It’s football season! You might think this is a strange way to begin a ministry blog so let me explain. While I am a football fan, my excitement is not born out of a desire to watch my favorite teams play. In fact I may not watch a game all year, since we do not have cable in our home. Okay, I will probably find a way to watch a few games. I am excited none the less because of the great opportunity football season creates! For example, our local university has a stadium that holds around 93,000 fans. Although they do not invite me in to preach to the crowd J, all of those fans must get inside the stadium. By placing myself strategically, I can place the Gospel in the hands of hundreds of people in a very short amount of time, through Gospel tracts. There is also an awesome opportunity to share through preaching in the open air to hundreds and possibly thousands of people, as they walk by. That is what really gets me excited about football season!
The fall semester has also started at the University of Georgia, therefore, the crowd in downtown Athens has grown. On a typical Friday night 3-5 of us will gather on the corner of College and Clayton in the downtown district, or more accurately the bar district. One of us will start the open air preaching of the Gospel while the others pass out Gospel tracts or talk with people. The open air proclamation not only sends the Gospel forth but causes some to stop and talk. There is a broad range of comments and conversations but I want to tell you about one I had last Friday.
I was the first person to preach that night and I decided to begin by reading James. As I was reading, a young couple walks up to me so I stopped reading and engaged them. They had been drinking but were very nice and even encouraging.
The young man began to tell me where he went to church and run down a list of things he had been trying to fix about himself including his next area to tackle which was drinking.
He told me he drank on Saturday nights and his girlfriend looked at him and said, “it’s Friday”. After a short pause he looked at me and said, “ok, I drink on Fridays and Saturdays.” After I listened to them for a bit I discovered that at least the young man was attempting to be good enough to be accepted by God, which is impossible. I wanted to shift the conversation so I began to take them through some of the commandments. They both admitted they had violated God’s law and when I asked them if they would be innocent or guilty when they stood before God, they both said guilty. The next question was, “should God send you to Heaven or Hell?” The young man immediately said hell but the young lady who was a Catholic would not answer. In fact, she began to go off on a rant of sorts telling me some people go to church for the wrong reason, etc., etc. That is a tactic some use when the heat is getting a little too hot and they do not want to continue the conversation but it’s important to bring them back to the matter at hand. Their eternal destiny depends on it so I interrupted her and said, “you didn’t answer the question, should God send you to Heaven or Hell?” At this point her boyfriend had the sudden urge to get a hotdog and told her he would be right back. In hind sight I wished I had let him go so I could concentrate on her but desiring to finish the Gospel presentation with him as well, I asked him to give me 2 more minutes. He agreed but became sort of a distraction as I was speaking with the young lady. He apparently had gotten bored with the conversation that he had started. Anyway, when I pressed the young lady about where she would spend eternity, her eyes seemed to tear up and she got this real concerned look on her face. As I was sharing the way of salvation through repentance and faith in Christ the boyfriend was really ready to go and she was also getting fidgety. I was able to make sure they understood that forgiveness only comes through repentance and faith in Christ, before they left. Please pray for these two young people.
I was also able to get to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Lawrenceville on Saturday. This was the first time I have been able to get there, due to work, in months. It was a blessing to be there. Below is part of a post I placed on facebook about the day:
“Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. A young lady canceled her appointment today and others learned that they performed abortions and turned away from the terrible place. Sadly not everyone did. A lady who claimed to be a pastor, after learning that they killed babies, decided to go ahead and support the clinic by utilizing their services. I say she claimed to be a pastor because she cannot be, according to Scripture.”
Thank you all for your prayers! Please continue to pray for the ministry of Until All Hear! Remember your donations go toward ministry supplies and expenses. The more you give, the more we can do! The desire is to be able to be in ministry full time, as the Lord makes provision, so please pray with us and give as you feel led!
Until All Hear!