I had just left Kentucky after my last blog update. I went through more of the South before spending quite a bit of time in Texas. There were no hard knocks in Knoxville as I traveled south to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Here they have the most polite drivers around. I was also encouraged as I preached here. In Birmingham, Alabama I was received well. Many people came by and either touched me gently on the arm or back in their support and approval of the Gospel. After that it was a fast track to Texas across Mississippi and Louisiana. My only day scheduled in Houston was rained out. The alternate city of Beaumont was also.
I continued my travels to Cypress, Texas which is a Houston suburb. There I stayed with Paul and Sini whom I met several years ago through the Hospitality Network called “Candle in the Window”. This is the third year I have stayed with this young couple. They have a new addition to the family Hananel who is about 16 months. I spent the weekend with them; going to church and meeting some of their friends. I then moved on to College Station where I preached outside of Texas A&M. After that I headed to Austin and stayed with another family the Featherstons. It was good to see them although the time flew by. David & Sonya have two sons Graham and Luke. Graham was leaving on a road trip for a conference in North Carolina the day after I arrived. I stayed here 2 days preaching in Austin and then on to San Antonio to preach before arriving in El Paso.
Old El Paso
I arrived in El Paso a day earlier than I had planned in order to spend a few days at a men’s retreat. These were guys I’ve known for a couple years that attend Old Paths Christian Church in El Paso. Before going to the men’s retreat I was able to preach in downtown El Paso. I then met up with Ivan Ramos and we went to Cloudcroft, New Mexico which is 10,000 feet on top of a mountain. I wasn’t prepared for the cold but it was a great time. I was reacquainted with Ivan, and also Frank Gonzales. Frank now does pretty much a full-time ministry in Juarez, Mexico. I also met for the first time a man named Ryan Denton, who previously I had corresponded with through the email. He is a fellow preacher and 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 may have found the “Bible Belt” somewhere between Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. This of course is a subjective experience. I was well received in Birmingham for the one day I preached there with many Christians showing their support. Atlanta was similar but you have to factor in the general southern hospitality. Many young people, even the rough looking ones, always were respectful calling me sir. Once someone knew your name they would call me; Mister Larry. It was a novelty to many people when they found out I was from California. In Hemming Plaza Park in Jacksonville I approached while there was some sort of protest going on. A couple of men were holding the Confederate flag. A black woman about my age informed me of the situation. She said that Northern Florida is just an extension of Georgia. Some people even refer to the area as Southwest Georgia. The real Florida is down by Miami she firmly asserted.
Southern Trip Summary
My trip went approximately 7,000 miles across 10 states, preaching in 13 cities (6 new cities), while going coast to coast. Interstate 10 runs across the entire country from Jacksonville, Florida to Santa Monica, California. I traveled this route on my return to homebase. Gas prices outside of California were much cheaper. In Houston at a Shell station I bought gas for $1.89 a gallon. I spent just under $800.00 in gas on the 47-day excursion. I stayed at many Walmarts, a couple of motels, and three different families, two of which I stayed on my trip last year.
Threading the Needle
When I use to work construction and we would pour cement, the weather would have to be just right for a good pour. Many times we would take the chance and get the job done right before a storm or before a heat wave. We would call this, “Threading the Needle”. What stood out on this trip the most is where the Lord had caused the weather to be conducive for the preaching even when the news had predicted inclement weather. I avoided many tornadoes, thunderstorms, and horrific baseball sized hailstones. Continue reading →
I left Oakland on April 6th headed on a two-month tour through the South. My first stop was brief in Los Angeles where I attended Southland Christian church for their mid-week service. Then off to Phoenix where I preached one day before heading to Tucson where I spent a full week. I am currently going city to city each day working my way to the Atlantic Coast. For this reason I have not had time to post the pictures and a video that goes with this evangelism update. I hope to do that as soon as I can. One good thing about going to a different city every day is that I can wear the same dress shirt (provided I don’t spill on it). So for now I have just a summary of events below. I want to thank those who have been praying for me and this trip and supporting the cause in many ways providing even more than I need. This is very important to pray for the cities.
In Tucson I stayed with my friend, Roy Spears, who is also a open-air preacher. He has some property that he has turned into an Oasis for traveling preachers. I stayed there and enjoyed his newest addition called the “Freedom Room” where there is a toilet, sink, washer & dryer, and an outdoor shower. Right before I got there Roy had a man who tried to kill him. He tried to run over him in with his car outside the abortion clinic. Roy was shaken up but ok. The man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 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.