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.
I arrived at my title from the parable that Jesus gave concerning the sower and the seed. (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8) This is my 7th year of preaching here and I have notice quite a change, and not for the better. Like the proverbial frog slowly boiling in water I notice a subtle, but significant, change in the spiritual climate here. People are becoming more indifferent and hardened to the Gospel. For example: One day my long-time friend Greg came out with me to hand out tracts while I preached. We were on 5th & Pine, a great place with lots of people, mostly middle to upper middle class from what I can tell. Greg told me how he was astonished reporting that he was only able to hand out about one tract per 200 people. We Also had Gospels and dvd’s which no one took.
I preached for many hours over the span of several days while here. I went to a variety of corners including 4th & Pike, one of the busiest in the city. I had much favor with the police. I went off topic on two occasions; mentioning God’s and my support of the police. (Rom 13) I did this because they had been protesting the police across the nation as you may have heard. I also did a long discourse on homosexuality on my last day of preaching.
During my time here I did meet several people. I met a young man who had some questions but viewed Islam and Christianity as having the same God. Michael another man I met was also there listening. I visited with Michael and then prayed for him before leaving. He has a one-on-one ministry with some of the street people and also does a prayer walk around the downtown area. I saw Michael one other day as well when he stood by me the whole time I preached. Another woman Greg and I met. Her name was Jo who had a son Justin. Justin is now a Christian and a former heroin addict. Jo stopped when she heard part of my testimony. We talked some and prayed for her. 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
After last summer’s mishaps I decided to come back here and was glad I did. I had a great time and with some good weather was able to go out almost every day (weekdays). Because I was on a mission to get some serious preaching in, I did not visit friends or family as I did this last summer. In 2014 I preached here in Seattle and received a written warning for sound violation. I had never received one of this before in any city. This time was much different; that according to one police officer using my amp was completely ok without a permit. The rest of the police must have concurred since nothing was said even with my large amp. I preached on two new corners this time around and was pleased with the outcome.
First and Last
Gabriel was a young man I met on the first day I was in Seattle and then I saw him again on the last day that I was there. The first time I met him he stood and listened for a while and then I stopped to talk to him. Ironically he had a question about Michael the archangel. I pointed out that there are only three angels in scriptures that are named; Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. I told him to focus on Jesus being God. We talked a few minutes before he left. I prayed for him all week and then I saw him again on a different corner the last day I was there. After our conversation at that time I believe him to have saving faith.
A Day in the Life of a Street Preacher
Today I headed for 2nd and Pine but when I got there the police were arresting an elderly Eskimo man who was intoxicated. They had at least ten cops there mostly on bikes. They had a paddy wagon also. I was going to wait it out but then another police car with their lights on pulled up and I decided to go down the street for today. Continue reading