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Our fourth and final day of Mission Ottawa saw us take some time for ourselves for a change with a few shopping errands for the boys of Georgia and a lunch treat at a Five Guys hamburger joint. Vernon and Wayne twisted my arm to get me to go and I have to confess, I've been converted! Mmmm gooood!
Our time on the street was shorter than usual but not without effect. We made our annual appearance during the four o'clock rush hour at the Metcalfe Street transit station where Vernon held the cross, Kim handed out tracts as Wayne and I took turns proclaiming the gospel to the waiting (and seemingly indifferent) commuters.
This was the same bus station where last year at this time I happened to film a man named David who was waiting for a bus and whose heart was being warmed to the hearing of the gospel by the faithful and powerful preaching of brother Robert Gray. As it turned out, David's heart was softened and as God had it be he died just three weeks later, no doubt ushered into the glory and rewards of heaven through His Saviour.
The bus terminal was busy. As Wayne proclaimed the gospel, Satan attempted to shut him down through the protest of a woman shouting the familiar line, "Nobody wants to listen to you!" Kim immediately intervened and successfully led her away from him and tried to reason with her. The women refused to hear her plea but did not pursue the silencing.
As I preached the gospel on two separate occasions, two men tried the same thing, loudly trying to convince me to shut up and take the message elsewhere. It didn't work and the full gospel was presented. And, despite what the hecklers might have assumed, there WERE those in the crowd who were clearly listening the word of God being preached.
Following our time there, we headed for one of the bridges that cross over to the Province of Quebec. There with four of our crosses, including one with that asks, "Are You Ready" in French, we stood in line about 40 feet from each other for over a half an hour as hundreds of cars made their way across the provincial border with many more eyes falling upon the messages, planting seeds of contemplation for some we are sure.
Mission Ottawa 2014 is now over. Vernon and Wayne are done but only for now. They have left for Toronto where they will join Bill and Jenny Baker for "Mission Toronto" for three days of gospel spreading before heading home to Georgia.
We are so grateful to the Lord for giving us yet another opportunity to put on Mission Ottawa. It is such a special time of the year for those of us involved. We are grateful for God's kind provisions, His grace and His power to help us "boldly make known the mystery of the gospel" to the lost of Ottawa. We are already looking forward to Mission Ottawa 2015.
Thank you, Lord, for the joy and the privilege it is to serve you and bring you glory in the process.
Posted by Vernon Costolo at 10:34 AM
Monday, June 23, 2014
Another busy day on the streets of Ottawa, our third day, was a arduous and fruitful one. The Lord was gracious to provide us with another beautiful day to bring and proclaim the gospel in the downtown core where thousands seemed to be streaming through the streets due to the many festivals going on simultaneously in the area.
One thing we enjoyed seeing was having Zoe Curry join us on Elgin Street to hand out tracts. She is the youngest daughter of Chris Curry and is all of seven years old. It was her first time helping out with Mission Ottawa and gladly gave out 45 gospel tracts to passersby in the short time she was there. Thank you, Zoe!
The only heckling we received was when I preached the gospel to a long lineup of people waiting on the sidewalk in front of a centre town church where the world renowned Montreal Jubilee Gospel Choir was set to perform an array of gospel songs.
Yes, heckled by a woman in the lineup who was offended by the gospel being preached before hearing the gospel being sung. We handed out gospel tracts for the next 20 minutes to those who arrived for the concert after the lineup was let in.
All in all, it was a great day in the giving and proclamation of God's saving message. Praise God!
Posted by Vernon Costolo at 8:55 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2014
A wonderful thing happened as we were searching for a parking space in a very busy downtown Ottawa. by God's providence, we happened upon the likes of Mike Stockwell, Chris Sippley and Kevin Kelley of Jeremiah Cry Ministries, and their families, as they made their way back to their vehicle to leave after a time of evangelism in the downtown core. Knowing we were to be in the vicinity, as well, they had apparently been on a trek seeking us out to visit with us downtown. We chatted for a while on the sidewalk and will continue the fellowship tonight at their campsite before they leave to continue their cross country mission trip across Canada. It was good to see them.
As was our experience yesterday, a beautiful summer like day brought out great multitudes of people to hear and receive the gospel in the downtown core of Ottawa. Well, they didn't exactly come out to hear the gospel preaching as though that was in their plans to do so but they did end up hearing it, some for some of it and some who actually stopped to hear it all.
Again, hundreds of tracts ended up in the hands of passersby. Though Ottawa is filled to the brim with tourists each year, there seems to be a lot more than usual, which is a good thing.
Four of the five of us proclaimed the gospel in the open air numerous times at two busy intersections. The name of Jesus was highly exalted and glory was given to God in the clear and public proclamation of His saving gospel to many souls.
We are now about to enjoy breakfast followed by some worship and prayer together as we get ready for MO day number three. Thank you for you prayers, friends.
Posted by Vernon Costolo at 9:19 AM
Saturday, June 21, 2014
We are a team of six this year and our first outreach last evening brought us directly across from Parliament Hill where the gospel was preached to many a tourist and other passersby. A good number stopped by to hear the gospel being proclaimed, as well. The cross was held and attracted some to stop to ask the question and a few lengthy gospel conversations were had. The annual "Rib Fest" is happening on the Sparks Street Mall which always attracts a great number of people. Being restricted from preaching at this event, we stood across the street from the entrance and handed out hundreds of gospel tracts and 'streetlight' preaching proved to be an effective approach to proclaiming the gospel to the throngs of people crossing back and forth at the intersection. Vernon and Wayne finally got some long awaited sleep last night. It is noon, Saturday, and we are now getting ready to head out for the day to see what the Lord, how the Lord and where the Lord will lead us and have us do today. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: your prayers are MOST appreciated. We go forth this day for the
glory to God! Thank you!
glory to God! Thank you!
Posted by Vernon Costolo at 10:37 AM
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Monday, April 14, 2014
This spring marks a time of flowers blooming and May showers to cultivate a summer harvest. My dear friends in both Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario have been scattering seed since we left Canada last year. Wayne Albrecht and I hope and pray that those seeds will bloom this summer and we will be able to continue our work there for a fifth year. Many changes have occurred for my brothers and sisters there.....all for the good. Through the work of the Spirit within them they encourage, love each other and continue to sow seeds for his Glory. It's wonderful time to be with them and we are encouraged by them as well. Please begin to pray for our many outreaches that will take place this summer. More to come.......
Posted by Vernon Costolo at 9:50 AM