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.
My Trip to preach in 40 cities officially started today. I was in Kansas City preaching the gospel on the corner of 13th and Main Street. It went very well and it was readily received for the most part. I did not have any negative comments. Although one man sat across from me on the sidewalk and mumbled loudly as to interfere somewhat but I kept preaching. I gave away several Gospels of John as per custom. I was in Kansas City and 2013 but didn’t preach on that trip. We were in a hurry to get to Oklahoma City to preach there so we bypassed Kansas City. But I got her done today.
Although I was in Los Angeles and San Diego for a bit of time and preach there, I didn’t really count my trip to start until once I got to Kansas City. It took me 4 days to get from San Diego to Kansas City including a stop in Tucson briefly. Thank you for all your prayers. Please pray that I would escape a lot of the inclement weather that has been plaguing this area over the last several months. I will continue in the Midwest for the next week or so. If you would like to see what other cities I plan on preaching in you may go to Travel Itinerary. I will continue to give periodic updates after completing each section of the country.
When you think of hills in Southern California you often think of Hollywood Hills which is more of a neighborhood than hills you walk up. I have walked up some steep hills in my day both in Seattle and San Francisco. But I found that Los Angeles has some hefty hills to walk up in parts of downtown. I got of the Metro (light rail) and went mistakenly up a different exit which brought me half way up a huge hill. I continued up and working my way to my destination corner I looked straight up at this huge skyscraper. This was fairly close to the US Bank Tower which is the tallest building in LA. By coming this way I was able to minister to a homeless woman and her two young boys.
This time in Los Angeles was unique. I normally don’t come down this way in the summer months. I observed more people on the streets this time. You could have picked most any corner and had lots of people go by. Also they are always making movies in downtown so this draws attention from tourists. This time here every corner I went to was a new corner for me. Below are the highlights: Continue reading →
Little Rock – Memphis – Birmingham – Atlanta – Jacksonville
Below are experiences in the cities I have never been to before. I had a great time overall and it went fast. Once I left Dallas I traveled to the next four cities; one per day. I would arrive the night before then preach and leave for the next city. These cities were anywhere from 2-4 hours apart so it made it doable. I stayed in Walmart’s and cleaned up at the Planet Fitness gyms. I was on the move and looking back it seems like a blur. Another thing to note is that, praise the Lord, I avoided very much inclement weather as I traveled. I had avoided many thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes. Each city had good weather the day I came and providentially bad after I left. Once again thank you so much for the prayers. I will post any pictures I took after I get back.
Pioneering my way past Texas this time around, I first stopped in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Clinton’s were not there to greet me, however, I found my way to a suitable corner. 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 →