Campus Tour – April 2009

16 04 2009

After church last Sunday (4/5) we traveled to Newport News, VA to spend a few days evangelizing with the crew there. That evening Nathan & Mary invited over many friends and hosted a yummy cookout. The fellowship was great! Monday morning a group of us went to the local Abortion clinic to minister to the ladies there. Nathan, Tony, and Marcus tried to reason with this lady pictured for several minutes.


From there we went back to the house for a bit, then we made our way to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville – about a 2 hour drive. Part of our group set up at the outdoor amphitheater. The guys took turns open air preaching. Paul and Don set up not too far from us – Paul is with Open Air Campaigners and uses visual aids to engage the students. Several one-to-one conversations sprung from this presentation.

Prayer

 

Marcus

Tony toward the back

 


Ham speaking with a young lady.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday we spent the day at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Lord opened the hearts of several students to pay attention to what was being said (Acts 16:14). Many one-to-ones took place. There is a large Christian presence on this campus – which was very refreshing! A group of Christian students meet at the compass every day at noon to pray for their campus. Two of the groups I spoke with were familiar with The Way of the Master and witness to their classmates on a regular basis. Praise the LORD! May the glorious truth of God’s Word continue to spread at VCU!




The student in the striped shirt had his Bible handy and started
to share scripture with one of the hecklers.

 


TRUTH


There were several Muslim students on Wednesday.

 



After dinner on Wednesday we made our way back to NC – home sweet home we were at 10pm.





Thoughts from Saturday

25 03 2009

Saturday morning we approached the killing mill to find a circle of believers out front, on the sidewalk praying, lifting up petitions to the God of all creation, asking Him to change the hearts of those getting abortions. As the morning progressed, George was preaching truth to the blind-those who walk in the path of the woman called folly. George is there along with many others day in and day out, faithfully calling out to the lost.

As the proverb says, “Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks.” This is exactly what George and others, who faithfully preach the truths of God’s kingdom, are doing. I picture King Solomon writing this proverb as he hears prophets of God warn Israel and sojourners in the markets, streets, and city gates of Jerusalem. What a blessed thing to hear truth proclaimed outside the 4 walls of a church building.

From there we joined four others at the St. Patrick’s day parade. Many gospel tracts were passed out to the people along the parade route. May hearts be changed by the preaching of the glorious gospel.

“I’m going to give away $20 to whoever can prove to me that they are a good person. We’re going to use a good standard that most everyone agrees with, the Ten Commandments ….” By this time I had a few takers to the challenge. Just that quick … it’s amazing how money instantly draws a crowd. I chose a participant from the crowd and began to ask 3 simple questions to find out if she was a good person. “Chelsea, the first is question is, have you ever told a lie?” “Yes.” “What does that make you? What would you be called?” “A liar.” “That’s correct. Second question, have you ever stolen anything?” “No.” “Even it its small, something from a brother or sister. Something you’ve taken without asking?” “Yes.” “What does that make you?” “A thief.” “Third question, have you ever disobeyed your parents?” “Yes.” “Chelsea, by your own admission you are a liar, a thief, and a rebellious child at heart. You’re not a good person according to God’s law. Chelsea, if you were to stand before God would you be innocent or guilty of breaking His laws?” “Innocent.” “Why is that?” “Because I believe in God.” “Imagine this Chelsea, you are standing in a courtroom, all the evidence is laid out, you are guilty and in a lot of trouble. And you say to the judge ‘your honor, I believe I’m innocent because I believe in you.’ Do you think he is going to let you go Chelsea?” “No.” “It is the same with God; He can’t just simply let you go. The fine for breaking the law must be paid. Chelsea, would you be innocent or guilty of breaking God’s laws?” “Guilty.” “Do you deserve to be punished in hell or rewarded with heaven?” “Hell.” “Let’s go back to the courtroom a second. You’re guilty and a fine of $100,000 has been placed on you, and you don’t have the money to pay for your crimes. Without the money to pay your fine, you are being led off to jail, just then someone that you do not know rushes in to the court room and pays your fine. You are free to go, not because you earned it, but simply because of pure grace. This is what God has done for His people in Jesus Christ. You broke the Law and Jesus paid the fine. Now, it is evident who are God’s people, because they will bring forth fruit of repentance. You must repent (turn from your sins) and trust in Jesus for forgiveness of your sins. Chelsea, you did not prove to be a good person according to God’s law. No one is good but Jesus. As a demonstration of grace, something that you do not deserve, I’m giving you this $20. In the same way, God gives saving grace through his Son Jesus Christ. Folks, there is no hope in yourself. You must repent of your wickedness and hope only in Jesus Christ. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. Repent and trust Jesus . . .”

It was a great day. Tracts were passed out, the gospel was preached, and the fellowship was sweet.





New Years Eve

1 01 2009
I give you thanks, O Lord,
with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name
for your steadfast love
and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
Psalm 138: 1-2
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Last night we joined about 25 precious siblings in Christ on the streets of Richmond, VA. The glorious news of the gospel was proclaimed over and over again through open air, one-to-one conversations, and gospel tracts. Thousands of people were reminded of how fragile this life is and that they will one day give an account to the Creator of the universe. Many mocked. Some got angry. Others listened. God was glorified! Because we had such a large group of laborers, we were able to set up four different preaching stations. It was great! I don’t know how many times I heard someone walk by and say to their friends, “Man, they’re everywhere. Come on. It’s New Year’s Eve.” As the time neared midnight, the crowd got much thicker and louder and hyped up. It was hard to hear the one preaching … so what did we do? We joined together and sang hymns to our
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace!




Chrismas Events

9 12 2008
This past weekend we joined some dear brothers & sisters in Christ to proclaim the gospel in Virginia. Saturday morning we went to the Richmond Christmas parade and that evening we went to the VA Beach parade (with a great time of fellowship in between!). The weather actually ended up being warmer than expected – so that was a nice surprise! 🙂 On Sunday we went to church with Nathan & Mary, then that we joined about 20 others at the Grand Illumination Ceremony in Williamsburg.





Rethinking Christmas

9 12 2008

Over the past couple years, my eyes have really been opened to the “god of consumerism” being celebrated and worshipped during the Christmas season. So when I came across the following video last night, my heart agreed and rejoiced with the concept!

[Worship Fully]

[Spend Less]

[Give More]

[Love All]

Sounds great, huh? But we couldn’t help but notice one major thing that seems to be missing in this movement – the gospel. If you do this without the gospel being central, then it will just turn into another humanitarian effort to solve the worlds problem. By the way, the worlds biggest problem is not a lack of clean water. It is their sin, and no amount of clean water will wash that away – only the living water of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we must proclaim the gospel. We cannot leave it out. So I am all for the concept of this video and praise God for this movement!! It is great to meet the physical needs of those less fortunate, but it is treachery to not tell them the remedy for their spiritual need. So along with the gift of clean water, let us give them Living Water! Distribute Bibles, tracts, and gospel-enriched materials this holiday season. May the gifts you give be meaningful and a reminder of God’s grace to the receivers.





Coldest Raleigh Christmas Parade

23 11 2008




Established Steps

15 09 2008

Saturday, we had plans to meet up with some others at the Crete Myrtle Festival in Angier, NC to share the gospel. We arrived there around 12:30pm. We started to walk through the festival, in search of our friends booth. It was very, very hot! And the festival was very, very small. Haha. I think we walked by all the booths at least 4 times in search of our friends; but they were no where to be seen. And we didn’t have their phone number. 😦 Apparently, there had already been several booths to leave for the day because of the heat, our friends obviously being one of them (and I don’t blame them!). We were able to pass out some gospel tracts and verbally share the gospel with a couple guys. We also had the privelage of meeting a like-minded brother by the name of Tim! He was such an encouragment. Around 2pm, we decided to try and find our friends house. We had only been their one time, so I prayed that God would bring back the directions to Tony’s memory. And sure enough, God answered that prayer! I was so excited!! We pulled up to their house, rang the door bell, and nobody answered. 😦 So we got back in the car and started our hour ride home. I felt sad and just thought it was the wierdest thing that we weren’t able to meet up with our friends. I kept reminding myself that God was in control. About 15 miles from home we stopped in at Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. As we stepped out of the car, we heard someone say “Tony!” It was one of Tony’s old friends, whom he hasn’t seen since highschool. We were able to speak with him (and his mom) for several minutes. We also gave his friend a gospel-centered music CD, that we pray will open his eyes to the Truth of scripture. As we walked away from the conversation, we realized that if we had found our friends booth at the festival or if they were at home, then we would not have been at Wal-Mart at this specific moment. God is good!! I am so glad that HE establishes our steps!