Dear Friends in Christ
Greetings – I hope this newsletter finds you well. Thank you for all your prayers and financial support. I am very excited to share what the Lord has been doing. As you know a little over a year ago I had open-heart surgery. This has affected my energy level dramatically. However, in March the Lord gave me a sudden burst of energy and I was able to preach for 23 days in a row. In April I preached 25 out of the 30 days. I have never preached so much before. I know quantity isn’t everything but Praise the Lord!
With some problems downtown Oakland with the authorities over the amplification we have experimented with obtaining a couple of permits. These are for one hour only between noon and 1:00pm. This has gone well and we have re-established ourselves on many corners using the amp without a permit thanks to the favor of the Lord.
I have also obtained a free permit on the stairs of the State Capitol in Sacramento later this month. This came about through a State Patrol officer who came upon my preaching there back in April. I was on one of my usual corners by the Capitol and he stopped and told me the process on how to get a permit to be on the Capitol grounds. He was a Christian and encouraged me to keep up the work of the Lord.
I have embarked on new territory preaching downtown San Jose during the week. This has gone well and I am able to preach to the work force as the come onto the streets for lunch break. The Lord has opened up some doors to preach the Gospel in other cities around the country when SOS Ministry is on break. Besides the usual West Coast cities I have plans to go to Utah & Portland this June and to the Midwest this fall. You can view this Itinerary by going to: Preaching Itinerary SOS annual summer outreach is July 10th-13th – Details later!
A few personal notes; in March I was in Sacramento for my great niece’s birthday and preached up there for a few days. I also met my son Matthew and his friend in Seattle for two days. This was my birthday present. I preached in Seattle one day as well. Very exciting!
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AROUND THE BAY
When I am not going out with SOS Ministries or my church, Christ Bible Church, I go out into the streets of San Francisco on a circuit preaching on various corners. I usually go to Oakland once a week and now San Jose has been included. Now that the Lord has given me the strength, I can preach for about 2-3 hours in one day after seeking the Lord in prayer and the Word. Because of this the brothers that I have join me during the week don’t preach. They pray, hand out tracts, and talk to people, which is a great support. Dave from the SOS house & Ken an old friend of SOS go out with me at least once a week. I go out so much that if I didn’t keep a journal I wouldn’t remember where I went. Everyday is a new day with people and situations. I have chosen a few highlights below:
Recently I was preaching in downtown San Francisco and a little Chinese girl about 10 years old was listening and she came real close. I motioned for her to take a Gospel of John but she hesitated and then went back over by her Dad. After a few minutes she came back and went to hand me some coins to pay for it. I said oh no dear it is free. She then took it and left very excited. I left later to see her again as she was reading it.
The divine appointment of the Lord was at the 2nd location today: a young man named; Miene, who listened to me for quite awhile. When I was packing up he came over and said, “are you stopping already?” He wanted to know what I meant when I said, “we had to know the Lord”. I gave him some scriptures and prayed for him. He was also praying and I kept silent until he was done. I gave him info on a church in his area.
I met Jeffery after preaching one day in the Financial District of San Francisco. Jeffery was panhandling. I noticed an open sore on his bare feet. It looked like an abscess. I mentioned and he denied it. I also mentioned the needle marks I saw on his hands. He finally admitted being a heroin addict and said he was on methadone. I shared what the Lord has done in my life. I gave him a Gospel of John. We then bowed our heads in prayer.
On a lighter note; I have seen a lot of strange things preaching out in the streets but the strangest thing I had happen was last month. I was asked to adjust this old man’s suspenders. He turned around and I had to help pull up his pants then click the suspenders in place. After that I just continued preaching as if nothing had happened not losing my stride. That is why it is hard to preach in a church, people are too still.
2013 SAN FRANCISCO CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE
About 25 of us met for this event. After splitting into smaller groups, Andy Hoover and I worked our way toward the Chinatown side of the parade handing out tracts as we went. We perched ourselves at Grant and Pine one block up from the Chinatown Gate.
We left there and went downhill to Kearny. We went on the outside of the barriers facing the crowds. There was still traffic moving through which made it a little tight but the police never said anything. When a young boy asked what it was about I preached the Gospel to the small groups of people that were lining up down the street. We left and went up Market to Powell to complete a full circle. At the end of the evening an estimated 8,000-12,000 tracts had gone out collectively. We had Chinese, but mostly English tracts were used.
LOVE DOES NOT PARADE ITSELF
Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” John 4:12 This verse and following demonstrates the character of Christ. When the woman at the well asked Jesus this question He could have said, “Are you kidding me, greater than Jacob, I not only created Jacob but the world for that matter”. Jesus never came off as a know-it-all although He did know it all. He took on humility and led that woman to a place of discovery. He finally revealed who He was, but He never “threw His weight around”. We should be able to follow suit. Are we patient with people who are not at the same level we are? Or are we condescending and have a superiority complex? Are we gentle? Are we secure in who we are in Christ or do we have to constantly prove & justify ourselves? Tough questions – let’s take a lesson from the Master.
SFSU MAGAZINE – YOURS TRULY
Back in March I was asked by San Francisco State University to do an interview about street preaching. I agreed and what they wrote on me is below. The full article on their website is not censored but if you want to read it here is the link: Full Magazine Article
Lawrence Dubois, a seven-year veteran of street preaching who was once a colleague of Farrer’s takes a different approach to spreading his message. “I don’t believe in doing something outrageous,” he says “the means don’t justify the end that way.” He identifies Farrer’s belief that the gospel is watered down as a common one among his peers. “But sometimes the pendulum swings too far the other way,” he says, referring the groups more incendiary tactics.
Dubois, currently an Oakland resident, says that when he street preaches he tries to “represent the character of Christ.” He feels that the message of the religion is “offensive” enough without sensationalizing it. “The gospel demands righteousness,” he says. “And men love darkness more than they love light.” Dubois says he shies away from message emblazoned shirts or signs and instead opts for common clothes or even the occasional suit and tie. He questions the methods of the more fire and brimstone inclined of his peers,” You want to present Christ in the best way possible because the bible says we are his ambassadors.” He says sensational street evangelists play into the stereotype of a “used-car salesman” and that they help reinforce the “Stigma” against street preachers in general.
Dubois says that he doesn’t “resort to calling people names or trying to enflame them”. He says he normally sets up his pulpits in poorer areas where his message of faith might bring hope to the community. He admits to being shy about public speaking at first and believes this weakness may be why God chose him for the task in the first place. Street preaching, he says has given him a lift like he’d never felt with anything else “If public speaking causes butterflies, open air preaching causes helicopters,” he says.