The Big News!
Some of you already know but I have some Big News. I am leaving SOS Ministries & the San Francisco Bay Area for a preaching trip around the United States. I hope, the Lord willing to leave sometime this coming November. I will stick around the West Coast until January. I will then be off from San Diego going east toward Florida. I have about 35 cities I plan on covering in the first six months as I travel throughout the south.
Thank you for the wonderful support over the last several months. I have some exciting stories below as I have been preaching in San Francisco, Oakland, & San Jose since my last newsletter. I have included a video taken of me in July sharing my testimony. Also there are a few photos towards the bottom of the page. I continue to go to Oakland regularly with Dave and Darren. We continue to get great favor to preach downtown there with an amp. Oakland is my favorite place to preach.
Alameda Independence Day Parade
Being as the fourth of July fell on a Friday this year I had 2 back to back double headers. On Friday was the Alameda Parade outreach and then Berkeley later that evening. On Saturday SOS went to Fisherman’s Wharf & Union Square. We started early the morning of the parade meeting at 6:30am for breakfast, prayer, and then staging ourselves for the event. Amongst the crew this year; Dan Losak, John Pillitiere, Martin Sarkis, Peter & Phyllis Sarkis, and Seth Lewis. John one of the elders of Alameda Chapel took Seth and some people from his church starting at the end of the parade route. Dan, Martin, and myself started at the beginning. I preached while Dan and Martin handed out tracts and Gospel of Johns. We got about 40% through the route before the parade overtook us as we were about an hour in front of it to begin with.
One highlight was when a Jewish lady who came out in the middle of the street to tell me that Jesus was Jewish. I said that being born again makes you love the Jewish people. I was not sure where she was coming from. I saw Dan and mentioned that he was a Jew and she ran over to him and gave him a big hug. I then used the opportunity to add a little teaching about the Jews to the Gospel presentation I was giving. Great outreach as thousands heard the Gospel.
VIDEO LINK Sharing my Born Again Testimony at the Gospel Fest in Fremont, California
Smokeless in San Francisco
It was like any other day preaching on 4th & Market. Andy Conway, a long-time street preacher, and I come to this corner quite often. Today’s highlight was when a young man stood in front of me hearing the preaching for about twenty minutes. He seemed to know scripture and was getting into it. When I was about to quit and let Andy take over the young man, Jordon, took out a pack of cigarettes that was almost full and put them on the ground and crushed them with his foot. He went over to the garbage can to through them away. I handed Andy the mic and said that the guy would be back; when he comes let’s pray for him. We prayed for him and I prayed that he would be delivered. Teary eyed he confessed that he was not right with God and his father was a preacher. He was struggling with sin and we prayed for him. Great encounter.
After that some spiritual warfare started up as a guy came by dressed a little weird (I have seen him before). He tried to grab the tracts out of my hand violently. He managed to knock a few out and went down the street cursing. He turned back around and was mouthing something about coming back and getting me. He didn’t come back but a few minutes later he was attacking other people and hitting them. One man, in a business suit, was getting hit from behind. The business man could have easily won a fight. He was bigger and stronger, however the other guy most likely was demonized. He visibly looked out of it so the guy never pursued the matter but I guessed he wrote him off as crazy and helpless.
Violence on Valencia Street
16th & Valencia Street is a frequent spot on Friday nights for SOS Ministries. It is unruly and crowds sometimes can be hostile. Our group came out here tonight taking turns preaching while Tim Moon joined us on his guitar. I was preaching at the end of the night and there was a young man named Raman, who was hostile. He and his friend were yelling at me and cussing. Instead of them continuing down the street they stood in front of me and acting like they wanted to fight. Raman who had a drink in his hand said his name was Jesus when I first asked him. He settled down after I talked to him privately. He was upset that his dad died when he was six. God turned this around and as he walks away he says, “hey pray for me.” The next day when we were at Dolores Park for an outreach a Christian man who we had seen the night before on Valencia asked if we heard that a young man was shot to death right after we left the area. We told him no, we didn’t hear anything. Apparently there was an argument and then a murder. Most every time I preach I always mentioned that we do not know how much time we have to live.
Rebecca in Ruins
Today was a spectacular day in many ways. Andy and I went to a corner I had not been on in at least a year. It is on Market, where O’Farrell meets Grant. This was a good corner today and packed with people. We stayed a total of 3 hours. I started off reading all of Romans 5. This seemed to set the pace as it opened a door for some anointed preaching after the reading of the Word. Many people came by and took tracts, some stopped and listened.
Andy took over and a gal, Rebecca, was demonstrating that she had some major problems. Demon possession came to mind. I had been praying silently and then as she came closer to Andy he started addressing the demon and casting it out in Jesus name. The gal calmed down somewhat and came over by Andy even closer and sat down. I heard her say thank you as she was crying and still shuttering some. He continued to pray and tried to talk to her. She wasn’t that coherent. We continued to pray and she seemed fine for awhile and then started in again. In all this she attracted a crowd but yet she wasn’t stopping the preaching or being noisy.
She became a permanent fixture over the next couple of hours. We took turn preaching, periodically giving our attention to Rebecca. I had prayed for a Christian lady to come by in order to minister to her. I saw a lady come by and wave her hand in front of the gal’s face. As she approached me I asked if she were a Christian. She said yes, so I told her that I had been praying for a Christian woman to come and minister to this gal. She told me no. I asked why and she said because she did not know her. I asked again if she were a Christian, she nodded and I told her that we are called to minister in Christ’s name but she wouldn’t. Later Andy said she probably just couldn’t handle the situation.
We had others come by. It seemed they were edified by the preaching and many tracts went out as we handed all of them. We gave away about 7 Gospels and a Bible. Toward the end Andy went to use the bathroom and the gal stayed with me. As I preached I noticed everyone who came by were intently staring at her. I finally looked down and she had her shirt off. The street sweeper guy came by earlier and swept up a bra. It never occurred to me it was hers. Well that ended the preaching.
Right then a Union Square ambassador came up and he must have received a call. He asked about her and then called a police officer. We talked to him and he ended up calling an aid car. Since Andy is a RN and we had been with her for the last few hours the officer asked if we would stay with her until the aid car got there. They came and she fought a little but they restrained her and put her in back to get vitals etc. They took her to the hospital. As a large crowd was now forming several people came up and asked me if she hit us. I said no, but that she was a little out of it. We also had concluded that she was using drugs. The street people have myriads of problems and although I don’t discount some deliverance she may have received she still needs salvation and healing. Maybe say a prayer for Rebecca, just one of many we encounter.