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Halloween Outreach 2011

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180 Movie Giveaway – San Jose State University

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Fourth of July Outreach

Saturday night, July 3rd a group of us attended the Downtown Morgan Hill Street Dance. There were crowds of people and we handed out hundreds of gospel tracts and talked to many folks. Dan brought his ‘Are You Ready’ cross which immediately drew curious teenagers asking, “Ready for what?” This led to lots of discussion about eternity and what Jesus did so we could go to heaven. Dan also read from the bible and preached in the open air. One man stayed and listened the entire time and wanted to talk afterwards. It was clear that God was working in his heart. The following day we gathered at the same place for the annual 4th of July Parade. It was so easy to hand out tracts to people along the parade route. We ran out of them just as the parade was ending. Another fruitful 4th of July! We pray that those who received tracts and heard the gospel will turn from their sin and trust in Jesus Christ. “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts... read more

Sharing the Gospel at Oakridge Mall

One of my favorite places to share the gospel is at the mall.  This is a bit odd, since I’m director of security for a large mall myself, and in the street evangelist community that usually means I’m the one all the other evangelists try to avoid.  However, here in California, the law requires that shopping centers allow opportunities for people to exercise their free speech rights (contact me if you want more details on this), and the Norcal Seedsowers takes advantage of this by setting up tract tables at two local malls every month.  You get a table in a high traffic area of the mall, and you can tract and talk to people as much as you want.  There’s nothing better! This last Saturday night I had the 7PM to 9PM shift at one of our tables, and had the privilege of talking to a young man named Jack.  Jack, as is true with most young people (he is 16), was full of bravado in front of his friends.  I asked him what he thought happened when he died, and he told me “I’m going to live forever!”  I asked him how he thought he would manage that.  He said, “Clean living.”  His friends got a laugh at that, but it didn’t take them long to wander off when we started talking, and without their influence, Jack turned out to be a very thoughtful, intelligent young man who asked good questions and I believe was really thinking deeply about the things we were discussing.  We had a great conversation, and he took a New Testament and my business card at the end.  He didn’t trust Christ then, but I think he left with a very different perspective on the reliability of God and His word.  I hope I will hear from him. This was a good reminder to me that very often it’s the conversations that seem to start out badly that end up the best.  There have been many times when I’ve been tempted to walk away from a conversation, or avoid one to begin with, because “that person wouldn’t be interested” or “they are too arrogant or self-absorbed to listen to me,” when in reality it’s me who’s being too arrogant and self-absorbed to follow God’s leading and do what He says, regardless of what I think about it.  I’m sure Joshua had questions about walking around Jericho too.  But he obeyed, and the walls... read more

5 Years

It has now been 5 years since John and I first got involved with Way of the Master. God has done a huge transforming work in our lives since we began actively sharing our faith.  Never in a million years would I have dreamed that I would talk to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, New Agers and everyone in-between and reason with them about the reality of sin, judgment and the cross of Christ. God has shown me the importance of being in His word daily, praying without ceasing and studying to equip myself to be able to share the gospel with people so they can be saved. As Christians we’re the only people on the planet who have the answer to death. His Name is Jesus, and through repentance and faith in Him anyone can find forgiveness of sin and eternal life. “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Philemon 1:6... read more

3 Years

For almost 3 years God has let me tag along with Him as He does His awesome works.  God has given me the merciful privilege to put the seed in the ground, and He gives my brothers and sisters the privilege of watering and harvesting it.  After planting the seed in the heart of a man named Alex at Oakridge Mall on a recent Saturday night, God let me see the tiny green shoot pop up from the ground the next day when Alex and his 3 sons showed up at our  church. A week later God asked my husband and I to pour some water on that shoot when Alex invited us to his home where we talked to him and his estranged wife.  They have  asked us back this week also.  What a thrill to be used by God as He does His supernatural gardening. editors note: This makes me smile because as Deana will tell you, originally she wasn’t interested in evangelism. She only agreed to go through the training classes with her husband to make him happy.  🙂... read more

Heed the Call

My mind lately has been filled with thoughts of doom and gloom for this world. I don’t read the news often because I get so sad and down deeply. It is important to keep up with what is going on in society but it’s all so…negative. It’s even harder for me because I am a Christian and what is usually hailed as a step forward to the world, is a step backwards in my view. I shouldn’t be surprised, though. Many won’t understand what I am saying but I hope the ones who have an authentic, biblical worldview will. I read Psalm 94 today. It is a prayer to God about how the wicked and evil people seem to flourish in this world. The greedy people get what they want, people murder and get away with it, and dreams are trampled under. I am sure non-believers know there is something broken and wrong about this earth. The only difference is the solution. Their solution is not to come to God but to draw closer to man. Why would we want to do that if the sole cause of the problem came through man? I get tempted to withdraw and watch the world tear itself apart, heading to hell.  But Jesus commanded His followers to preach the gospel. Preach the gospel to the unrepentant, those unwilling to change, those who worship themselves. Even though in the end, God will have His way and execute vengeance on those who did not obey the gospel, the time we have now is precious. Each new day we’re given to breathe and live is only from God’s mercy. I shouldn’t waste that in my life. While this world is running its course to hell, I hope to do what God called me to do and preach the gospel. Even if one person repented and committed themselves to Christ, it is better than a thousand who believe they are good without God while falling into the abyss. I’m sure I sound like it’s either God or the devil. Turn or burn. Well, it’s true. Even Jesus said it. “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “ Matthew 4:17 Stand firm, my brothers and sisters in Christ. The war has been won but there are still many battles that need to be fought for the lost souls. “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God,... read more

Halloween Outreach 2010

There we were surrounded by super-heroes, witches, vampires, and goblins at 10:40 pm on the corner of south 2nd Street and San Fernando in downtown San Jose. It was Halloween eve in the club district. Most folks were out for a good time, some were out for trouble … we were out to share the Good News of the Gospel. All around us there were fights and sirens, loud laughing and drunkenness. Yet, on our little corner there was a peace and a presence of the Holy Spirit. Most people walked on by, many stopped to listen to the preaching, several engaged in discussion with the 8 or 9 evangelists on-hand for the evening. When I approached Vanessa I was surprised by her request. “Will you pray for me.” she said. “My mom is a prostitute and she’s in jail. She recently told me she never wanted me as her daughter, that I was a mistake. My step-grandfather, who raised me died last week.” She started to cry, so did I. Vanessa was on the streets, crushed and broken, looking for a ‘good-time’ on Halloween. But there we were on the corner of 2nd and San Fernando, amid the revelry, discussing the things of eternity. What a blessed opportunity to share the love of Jesus with this 20 year old girl, who’s past was in the process of destroying her future. We spoke at length about sin and the grace of God, about forgiveness and spiritual healing. We talked about repentance and the new life offered through faith in Christ. We prayed and both agreed that this was no ‘chance’ encounter. Please pray for Vanessa. Here’s a video that Jared Duba of Depraved Wretch filmed of Daniel Beaudoin open air preaching that... read more

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