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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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Proving Jesus is God: Who Laid the Foundation of the Earth???

Posted on Mar 28 , 2017 in Blog & Training

Dear friends,

I’ve found that what most Cults have in common is that they’re wrong about who Jesus is.

Let’s face it, the concept of One God existing in Three Persons is tough to wrap our minds around. No wonder satan has a field day creating false religions that deny the Trinity.

We believe in the Trinity, not because it makes sense to us, but because it is taught in Scripture. We always have to rely on Scripture.

Here’s a Biblical question that you can ask a Jehovah’s Witness, or anyone who denies the Trinity.

Who Laid the Foundation of the Earth?

Ask the person you’re speaking with to read Psalm 102:25-27. It’s best if you ask them to read it from their own Bible, out loud, in front of you.

In the Jehovah’s Witness New World Translation, Psalm 102:25-27 says the following:

25 Long ago you laid the foundations of the earth, And the heavens are the work of your hands. 26 They will perish, but you will remain; Just like a garment they will all wear out. Just like clothing you will replace them, and they will pass away. 27 But you are the same, and your years will never end.

Ask them, “According to this Scripture, who laid the foundations of the earth?” If they are honest, they have to say Jehovah laid the foundations of the earth.

Then ask them to turn in their Bible to Hebrews, chapter 1. Have them read verses 8-12, from their own Bible, out loud, in front of you.

In the Jehovah’s Witness New World Translation, Hebrews 1:8-12 says the following:

8 But about the Son, he says: “God is your throne forever and ever, and the scepter of your Kingdom is the scepter of uprightness. 9 You loved righteousness, and you hated lawlessness. That is why God, your God, anointed you with the oil of exultation more than your companions.” 10 And: “At the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you will remain; and just like a garment, they will all wear out, 12 and you will wrap them up just as a cloak, as a garment, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never come to an end.”

You can even have them look at the footnote for Hebrews 1:11 in their own Bible, and it will reference Psalm 102:25-27.

Ask them, “According to this Scripture, who laid the foundations of the earth?” If they are honest, they have to say Jesus laid the foundations of the earth.

Jesus is Jehovah God. What is attributed to God is also attributed to Jesus.

I pray that this was helpful to you, and will help you in your ministry to those who deny the Son of God. This is merely the very beginning. There are so many more Scriptures that show the same thing.

I have a much more in-depth essay showing from the Scriptures that the teaching of “The Trinity” is true. It is available to anyone as a free download and I invite you to check it out. You can click on the graphic below, or you can get the essay at: http://Luke-15.org/JCGB.pdf.

If the above essay is a tad too lengthy for your taste, please feel free to download a “Cheat Sheet” on the Trinity at: http://Luke-15.org/trinity.pdf, or click on the graphic below:

More free resources on the Triune God of the Bible can be found at http://trinity.Luke-15.org.

I hope this page has been a blessing to you and helps you draw closer to our God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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!

all for Jesus,

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

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Exciting Subway Update: Jesus reaches Atheists, Muslims, Mentally Ill, and So Many Others

Posted on Mar 23 , 2017 in Blog & Subways & Training

Dear praying friends,

I love love love LOVE Subway Ministry!

I remember when I first heard that OAC goes into the subways to evangelize, I was thinking, “Eww, it’s gross down there, and dark, and people aren’t friendly.”

After all these years I’ve learned I was wrong – big time!

Well, it is gross down there (thank God for hand sanitizer!), and sometimes dark. And every once in a while someone acts unfriendly.

But for the most part, Subway Evangelism is some of the most effective ministry we do all year!

God always seems to work so amazingly in the subway. And He seems to bring people from around the world to us.

I’ve also been inviting Christian High Schoolers to be part of the ministry in the subways during their school vacation weeks (in February and April) and it’s been super to see the next generation of the Church get an excitement and vision for reaching the Lost!

I trust that, whether on the streets, or underground, at the beach, or in a housing complex, God will work wherever His Gospel is faithfully preached. And for that, I am grateful!

I want to keep you updated on some of the neat things God has down underground over the past few months. Very exciting stuff!

I’ll let the following photos do the explaining of some of what went on recently.

Please pray for us and those we meet!

In addition to the people in the photos, some other people who stood out are:

  • Miranda: Miranda was a young woman in her 30’s. She opened her heart to me and told me so much about herself. She asked me why God doesn’t give her more money. Not in a greedy way. She clearly had a need. She told me about her young son, and that her own Mother told her to be a Prostitute in order to make money. I listened to her, gave her a hug, and gave her a little money. But I also told Miranda that she needs salvation more than money. We need our sins forgiven. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). She asked me to pray for her.

  • Hymen: Eric met and spoke with Hymen a man fighting to recover from heroin addiction. Hymen did testify that he believes that Christ died for his sins.

  • Marique: Marique is a Muslim young man from the Sudan. After talking with Eric about the gospel, he took a pamphlet from a Biblically solid Arabic-speaking Evangelical Church! Praise God!

  • Francisco: Francisco is a young man who identified as an “Atheist.” He told me that he thinks about Eternity every day, but still doesn’t believe in God. I shared some simple Apologetics (proof for God’s existence), and he said he’d think about that because it made sense.

  • Bruce: Sometimes people come right up to us and start the conversation. That’s what happened when Bruce came up to Chris and asked what he was giving out. That lead to a gospel conversation. Bruce told Chris that he thinks he’s good enough to go to Heaven on his own. Chris took him through the commandments to demonstrate that none of us are good enough by God’s perfect standard.

  • Charlie: Charlie is an older Jewish man. He asked me, “You really believe this stuff about Jesus?” and then said, “Why?” What an opportunity! I opened to Isaiah, chapter 53, and had him read it and tell me who he thought it was about. I told him this is about Jesus, and it was written 700 years before Jesus came to earth! And I told him that I’m a Jewish believer in Jesus. I gave him a paper copy of my testimony, entitled, A Jew and His God.

  • Willet: We were praying as a team when Willet approached us, but it was obvious quickly that he wasn’t saved despite thinking he was. He was open to us sharing the gospel of grace and assurance with him, and he took literature from us.

  • Renee: Renee is another example of someone who approached us. She came up to us and admitted that she was a “backslider,” and told us outright that she knew she was in rebellion to Jesus. We pleaded with her to follow Jesus and know Him. We told her, “If you truly know this amazing man, how could you or anyone ever walk away from Him? Could it be that you didn’t know him?” We shared a gospel booklet with her.

  • Korean Family: I don’t know the names of the members of a family from Korea, but God does! Eric tried to talk to them, but it became apparent that they didn’t speak English. But they were soooo happy to receive gospel booklets in Korean, and communicated with their enthusiastic smiles that they appreciated us giving them to them!

  • Grabta: Eric was using a real rat trap in the open air to demonstrate faith. He asks for a volunteer to see if anyone is willing to set off the trap with their own finger. Usually nobody volunteers! But Grabta said he was willing. Eric asked him why he’d trust him, since they’re strangers, and Grabta said, “You have a Bible. I can F*&!@ing trust you.” It made or a remember-able open-air message, for us, and for the crowd too!

  • Anthony: Anthony spoke with Eric for quite some time. Anthony had some Bible knowledge, but it was polluted with other philosophies and religions. When Eric asked him how long it’s been since he read his Bible, Anthony told him, “3 months.” Eric implored him to be in The Word daily.

  • Tom: When I asked Tom what he thought of Eternity, he said he wasn’t sure if there was an afterlife. He said he “hopes so.” He told me that he had already undergone an experimental medical transplant that only one surgeon in the world does. This was because of Cancer. And he recently had open-heart surgery. I told Tom that I was so happy that he’s survived those, but one day we all die. I told him God has been patient with him, keeping him alive through those diseases. He promised me he’d think about the gospel message I shared, and would read the booklet I gave him.

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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Presenting… Next Generation Evangelists!!!

Posted on Feb 25 , 2017 in Blog & Church_Teams & Subways & Training

Dear Saints,

Can God use High Schoolers to reach out to the world for Jesus Christ? You better believe He can!!! And it’s very exciting!!!

Recently I was asked by the Headmaster of a Christian School if I’d be willing to come in twice a week to teach an Evangelism Elective Class to a group of High Schoolers.

And I thought, “Are you kidding me? This is what I live for!

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical over whether or not 14-17-year-olds would have the spiritual and emotional maturity to take in the deluge of information I wanted to share with them. Would these kids just be taking the class because “they have to to get credit?”

I was astonished EVERY class at how mature the students were. They paid excellent attention. They participated in the discussions so well! They asked great questions. It was sooooo encouraging!

Here are some photos of the students, and how it went when I took them into the Subway in Boston to put their Evangelism skills in action!

Here is the Syllabus I developed for our sessions (each session was an hour and a half):

  1. “Evangelism is Great News”
    Evangelism is great news for Christians, yet many Christians see evangelism as a chore they know they must do, rather than a gift we get to do. Sadly, many miss the WONDERFUL BLESSING it is to be God’s ambassador. How amazing that God would include us in His plan to save others! It’s love in action.
     
  2. “The Theology of Evangelism”
    Purpose: To warn of the danger of presenting a man-centered gospel, and to warn of the danger of making the gospel about “happiness” instead of “righteousness.” (The Bill Gates dilemma – he’s the richest man in the world with whatever he wants, but if he dies without Christ, he’ll go to Hell.) Our job is to plant seeds and we are “successful” if we do that, regardless of how people appear to respond. Show Hell’s Best Kept Secret video.
     
  3. “Rubber Meets Road Evangelism”
    Practical, practical, practical! How do you share the gospel with anybody. How do you avoid “rabbit trails” and how do you keep the conversation on what is important. Vital class! Watch Way of the Master “WDJD” video. Give out “Evangelism Cheat Sheet” cards with WDJD and CCCTTTT. Kirk and Gang Members video. Hand out “Write Your Own Testimony” assignment.
     
  4. “The Heartbreak of False Conversion”
    Many people have been hurt by the wrong gospel message. Changing the gospel hurts people. Not only that, but it inoculates the lost. And some of the people who are most against our message are those who think they’re saved. Watch Way of the Master “True and False Conversions” video.
     
  5. “Real-World Apologetics”
    How do you answer skeptics, seekers, mockers? Ask good questions. Learn to notice logical fallacies. Learn that it’s okay not to know. Ask for permission to look into their question and to meet up with them later. Resources: “8 Reasons” video. Proof of God website, various tracts that show our fallibility.
     
  6. “Answering Atheism”
    Show and discuss “The Atheism Delusion” video.
     
  7. “Getting Off the Ground with Evangelism”
    After most people are trained in evangelism, their reaction often is, “Now what?” Getting started in an evangelistic conversation can be the most difficult part. How do you engage a stranger and swing the conversation form the natural to the supernatural? How to make evangelism a “lifestyle” and not an “event.” Resources: Gospel Tracts. “George Street” short video. Rope Trick. Bible Coloring Book trick. Paint Board example.
     
  8. “Evangelism Road Trip”
    To watch evangelism in action and give opportunity for people to participate if they are so lead. Heading down to the Subways in Boston to be part of Open Air Campaigners outreach to people from around the world!
     

I didn’t get any photos of this, but it was REALLY GREAT that Kristen, a Chinese student, got to meet a BUNCH of Chinese people and share the gospel with them in their native Mandarin language. How exciting is that??? Kristen gave away all my Mandarin gospel tracts (which is a very good problem to have.) I was really excited for her because she’s a relatively new Christian and wants to share Jesus back home in China when she goes back. Please pray for her.

I praise God for this opportunity to partner with the Christian School to spend time teaching these young people how to make Evangelism part of their life. Hallelujah!

If anyone wants me to provide similar training for your group, please contact me so we can chat about it.

That’s it for this update. 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! 🙂

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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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!!!

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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!!! 🙂
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. 🙂
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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April Newsletter: Jesus Has Been Outstanding – We’re Back on the Streets!

Posted on Mar 22 , 2016 in Blog & Church_Teams & Newsletters & Object_Lessons & Sermons & Street_Evangelism & Subways & Training

Dear friends,

Recently I mailed off our latest paper newsletter.

This goes out about 4 times per year.

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 miraculously kept us on the Mission Field by providing for us much faster and completely than anyone imagined! As a result, we’ve been back on the streets, and having 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!

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! 🙂

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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Two Resources Updated: Jewish Evangelism and The Trinity

Posted on Feb 18 , 2016 in Blog & Training

Dear friends,

As many of you know, I am a Theological “pack rat” and love to collect and share resources that help build Christians up for the purpose of the work of the ministry.

I have recently updated two resources, and want to let you know because I think they’re a lot better now.

  1. Resources to Help Reach Jewish People with the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Christians often ask me for tips for witnessing to Jewish people. So to help out I made a list of resources helpful for sharing your faith with either a Jewish person or a Gentile. Please feel free to download this list of tips as an Adobe Acrobat file at: http://www.Luke-15.org/Jewish_Evangelism_Resources.pdf.
     
  2. Why You Should Believe That Jesus Is God: This two-page document is a summation of the essay Jesus Christ, God, and the Bible. It shows many scriptures that prove Biblically that Jesus is Jehovah God, and the Father is Jehovah God, and the Holy Spirit is Jehovah God, but there is only 1 Jehovah God. Please keep copies handy for when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door. You can download this as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file at http://Luke-15.org/trinity.pdf.

These and many more resources are available for FREE at: http://resources.Luke-15.org.

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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God Showed Up and We’re Heading Back on the Streets!!!

Posted on Nov 30 , 2015 in Blog & Training

Dear friends,

My head is still spinning and I’m still in shock (in a good way) about how God Showed Up and answered prayer. Jesus saved our ministry to the Lost in a powerful way. What I’m about to share with you is 100% true, and it’s not something that happens every day.

About two months ago, I started to let people know that we were struggling financially.

We sought financial counselling from a number of people who each concluded that our budget was not extravagant, that we had made significant cuts in spending, and that the solution was for our donation level to be higher.

My leadership at Open Air Campaigners put me on 3-month assignment to spend my time seeking out new donations, and we’d reassess in January. If things hadn’t improved, there was a chance that we could have had to leave the Mission Field, an option I didn’t want because I believe God is using the Missionary work to reach the Lost with the Gospel.

The goal assigned to me was to see our monthly donations increase by $2,500 per month. That’s a big number, and I admit that I wondered if and how God would come through.

God came through!

It can be very challenging to have people commit to monthly recurring giving. It’s typically the case that more people stop giving than start. That $2,500 figure was looming and seemed unreachable.

Here’s miracle #1: after 4 weeks, God had arranged for $1,000 in new monthly donations! That’s outstanding!!! And He did it the way He always does, by putting our Missionary work on the hearts of Christians who give generously because they want the Lost to hear the gospel message, because “[the gospel] is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

Here’s miracle #2: $1,000 raised, and $1,500 more to go. That’s still a huge number. Are you sitting down? By the end of the second month, we had an extra $1,500 in monthly commitments and had met our goal for the first time in the five years that we’ve been serving Jesus full-time. $2,500 in recurring monthly donations raised in under 2 months. That just doesn’t happen. But apparently it does when God wants us on the streets pleading with Muslims and Atheists, and College Students, and Skeptics, and Cultists, and Children, and everyone about the only “name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

It is very unusual for Missionary support to be raised this quickly. But God demonstrated to me, my wife, my kids, and our Church, that He is sovereign.

Here’s miracle #3: I am ashamed to admit that since leaving my job with Fidelity Investments, and starting work with Open Air Campaigners in 2010, I had accumulated a sizeable amount of debt. When your monthly support is $2,500 too low, it doesn’t take long for that to add up. Actually, it snow-balls up!

My Pastor and I worked on a plan for me to be out of debt in 3 years. Miracle #3 is that, because of the generous “one-time” donations that have come in, our debt has been completely wiped out! I am in awe. I want to cry. I really want to praise God for being so kind and to remove this burden!

God came through big-time. God even used this as a witness to my unsaved Mum who hates Jesus. My Mum already thinks it’s “strange” that I’d leave my “respectable well-paying” job at Fidelity Investments to be a Missionary and work in bad neighborhoods in Boston. She has a curious fascination that people donate so that I can do this. As a Jewish woman, she’s never heard of anything like this. She says that people who give money must “really believe what they believe.”

My Mum knew that I was on deputation and was very concerned for me. I recently got to tell her that in less than two months, we received all the monthly pledges we need and enough one-time gifts to wipe out our debt immediately. Then she said, my unsaved Mother said, “Well, I suppose you’re going to tell me that Jesus arranged all this?”

So I said, “Mum, of course. Jesus arranges everything that happens. Please suggest how else this could have happened?”

And she said, “I don’t have an explanation.”

Thank you for reading all of this. I can’t help but praise God and share what great things He has done!

But please allow me to be clear about something important. God is good and kind and generous, and He used money to make it clear that He wants my family and I to continue serving Him as Missionaries. But even if He hadn’t, God would still be good and kind and generous. I really feel uncomfortable talking about money because there are plenty of false teachers who manipulate and twist the Scriptures to say that God’s favor is determined by how much money you have. This is sometimes called the “Health/Wealth Gospel” or the “Prosperity Gospel.” I stand on God’s Word and against the Health/Wealth/Prosperity “gospel” because it is unbiblical and it hurts people.

It’s true that God blessed our ministry with a much-needed inflow of finances, but that’s no guarantee that He will always do that, and it’s certainly not a condemnation against other important Missionary works that are currently under-funded. The Apostle Paul said it well when he wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content… I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13).

Thankfully, Open Air Campaigners has a policy that ensures that my income stay modest, so there will be no private jets or mansions in my budget.

I also want to say that these miracles are a testimony to God’s grace. I’m far from a perfect Missionary. God is improving me all the time. I don’t believe that He showed this unusual kindness because I’m so deserving. He showed such unusual kindness because it glorifies Him to give to those who don’t deserve it. “We have this treasure [of the gospel] in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

I always share in my Evangelism seminars that God uses “a nobody to tell everybody about Somebody who can save anybody.” We’re the “nobody” in this equation. But God uses us, broken us, to tell everybody about Jesus. And Jesus certainly is “Somebody” very special and mighty.

Those are the miracles I wanted to share with you! I am excited. My family is excited. People at my Church are excited. I hope this excites you too and reminds you that “our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3).

What Now?

Please continue to pray for us. The work we do is exactly what the devil hates. We go to people who might not otherwise hear the saving plan of our Great God and Savior. Spiritual attack is real, and I plead for your prayers.

When Paul asked for prayers, he said, “Pray that I may proclaim [the gospel] clearly, as I should” (Colossians 4:4). I ask for that prayer for me and my team. I also ask for prayer for continued good health, and continued favor with the authorities. Please pray that my marriage will be strong and that I’ll be a good Daddy to my kids. If my family suffers, then I’m a failure.

It is obvious that God wants us back on the streets and subways and beaches and neighborhoods and housing projects and everywhere else we go, so with His help, that’s what I plan to do.

If you currently donate to our ministry, please continue to do so. We depend on “daily bread” and there are always expenses that come up. I can’t thank you and God enough for your generous partnership, whether you give $10 per month, or $100 per month, or any amount.

If you’ve given one-time or occasionally, your donations are critical for buying Bibles, gospel tracts, gasoline, everything we need to be effective “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

If you have wanted to give to our ministry, please don’t not do it because we’ve reached our fundraising goal. There are always expenses that are unplanned and everything that comes in helps someone who is Lost hear the gospel in a Biblical, loving, compassionate, urgent nature. Sadly, there are always people who have to end their commitment to help fund the ministry for one reason or another. And not everyone actually fulfills their financial pledge every month. So your giving is critical and makes a big difference.

Can You Please Help Us Serve the Church Better?

Ephesians 4:11-12 teaches us that two of the purposes that God gives Evangelists are:

  • to equip the saints
  • to build up the body of Christ

Quite frankly, I could get a lot better at this part of my calling. It’s not that I’m unwilling to serve, but it’s hard to get an invitation.

The great thing about solid Bible-believing Churches is that they typically are strong in discernment, and that’s great! That means that they don’t let just anybody come and teach their people. But that can be frustrating as well, because it’s difficult for me to get an opportunity to serve in Local Churches.

I want to equip the saints. I want to build up the body of Christ! You can help by vouching for us and introducing us to your Pastor or Missions Committee.

All the Churches that I have a relationship with started when one of the members of the Church personally introduced us to their Pastor or Mission Committee and gave their approval for our Ministry Work and Doctrine.

If your church is not in a position to support us financially at this time, that’s 100% okay because I’m not asking for money. I just want to build up the believers to help them be more effective Evangelists for Jesus! It’s an honor for me to be a “cheerleader for evangelism” and help the body of Christ be more successful at reaching our lost world with the message they so desperately need.

I made a simple-to-read brochure intended to help you introduce us to your Church. Would you prayerfully consider printing it out (double-sided) and fold it in thirds, and give it to your Pastor and tell him about us? Personal recommendations from Christians like you are the best way to introduce us to Churches! You “vouching for us” to your Pastor or Missions Committee gives us a chance to build the Body of Christ up for evangelism at your Church!

Please open the brochure by clicking on the graphic below…

I want to serve your Church through:

  • Letting Christians know that Evangelism is a blessing we “get to do,” not “have to do.”
  • Teaching an “Evangelism Crash Course”
  • Teaching Sunday School.
  • Providing Pulpit Supply.
  • Sharing the Gospel at your Outreaches.
  • Running an Evangelism Seminar.
  • Teaching on a Variety of Subjects.
  • Short-Term Mission Trips.
  • Providing 1-on-1 Discipleship/Instruction.
  • Speaking at Your Mission Conference or VBS.
  • Conducting Effective Kids Ministry.
  • Inviting you to join us on the streets/beach/subways to see effective Open-Air and 1-on-1 Evangelism.
  • However else I can be a help…

Also, you are welcome to share a short video that shows what we do to serve Jesus by reaching those who don’t yet know Him as Savior. The video is at: http://movie.Luke-15.org. Or you can watch it below…

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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October Newsletter: Amazing Summer of Outreach, and News About Deputation

Posted on Oct 19 , 2015 in Beach & Blog & Camp & Church_Teams & Colleges & Kids_Ministry & Newsletters & Sermons & Street_Evangelism & Subways & Training

Dear friends,

Recently I mailed off our latest paper newsletter.

This goes out about 4 times per year.

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!

We had effective evangelism at the Beach, on the Streets, in Neighborhoods, at Camp, and at local Churches. Summer is a great time for Church Mission Trips and we had some superb Teams who were trained and are going back to their homes as more effective Evangelists! Exiting Stuff!!!

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.

There’s a second page that explains our Deputation situation, and I ask that you prayerfully read that page please.

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! 🙂

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