Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2016 will be a milestone for me. It will be ten years I have been street preaching on a regular basis; the last five years full time. God has been gracious and although I’ve always felt called to this type of ministry, I never dreamed the journey would be this grand. In 2006 I came to California from Washington State with the idea of evangelizing up and down the West Coast. I ended up staying in Oakland at SOS Ministries for about four years before moving to Sacramento for the next two years. During this time I started branching out and traveling to other cities. I was grounded for several months after my heart surgery in 2012. After that I went back to SOS for three years. My preaching trips increased and in 2013 I traveled further and more often than ever before. Since March 2015 I have been traveling perpetually throughout the United States. In all, the Lord has allowed me to preach in over 60 cities spanning about half the country so far.
I always have a thumbnail sketch of what I’m doing a month or two down the road. I like to pray over the ministry and calendar as I step out in faith preaching the Gospel. I just heard a sermon on Nehemiah about prayer & planning. There are also many proverbs on planning. However as I post this blog I do not have a clear direction on where to go the first few months of this year.
I was planning on going through the south again and arriving in Florida. Due to my health and some other issues this is going to have to be put on the back burner. What I do know is that around the first week in March I will be in Los Angeles with three other evangelists: Bob Loeffert, and Eric & Jill Baxter. We have a road trip planned since Bob is coming out from Pittsburgh, PA for three weeks here in California. After leaving those guys I will travel south to San Diego for about ten days before heading back to the Bay Area.
At the end of March I have a permit scheduled at the State Capitol in Sacramento. April and May perhaps will bring the opportunity to travel to the East Coast; either New York, or a variety of cities I have not been to yet. The Jazz Festival in Sacramento is a yearly event on Memorial Day weekend that I usually attend.
Early summer I desire to go back up to the Portland and Seattle area to preach and to check up on the other street preachers and see how they are doing. Can’t really say much beyond this except to please pray for me in guidance, protection, and the fruitfulness of this ministry. I also hope to go back to Juneau to visit my sons.
I must report first about how my symptoms regarding my heart disease are gone. I no longer have shortness of breath, palpitations, or low pulse/blood pressure. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.
However my low back pain has been very crippling over the last several months. I have been scheduled to go to physical therapy for some intense treatments. I have problems walking and standing. This has become problematic for my street preaching. Therefore I may not go on any long distance trip but stay around California. I will continue to preach the Gospel as much as I can.
I want to extend my many thanks to the people who have prayed for me and have financially provided for the ministry in the past. I want to remind all of you that I am no longer accepting donations for the ministry other than a free meal, and when the occasion arises some gas for the van. My expenses continue to be low and I am taken care of with an early retirement pension Retail Clerks and disability I receive from Social Security. I can certainly use the continued prayers though. I think we tend to underestimate the need and the success of praying for the furtherance of the Gospel. The Lord has greatly provided and providentially given me favor and great grace. This must have come through the faithful prayers of the saints – Thank You!