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Encouragement at Camp – And a Brand New Moses Series!!!

Posted on Sep 07 , 2017 in Blog & Camp & Kids_Ministry

Dear Praying Friends,

Working as the Youth Pastor at Camp is always wonderful, and this year was no different.

I’ll do my best to share what happened so you can be a part of the amazing ways God moved.

You’d think that at a “Christian Camp,” we’d get kids that “have it all together.”

That’s not the case at all!

About 1/3 of the kids come from homes where they do not attend church. For them, this week at camp is all they get for learning about who God is, who God says they are, their need for salvation, and how to become a child of God.

Many of the kids, and teen staff, shared with me about their broken homes, the hurts of divorce, and abuse.

As Youth Pastor, it is my privilege to preach 11 times each week:

  • A 5-Day Series on “The Gospel Through the Life of Moses,”
  • A 5-Day Series on “The Early Years of Jesus,”
  • A stand-alone evangelistic Bible message to close out the week.

These messages are very powerful because they’re right from the Scriptures. I believe that kids are very intelligent and can understand Theology if it is explained to them, and that was definitely the case this summer. So many kids reacted so positively to the Word of God and the Gospel Proclamation!

Over 60 kids, plus a dozen+ Teen Counselors attended camp the weeks I taught there.

A number of kids publicly testified to repenting of their sin and trusting in Jesus as their Savior! Praise God!

Many more confessed to not living the Christian life they should and committed to turning from idols in their lives. Please keep these new brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers, and let’s praise God for the tremendous work He’s done!!!

One BIG highlight was a 9-year-old young girl named Delilah. I had the honor of giving her her very own Bible (a purple one!). I asked if she or her Mom had one, and Delilah told me that her Mom lost hers. She was so happy to get her own purple Bible. But not as happy as me to give it to her!

I’m also really proud of Shelby and the kiddos. Shelby once again helped run the Horsemanship program. A lot of kids come to camp just to be with the horses, so this is a great draw. Shelby helped lead devotions for the Horse Staff, and did a lot of physical labor carrying around hay, saddles, buckets, etc. Vivienne also helped with the horses, and was a Counselor. Juliana spent a week as a Counselor as well. Caleb volunteered as a “Staff Boy,” where he did jobs like mowing the lawn, getting rid of garbage, etc. As for Gabriella, well, she’s still young enough to enjoy being a camper!

If you have 7 minutes, please check out this ENCOURAGING testimony of how God used a 13-year-old girl, and His Word, to answer my prayer against discouragement.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1)

God’s Word is powerful because God is powerful!!!

I have some photos that will also show how God moved at camp this summer. I pray you enjoy these…

This was my very first time teaching the complete “Moses” series, so I had it recorded. Unfortunately, the lighting and tripod position wasn’t great for the first three.
Its not terrible, but not ideal either. If you only want to watch one of them, then I think the 5th one is the one to watch.

Moses Series Part 1


Moses Series Part 2


Moses Series Part 3


Moses Series Part 4


Moses Series Part 5


 

I really do believe that kids are smart and can understand good Theology. Below are “Before” and “After” photos from the 5-Part Moses Series, with descriptions of each one. Feel free to check them out to get a feel for what the kids learned.

The Gospel Through the Life of Moses

I hope this post has encouraged you. God is working in the next generation!!!

Thank you for your partnership, prayers, and financial support, without which we could not be reaching the lost for Jesus Christ!!!

Please share this update with others you think would be blessed by it!

all for Jesus,

Mark (and family)

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Building Up a Local Church for Kids Evangelism (1 Day Training and Practice)

Posted on Jun 13 , 2017 in Blog & Church_Teams & Kids_Ministry & Training

Dear Praying Friends,

One of my favorite parts of the ministry is building up the Church to be more effective evangelists!

I LOVE it when local Churches send teams to train with us and go out to put what we’ve learned into practice!

Probably the best way to be trained and gain experience is to spend the week with us on a Mission Trip, but also valuable is a one-day Evangelism Training Day.

We had one of these a few Saturdays ago. A team from a nearby Church spent the day with us.

In the morning, Eric and I taught the team the following:

  • learned practical Evangelism and street Apologetics
  • how to run an impromptu Kids Bible Club in a neighborhood
  • teach a Bible Song to kids
  • lead a Bible Verse “hangman puzzle” with kids
  • share Christ one-on-one with a kid
  • sometimes a Church Member will learn how to paint up and deliver a Bible message to kids with the paint board!!!

This is a win-win for the Kingdom of God. A neighborhood is reached for Christ, and Christians go home to their Church more equipped to be effective ambassadors for Jesus Christ!

The photos really tell the story, so I pray you enjoy these…

Thank you for your prayers, notes of encouragement, and financial support. Without all of those, we could not be reaching the lost for Jesus Christ!

Remember to share Jesus with the Lost wherever you are, because the Lost are wherever you are.

Please feel free to share this with others you think would be encouraged by it, and who will pray!

all for Jesus,

Mark

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The Boy with the Fireman’s Helmet – 7 Years Later

Posted on Jun 01 , 2017 in Blog & Church_Teams & Kids_Ministry

Derek and me in 2010

This is TOO AWESOME not to share.

A lot of you have heard me talk about “Derek, the Red Firehat Kid.” And if you have heard me talk about Derek, I was probably sobbing, because Derek had a profound impact on me. In fact, Derek was one of the ways God called me into full-time ministry back in 2010.

My very first week with OAC in 2010, we did a Kid’s Bible Club and I met a 7-year-old named Derek. After the Bible message, I sat with him and took him through a gospel booklet. He told me he wanted to follow Jesus. I gave him the booklet and told him that it was my gift to him. This tenderhearted 7-year-old boy took his fireman’s hat off his head, put it on my head, and told me that it was “his gift to me.” I tried to tell him I didn’t want to take his helmet, but Derek insisted, and said, “I really want you to have it.” How can you forget a sweet kid like that?

I’ve had his firehat on the wall of my office ever since, with his name and date marked on it.

I have often told people how God used Derek to touch my heart, and I have often cried for him, praying for him, and wondering how he was growing up and turning out.

Meeting again in 2012

Two years later, in 2012, God orchestrated it so that we met again. My team and I were running a Kid’s Bible Club in the same neighborhood, and Derek was there. And he remembered me!

I reminded him about meeting him two years earlier and that he gave me his fireman’s helmet.

He said he remembered and he remembered the gospel booklet I gave him. I told him I have been praying for him for two years, and he smiled, and said, “Really? That’s so cool.”

I brought him through the same gospel booklet again and he said he wanted to follow the narrow path to Jesus Christ!

But that was it for five years. I’ve had a Bible Club in the same spot just about every summer, but I never saw Derek again, even though I always looked for him.

Well, a week ago I had a Church Team running a Kid’s Bible Club in the same spot, and kids were coming out for it. I was chatting with one of the Moms and told her that this neighborhood is very special to me because I met the coolest kid there a number of years ago.

The Mom asked me about it, and I gave her the story about Derek and the firehat.

Derek praying after the message in 2012.

She asked me how old he was and what year? When I told her that he was 7 in 2010, the Mom thought for a sec, and said, “I think that’s DJ. He goes by ‘DJ’ now. Oh, and there he is playing basketball…”

And just like that the Mom started yelling, “Hey DJ, get over here!”

Derek, or “DJ,” came over, and I introduced myself to him. I told him about the firehat when he was 7 and showed him a photo (the one of the two of us at the top of this post.)

Derek got all excited, and said, “Hey, that’s me!”

And he remembered me again, even 7 and 5 years later.

I told DJ that I have always remembered him because of his kindness and he was clearly moved.

And even though he’s a bit old for our Kid’s Bible Club, he sat down on the mat and participated in our Bible Club again!

DJ is 14 now, and here’s the BEST part: he’s going to a good Bible Church, part of the Youth Group, and he told me that he’s still following Jesus.

Wow wow wow wow WOW WOW WOW! I’m so so so thankful to God for such a gift like this! I’m over the moon!

I just had to share.

Me and Derek (DJ) in 2017


 

God is still seeking and saving the lost, and sometimes, we get to see a bit of the way God is using us. And there’s NOTHING better than being used by Jesus!

We love you and thank Jesus for you!

Thank you so much for your prayers, financial support, and notes of encouragement, without which we would not be able to reach the Lost for Jesus Christ!

If you’re supporting this ministry, then God is using you to reach people with the gospel, and that’s exciting!

Please contact us anytime and let us know how we can pray for you!

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be blessed by it!

For Christ and His gospel,

Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella

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Basketball Outreach – Teaching Christ Through Magic Tricks

Posted on May 13 , 2017 in Blog & Kids_Ministry & Object_Lessons

Dear friends,

It was so awesome being the Bible Teacher at a 6-week Church Basketball Outreach. Parents from all over the city send their kids to learn how to play basketball, and since the Basketball program is run by a Church, it’s understood that the kids will get a 15-minute Bible lesson each time.

This is an outstanding opportunity to reach unchurched kids and their families every week!

Every Saturday I had 15 minutes to share with three different age groups. First the youngest kids. The next hour the Intermediate boys, and then the next hour the Intermediate girls.

Between the 3 age groups, more than 150 kids and adults heard a Bible Message every weekend! Praise God!!!

How do you keep the attention of a gaggle of kids who are bursting with excitement and want to run and play Basketball rather than sit and listen? Well, God has made us very visually oriented. We retain information better when we hear it AND SEE IT. That’s why I love love love Gospel Magic Tricks!

Gospel Magic Tricks, or “Object Lessons,” can be an outstanding way to grab kids attentions (and the attention of the adults too!) and have them REMEMBER what was learned!

The topics were selected to build up to the gospel message. Here is what was taught each week:

  1. 2 Things That Make God Different From Us.
  2. We need God’s directions, and can’t make it to God by doing what “seems right” in our own eyes.
  3. Sin can look fun, but it hurts us. Sin is a trap.
  4. What is Eternal Life?
  5. Is the blood of Christ applied to you?
  6. The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Please feel free to watch one or all of the videos below. The sound quality is not superb in some of these, so you might have to increase your volume.

Part 1: Who Is God?

 


 

Part 2: We Need the Bible!

 


 

Part 3: Sin is a Trap!

 
 


 

Part 4: What is Eternal Life?

 


 

Part 5: Why is the Blood of Christ Necessary?

 


 

Part 6: The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Here are some photos from the six weeks. Please feel free to click on them to enlarge them.

We love you and thank Jesus for you!

Thank you so much for your prayers, financial support, and notes of encouragement, without which we would not be able to reach the Lost for Jesus Christ!

Please contact us anytime and let us know how we can pray for you!

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be blessed by it!

For Christ and His gospel,

Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella

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My First Time Preaching at Snow Camp (It Was GREAT!!!)

Posted on Apr 11 , 2017 in Blog & Camp & Kids_Ministry

Dear praying friends,

God came through big-time!

You see, I typically am asked to preach either to Adult audiences, or to Grade-School audiences. I’m not sure why, but I tend not to be invited to minister to the “not kids/not adults” High School audience. Though that seems to be changing as of late.

A camp up in Maine (about 3 hours from my home) invited me to be the speaker to approximately 30 High Schoolers at a Snow Camp 3-Day-Event. I was honored, but a little afraid too. But God came through! It was a tremendous time!

One unique aspect of this Christian Camp is that it attracts a number of kids from unchurched homes. The staff tells me that nearly half the kids come from unchurched homes, so they don’t get to hear the gospel very often, if at all. And not only that, but they have a relationship with the State and a handful of the students were from Foster Care homes. It’s quite the Mission Field! Awesome kids!

Before I share photos, I want to highlight a young lady who God really put on my heart. Please pray for her a lot. Here’s the prayer request I sent out, naming her “L” to protect her identity.

Please pray for L, an intelligent, thoughtful, hurting 15-year-old young lady who cried and shared her hurts with me and Pastor Phil. At 15, L has already experienced a lifetime of emotional and physical trauma. Her Mom killed herself because she was being physically abused by her partner. At age 12, L was told that it was her fault that her Grandfather died. She’s currently in a Foster Home, separated from her little sister who she adores. L has cut her own arms on purpose. She’s been hospitalized for suicide. And she wants to know if she can trust Jesus. Wiping tears away, she told me that she wants to be held safe by Jesus, like in my paintings, but wants to know why all this happened to her. She asked if Jesus can love her? She asked if Jesus can stop people from hitting her.
 

She told me, “You said that I could be adopted by God, but I don’t know if I want to be adopted.” She also said, “You said that God can be my Heavenly Father, but I don’t know if I want a Father.”
 

My heart is so heavy for L. I don’t cry much, but I want to sob for her.
 

Please pray for this precious, injured young lady. She needs spiritual, emotional, and medical healing. Please cry out to God on behalf of this girl. Thank you so much and God bless you!

Here are some photos from Snow Camp. Feel free to click on them to enlarge.

In addition to those photos, here are the sketches from the messages I preached (click to enlarge):

Great news: They invited me back next February to be the speaker next year. Praise God!

We love you and thank Jesus for you!

Thank you so much for your prayers, financial support, and notes of encouragement, without which we would not be able to reach the Lost for Jesus Christ!

Please contact us anytime and let us know how we can pray for you!

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be blessed by it!

For Christ and His gospel,

Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella

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December Newsletter: Jesus Did SOOO Much This Summer

Posted on Dec 17 , 2016 in Beach & Blog & Camp & Church_Teams & Colleges & Kids_Ministry & Newsletters & Object_Lessons & Sermons & Street_Evangelism & Subways & Training

Dear friends,

Recently I mailed off our latest paper newsletter.

God has been doing AMAZING things, and it’s a privilege to share some of it with you. I pray that this newsletter is a blessing to you!

God gave us Divine Appointments with Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Atheists, Agnostics, and just about anyone you can imagine.

We’ve also been able to go into Local Churches and build up, train, and encourage Christians to share their faith wherever they are!

And we had lots of Mission Trip Groups come to us this summer to train, be equipped, and go back home to be more effective Ambassadors for Jesus where they live!

I pray that you’ll be as encouraged as I am!!!

This newsletter has mostly photos in it, so it doesn’t take too long to read.

If you want to read it right away, or if you don’t get a paper one, please feel free to read an electronic version by clicking on the graphic below…

If you don’t usually receive the paper copy of the newsletter, but would like to, please contact us and let us know your address and we’ll gladly add you to our mailing list! πŸ™‚

We love you and thank God for you! Please contact us anytime and let us know how we can pray for you!

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be blessed by it!

For Christ and His gospel,

Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella

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New Gospel Magic Trick – The Solution to Racism

Posted on Oct 22 , 2016 in Blog & Kids_Ministry & Object_Lessons

Dear Saints,

My heart is very heavy because the racial divisions in this country are getting worse.

Clearly, whatever we’re doing any it isn’t working.

This may sound crazy, but I have the answer to racism and recently shared it with a group of teens and adults, illustrating it with a magic trick.

If you’re at all curious, please take 5 minutes and watch this brand new video (below).

And please share this with others who you think will be blessed or challenged by it.

Our world needs to hear over and over that our problems are a result of us turning from Jesus, and the solution is us humbly turning to Jesus!

We love you and thank God for you! Please contact us anytime and let us know how we can pray for you!

Thank you so much for your prayer support, financial support, and notes of encouragement, without which we could not be out reaching the Lost for Jesus!

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be blessed by it!

For Christ and His gospel,

Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella

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Boston Evangelism Training Seminar 2016

Posted on Jul 07 , 2016 in Blog & Kids_Ministry & Street_Evangelism & Training

Every June Open Air Campaigners has an Evangelism Training Week open to Christians from all around the country.

It was my privilege to again be a part of that this year.

God sent Christians from Ohio, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, (and even Australia!) And there was a married couple attending as well, which was very very cool!

What a wonderful group of students. It was an honor to teach, and see them each do so well as they stepped out in faith and shared Christ with children and adults.

Each student learned about and did the following:

  • run a Kids Bible Club
  • teach a Bible Song to kids
  • lead a Bible Verse “hangman puzzle” with kids
  • paint up and deliver a Bible message to kids with the paint board
  • share Christ one-on-one with a kid
  • draw in a crowd of adults on the streets of Boston
  • preach a gospel message to adults in the open air
  • share Christ one-on-one with an adult
  • hand out gospel tracts to adults in the city

Please pray that each one of the students went home to their church more equipped to be effective ambassadors for Jesus Christ!

Watch out world – 8 Christians who love Jesus, love people, and hate sin have been trained in evangelism and are heading back to their parts of the country… And the gates of hell tremble!!!

Click on photos to enlarge them...
Pastor Gordon (from a local City Church) came by and encouraged all of us in the eternal importance of the work of the Evangelist.
Pastor Gordon (from a local City Church) came by and encouraged all of us in the eternal importance of the work of the Evangelist.
The first time we go out, the OAC Staff run the Kid's Bible Club to show the students what it's like. I got to teach the Bible message on "Blind Bartimaeus the Beggar who Believed and was Blessed." The rest of the week, the seminar students taught all the messages!
The first time we go out, the OAC Staff run the Kid's Bible Club to show the students what it's like. I got to teach the Bible message on "Blind Bartimaeus the Beggar who Believed and was Blessed." The rest of the week, the seminar students taught all the messages!
Older kids often don't want to "officially" sit down in the Kid's Club, but they hang out on the edge and listen in. Jeff got to have a fruitful talk with this 15-year-old who wasn't in the Club, but was listening nonetheless.
Older kids often don't want to "officially" sit down in the Kid's Club, but they hang out on the edge and listen in. Jeff got to have a fruitful talk with this 15-year-old who wasn't in the Club, but was listening nonetheless.
Micayla got to share the gospel more thoroughly by taking these two girls through a gospel booklet after the Club was over.
Micayla got to share the gospel more thoroughly by taking these two girls through a gospel booklet after the Club was over.
A 10-year-old girl, Shannel, got to keep the painting. She said, "I really liked that you said that the cross looks like a T and we need to Turn and Trust." Exciting stuff!
A 10-year-old girl, Shannel, got to keep the painting. She said, "I really liked that you said that the cross looks like a T and we need to Turn and Trust." Exciting stuff!
The students spent all day Tuesday working on paint-board techniques, and learned both an Adult evangelistic message, and a Kid's evangelistic message.
The students spent all day Tuesday working on paint-board techniques, and learned both an Adult evangelistic message, and a Kid's evangelistic message.
I got to teach them how to paint and present their Kid's message. The very next day they started teaching this message in front of real kids, many of whom had no knowledge of Jesus. Very cool!!!
I got to teach them how to paint and present their Kid's message. The very next day they started teaching this message in front of real kids, many of whom had no knowledge of Jesus. Very cool!!!
This makes me want to cry (for JOY!) Dave lead a Bible Verse Memory Game, and asked the kids, "Do you know what sin is?" The girl in the back said, and I kid you not, "sinful inner nastiness!" That's what I teach the kids, and I taught her that LAST SUMMER, and this precious girl remembered that from last year! Praise God! I'm so happy that we got to teach her the great news of Jesus being the cure for sin. Hallelujah!
This makes me want to cry (for JOY!) Dave lead a Bible Verse Memory Game, and asked the kids, "Do you know what sin is?" The girl in the back said, and I kid you not, "sinful inner nastiness!" That's what I teach the kids, and I taught her that LAST SUMMER, and this precious girl remembered that from last year! Praise God! I'm so happy that we got to teach her the great news of Jesus being the cure for sin. Hallelujah!
This is Maddox, a tender 10-year-old boy. After I brought him through the gospel booklet, he told me, "I had never heard of any of this." There isn't much more of a blessing than introducing a young man to Jesus!
This is Maddox, a tender 10-year-old boy. After I brought him through the gospel booklet, he told me, "I had never heard of any of this." There isn't much more of a blessing than introducing a young man to Jesus!
We had a Kid's Club in a Muslim neighborhood about a month ago, and GET THIS, the parents let us teach their kids the Gospel of Jesus Christ! So we came back to the same neighborhood and the kids ran over to us with huge smiles! They remembered us and wanted another Kid's Bible Club!!! :)
We had a Kid's Club in a Muslim neighborhood about a month ago, and GET THIS, the parents let us teach their kids the Gospel of Jesus Christ! So we came back to the same neighborhood and the kids ran over to us with huge smiles! They remembered us and wanted another Kid's Bible Club!!! πŸ™‚
Jay is teaching the kids a Bible song with hand motions. You can see three Moms in the background listening in. They're hearing the message of grace too.
Jay is teaching the kids a Bible song with hand motions. You can see three Moms in the background listening in. They're hearing the message of grace too.
The kids were laser-focused on David when he took them through the kid's gospel booklet.
The kids were laser-focused on David when he took them through the kid's gospel booklet.
This Kid's Club was unusual because some older kids came right up to the mat to be a part of it. Typically the older kids stay at a distance, but not these kids! Jay is leading a Bible Memory Verse Game.
This Kid's Club was unusual because some older kids came right up to the mat to be a part of it. Typically the older kids stay at a distance, but not these kids! Jay is leading a Bible Memory Verse Game.
This older boy could have rode his bike away at any time, but instead he respectfully and carefully listened to Gary share Jesus with him.
This older boy could have rode his bike away at any time, but instead he respectfully and carefully listened to Gary share Jesus with him.
Micayla is only 19, (the youngest on our team), but she did a SUPER job running this Bible Memory Verse game at this well-attended Kid's Club!
Micayla is only 19, (the youngest on our team), but she did a SUPER job running this Bible Memory Verse game at this well-attended Kid's Club!
Kelli showed a lot of enthusiasm teaching the kid's a Bible Song! As you can see, a number of parents stayed to listen as well.  :)
Kelli showed a lot of enthusiasm teaching the kid's a Bible Song! As you can see, a number of parents stayed to listen as well. πŸ™‚
All of our Adult outreaches were well attended. In this photo Summer did a super job sharing Jesus with an attentive crowd!
All of our Adult outreaches were well attended. In this photo Summer did a super job sharing Jesus with an attentive crowd!
Great Open-Air Preaching leads to Great one-on-one conversations. Here you can see three different one-on-one gospel conversations that sprang up after one of the messages. In the middle, Micayla was talking with Simon, and she was the perfect person because she speaks Spanish. Very exciting! I used my "Google Translate" app to speak to Simon as well. I love how God provides!!!
Great Open-Air Preaching leads to Great one-on-one conversations. Here you can see three different one-on-one gospel conversations that sprang up after one of the messages. In the middle, Micayla was talking with Simon, and she was the perfect person because she speaks Spanish. Very exciting! I used my "Google Translate" app to speak to Simon as well. I love how God provides!!!
This is Jeff, and he did a great job with this first try sharing Jesus with a crowd in the open-air! As you can see, lots of people huddled around to listen to him and consider what he had to say!
This is Jeff, and he did a great job with this first try sharing Jesus with a crowd in the open-air! As you can see, lots of people huddled around to listen to him and consider what he had to say!
Joshua has been volunteering with us for a while, mostly giving out gospel tracts and talking one-on-one. This was his very first open-air message and it was exciting to see.
Joshua has been volunteering with us for a while, mostly giving out gospel tracts and talking one-on-one. This was his very first open-air message and it was exciting to see.
Even though it's supposed to be the seminary students who do all the preaching, they let me do a little too.
Even though it's supposed to be the seminary students who do all the preaching, they let me do a little too.
Jesus is so good! His mission is still "to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10).
Jesus is so good! His mission is still "to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10).
Summer got to really connect with these two girls, especially the sweet one in the middle. Her name is Anais and she's 11-years-old. She was very thankful to Summer for talking to her about Jesus.
Summer got to really connect with these two girls, especially the sweet one in the middle. Her name is Anais and she's 11-years-old. She was very thankful to Summer for talking to her about Jesus.
This Asian family took our gospel tracts, and immediately started reading them on the spot. Very cool!
This Asian family took our gospel tracts, and immediately started reading them on the spot. Very cool!
This man stopped to talk to Jeff about Jesus and Eternity.
This man stopped to talk to Jeff about Jesus and Eternity.
This is Melvin, and he is trusting in his "goodness" to get him into Heaven. He let Eric open the Scriptures to Luke 18, the Tax Collector and the Pharisee. Melvin said, "I didn't realize I was trusting in myself."
This is Melvin, and he is trusting in his "goodness" to get him into Heaven. He let Eric open the Scriptures to Luke 18, the Tax Collector and the Pharisee. Melvin said, "I didn't realize I was trusting in myself."
As you can see, intense conversations, when done with love and compassion, often end very well!
As you can see, intense conversations, when done with love and compassion, often end very well!
Gary did a great job sharing Jesus with the crowd. Gary is former Military, and experienced combat. He told me that he found open-air evangelism more terrifying than combat! But God equipped him and he did great!
Gary did a great job sharing Jesus with the crowd. Gary is former Military, and experienced combat. He told me that he found open-air evangelism more terrifying than combat! But God equipped him and he did great!
Joshua had an extended conversation with this man from Iceland! How cool that we can meet people from Iceland right in Downtown Boston!
Joshua had an extended conversation with this man from Iceland! How cool that we can meet people from Iceland right in Downtown Boston!
Pastor Gordon and me goofing around!!!
Pastor Gordon and me goofing around!!!
What a team!!! Top row: Eric, Rob, Summer, Joshua, Gary
Bottom row: Me, David, Jeff, Kelli, Micayla, Jay, Richard
What a team!!! Top row: Eric, Rob, Summer, Joshua, Gary Bottom row: Me, David, Jeff, Kelli, Micayla, Jay, Richard

Please prayerfully consider joining us next June in Boston! I can guarantee that you won’t be the same again afterward!!!

all for Jesus,

Mark

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New Kids Gospel Message for Easter: Jesus Is Alive Today

Posted on Mar 28 , 2016 in Blog & Kids_Ministry

Dear Saints,

The other day I was invited to teach on “The True Meaning of Easter” for a Church Outreach. Approximately 100 children and adults attended, and not all of them were regular church attenders! Praise God!

Please keep the people who heard this message in prayer, that God would water the gospel seeds planted.

I’m including here a synopsis of the teaching, the complete message on video, a “before” photo of the painting, and an “after” photo. Please feel free to click on the photos to enlarge them. I hope they are a blessing to you! And if you’re trained to teach with the sketch board, then I hope you’ll be able to use this message yourself!!!

Before:

After:

Please note that I decided to make the words “God Kept His Promise” appear using the OAC “Wax Lettering” technique. I didn’t like the way it came out, so from now on I’ll do that using OAC’s “ladder lettering.” So I learned something there! πŸ˜‰

Video:

Jesus Is Alive Today:

Description: Top-left: In order to understand WHY Jesus came to die, we go waaaay back to the beginning. Adam and Eve were given only one rule, yet they disobeyed, bringing Sin and Death into the world. We all inherit sin and death from Adam. God provided leather clothes for Adam and Eve, which required the death of an animal. Sin requires the shedding of blood. The animal that provided leather clothes didn’t do anything wrong, but it died in place of Adam and Eve, starting a precedent. This was a picture of what Jesus would one day do – the innocent one dying in place of the guilty. God also promised to destroy the work of Satan through the seed of the woman. This is a promise of what Jesus will do.

Top-right: God instituted the ritual sacrificing of an innocent lamb at the Temple. This is a picture, over and over again, of what the final lamb will one day do. A picture of Jesus.

Bottom-left: God was manifested in flesh and walked among us. His name is Jesus! Jesus never sinned. He was perfect. He is the only innocent one. But he died because he’s the “Lamb of God,” taking on himself the sin of the world.

Bottom-right: On the third day, the tomb was EMPTY! Jesus Rose From the Dead!!!

Middle: Jesus was seen by over 5,000 people over the course of 40+ days. His resurrection is a fact of history. It happened. And it is proof that God Kept His Promise. If we repent and believe, or “Turn” and “Trust” then our sin is put on the Son of God, and we get forgiven and adopted as a child of God. That’s great news!!!

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For Christ and His gospel,

Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella

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New Kids Gospel Magic Trick: The Loop of Life

Posted on Feb 04 , 2016 in Blog & Kids_Ministry & Object_Lessons

Dear Saints,

I love love love working with kids. They’re great.

So when my church asked me to give devotions for their Basketball Outreach program, I was excited to do it!

The video below is Part 2 of a 3-Part series with the kids. Each week, I give the devotion to 4 different age groups, from 1st Grade all the way up to High School. In this video, I am sharing with the youngest group.

This is also a “Pre-Evangelistic” message, where I intentionally did not share the gospel message YET because I wanted to get the kids ready for it. By God’s grace, I’ll be sharing the gospel when I’m with them again next week. Please be in prayer for that.

I also want to thank my friend, and fellow Open Air Campaigners Missionary, Brian Harmon, for patiently teaching me how to do this rope trick, because, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure it out on my own! Waaaay too confusing! Thanks Brian!!! πŸ™‚

So here’s the video. I hope it is an encouragement to you!

We love you and thank God for you! Please contact us anytime and let us know how we can pray for you!

Thank you so much for your prayer support, financial support, and notes of encouragement, without which we could not be out reaching the Lost for Jesus!

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For Christ and His gospel,

Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella