how to pray and how they can support those on the frontlines.  One sister is 95 years old and loves to hear how the gospel is being spread in her community.  She is a prayer warrior and is praying for those who are out sharing the gospel with others. It would be great to see more churches follow this example. Here's a brief video of this years trip!

July brought forth the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta.  My wife Julie, as well as two brothers Wayne Albrecht and Jason Fleming joined in as we manned the Living Waters Table at the expo.  We had many great gospel conversations. Please pray for Marcus who heard the gospel and understood what was heard.  Pray he would repent and trust Christ.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Open Air Preacher Profile - Bobby McCreery

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to take a moment to introduce my brother in Christ Bobby McCreery.  Bobby is a full time evangelist and can be found on a ministering on weekly basis at the University of Georgia campus in Athens, GA.  He also travels from time to time to different events around the country.  Please familiarize yourself with Bobby by watching the attached video.  If you feel so inclined, send him a message of encouragement to let him know you're praying for him.  If you have the ability to be a blessing to him financially all the information to make a donation to his ministry can be found at http://totheendoftheearth.org/.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Great Friend.... Great Memories....


 How time flies....A little over a year ago I was chatting with Canyon Shearer while sitting in my kitchen in Huntington, WV.  We met through some mutual friends on Facebook.  We chatted back and forth then I decided to take a job transfer and move to Holly Springs, GA.  I was staying at my mothers house at the time while my family waited for our house to sell in WV.  During this time Canyon and I got together and did some cross walking.  I remember him pulling up in his blue Chevy Silverado ext cab truck and saying to myself.... "nice truck!" ( since I have the same one, color and everything..well except both my rear doors open :-) inside joke  )  We had a great time on the streets that day.   Since that time it has been a pleasure ministering with him on a weekly basis at KSU and other places around North Georgia..ect.  God is relocating Canyon to an Air Force Base in Panama City, FL.  He has some work for him to do there. You will be missed by our family.  Here's some of my favorite pics of great memories that will be cherished......thanks Canyon for your faithfulness to Christ!   I know that many will hear the gospel preached faithfully.  May many seeds be sown in Panama City, FL.  May you reap a harvest of souls there....most of all may God be glorified.   See you soon.

First time on the streets with Canyon ~ May 3, 2011
Stop-light preaching at Barrett Parkway.
University of Georgia

180 Movie give-away at KSU
Preach On!!

St. Patrick's Day 2012 ~ Savannah, GA

Open-airing at Emily's Baptism at Victoria Landing

Canyon sharing the gospel today for the last time at Marietta Square

Brothers!


And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.  ~  Mark  16:15






Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pray....Mission Ottawa 2012 begins in 24 days!

Please pray for us and the lost that will be receiving the gospel in Ottawa. If you would like to be part of Mission Ottawa 2012 please contact Paul . Here's a clip from last year:

 


Friday, May 11, 2012

The Biggest Project ~ Georgia State University

Thanks so much for your prayers. GSU was in its summer session and while there were plenty of students it was not like a regular semester. However there were many great conversations and we were able to get the DVD into the hands of about 1300 students. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to share the gospel with the lost and also meet some new brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for those who received the dvd's and for those whom we were able to speak with as well. The Biggest Project ~ Kennesaw State University should be happening in the fall.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Biggest Project - Georgia State University

Come out with us this Thursday, May 10 at Georgia State University in Downtown Atlanta. We will be giving away 2500 copies of the Biggest Question DVD. If you can't make this event please pray for those who will be getting a DVD and for our conversations throughout the day. Interested?? send a e-mail to hegiveslife@gmail.com Also this blog now has the new address of www.proclaimingthetruth.org

Monday, May 7, 2012


St. Patrick's Day 2012 - Savannah, GA
 

Friday and Saturday Vernon, Evan, and I were blessed to preach in Savannah to an estimated one-million revelers. We had great conversations, sermons, and responses and the exhortation of the Apostle is more true than ever, "Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58)

The following are the prayer requests I sent out to my beloved church, with pictures added. Most of these pictures are courtesy of Vernon. I must apologize for not being much of a photographer on this trip, I missed some great conversations Vernon had. Pray for the youth pastor of a local church there, he definitely knew the true gospel, and was striving for ways to arrest the descent he sees of so many youth into the animism and paganism that is overtaking Savannah; we encouraged him, Vernon with the message of Patrick the evangelist to Ireland, and myself with a copy of "The Way of the Master".

Friday, and Saturday Morning:


We've had a great first day here in Savannah. On Friday we set-up on River Street, and almost immediately had people stopping to ask questions. My best conversation was with Neil, a South Korean student who grew up Catholic and rejected God for the religion of evolution. After taking him through the law, he admitted to believing there was a god, but that it couldn't be the God of the Bible. We had a long discussion on evolution andcreation, and I kept bring it back to the law. I concluded with, "'Till sin be bitter, Christ will never be sweet." He took my card and I'm hoping to hear from him again.


After this, the sky opened up and everyone ran for cover. We ended up in a massive impromptu party in a tunnel with our crosses, just standing there garnered us all sorts of glares. After about an hour the rain let up and we headed back out.


As I was preparing to preach, a Jewish Evolutionist came by and said, "One question: how old is the earth?" I responded with just a tad over 6000 years. He didn't like this answer, nor did several others walking by. This led to a great long conversation; the argumentative people kept changing with new people entering all the time, and we kept going over the gospel. At the end we got mired into a discussion with anEmergency Room Surgeon named Zackary who thought you couldn't be a scientist and a Christian. He didn't want to even consider his conscience, but I kept bringing him back to his conscience that he had sinned against the Creator God who holds the universe in the palm of his hand. Finally as we were going nowhere fast I left him with the same thought I left Neil, that until sin is bitter, Christ will never be sweet.


Finally I stood up and preached on the foolishness of the cross to the perishing. We had some very angry hecklers who started dancing and screaming, but they drew a massive crowd and I didn't finish preaching until the police came to shut the hecklers down because they were on the verge of violence. At that point it was almost 2am and so we called it a night. The only act of violence was minor, a drunk threw a beer at Evan but in his inebriation missed and only hit the very bottom of Evan's cross.


The parade this morning drew thousands of people, we quickly handed out our 1500 Patrick specific tracts then headed to lunch. On the way we passed a big park with many people in it, so stopped to share the message of Christ with them. Preached on the law which promised life, but brought death when transgressed, and now leads us to Christ.


Keep praying for us, there are lots of inquisitive lost people here, as well as angry hardened people, pray for our boldness and for the word to go out and call lost sheep home.


Saturday:

Thank you for your prayers this weekend, they most definitely were answered. One of my favorite proclamations of the gospel is, "He is Risen!" because in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ he has proven to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Saturday we proclaimed to Savannah that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life, that there is eternal life for the one who turns from sin and trusts in the gospel. We received many different responses, but indifference was rarely one of them.



The parade started at 10:15am, we very quickly handed out 1500 St Patrick's Day specific tracts. We watched the parade from a restaurant, then headed out to engage people with the gospel. We brought two crosses, they say "Repent & Believe" and "Foolish to the Perishing" on the front and both say "He is Risen" on the back. Almost instantly we had crowds gathering around us asking questions. The most common question was, "Why are you holding a cross?" My answer is usually, "I'm hoping it will start conversations." Frequently the follow-up question is, "Has it started any?" To which I reply, "If you died tonight, do you think you'd go to Heaven?" Many great gospel presentations ensued.


Pray for David, a young soldier who may have some serious mental and/or demonic issues. We talked for about half an hour and during that time he claimed to be both an atheist and a born-again Christian. He was certain that he was not just a good person, but a great person. Pray that the seed planted will take root and call David out of the darkness into the light of Christ.


We talked to three young men, 20 years old or so, one was so convicted after the law that he walked off without saying anything. I tried to get him to stay for the gospel, but he wouldn't. The other two stayed and were intrigued by the gospel, but both had grown up in dead churches and told sad stories of hypocrites who showed no fruit of the Holy Spirit, and so both denied any power in Christianity to change lives. I implored them to trust Christ and that God is true even when every man is a liar.


Afterwards we set up with our crosses at Ellis Square, a mid-sized park that became a major hangout as the day progressed. It was far too loud anywhere to preach, but many stopped to hear the gospel. One man was so furious that he spent several minutes screaming at me, he kept saying things like, "You're a fool!" "You're an idiot!" I pointed to the cross which says the message of the cross is "Foolish to the Perishing" and explained that God has chosen the foolish things in the world to shame the wise. He was finally escorted off by a man who was easily seven feet tall; Vernon affectionately named this reveler the "Jolly Green Giant".


Evan spoke with a young lady who seems to be in a church that is preaching the truth, but she does not seem to have yet repented. Pray that their conversation will call her to repentance. I spoke to a similar girl who has been through "The Way of the Master" training course but has at least a toe still in the world. I exhorted her to tell someone about Jesus that night: history has several examples of evangelists saved under their own preaching.


The son of a pastor came next, he asked if I believed in predestination. I said, "the word is in the Bible." He said he believed he was predestinated to not be saved. I said that sounded like a wicked excuse to sin. We talked for a while longer and he seemed convicted and ran off. He left his girlfriend though, and we continued the gospel conversation. She said she wasn't a Christian, but that I was definitely sharing Christ in the wrong way. I asked her how she was sharing Christ and she said she wasn't. I replied that I liked the way I was doing it better than the way she wasn't. She went away thinking.


The last good conversation of the night was with a Catholic young man who asked to take a picture with the cross. He then asked, why are you doing this? I said, so I can ask you if you're going to Heaven. He said he hoped so, but after the good person test he showed visible contrition. Pray for him, because his girlfriend told me his motives in taking the picture with the cross were not good at all, but we know that what was meant for evil God can easily turn for good, that many are saved.


We've had a great evangelistic time here, and great fellowship. Thank you once again for the prayers, continue to pray for those who heard the message of the cross, that it would not be foolish to them, but the power of God to salvation. May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of his suffering!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Day in Albany, GA with Jorge Argueta!

Jorge "The Animal" Argueta on the streets of Albany
Jorge is ready....Are you?




Ready..Set....

Jorge and his wife Angela

































My daughter Emily had a swim meet in Albany, GA.  Once we found out about it I immediately thought of one of my street fishing brothers from Florida.  Jorge "The Animal" Argueta last seen almost four years ago on George St. in downtown St. Augustine lives in Albany. I got on the phone and we made plans to get together and possibly hit the streets before the swim meet began.  Jorge picked me up at the pool, threw the crosses in the back of his car and headed for a "fishing hole".  This was Jorge's first time out with the cross.  He did such a great job.  He was an encouragement to others as well as an encouragement to me.  It was great just to spend time with him on the streets once again.  We picked up right where we left off....something brothers in Christ can do.  We later went back to the pool and got to spend more time with his family. Oh, and by the way my daughter did great in the swim meet too!  What a great trip! Please pray for Jorge, his family, and his ministry in Albany!  GO!



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Great Day on the Streets!!

Public reading of Scripture
Canyon preaching!
Canyon, Evan and I decided to start off our day at Marietta Square.  The scripture was read and then we all shared the gospel with those in and around the square.  We later went to Barrett Parkway by the Town Centre Mall.  There was a great amount of traffic due to the fact that it was the last day until the kids go back to school. We saw several people roll their windows down to hear the message. Canyon, Evan, and I preached for about 1.5 hours.  Standing on the same corner with us for the entire 1.5 hrs was a girl named Sarah.  She told us her Dad was a pastor. She also wouldn't take a gospel tract and told us "I'm not a believer".  Please pray that Sarah would repent and
trust in the Savior.  Personally, this was
one of the best days I've had on the streets since moving to Georgia.  So thankful for the opportunities to share the truth. GO!!

Who is that masked man??  It's Evan that's who!!


Canyon sharing.


Evan sharing the Truth


Vernon sharing the truth.  We had a great audience.