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Ministry Spotlight: NorCal Seedsowers

I am blessed to know of and to, at times, work with many solid evangelism teams across the country. But there are a few that stand out to me as the best-of-the-best. NorCal Seedsowers is one of those teams. The NorCal Seedsowers are, in my estimation an evangelistic “dream team.”

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What a mighty God we serve

We began our monthly outreach table at Oakridge Mall this afternoon. For days we’d been praying that God would bring those that He was drawing to His Son so that we could share the gospel with them.

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Pounding Them With The Gospel???

By Dena Galang – A young woman came to my door for me to sign her petition for a cause I am totally against.  I started telling her how wrong her cause was, but while I was attempting to show her the error of her way, I heard that still quiet voice speak to my heart, “Is this the most important thing you could be telling her right now?”  I knew what the Lord was getting at, but I kept thinking, “Just a couple more points – besides I don’t have time to share the Gospel because I’ll be late for Bible study.”  Yes, I really did tell God I didn’t have time to share His Word because I would be late to study it.   However, in my defense, I did reject the asinine decision as soon as I thought it.  I transitioned into the Gospel.  She told me her name was Rosa, and we talked for a hour and a half.  She was crying on and off throughout our conversation.  She still wanted to talk, but I had a class to teach.  She gave me a big hug, and I gave her a Gospel tract and DVD (I keep evangelistic tools in a basket by my front door to take as I leave and when solicitors come to the door).  She yelled out to my boys, “You have a wonderful mom!”  I am not adding that last part to praise myself; here is my point: I have heard that telling strangers the Gospel is “pounding them with the Gospel,” “harsh,” “in your face,” and “confrontational”.  This tattooed woman was not only a stranger, but we stood in opposition to each other politically.  The Gospel broke down walls between us; it is the “power unto salvation.” Epilogue: My 17 year old takes the city bus to school.  He told me after school, “Hey mom, you know that woman you were sharing the Gospel with this morning – Rosa – well, she was on the bus with me and she talked to me the whole way down to school.  I wanted to talk about her petition (my son is very political) but all she wanted to talk about was Christianity.  She really likes you.  She said you were really brave to share your beliefs with her.  I told her, ‘Yea, if she had the cure for cancer and you had cancer, it would be horrible if she didn’t share... read more

First Time Witnessing at the Mall

By:  Mina M. – I started mall fishing in February with Eastridge being my first mall experience. Since then, I have been able to work all the malls (and I have soooo many stories) and I liken it to swimming in the ocean on a hot day in Santa Cruz California. My first steps into the water are not comfortable. My feet are shocked from the cold waves. But as I get used to it, I can go deeper and deeper in the water. Before, I know it, I’m swimming the waves and riding the waves and diving into the waves. I’m not feeling the cold at all. My apprehension has disappeared and I am fully enjoying God’s creation. And so my fishing experience at Eastridge began as the unknown, cold waters of the million dollar bill with the million dollar question. I was thankful for my training yet prayerful that God would show up and minister. This very tall guy was flying by as I gave him a track and since he was friendly enough, I said “Come back if you have time and we can talk.”  Well about half an hour later, he was standing right in front of me. “Hey you came back.” I said very light heartedly. “Let me ask you the million dollar question. What do you think happens after a person dies?”; and we were off talking for at least 15 minutes. He said a relative of his was very religious and so I guessed God had been working on him. He had a 1 year old son with him and his birth saved him from himself. As we went thru the Good Person test. He admitted in the end he was guilty but that God would send him to heaven cause God was good. I then explained the Just Judge concept that God can’t let criminals go and be good. He got it! Then I shared the good news of Jesus. His face changed in an amazing way from the beginning of the conversation to the end. I felt the Holy Spirit. I held out my hand and said salvation is a free gift and receiving Jesus is just the beginning of his journey. I prophesied over him but I can’t remember what I said. I’d love to share everything we talked about; subjects from a higher power to the exorcist…but I can’t recall it all. I gave him a Bible and... read more

Testimony

By Nancy Murphy – In April my 81 year old father, Robert Bowbeer, was rushed to the hospital.  Twice he was near death but miraculously pulled through each time.  John and I had been leading a Way of the Master evangelism training class in Los Banos.  On Friday, June 8, we visited my Dad at the hospital in Walnut Creek and then drove 2 hours to our class in Los Banos. We got stuck in rush hour traffic and were 30 minutes late to the class. When we finally got there I explained why we were late and shared about my Dad’s situation and my concern for his soul. Afterwards one of the men came up to me and offered to go visit Dad and share Christ with him.  We had recently learned about sharing the gospel with family members and it was recommended to have a friend talk to your relatives for you, because they will listen to a stranger more than they will listen to family. Well, this man, John Baldini, went to see my Dad that Monday. He went in and introduced himself as a friend of ours and asked if he could talk about the Lord. John told me that my Dad listened very carefully to every word he said. John explained to him that none of us are good enough to get to heaven on our own because God is holy and demands perfection and we have all gone our own way and sinned against Him a multitude of times. The penalty for sin is eternal death in hell. But God is also rich in mercy and love and not willing that any should perish.   That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect, sinless life that we haven’t lived and then to die on the cross to take the punishment we deserve. We have all broken God’s Law and Jesus paid the fine for us when He died. 3 days later He rose from the dead and now, if we will repent and trust in Him we can be forgiven of all our sins and have eternal life. Then John asked if my Dad would like to put his faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior and he said yes!  They prayed together and my father was born again. I went to visit him 2 days later and I could tell by a few things he said that... read more

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Witnessing at the Lucky Strike Club by Nancy Murphy

Friday night was the final week of the Way of the Master Evangelism Basic Training Class in Los Banos.  Several of us met at 5:30 PM to do some “street fishing” before class.  The week before we had gone out witnessing before class also, and met a young woman named Gina who was standing out in front of the Lucky Strike Club having a cigarette.  She was very soft hearted and we had a wonderful conversation about Jesus, invited her to church and prayed with her before we left.  So this week we decided to see if she was at the bar again.  No one was outside, so 4 of us ladies went in and asked if Gina was there.  There were about 12 people sitting at the bar and they all looked our way as soon as we entered. It was like a scene out of the TV show “Cheers.”  They told us that Gina wasn’t there and recognized us as the Christians she’d talked to the week before. I was standing next to a woman seated at the bar and asked her if she went to church.  She said she went sometimes but not as often as she should. Then I asked her if she thought she would be going to heaven, because that was the important thing.  She said she wasn’t sure, so I began to explain the gospel, using the commandments first to bring the knowledge of sin.  Using examples that we’d learned from the Way of the Master class, I was able to show her why Jesus came to die on the cross, to take the punishment for sin so now God could pardon anyone who will repent and trust in Christ.  The man sitting next to her had been listening to our conversation.  He preceded to tell me that he’d gone to church as a kid but strayed as an adult.  He confessed that he had been in jail once but had always believed in God and wanted to be close to Him but never felt like he was.  I talked about the need to be born again spiritually and encouraged Mario to read his Bible and seek God with all his heart and he will find Him.  I had a CD of ‘Hells Best Kept Secret’ and ‘True and False Conversion’ in my purse so I gave it to him before we left and told him to put it in his car and... read more

The Gospel Burst My Sanitized Christian Bubble | Dena’s Testimony

Dena shares how she grew up hearing the gospel every day of her life, but didn’t have a full understanding of it until she learned how to share it with others. This is a powerful testimony to the importance of having a biblical view of the Gospel and Evangelism.

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