Portland ~ Skidmore Fountain ~ Pioneer Square
Portland Evangelism Report – June 2013
When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But Jesus said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” Mark 1:37-38
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.
Downtown Portland – Pioneer Square
I learned last time I was in Portland that the laws for amplification are very liberal. Depending on the officer it may vary but I was never shut down. This time the Lord really gave me favor. In one incident an officer told me they received a complaint and I couldn’t use the amp. I told her I was finished for the day after being on the corner for about 2 hours. I did mention that I didn’t need a permit and the following day she stood across the street watching me preach again for an hour and a half. Nothing was said. Her partner had said he liked the Gospel being preached and that I could go anywhere and they would not bother me.
There were so many people on the street around Pioneer Square that I preached there all 4 days I went downtown. On one particular day I preached a second session at a different location. An officer was helping a lady right behind me who needed an aid car. Eventually more police came as I continued to preach. I stopped and asked the lady if I could pray for her. She said ok. Her name is Victoria. After I prayed, I left her a Gospel of John and then went to another corner to preach. There were many individuals I was able to witness to one-on-one after I was done preaching. One young woman took a Gospel of John. I had to explain to her who Jesus Christ was since she never heard of Him. I forgot where she said she was from but she took the booklet with a smile and went on her way.
In conclusion, there were thousands who heard the Gospel. These are seeds sown. Please pray that many had fallen on good ground of the noble and good heart and that they would grow up unto eternal life, God bringing the increase.