Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ruben



This encounter was submitted by my friend Everett Higgenbotham. He and His partner in ministry, Joe, have teamed up to share the Gospel with the afflicted, homeless and drug addicted people living in the streets of Phoenix, Arizona.




Please pray for Everett and Joe as they seek to offer God's kind provision for the lost and hurting. --Robert




January 20th, 2008

Every Sunday for the last several months we have been going out and doing street evangelism on Van Buren Street. Each time that we have gone out there, the Holy Spirit has continued to show up in power. . Each encounter is such a unique story. Each one an individual life that we have been allowed to witness and see, even in some small way, the transformation in their lives through The Holy Spirit. But some stories are just so overwhelming that they just have to be shared. Today, one man in particular named Ruben stands out above the rest. We went to CAS, a homeless shelter off of Van Buren that is filled with thousands of people. There are so many people that they have three overflow locations adjacent to the building that are also completely filled. This is where Everett, myself, and his son, Justin went at around four o'clock in the afternoon (dinnertime for the people in the area) and where we would hand out 10 Bibles and over a hundred gospel tracts to the people on the streets. The area is known by the local people as “the zone.” Some of them are high, or getting high, on crack, meth, marijuana and alcohol, as we attempt to spread the good news of Jesus. It was here that we ran into a man who was addicted to heroin yet was clean for three days and said he knew The Lord. He was at the end of his rope and wanted out of “the zone.” As we often hear, he had just recently been praying to the Lord when we showed up. At the time, we just prayed that Father God would provide him with his Spirit and that he would be a powerful witness for the Lord. To be honest, this is a standard prayer of ours for people. We then moved on to the other hundreds of people on the street. Ruben asked if we could get him out of there and give him a ride to a local church that was going to provide him with enough money to get him home. We agreed, and after finishing our walk, and our witnessing, we took him over to the church where he said that he would receive a ride. We left him with one gospel tract that had a dollar bill in it and several other tracts to read. Later, we received a call from him saying that he had been abandoned at a restaurant. As we pulled up to him, I was surprised to see he was witnessing to a gentleman, who was in tears after he had been given that one special dollar that Ruben had received from us on the street. What a sight to see him so on fire with the Lord. I then proceeded to take him to the bus station to buy him a ticket so that he could get back to his hometown and get off of the street. As we were going into the bus terminal for his ticket, he was so on fire for the Lord that he could not stop speaking about Jesus to the people behind us and in front of us, and even to the lady at the counter. It was incredible to see and even more incredible when Scripture started to come out of his mouth. What a sight to see that although the people were not so receptive to hearing the Word, it did not faze him in the least. What a blessing it was for me to witness our prayers being answered. What a sight to see such a change, so quickly from what little love we showed him. I pray now for Ruben’s deliverance from addiction and his continued faithfulness to The Lord Jesus.
Joe

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Street ball--fishing





This is from a guest contributor named Rob-roy. Thanks for the great story!



Last night my daughter and I went to the park to shoot hoops and share the
gospel. We brought small Gatorade bottles to give away (it was the first time I
have tried bringing drinks and it went well because ball players get thirsty) and
also tracts to share.
We shot around on one basket until the game that was
going on at the other side of the court ended. The guys playing were of course
thirsty so when I jumped in to hand out Gatorades it drew a crowd. I then handed
out million dollar tracts as I asked who was the "best" ball player on the court
and almost all of them said they were the best. I said "so you all think you are
a good player... do you think you are a good person?" They all did.
For some
reason I targeted the biggest guy on the court (named Matt) to try the curved
illusion card test and then had him take the good test. He claimed he was a
"good person" and that we just need to be good to go to heaven.
As we went
through the commandments to see how good he is his "boys" were as tough on him
as the law is. They were not letting him slide at all with his answers. So he
admitted to being a liar and thief. And also a murderer and adulterer at heart
(hate and lust). But then he claimed to not have broken the 5th commandment
(Honor Mom and Dad). He was the perfect child, never caused his parents trouble
and did everything told the first time. His "friend" said "Matt! What about the
time you got in a fist fight with your dad!". The look on his face was
priceless. Another lie? Yep. We all had a good laugh including Matt. If good is
how you get to heaven then it was not looking promising...
One of the other
guys though was trying to break up the discussion but the rest of the players
would not let him do it because they were hanging on every word and wanted to
see how this would play out with Matt "the big fella" trying to make it to
heaven on his own goodness.
We made it through the commandments, judgment,
destiny (Hell) and his mouth was stopped. And so was that of his buddies which
set up the gospel being shared. They were thirsty now for the spiritual water of
saving grace and they listened closely and nodded as it was making sense. The
penalty must be paid. Jesus loved us so much that he paid the fine 2000 years
ago on the cross. He is the only way because He is the only one who paid the
fine. Nobody else has paid the fine or even claimed to have paid it. Only Jesus.
Repent and trust in Him. They were getting it. They had "the look".
I
thanked them for hanging out with me and to think seriously about eternity
before going to bed. Nobody was offended but they were challenged. Heaven is too
important to get wrong.
They thanked me and even asked for more of the
curved illusion tracts! I pulled out more of those and handed them out. It is no
longer a surprise that non-Christians ask for more because they are a lot of fun
(and have the gospel on them). They appreciated someone taking the time to talk
with them about their eternal destiny. And in of all places the middle of a
street ball game. Fish On!

4 Him,Rob-roy

PS: Most importantly please pray for Matt and the other 7 guys who huddled
up and participated in the gospel discussion to be saved...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Friend of Streetfishing



I'd like to introduce a new friend of this ministry. She is Trisha Ramos over at fishwithtrish.com. You may know her from the Thursday "street fishing" segments on Way of The Master Radio. Be sure to also check out her blog and listen to the behind the scenes off-air follow up she does with the folks you hear interviewed on the radio. Keep up the good work Trish, and thanks for partnering with Streetfishing.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Science and the Bible

From Ray comfort's Comfort food Blog:

"I have noticed that some atheists have made blanket statements saying that the
Bible doesn't contain any scientific facts. That is not true. Even though it
isn't a "scientific book," the Bible does contain scientific facts."

Read the rest of this blog here.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Mission: New York - Ed at Penn Station


My last night in New York ended at Pennsylvania Station where I would catch the Long Island Railroad train back out to Islip on LI. I met Ed just before getting on the train to head out. The last man I had talked to, "Wallstreet" wasn't to keen on my recording our conversation. He thought I was up to more than just sharing my faith. "Wallstreet" still talked to me, it just didn't get recorded. Listen to how Ed went from knowing "for sure" there was nothing after death, to being pretty open to the message I had to share with him. The gospel message never ceases to amaze me. I've shared it many times and I'm always in awe of how it can take a person's opinion, attitude and presuppositions and throw them out the window. It sears the conscience like a hot iron.

Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Teampyro Emergent poster video

The sidebar was a little tight in order to enjoy reading the text in the video. Enjoy and Happy New Year!