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” You don’t understand, I’m caught in a trap!”

August 20, 2009

He grabbed me by the shoulders and sobbed, looked into my eyes pleading for help and yelled, “you don’t understand, I’m caught in a trap”

Street ministry takes on many different turns in a given day, week, month or year. People from all walks of life need Jesus. That is why it is extremely important to know that you know, what you are called to do. I am increasely aware of how important it is in these days to be right where God has called you to be. It not time for “hit and miss” nor of “playing games.” This is not time to just “play church”. These are serious times. The devil knows his time is short and he is working overtime to “kill, steal, rob and destroy”. That’s his business. If he can just watch you go to church, go to work, go play, and then do it all over again, then he is contented.

Then there is Bradley. He is a 28yr old heroin addict. He lives on the street along with his friends and their dogs. Many of these guys and girls are so filled with demons, all that they can say as they pass by is “hail Satan”.

But this time, Bradley was different. He had a deep yearning in his heart to be set free. He didn’t want the usual, “we’ll let’s have prayer and I will tell you about our church”. In fact, he mentioned that churches won’t accept him. This certainly is not the first time I have heard this. I have heard on numerous occasions of them telling me things like, “if that is the way your going to dress then you are not allowed in here.”

He had a desperate cry for help while tears ran down his face. Several times he pointed to his wrist which had a tattoo of his 18mo old son on it, which he’s never seen because of his addiction and his girl friend wanting nothing to do with him.

See the problem is that we as “the church” can’t even began to relate to a human being like this. One that is caught in this endless demonic trap of drugs and the street life. Unless of course you have been there yourself. But most of us haven’t.

Here is a guy that can’t go a day without another hit. His body won’t let him.

His inner man cries for help, but all the time Satan has him bound.

He said repeatedly, “do you know how many times I have been resuscitated!” as he shows me his arms with the IV needle marks and left over bandage residue.

Another guy that I have not seen in a year or so comes to my mind. He also was battling Heroin. I remember him telling me every so often that he was in the hospital again and almost died. Over and over again is this repeated cycle. I remember one time, he ran into me outside a local mall headed into the mall to steal again to support his habit. That time fortunately, he decided not to go ahead with it because he was convicted by The Spirit.

Well, back to Bradley. I prayed with him. We hugged some more. He also prayed a desperate prayer for salvation and deliverance. I gave him a Gospel of John and parted. I hope to see him soon.

My heart was and still is grieved for those like him who so desperately want help but are caught in the trap.

That day The Lord renewed a long standing vision within me of a place outside of the city where people like Bradley can stay and start a new life with Jesus. A place removed from the city and it’s demons in people there. Most will end up dieing in that cesspool unless someone reaches out and does something by the power of God. Deliverance must come! And they need a place to get away from their present environment and heal. A place where they can smell the country air and work with their hands in the earth that God created. A refuge, if you will.

I went out to find that place today.

May it be so to the glory of God!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us;” (Eph.3:20)

Encouragement sent from God

April 2, 2009

He is a God that knows what we need and when to deliver it. He is exact and right on in all his ways. Man fumbels, hits and misses, but God never does. He is perfect.

Two days ago I sat out to do my usual, hit those streets for God. It is my joy and passion. This morning, I felt a little less encouraged. Like a lot of us, I have learned that we don’t run our lives according to our “feelings”. If we did, most of us would stay in bed. Before long we would be hopeless cases of depressed, lonely individuals striving for the next high that this life might give us. Only to find out that what it gives is temporary at best.

I went to town and did my usual prayer walk before knowing what He had purposed for me that day. Upon finishing, I was led to go out and visit a brother in the Lord. He is one that James and I led back to Christ after he had a bout with drugs. So I hopped on the bus and headed out to his place. As I got off the bus, it was raining a little so I popped open my umbrella and walked a few blocks to his place. Once there, I punched in his room number on the key pad and it rang and rang with no answer. I tried again with the same results.

So I called his cell number and still no answer. So I stood that wondering what to do next. After about 10 minutes, I popped open my umbrella again and headed of in the direction that I came. All of a sudden, it poured big time. Some hail was also mixed in with the rain. Boy was I thankful for the umbrella! I looked down the sidewalk and noticed a big tree down the way that was covering the sidewalk. So I sped up to make for cover.

Once there, I stood and hid under the umbrella and tree. I gazed out at the rain pounding upon the street. I seemed to be on hold, watching the rain come down. There was a lonelyness and a sence of discourgment that came over me. I stared out straight ahead.

All of a sudden, out of the corner of my left eye, a guy appeared. He walked in front of me and stood next to me on my right side. He was friendly and smiled. He also was very thankful for the tree. He had no umbrella like me. We stood there talking about the rain and weather. As he talked, I noticed that he had a pin on his jacket that read, “follower of Jesus Christ”. I smiled and said, “so your a believer in Christ?” He said, “you better believe it”. He held up is right hand and said, “and here’s my sword”. He was carrying his bible with him. There we both stood talking about the goodness of God under the tree as the rain came pouring down.

Now in the course of our conversation, I said nothing about feeling a little bumbed out, or nothing about my brother not being there. I was just rejoicing with him.

About halfway into our visit, he says, “I’m an encourger”. Wow! The light had went on big time! I said, “I know you are!” “God sent you!”

Once again, God was faithful to give me just what I needed. He had again encourged me to keep doing what I am doing. This was one of many times that He has sent someone along to bless me. To this I’m so thankful. There is nothing like God encourgement!

Shortly after he left, I proceided to walk to the bus stop. I looked down the road, and there he was walking along the sidewalk. I prayed that God would bless him richly that day.
God is so good!

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#4)

November 5, 2007

All of this four part testimony took place in one day. It just goes to show you what God wants to do through all those who avail themselves and want to be used of God for His glory and His Kingdom.

After Dan stood up, we all hugged on him and such joy was in our hearts. Now here was a man who just a short time before, was totally intoxicated from drinking wine. Now he was sober and in his right mind. Praise God!

I have tried to do my best with God’s help to describe what took place, but words do have a limit.

He then asked if he could sing another song, we all said “by all means, let her go”. It was awesome to hear him sing every verse with passion and clarity. By the time he finished, we all knew something was about to break loose.

He yelled out, “DO YOU MIND IF I PREACH?” We smiled and said, “GO FOR IT”. First he started out with his testimony about how God had just delivered him from alcohol. Then he went into The Gospel. It was right on, every word. He shared also about seeking God while He can be found. He told the crowd how that God had said to him, “will you just seek me, I am here if you will seek me” It was awesome!

About that time a lady starts shouting and she walks over and tries to stop the flow of what God is doing. (this is almost standard procedure, the devil does not want things like this to take place so he fights hard.) This other brother goes over to her and finally gets her to go somewhere else.

Out of nowhere, walks up this lady and she says, “can I buy you guys some coffee?” She had been watching all that took place. She takes out her tablet and takes our order. Off she went, and returns with four large coffee’s. What a blessing she had been to all of us. She smiled and hugged us all, and off she went. God bless her richly!

Dan(the brother that just received Christ) continues to preach several times. Many were listening as they waited for the train. About that time another brother walks up and recognizes Dan. He said that he was with the local rescue mission. We then proceeded to tell him all that happened. His eyes began to water. He was very thankful. He said to Dan, “Are we now going to see you in church on Sunday?” Dan said, “You Bet”. Thank you God!

It was time for me to leave and catch the last bus out for the night. All six of us gathered in a circle and lifted up prayer and thanksgiving to God for what He had done that evening.
As another brother was finishing prayer, I heard the sound of Satan again. I looked over across the way, and sure enough his messengers had come to try one last time.

There stood three of them all dressed in black with their long coats, yelling out loud about Satan and saying all their usual junk. They had known what just took place, and they were there to stop it. TOO LATE. THE WORK OF CHRIST HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE. PRAISE HIM!

I pleaded THE BLOOD OF JESUS and we finished prayer and went on our way.

I trust this testimony was a blessing to you. This is just a drop in the bucket of all that God wants to do in these days. If you are not yet a part of what He is doing in the earth today, you need to be. Pray and ask Him, he will show you. He is about people. People are the apex of His creation. He loved them all so much that He gave His Son to redeem them back to himself.
May you be blessed also as you go out and do your part for Him and His Kingdom.
Amen.

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#3)

November 4, 2007

In the last post, I had forgotten to mention that on my way to the city in the train, I needed to stop off and use the bathroom at a local store. After that, the Lord wanted me to go to a bus stop close by that I had been to several times before.

After praying, I jumped in and started to preach The Good News on one corner. One young kid didn’t like it, so he sounded off. (I spoke with this kid later, he is one step closer to Christ now) Then a young black guy came over to talk. He listened real well as The Holy Spirit moved upon his heart. It took probably close to an hour before he made the move to receive Jesus. But he did! Praise God! He went off changed by the power of God!

I called him that night on the way home. He said that he was at home resting. Now this was Friday night close to 8:00pm. He was saved from drugs and may have been either in a gang, or had came out of one. But glory to God he is changed! He said to me as we parted on the phone, “pray for me, I just want to live”. That tells it all.

Back to where I left off in “Part#2”.
It was 4:00pm at the train stop and it’s Friday night and there are people in need of hearing The Gospel everywhere as they wait for the train to go home from work. I started in and before long James showed up. We took turns preaching and God’s Spirit was moving as several came up to either take a tract or talk.

Then the distractions came once again. This young guy who had a plastic cup full of wine, starts to scream and yell and gets in our faces. James calms him down as I finish. I went over to him and tried to talk with him. He seemed surprised that I would have come over to talk with him after all his yelling and carrying on.

As we talked, God through His Spirit began to speak to him, a little at a time. He said he had to go use the bathroom, and asked if I would be there when he came back. I assured him I would. I miss out from time to time, but I knew there was hope for this guy. He came back with more wine and seemed to be even more intoxicated. What I really liked about this encounter was that the fact that he was still drinking, but God was still coming after him. I could see transformation taking place.

Now James comes up to talk to him, and gets real straight with him. The guy blows a gasket big time, screams and yells. The crowd turns and begins to listen in as to try and figure out what is going on. The guy storms off. I thought we had lost him then. James begins to preach again.

Minutes later he returns in a huff. I with the help of God, calm him down, and once again we(the Spirit and I) start to share Christ with him. He shares a lot of his problems and fears. Now, it was pretty obvious that this guy was a outcast by others, by the things he shared with me. But God was loving on him big time. I could see His love being poured out on our soon to be brother.

He takes off to smoke a cigarette across the street. I shared with James what was taking place. When he returned glass in hand, James apologizes for some of the things that he had said earlier. They hugged and forgave each other. It was powerful to behold.

James starts in again, sharing God’s love and power to change lives to the crowd. The guy who I will call Dan, comes over to me again. This time I am noticing that he is listening more and getting closer to The Kingdom as we spoke. All of a sudden, HE TAKES THE CUP OF WINE AND THROWS IT 30 FEET DOWN THE BRICK WALKWAY. Wow! I was taken back! HE THEN BEGINS TO SING THE SONG, “CREATE A PURE HEART IN ME, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME” He sings every word of the song. I noticed that he was sobering up as he was singing. God was moving!

He finishes the song and immediately DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND STARTS TO REPENT BEFORE GOD AND CONFESS. It was really powerful to hear him repent before God and ask Jesus for forgiveness and to be his Saviour and then his Lord. I knelt down with him and prayed for complete deliverance through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. (now remember, this is all taking place in a public square with lots of people standing around watching and listening) Praise God!
We finally stood up together and gave praise to God! He is Born of The SPIRIT OF GOD!

I will continue with “part#4. Wait and see what happens next. It’s a real testimony, glory to God!

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#2)

November 3, 2007

After I had finished praying with the man that was blind, I continued to share The Gospel and pass out tracts.

After a while a “transit security” guy came by and said, “you can’t do that here”. I have heard that one before, so I asked him some questions. He said that the property that I was on is being leased from the city and that the transit company does not allow people to preach out loud. I asked him where I could get the information in writing, and he told me where.

So I continued to pass out tracts for a while. I don’t believe in making a big seen and challenging the law when you don’t know for sure if what is being told to you is true or not. I have had a security guard come under conviction before and tried to tell me that I couldn’t preach where I was at. Come to find out he was wrong. Later he told me about how he was away from God etc.

Soon the Spirit was leading me to move to another city. After leaving on the bus, I went to the train that goes into the city. Waiting for the train, I struck up a conversation with a lady sitting on a bench. Come to find out she was a believer. Praise God! We got on the train and she shared with me how God had delivered her from drugs that she had been on for years. Awesome testimony! To God be the glory!

I went to the usual square in the center of the city where we minister from time to time. I did the usual prayer walk for a while. I spotted my brother James from a distance, ministering the Gospel and passing out tracts. I stopped and had prayer for him.

Soon, I walked around the square to where he was. As I approached him, I noticed two brothers standing off to the side praying as James was ministering. I had never seen these two before, so as James finished we all came together and introduced each other. Now this was another divine appointment set by God. Praise Him!

These two brothers, one of which is just getting his feet wet in street ministry are called of God. We shared and had prayer, exchanged telephone numbers. They had to take off to get their car which was on the meter, but both James and I know we will see them soon back out on the streets, the Lord willing.

James and I continued to share with those who would put the brakes on and come over and talk with us. Soon another brother who I haven’t seen in a year downtown, came by and we prayed and ministered together for a while.

I looked at the clock and it said 4:00pm. I had remembered that the Lord had shared with me that morning how he did want me to share in the later afternoon at a particular train stop at the square. So I told James to come over if God so leads him after our other brother had finished preaching.

Well, the post is long enough again. I will stop for now, but do go to “part#3” when it comes. It’s awesome to hear how God delivered an alcoholic and he sobered him up to preach The Gospel. Powerful! Praise Him! To God be the glory, great things He has done (because it was yesterday) and great things he is doing today.
Also, I left out a soul that God had saved that day.(God help me)

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!

November 3, 2007

I woke up early this morning giving God praise and glory for what He did yesterday. God is showing forth His power on the streets, big time. He is changing lives. Restoration is taking place right before our eyes. To God be the glory! I pray that you will be inspired to get out and use what gifts and callings that God has blessed you with. You are unique and because of that, you can reach people that I can’t, and vice verse. Isn’t that so like God? He is unique and He made you unique to reach unique people.

It was one of those days where I did not receive orders from Him as to where to start exactly. I was impressed to just set out and see what happens. This is something that I did on a regular basis for about a year, and it was “oh so awesome”. Going out, but not knowing where. I pray that if God has yet to impress you by His Spirit to do this, that He would and that He would do it soon. Amen.

The first human encounter was a young guy at the traffic light on my way walking to the bank. I shared with him and he really listened. I believe it was another seed planting. He took a tract, and I pray that He will come when God again draws his heart to come to Him.

After the bank, (praise God there was money in the bank!) I went to the bus stop and talked (tried to) with a Hispanic man. I don’t know Spanish (but I should) so lately God has had me use a key from my pocket and tell them that the key to God is Jesus Christ. He smiled and nodded his head. I pointed to the heart also.

When I got on the bus, I immediately saw a young kid that I have talked to before. He is very quite. I sensed that there was pain and sorrow in his life, so I asked him, “has there been some painful things happen in your life?” He said yes. I said, “Have you lost a mother, or father? “A family member?” He said no, but that he did not want to talk about it. God knows and I can pray for him.

Soon I got to the first city and the local transit mall. The Lord had me do the usual prayer walk around the block. Then had me stand and start to pass out tracts and do some preaching. A young guy and his girl friend came up and wanted prayer. I first asked them if Jesus Christ was their Lord and Saviour. They said no. So I went through The Gospel with them and praise God they turned from the old life to the new! We prayed and they received Him as Lord and Saviour! The Angels where singing again! Hallelujah!

Well, of course about that time a messenger of Satan shows up (standard procedure) and we rebuked him in Jesus name and pleaded the blood of Jesus Christ. He flees, praise God!

Another brother which I just met a couple of weeks ago, stops by and we have an awesome time talking about God and His goodness. We share out loud what He has done. This is real powerful in a public setting. Whether on a corner, or in a building elevator, or on a bus or train, give God the glory out loud. You will be amazed at what takes place.

I moved across the street and there stood a young black man who was blind. My heart went out to him. I stood there praying for him quietly. Then God’s Spirit moved and I began to talk with him. I asked him if Jesus was his Lord and Saviour. He smiled and said “oh yes”. I asked him how long he had been blind, he said “since I was a year and a half old.” My heart swelled with compassion for the man.

I stood there and The Lord reminded me of my morning walk to the bank earlier. As I was walking along, God began to show me my five senses. I went through all of them one by one. I smelled, I saw, I heard etc. I ran my fingers along the concrete divider. I began to weep and appreciation came over me. Why me? as I thought of others that don’t have some of these senses. I certainly didn’t deserve it. God in His love and mercy has given them to me for His glory. May they be used for Him.

So as I stood there with this blind man, tears of compassion began to flow as I prayed to The Father for him. I looked up and saw the blue sky. The trees with their leaves turning. I pleated with God that he might see again. I asked him if I could pray with him for complete healing of his eyes. He said, “sure”.( before this I was a little reserved, because I have learned that you need to be very careful and sensitive with people who have disabilities). But I really sensed that God’s Spirit was working and He wanted to heal him.

Just as we started to pray, I looked up and there was a girl standing next to us that I have met out on the streets before. I had to refresh my memory and ask her if she was a believer or not. She said she was. I explained to her what was taking place and asked her if she believed that God could restore this man sight. She said, “yes” so we prayed together.

When we finished praying, I asked the man if he could see. He said. “not yet, but I believe I will”. Praise God he will! I believe!

He gave me his telephone number and I expect when I call him, that he will tell me he now sees. Praise to God! He is healing our brother! He will see this side of eternity! He will look up and see the blue sky, the trees! Oh praise God with me! For He is great and greatly to be praised!
“To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!”

I will stop here because I personally don’t like long posts. So if I don’t like them, I will not make them, right?
The above is only one quarter of what God did that day. With His help, I will try to write some more later.

I write these testimonies so that first God would be glorified in them, and second that you the reader would be encouraged to go out and use your gifts and callings for Him and His Kingdom. Amen

Just like the devil

October 13, 2007

Not only does he like to “kill, rob and destroy” but, he also likes to distract big time.

Yesterday, we were ministering at a local park that is next to the “light rail” train. We had had an awesome morning with The Spirit of God moving. Many were hearing The Gospel and receiving tracts. The going was just getting good when all of a sudden, policeman and police cars were all over the place. Now we were used to seeing them around this park, but this was something different. They surrounded the train, the microphone said, “everyone get back”, “stay away from the train”. The FBI was there. Policeman with bullet proof vests were all over the place.

Classic, just like the enemy to distract us once again from getting the Gospel out. Now it’s pretty hard to get their attention when something like this is going on. We stood there handing out tracts and talking to some. It was mainly about what was going on.

Finally, they had us all move to across the street. Over there, we did the same with little response. James suggested that we go and take a break, which we did. We both felt a little defeated. We had known for sure that this was an attack of the enemy.

After our break, we came back and it was all cleared up. Come to find out, a bank robber was on the train with all the people, and the police where trying to find him. They found him, and everyone was safely let off the train. Praise God!

Soon, we carried on and the Spirit began to move again. Two people where added to the Kingdom. The devil did not get the upper hand that day. We may have been distracted for a while, but in the end, souls where saved, praise God.

The spirit of praise came upon me for what took place that day and I began to shout praise to God. The enemy was still stirred up though, a couple of people who where filled with demonic spirits shouted and ran around like monkeys.

Praise God He rules! He has the upper hand! He is in control!
Amen.

Save the children

October 13, 2007

Today a young person was saved and became a child of God.
He works for the “save the children” foundation. Little did he know that morning when he set out that he would be saved from sin and become a child of God. How fitting was that?

James and I had just finished ministering for the day and we were walking along the sidewalk downtown to my bus stop, when the Spirit of God caused me to stop and talk with him regarding repentance and how important it is in the plan of God for salvation.

We had just started to talk about this guy who appears to be in deep sin, when this young guy crosses the road and comes right next to us. James interrupts me and says to the guy, “what about you, do you have a relationship with God?”

Well, that opened up into one awesome conversation. One that lasted for about 45 minutes, as we explained to him the kingdom of God. He had believed that all were going to heaven, all had the Spirit of God etc. He listened, as the Spirit of God began to move upon his heart and draw him.

Just like with most people, Christ was the stumbling block. James said how Christ was like a sword that cuts and divides. The Spirit was moving big time. I grabbed his hand, as I knew that this was the time for him. It was intense. God was moving. God was dealing. It was powerful to behold.

Soon James asked him if he would like to confess on Christ. He prayed and received Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Praise God for his divine appointments. Praise God, for He has added another into the Kingdom of His dear Son.

For He is good and greatly to be praised!
Amen

Turn

October 13, 2007

It is one of my favorite words. But even more important than the word, it is watching a person “turn”.
Today out on the streets, I got to see first hand, a young man turn from the way he was headed and turn to God.
He was walking along and I handed him a tract and said, “Are you in Christ”. He said, “well not as close as I should be”. As we talked, the Spirit of God began to speak to him about sin and how it separates him from God. It prevents a relationship from either starting in the first place, or it stops growth if one is in Christ (which was the case with this man).
He was heading to do something that he knew that he should not do (he did not elaborate, but said that it was wrong). I have a strong hunch that it was probably drug related ( as is the case with most we deal with).
After talking with him about the seriousness of where he was headed and how God desires him to change, he said to me, “wow, I can’t believe what is happening here, I was headed off to do something that I know that I shouldn’t, but God has met me here today and now I choose to “turn” and go back.
He gripped my hand firmly and gave me a big hug, and headed back in the way he had come from. He had decided to “turn” from the way he was headed. He was headed to sin again, but the power of God met him and he yielded to it. Praise God for the power of His Holy Spirit! It can cause a man to stop in his tracks and “turn”
Amen.

Watching the power of God transform

September 22, 2007

God has been doing some awesome transformations out on the streets.
Peoples lives are being changed by God, through His Son Jesus Christ. God is alive, right here in America! Right now in the year 2007.

Yesterday, a young man come over as we were sharing The Gospel. My brother James (a brother in our Lord that I minister with) asked him if he had a relationship with Jesus. He said he was brought up Catholic.

At first he didn’t reject listening about Christ. After about 10 minutes, he started to try and refute The Gospel and God etc. James kept sharing with him and as time moved on, The Holy Spirit began to speak and draw him. He began to listen more, to agree more. A transformation was taking place, a little at a time. At the end, James asked if we could pray with him. He said yes! Now be reminded, that all his friends from school were right in the area were he was standing.

Just as we were praying, a fight broke out, and I noticed he was starting to get distracted. James quickly said to him, “don’t worry about that, we are dealing with something far more important than that”.

He prayed for forgiveness of sins, asked Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life, and to be his Saviour. Wow! The power of God’s Spirit upon a human heart! To see the before and after!

Just a few minutes before he was taking about things like, “how can there be a God, because of this and that going on” “I can’t see God so why should I believe in him”.

God is in the transformation business, and it’s powerful!
Praise Him!