Saturday, May 5, 2012

This Weekend's Fishing (May 4-5, 2012)

This weekend I had the joy of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, side-by-side with family and friends, at the Westfield Valencia Town Center and the North Hollywood Metro Station.

Friday evening was our second time setting up an evangelism table at the mall. Like the first time, Friday evening's effort proved very productive. Friday night, however, gave us the opportunity to have even more conversations with people ranging in age from 10-50.

The conversation I had with the four kids in the above picture was one of those great opportunities. The age of these four respectful, well-mannered boys was 10-16. Whenever I talk to kids, I know I am making a connection with them when they refuse to be distracted or pulled away by their friends. Such was the case with these four boys.

The above photo is of two of my brothers in Christ. We are all members of Faith Community Church. Behind the table is Peter. Peter has consistently been out with me for a few months, now. He refers to himself as my "evangelism disciple." In front of the table is Josh. This was his first time out with me.

It didn't take long for Josh to get into the thick of things. I love watching brothers and sisters in Christ step outside of their comfort zones in the area of evangelism.

Of course, one of the great joys for me in evangelism is when members of my family can join me. I blessed to have Mahria and Amanda go fishing with me, Friday night. And Michelle joined me Saturday, morning at the North Hollywood Metro Station.

This morning I took the Prayer Stand with me to the North Hollywood Metro Station. It's the first time in a while I've used the Prayer Stand. That's going to change; and the change started today.

I open-aired three times this morning. Psalm 10, Isaiah 53, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 were the texts from which I preached.

Zack, my son in the faith, is finishing his first year at The Master's College. I've had the joy of watching him grow in his faith and in his open-air preaching, over the last couple of years. His preaching this morning was biblical, clear, and passionate.

I love it when people who receive a tract stop to read it as soon as they get it. That happened quite a bit this morning.

I often tell people there is nothing as sweet as the fellowship of the gospel. When I meet genuine followers of Christ on the streets, especially those who are also out there sharing the gospel with others, it never fails that the connection with them is instantaneous. Often times the fellowship with a Christian who, for all intents and purposes, is a stranger, is as comfortable and friendly as the fellowship with a life-long friend.

Such was the case with Daisy (pictured above, right). Daisy and another lady from her church were out talking to people and distributing tracts. They attend a small, Spanish-speaking church only minutes from the Metro Station. As soon as we all realized we were all followers of Christ, every wall came down and we labored side-by-side in the harvest.

It was a great weekend of fishing!