Sacramento ~ State Capitol ~ Sacramento Jazz Festival
Sacramento Evangelism Report – May 2013
This was a wonderful trip and I was able to preach 10 out of the 14 days for about 16 hours of total preaching. I had obtained a permit from the Highway Patrol to preach on the stairs of the west entrance of the State Capitol. This was on a Friday, and there were mostly school-aged children coming through the area for field trips. After that it was on to the annual Jazz Festival in Old Town. We located ourselves in what is known as the tunnel area between the Westfield Mall and Old Town. This was where I evangelized for the four-day Memorial Day holiday. After preaching in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday it was a midnight train to Georgia Portland.
In Portland I stayed with my friend and fellow street preacher, James Lafayette, and his family. I also have been supported in the past by the church where he attends, Glencullen Reformed Baptist Church. Pastor Cavin and the believers there are favorable towards the street preaching. On Saturday James & I met with another brother, Pavel, at the Skidmore Fountain. This is a popular spot for people to frequent on the weekends. We took turns preaching there. During the week I preached downtown which is my custom. I met up with some friends I met there last time; Stephen, Marty, Ron & Karen Rohman, Christine, and Mike. Portland had great weather while I was there and with the beginning of the Rose Festival it produced a lot of people out and about.
On a personal note I was able to spend some time with my family in Sacramento, and in Portland I saw two cousins who I have not seen in many years. I also looked up an old friend, Richard, who was in the ministry house back in 2007. Thank you for all the support and prayers of those who made this trip possible. May God be the glory!!! Below are just a few highlighted stories. There is a photo slideshow at the bottom of this page with a small caption below each photo.
Forbid Not The Little Children
As the many area groups of school children came across the Capitol steps to begin their tour I curtailed my preaching to accommodate their young minds. I would say at least 500 kids from grade school to high school heard the Gospel, or portions of the Gospel that day. The permit was for two hours with four of us preaching. Only at the very end did an adult with a group of kids raise any objection. I directed him to the Highway Patrol officer standing a few yards behind me. The permit was free and the amp was used; my conclusion is free speech is alive and well here in America, at least for the time being. There were four preachers that day; myself, David Beal, Wally Vansandt, and Tom Adcock.
Sacramento Jazz Festival
This was the first time that I attended all four days of this event which was very exhausting. On Friday, the first day, we got there at 2:30 pm and there were already lots of people. I handed out over 300 tracts myself that afternoon. Over the four days, thousands of tracts went out as there were 5-7 of us out each day. Among us were Steven Stiles, Tom Adcock, Chris, and Rodney. Free Bibles and books were distributed as well. Walter Vansandt and myself took turns preaching open air without an amp. My great nephew and niece (Jacob & Brianna) came out a couple of days as well. On the last day we packed a picnic lunch. This event is truly a family friendly evangelistic outreach.