Downtown Minneapolis on May 1st – Late Spring Storm Creates Ghost Town
Just when I thought I was out of the cold & snow I arrived in Minneapolis just to get skunked; no preaching the one day I was there due to snow, wind & heavy rains. I put forth the college try to no avail. I parked at the transit station and took a bus downtown along with my amp. I was prepared to preach with or without it. When I got there it was like a ghost town. The streets were literally empty. I have included a picture and you may notice that down the street there is an enclosed walkway over the street that goes between buildings. Minneapolis has lots of these. I notice the people that were around were using these. I have been here once before in 2013 and these same streets were packed with people.
The next day I was able to preach in St Paul (Twin City to Minneapolis) and had a divine appointment with a young man named Bradley who was ignorant of salvation but listened as I shared the Gospel with him privately. He also took a Gospel. This was really a blessing after 6 orthodox priests in brown robes went by totally ignoring me.
I write this blog from Kingman, Arizona where I am headed toward the Bay Area and if all goes well I will arrive in time for church on Sunday afternoon. It has been a great trip to say the least and once I get back I will put a summary together and post that along with pictures.
After leaving Pittsburgh I preached in Columbus, Ohio, Lexington, Kentucky, Nashville & Memphis, Tennessee, Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma. My last preaching stop was Oklahoma City.
Who’ll Stop the Rain?
God that’s who! In both Columbus and Lexington I barely escaped the rain, but the Lord was good and I was able to preach in both of those cities. After that it was on to Nashville another new city. I tried to preach downtown however I ended up going down to where the tourists go to the music area there were tons of people there and I preached for about an hour and half. Memphis I was able to go to even though it was a Saturday I went down to Beale Street where people come to another music venue; the blues. Wichita was a ghost town but it is the biggest city in Kansas and do not regret going. I had a lot of cars at the light who also heard. Oklahoma City was very strange. The people seemed more hardened than in SF. The highlight was in Tulsa.
I met a man named Robin and later a woman named Susan. Both were homeless and needy. They both stuck around while I preached. Robin had his Bible and was looking at it during the preaching. Susan who was laying down on the sidewalk to my right didn’t get up until I was done. I prayed for both of them individually. These seemed to be the only two interested in the Gospel today. I never noticed anyone who gave a sign or gesture indicating they were Christian or remotely approved of the preaching. Very strange town. It had enough people to preach but it was somewhat wierd. Perhaps because it was Halloween. Anyway the downtown area was quiet and I used the KC 110. I had no problem from police and did not see one for that matter. I did accomplish my mission. Robin who I couldn’t seem to shake (probably no friends) walked me to the van. I had a hard time understanding him but God gave me grace in this.
I spent six days in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the longest I stayed in any one city on this trip. I was hosted by Bob Loeffert who evangelizes not only in Pittsburgh, but all over the country as well. Bob also has two sons that go out witnessing on a regular basis; Bob Jr and Mark. I was in Pittsburgh about a year ago and stayed with Bob and Linda at that time also. You may remember Eric and Jill Baxter also joined me for a week-long evangelism blitz. This year Bob and I hit Pittsburgh four days in a row. Two of those days it was raining quite hard, but we found cover under a canopy downtown. There was still plenty of people on the street to preach to.
We complemented one another out on the streets, myself preaching and Bob witnessing one on one. We had many contacts and many divine appointments which are too numerous to name. I will share one story about a man that Bob introduced me to. His name is Richard. Richard has a lot of issue, he’s on methadone and has some health issues and everything else. He has a carnal knowledge of God but is not born again. I was able to witness to him, encourage him, and pray for him before he left me that day.
We included a trip out to the University of Pittsburgh on a Sunday afternoon where there were plenty of students. I met a young man who saw me preaching downtown two days before. He listened to the Gospel as both Bob and I shared faith in Christ alone, not works. One of the highlights was meeting other believers in the area. The Loeffert’s have a house church that meets on Sunday afternoon and goes into the evening which was very uplifting. There were about 20 of us sharing a meal and then songs, testimonies, and then teaching of the word by Chad. I was able to share about the ministry. We also spent much time in prayer. Continue reading →
Although late in summer, it was hot and humid throughout my travels of the Midwest. The humidity was always in the seventy ot eighty percent range. It has been a fantastic trip so far as I work my way toward the East Coast. Although I did not get into Canada as planned I had a very good outing in Cleveland, Ohio. I preached there last year about this time and went to the same corner; 9th & Superior. This time there were many more people on the streets and the preaching went well with several people stopping to listen and take the Gospels.
I went to a different city each day and it got to be that sometimes I would forget where I was at shopping in the local Walmart. I stayed here for the most part with no problems. While in Indiana I stayed the weekend with Harry Mimms and his family in Marion. We had a good time of fellowship and I attended their church on that Sunday. My health is good and the van is running great. I have had some problems with two of the tires holding air. I suspect this happened when I got them re-balanced with my tire rotation. I will be getting this checked out.
The highlights include getting favor with the authorities using the amp in all the cities thus far. I was so encouraged with a number of people stopping and sharing their faith in Christ. Two women stick out in particular, one in Detroit, and one in Indianapolis really boasted my spirit after being discouraged of the hardness and apathy of the listeners. In Cincinnati I was able to minister and pray for two heroin addicts. A young couple about 25 years old.
I will not have any pictures available until I get back in November. For those in the Bay Area I plan on having a evening get together to share my ministry travels. I will present a slide show at that time. I will announce the date and place in the near future. Well thanks for the prayers and encouragement from you all. Each city I preached in is listed below in order of my favorite ones first and I also included their population. Cleveland 390,000 ~ Detroit 690,000 ~ Kansas City 467,000 ~ St.Louis 320,000 ~ Cincinnati 298,000 ~ Louisville 252,000 ~ Indianapolis 853,000 ~ Toledo 280,000