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
It has been about a month since posting my last blog. During this time I have been busy in a hodge podge of preaching in Northern California. I also spent time orchestrating things for my current trip to the Midwest. For example; a simple thing like renewing a driver’s license can turn into a significant hurdle to my travels. Timing is everything. This also pertains to doctor’s appointments, maintenance on the van, and other chores which require careful planning and favor from God. I did get my license in the mail a few days before I left the Bay Area. Praise the Lord! I will be turning 60 years old this month.
Currently I’m in Spokane, Washington where I am staying with an old friend and his family. I hope to do some preaching here before leaving to travel the upper region of the country. I will be going through Montana, North & South Dakota, before arriving in Minnesota. I plan to preach in about 25 cities. Approximately one third of these will be new cities I haven’t preached in before. The trip is officially underway and will last into June before returning back to California.
On the way here I stopped briefly in Portland to visit a fellow street preacher and some other friends as well. After that it was on to the Seattle area where I spent a week visiting a friend, Skip, who has stage-four cancer. Heavy rains prevented me from preaching in the Seattle area, however my time I spent with Skip was rewarding encouraging him in his faith in Christ. (you could pray for Skip).
Thanks for the prayers. I will keep posting travel reports from time to time. This is my second trip to Chicago and surrounding cities. I was there on a road trip in 2013.
After my last blog report I remained in Los Angeles and did preaching downtown. I developed a cold with a sore throat and somewhat of a fever. This prevented me from going out on several of the days I had planned to. As per custom I stayed with my high school friend Dan Allen, a pastor at Southland Christian Church in Bell, California. I attended Dan’s after-school program and services at Southland.
Currently I’m still in Southern California working my way up the coast back to home base. First I will be in the San Francisco Bay Area and then the Sacramento area till the end of March before leaving on a long trip in April that will last through the first part of June. The Lord willing, I will be going through the Midwest as far as Chicago before returning to California. Thank you everyone who has been praying for me and my many mission trips. While in San Diego I went downtown once but mostly to colleges.
Orange County California
After preaching one day in Long Beach (this was a first) I headed south. I did something on this trip that was a little different. I meandered down through Orange County and preached in Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Irvine, California. These cities of course are not like the bigger ones, however there were plenty of people on the street to minister to. I was able to hand out a fair amount of gospels of John and some Bibles. I stayed 3 nights at the Calvary Chapel of Tustin parking lot after receiving permission. I attended a couple of their midweek meetings as well.
Jerry & Brianna (new worker) both witnessing to students at Grossmont College
In Irvine at the University of California Irvine, I must have talked to one young man named Darian for about 45 minutes. That was highlight of the day. The rest of the crowds for the most part seemed proud and indifferent. This is a rich area and a rich school. The student Darien had some questions about the Bible. He said he had been reading it all the way through. He is a self-proclaimed seeking atheist and it was an interesting discussion with him. He seemed to be open to God and I encouraged him to keep seeking the Lord. Continue reading
At the beginning of February I was in the Bay Area and Sacramento. I preached several times in San Francisco. Also once in Berkeley & Oakland. I was hindered because of the constant rain we have been having here in California. This ends the worst drought in California history. It didn’t come without some flooding. I have had plenty of rest since the holidays and now embark on a long trip come April, the Lord willing.
Jacob preaches in downtown Los Angeles
Greater Los Angeles Area
Like last year a group from the Bay Area plus Bob Loeffert from Pittsburgh, PA came down for a week here in the Los Angeles area. We did a repeat this year. This year’s group: Bob Loeffert, Eric & Jill Baxter, Dani Beshwati, and Jacob from the SOS ministry house. They arrived a few days before I did. We ended up going to several differents spots including downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and North Hollywood. We attended Grace Community Church and went out with their evangelism team afterwards. Each day we had group devotions with nightly prayer and testimonies on what the Lord did that particular day.
I continued on here in LA as the group left for home. I am staying with high school friend; Dan Allen and his family in Monterey Park. I have been battling a cold and sore throat but continue to go out in downtown LA to various spots. Next week I leave for Orange County and then San Diego.
Some of the highlighted people I talked to that perhaps you could lift up in prayer are the following: A young man in San Francisco whose name I could not pronounce but I will refer to him as Eutychus. He came up to me and so I stopped preaching to answer his questions the best I could. I was able to minister to him for about 10 minutes before he left. He seemed to be seeking and his questions sincere. He may not be far from the Kingdom of God.
I saw Michael in Santa Monica while preaching. The other team members had already talked and prayed with him, however I wanted to talk to him since he was listening to my preaching for quite awhile. He told me he believed in Jesus but that he was always agitated and couldn’t not stay still. This was evident as he acted somewhat disturbed. Continue reading
I appreciate all the prayers from everyone for the Gospel. Since the holidays I’ve been located in Nor-Cal, going between Sacramento and San Francisco; I did some preaching in both of these cities, as well as, Oakland. The day after Christmas Robert Payne and myself preached in Sacramento’s Old Town. It started off slow but there were many people who came through those streets doing the tourist thing I suppose. We’re able to take turns preaching and hand out many tracts. most of the people we talked to were homeless people.
Duane (left) & Ken downtown SF
One Saturday I met up with Duane, Ken Onaga, Andrew Conway and Robert Payne to preach in downtown San Francisco at the Metreon on 4th and Mission. This went very well and we had a good fellowship afterwards. Those guys continued to preach until the late afternoon while Robert and I went and visited SOS Ministries who were a few blocks away before returning to the BART station.
The highlight of all my time here was going out to the Castro District in San Francisco with SOS Ministries on a Friday night. For those that don’t know, the Castro district is the mecca for the homosexual lifestyle. The Castro started to become notorious for this as far back as the late seventies. I have been out there several times in the past with SOS Ministries which go out about twice a year there. Typically we keep a low profile Continue reading