SF Bay Briefing- November 2014
Dinner at Dino’s
I have had many encounters since my last newsletter but one stands out in particular. I was asked by some friends a few months ago to visit someone they knew in the hospital. He has cancer and is unsaved. I went and met him and we prayed for him that day. He said at that time that he thought he knew me from somewhere. A few weeks later he asked if they would come to dinner and bring me along. Along with my friends I was able to share the whole Gospel with him. We also encouraged him and his wife to read the Bible, which they were willing to do. Right before we left that evening he said, “Now I know where I have seen you before – in Oakland preaching on the corner”. This was a great moment as we realized God was orchestrating this. Continue to pray for him please. His name is Dino.
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
The above title borrowed from a song by Dionne Warwick should be re-phrased: Do you know how to be saved in San Jose? Early in October Andy and I were preaching on 4th & San Fernando in San Jose. This borders San Jose State University and we were in front of the library. A man (Juan) approached Andy as I was preaching. He said he wanted to be like us, that is, Christians. He described how he was tired of his sin and wanted to be saved. We told him to seek the Lord and that we must be born again – Andy gave him a Spanish Bible and told him to read in John chapter 3, at least to start there, and ask God to save you. He immediately went into the Library and started reading the Word. We prayed for him at the time he entered the library and also at the end of the day. Perhaps Juan came to Christ on that day. We don’t get many inquires like that on the streets so we are believing in faith for his soul.
A Shakespearean Theatre
I went down to the plaza that stretches between the Ferry Building and the beginning of Market street in San Francisco. There were skate board kids heckling me when I first started. This is there hang out I suppose. I was there for the many pedestrians who go to and fro, mostly commuters. I persevered and I was only there about an hour but it was powerful. I met Robert, a homeless man, who came up to me and waited while I preached. He hung out and I gave him a pair of socks and a Gospel of John. I visited with him for a while and then took him to Subway for something to eat. He was not altogether there, talking about a play he saw. I tried to change the subject onto the Lord, but to no avail. He kept talking about this play and went into great detail. After awhile I realized he was not talking about a Shakespeare play here in San Francisco but he was talking about seeing the real Shakespeare a few centuries back in England. A perhaps cruel but fitting quote by William Shakespeare: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here”. I prayed for Robert and eventually left him. Perhaps God would deliver and heal him. Also in theatre style I received a standing ovation from the skateboard kids. They were clapping because I stopped preaching and was leaving. Just another day in the city!
The Haight – Not Hate
This one Friday night we brought about 40 sandwiches out to the Haight Asbury District. Chris, James, and Jerry showed up. They brought with them the two young people who came to Berkeley with the large yellow signs although I forgot their names. They also brought some nice coats to give away. Tim Moon set up while I preached right off the bat. As I preached many of the homeless kids started to line up for the sandwiches. It was not announced but once one gets a sandwich the news spreads quickly. I preached on the Gospel and focused on love. I also shared some of my testimony. There were lots of conversations and a fair amount of tracts handed out. James, Jerry, Mike, and Andy also preached while Eddie played some songs on the guitar. Phil our guest from England preached a little on the mic for the first time and it was good.
Toward the end of the evening Dave and I brought the last sandwich and some coats down into Golden Gate park to a group of kids. They were on drugs, most of them. Two fellows got up and left but gave us a hearty thank you for the stuff. We just sort of stood there when Rachel asked if we had ever used drugs. Dave replied, yes and then wanted me to share about my experience. Once I started to share, Racheal announces to the rest, “hey everyone listen to this guy”. I am not sure how much they listened as I shared the Gospel some more. Rachel was doing this painting thing on the ground while I was talking and tells me not to worry, she was painting what I said. If you could have seen her paint. She puts a new meaning on the Gospel being taken by violence and the violent take it by force.
After listening to Rachel talk on while another guy played a guitar rather loudly by us, we tried asking some questions. I asked if she would like a New Testament. She said yes and I went and grabbed a whole stack. I gave her one and another gal as she said she wanted one too. She had been listening the whole time and I began to think she was the divine appointment. They gave us encouragement to keep doing God’s work. We said our good byes and joined the others to wrap up the night. I think this is the first time ever that Larry Rosenbaum (SOS Ministries) had to come to me and say, hey it’s is time to go. This turned out to be a great night. I give it a five star rating.
Lost My Hat Not My Head
Today Andy showed up late and I was already preaching. I had a few small hecklers come by. I had a man tell me that I had a half hour and then he was calling the police. I told him that three of them just walked by and if he hurried he could catch them downstairs in Halldie Plaza. We ended up preaching for 2 and one half hours. Never had a problem. Several other officers came through at different times with no one forbidding.
I met Scully a man in a wheelchair who professed Christ. He had a Bible and we visited a few minutes right before I started. I let him use my phone. He left and I started preaching. He came back later and threw some ice at me, I looked up and he gave thumbs up, I guess it was his way of saying he liked the message.
We passed out few tracts but the Gospel of John’s and Daily Bread went good. Also one Bible was given out. I lost my white derby hat today. The one that Joshua Urbick gave me several years ago. It blew off my head as I was preaching against the false teachings in the catholic church. I never recovered it, but thought it was better than losing my head. This is what could have happened in another country but ours.
All Saints Day in Alameda
In my last newsletter I reported on the fourth of July parade outreach in our neighboring city. Well Alameda makes the news again. This time we had an evangelistic evening on Halloween. Several of us; Dan Losak, Herbert Hernandez, Allan Baker, Darya Esipova, and myself handed out tracts and witnessed. Between us we handed out at least 700 tracts. This was all done in little over an hour. Prior to this we met at Dan’s for prayer and then we hit the streets. I also did a little open-air preaching. We escaped the rain and had a good time of evangelism and some brief fellowship.
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