Currently I am at homebase awaiting a big trip across the country to the East Coast in September. I have returned from my summer trip to the Pacific Northwest. After leaving Seattle I traveled down to Vancouver, Washington and the greater Portland area. I have lots of friends here and had many visits and times of fellowship. I saw Richard Latimer and John Payne both of which I stayed with in Vancouver. I attended church with long-time friends of Glencullen Baptist in Portland. I preached in downtown Portland several times before heading to the Pacific Coast. The heatwave which was to send temperatures in the Portland area to triple digits forced me to the coast about 5 days earlier than anticipated. This allowed me to get some rest and also to preach in a few places I would not have preached in had I continued with my original schedule. I got lots walks on the beach too!
Sunset View of Pacific Ocean – Oceanside, Oregon
My travels also included stays at other churches. a new church and Pastor I met along the way was found in Tillamook Oregon. it was called Life Changes Christian Church. I rolled in there on a Wednesday just in time to go to the beach and have a barbecue with the workers that were there for Vacation Bible School. I met pastor Brad and he allowed me to park overnight at the church and then I attended a pastor’s prayer meeting in the morning. I also met a couple who knew my cousin, a longtime resident of Tillamook.
Heading south I stayed in Lincoln City at the Foursquare Church where I was able to stay for two nights. Continue reading →
The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle; a song by Perry Como. Growing up here in Seattle I always thought he obviously was not here most of the year. However in the summertime it is hard to be a nice day here in the Pacific Northwest. It has been absolutely beautiful, in the mid seventies and sunny everyday for the last couple of weeks. This makes the street preaching very easy not having to contend with the weather and the people are outside. I just spent a couple weeks here in the Seattle area. Some of my time was visiting friends and relatives, and in particular one friend of mine who has cancer. I was able to get out and preach several times in Seattle and in the city of Bellevue.
4th & Pine Street in Downtown Seattle – Summertime Crowds
Seattle 3rd & Pike
I was on the corner of 3rd & Pike. It was an interesting day. It was very difficult at first as people kept trying to interfere one way or another. The first man who came up that was friendly was Derek who took a large print Gospel and thanked me for being out there. He said it made his day. I had some interference by some people I would classify as demonized. Then an aid car and ambulance came and parked right by me to haul someone out of the Ross clothing store. Right after that the police arrested a woman (not sure why) right in front of me. I stopped preaching briefly then continued. Continue reading →
Downtown Dallas – From Airplane Leaving For Oakland
My first day preaching in Dallas was hot and humid. With temperatures in the upper nineties and humidity at nearly 70% I preached the Gospel on Elm & Ervay, a new corner I had not been to before. Although it was hot, this corner didn’t lack people going to and fro. I had a great time using my smallest of four amps that I brought on the plane this trip. I met Virgil, a young man who came up and asked me for prayer. He said he had a lot of confusion and this prevented his own praying to the Lord. I prayed and encouraged him before he left. I was in front of a hotel and the security came out and told me I couldn’t be on the sidewalk since it was their property. This has come up a number of times in the past in various cities. I told them that the sidewalk was public access as established in the courts over the years. They called the police when I wouldn’t leave. When the officer arrived he said that I was perfectly fine on the sidewalk and also fine with using the amp. He said he was going inside to set them straight – Praise the Lord!
I preached in Dallas three days and in Plano, Texas one day. I actually felt faint on one occasion. However I had a successful time here getting out the Gospel. I also was able to pray for several other people who approached me at different times; Lisa, a young gal who said she had backslidden with a relapse on Meth. I noticed she had terrible sores on her arms as she sat and listened to me preach for about ten minutes before I gave her individual attention. Another day a woman named Lynnette asked for prayers to rid her of demons and addictions. These people were very humble and seemed to be hungry for the Lord. Only one street person asked me for something to eat which I obliged him although his interest in the Lord was waning.
A big highlight for me was on Father’s Day both of my sons contacted me to wish me a happy Father’s Day. It was a real blessing to hear from my youngest son. He also had texted me some latest pictures of my grandson Dillon. Coincedently while here there was a Evangelism Conference I attended on a Saturday in the area. Jeremiah Cry hosted this event and another brother from my church, Timothy Oliver, attended giving a presentation of “First Love Publications” a ministry associated with our church. I had previously planned my trip before I knew of the conference. I was able not only to come, but was able to help Tim with our literature table we had giving away many free books on theology and other subjects.
This was my third trip to Dallas over the years. The Lord willing this fall, I will be taking another large trip in the van across the Southern United States. This will bring me through Texas once again. It’s a very large state with many large cities to preach the gospel in. Please continue to pray for the gospel to go out through my efforts: Thank you!
I wanted to give a final report summarizing my recent trip to the Midwest and back. Although I spent some time in the Seattle area along with a few visits on the way, my preaching trip didn’t really start until I reached Spokane, Washington. I left there on April 24th and arrived back here in the Bay Area on May 30th. I traveled over 5,800 miles spanning 20 states. I preached in 27 cities of which 20 were brand new that I had never preached in before. Because of inclement weather, two cities I had planned to preach in were cancelled. They were Minneapolis & Omaha. However I was able to add seven cities to the itinerary, all being new cities. The top 3 cities based on my subjective experience and other criteria are: 1. Des Moines 2. Denver 3. Reno. The city that gets the dubious honor of the biggest bust was Davenport, Iowa. Paul tells us to judge nothing before the time. It was a great trip although as always the masses were indifferent and apathetic.
Blue States = Midwest Trip Spring 2017 ~ 20 States ~ Preached in 27 Cities
Personally I draw closer to the Lord on these trips. I have found that I prefer to go from town to town spending just one day preaching in each place. The weekends are often used to travel and bridge the gap between locations. I was able to attend church on Sunday every week wherever I was and also a few midweek prayer and fellowship meetings. As you may know by reading my early reports the weather was somewhat crazy and unpredictable but the Lord saw me through. The van continues to run great and the Lord has blessed the ministry providing everything needed for such an endeavor preaching the Gospel across the United States.
I want to thank once again everyone who prayed and helped in many other ways as well. For all of you it has been a great partnership. Eternity well reveal all the fruits of our labor in the Gospel. I am very excited. This summer will be traveling up to the Pacific Northwest and in California, preaching of course. This fall, in the will of God, I hope to travel once more through the south reaching the East Coast and by my return will have preached in all the lower 48.
Salt Lake City Police Talk to Man Across the Street
“You don’t have to leave we took care of him, besides I like the preaching”, the young man with tattoos responded. He looked just like any other guy you would see on the streets. I have seen a lot of undercover police officers in my day, but with this guy I would have never guessed he was working undercover. Here’s what happened: When preaching on Thursday in Salt Lake City I had encountered a very difficult person. He was somewhat crazy or perhaps demon possessed as he approached me and crying out at the top of his lungs, yelling blasphemies against God. As he left my presence and crossed the street a hurried young man came and stood in front of me and asked, “ what is with him?” I said, “I think he is demon possessed.” He responded by saying, “we will take care of it”. I just thought he was a passerby. He was texting and within about two minutes, another older man, showed up who was obviously a police detective. Continue reading →