I’ve got GREAT news, God is still in the business of saving the Lost, and I’m so so glad!!!
I love love love LOVE Evening Beach Evangelism!
Please warm yourself up with this update on the outstanding things God did!
Lots and lots of people from around the world and all different ages gathered around and listened to the gospel message, many staying around afterwards for one-on-one discussions! We gave out thousands of gospel tracts! Very exciting!!!
Also, Beach Evangelism is a great place to train and build up the Church! We had Christians from a number of different local churches come out this summer to participate and hone their evangelism skills! (And find out that it’s not so terrifying after all.)
I’ll let the photos tell much of the story…
In addition to the people in the photos, some other people who stood out are:
Anne: Anne is an elderly Jewish woman who told me that Jews do not believe in Jesus. So I told her that everyone who believed in Jesus at first was Jewish, and that I’m Jewish! She told me that I was crazy. I challenged her to study the Hebrew Bible, and that she’ll find out that Jesus is written about there. She was so confident. She said, “There’s NO WAY Jesus is in the Old Testament.” I referred her to Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Jeremiah 31, as just a few examples. And I gave her a copy of my testimony, entitled, “A Jew and His God.” Anne asked me if I really wrote this, and I said I did. And I told her that it quotes many of the Hebrew Bible passages about Jesus. She took my tract and promised that she’d read it. Please pray for Anne. If you’d like to read my testimony, it is available for free here: http://luke-15.org/a-jew-and-his-god/.
George: George is a Hispanic man in his 30s. He didn’t know who Jesus is, even though he used to go to church as a kid. We had a good chat and he took a gospel booklet.
Robbie: Sometimes God has us out at the beach to minister to Christians, like Robbie. He is in a romantic relationship with an unbeliever. Chris spoke with him about the dangers of being “unequally yoked.” Robbie listened and took an evangelistic DVD to show his girlfriend. Please pray that she comes to true faith, and that Robbie doesn’t make any foolish decisions regarding being in a relationship with a woman who doesn’t hold Jesus as number 1.
Kyle: Kyle is a 20-year-old Born Again Christian, and he kept telling us how encouraged he was to have us at the beach. He hung out with us for a while. 🙂
Mark and Chris: Mark and Chris are two young men who Ted got to talk with. They both accepted New Testaments from Ted and promised to read it. After talking with Ted for a while, Chris made a profession of faith. Mark said he wasn’t quite ready yet.
Adrian and Leslie: Adrian and Leslie are two African American young ladies. I walked them through our riddles and gospel message, and Leslie said, “This is the best thing ever.” The message that leads to everlasting life? Yes, I agree with her!
Ryan and Julia: Ryan and Julia both said that they hope there’s an after life, but they’re not sure. I used the “Sandcastle” analogy. If you saw a professionally sculpted sandcastle, you’d KNOW that a sculptor made it. But our bodies are much more complex and impressive than a sandcastle. Compared to one strand of DNA in every one of our cells, a sculpted sandcastle is just a pile of sand. Our bodies are evidence that God exists and He can be trusted about the afterlife and how to get there. One of them said, “This was not what I was expecting,” and they each took a gospel booklet.
Jumanja: Jumanja is a sweet 11-year-old girl. She and her parents listened and watched as I gave an open-air message with a painting of Jesus on the cross. It’s probably the most graphic painting I do. Little Jumanja kept staring at it, and told me, and I quote, “It’s the most beautiful thing I ever saw.” What an adorable kid. I gave her the painting and she was THRILLED!
Paige: Paige was formerly involved with Witchcraft and Satanism, but it seems that the Holy Spirit has been causing her to question a lot of what she formerly believed. After listening to one of my open-air messages, Chris started chatting with her, and he shared his testimony of how Jesus saved him from the Occult and Witchcraft. Chris gently explained why it was imperative that she repent and place her trust in the One who is Love incarnate, the Lord Jesus Christ. Paige even took a Bible from Chris. Praise God!
Bogdan: Bogdan is from Romania. We took him through “The Good Person Test” to illustrate that he, like everyone else, needs Jesus. Bogdan took a gospel tract from us written in Romanian. He said he wants to read the Bible to find out the truth.
Elliana: Elliana is a Catholic teenager. She thought you had to be good to get to Heaven. I walked her through the “Good Person Test” that illustrates that no one is good enough. I explained the concept of “grace” to her. She did take a gospel booklet.
Tanner: Tanner is a young man in his 20’s, and he confidently asserted that he was an atheist. I asked him a few questions that challenged his worldview, and he told me that he’s really an agnostic. Then he ended the conversation abruptly and left. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will draw him.
If you’d like to see for yourself what an open air message at the beach looks like, here’s a video of one for you to watch:
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
P.S. If you want to know what’s going on for beach ministry NEXT summer, please let me know and I’ll email you when I begin planning that out next year. Summer 2019 will be here faster than you think! You can also keep an eye out for http://beach.Luke-15.org, as I’ll post news there.