Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2016 will be a milestone for me. It will be ten years I have been street preaching on a regular basis; the last five years full time. God has been gracious and although I’ve always felt called to this type of ministry, I never dreamed the journey would be this grand. In 2006 I came to California from Washington State with the idea of evangelizing up and down the West Coast. I ended up staying in Oakland at SOS Ministries for about four years before moving to Sacramento for the next two years. During this time I started branching out and traveling to other cities. I was grounded for several months after my heart surgery in 2012. After that I went back to SOS for three years. My preaching trips increased and in 2013 I traveled further and more often than ever before. Since March 2015 I have been traveling perpetually throughout the United States. In all, the Lord has allowed me to preach in over 60 cities spanning about half the country so far.
I always have a thumbnail sketch of what I’m doing a month or two down the road. I like to pray over the ministry and calendar as I step out in faith preaching the Gospel. I just heard a sermon on Nehemiah about prayer & planning. There are also many proverbs on planning. However as I post this blog I do not have a clear direction on where to go the first few months of this year. Continue reading →
Leaving the Bay Area in late June I traveled up I-5 first to Portland and then Seattle. Alter that I headed east to Spokane and then a long drive to Denver. Because of some health issues and other trials I didn’t proceed to go further east as originally planned but went back to Portland and stayed there two weeks. During this time I was helpful to an up and coming street preacher; John Payne. I flew from Portland to Pittsburg to keep my commitment there and it was a marathon of evangelism along with prayer meetings, Bible study, and great fellowship. After returning to Portland I immediately headed back to Seattle for two weeks where I made up for the down time I had in August due to my back pain. Well, if you haven’t already you can read about each individual trip by looking at my previous posts. I want to thank everyone who supported the work and I am very grateful for the body of Christ.
Down the Coast
As I wrap up this leg of my year-long trip I thought it would be beneficial to travel back to the Bay Area via highway 101. After leaving Portland I drove to Lincoln City and then all the way down the coast and cut over at Clear Lake to go to Sacramento first. This slow travel allowed me to take time to reflect, pray, and be replenished in the Lord. When I got to Willits, California I met up with a few friends of mine who had an outreach planned for two days; one day in Willits and the next day in Lakeport. These are small towns which I am not used to but it was a great experience. Holding Continue reading →
As most of you know the last four months I have been on a traveling evangelism trip. This took place in the Southwestern portion of the United States starting and finishing in California. I was able to go through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. I traveled in my van that was donated to this ministry; God also providing everything else as well.
The trip started off in February 2015 with a trial run from Oakland down to Los Angeles where I preached for a little over two weeks before coming back and taking care of some things before venturing half way across the country. Besides preaching in the LA area I was also able to visit friends and evangelize with Southland Christian Church. In March I took off after being sent out by my church to San Diego. There I was able to connect with my friend Jerry Benson who is an evangelist also. Besides downtown we went to three different colleges. Then I headed for Arizona where I preached in two cities; Phoenix and Tucson. I also had friends there to stay with and to go out with evangelizing.
Once I left Arizona I was in uncharted territory. I went to El Paso, Texas and met a church and several brothers who like to preach on the streets and evangelize their community. At this juncture I went into Juarez, Mexico for a day and we handed out 500 tracts to the people there. After that I preached in five other major Texan cities.
I was introduced to an online Christian hospitality network and stayed with three different families. Once they found out I was traveling in order to do the Lord’s work they provided housing for my entire stay. This was a wonderful experience for me as well as them. Into Albuquerque I stayed at a retreat ran by Hosanna ministries then traveling north to Denver had the greatest time street preaching in a long time, maybe ever.
The Lord was good to me on this trip. The van ran excellent and I had no troubles during the trip. Returning to Sacramento by Memorial Day I had some health issues but everything turned out ok so I will be leaving again in late June. You can read about each city adventure on the previous blog postings.
Dinner at Dino’s
I have had many encounters since my last newsletter but one stands out in particular. I was asked by some friends a few months ago to visit someone they knew in the hospital. He has cancer and is unsaved. I went and met him and we prayed for him that day. He said at that time that he thought he knew me from somewhere. A few weeks later he asked if they would come to dinner and bring me along. Along with my friends I was able to share the whole Gospel with him. We also encouraged him and his wife to read the Bible, which they were willing to do. Right before we left that evening he said, “Now I know where I have seen you before – in Oakland preaching on the corner”. This was a great moment as we realized God was orchestrating this. Continue to pray for him please. His name is Dino. Continue reading →
Some of you already know but I have some Big News. I am leaving SOS Ministries & the San Francisco Bay Area for a preaching trip around the United States. I hope, the Lord willing to leave sometime this coming November. I will stick around the West Coast until January. I will then be off from San Diego going east toward Florida. I have about 35 cities I plan on covering in the first six months as I travel throughout the south.
Thank you for the wonderful support over the last several months. I have some exciting stories below as I have been preaching in San Francisco, Oakland, & San Jose since my last newsletter. I have included a video taken of me in July sharing my testimony. Also there are a few photos towards the bottom of the page. I continue to go to Oakland regularly with Dave and Darren. We continue to get great favor to preach downtown there with an amp. Oakland is my favorite place to preach. Continue reading →