Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cold night in Silver Spring

Hello again,

I wanted to post about a great outreach I had the other night in Silver Spring, which is about 15 minutes from my house. This location is easy to get to and has proved to be a very productive place to preach the gospel because many people shop, go to movies, or just hang-out in this downtown location. The week prior to this Paul, Hugh, and I went preaching here again and had many good conversations and one young man named John responded to the message and I had a chance to talk to him about his need for a Savior. Because of the great opportunities we had this night I decided to go out the following week, which was last night. Yesterday was unique because it was Black Friday. I knew that since many people where out of town for Thanksgiving it might be difficult to get other preachers to go along but, I felt I needed to go. My feelings were correct and no others were available to go along so I found myself driving down to Silver Spring on my own. As I drove feelings of fear and uncertainty began to enter my mind. I called my sister, Cathy, and asked her to pray for me because I knew God wanted me to go out and proclaim His Word. As I arrived I saw that not many people were across the street where we went last week so I decided to go back in front of the theater were we had preached in the past. I set up the sketch board and began to paint up my message. A security officer came over and asked me what I was doing and I told him that I was going to do some open air preaching and exercise my first amendment right. He said, that would be no problem but, just to be safe he would call it in to cover himself with his superiors. After I finished painting me message I turned around and with the strength of the Lord open my mouth and began to preach. As I preached more and more people began to stop and listen and after the message two or three people took tracs. I was very encouraged and preached two more messages that night and handed out about 20 to 30 tracs. Praise God for a cold night in November in Silver Spring. Until you read again may God bless you!