Excursions

“…and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:20b

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6

“Whoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation…” Romans 1:16a

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

Tallahassee, Florida – March, 2021

We were asked to come there by some brothers who are part of a fellowship that meets in the northern part of town.  A number of them joined us.  Ultimately, one of our big desires is to stir believers to share the gospel “as they are going” through life where they live, work, educate, recreate, et. al.  On this note – it seems as though the trip was highly successful.

We are deeply grateful for those who prayed for us.  The Lord heard and answered those prayers.  Though we had some troubles and some spiritual opposition, it was, as if, the wind was in our sails throughout the trip – carrying us, enabling us, giving us wisdom, directing our steps and so much more.

There were many noteworthy moments – here are a few:

  • After a full day, some of us decided to go back out to evangelize – fairly late one night on the streets of downtown Tallahassee.  During that time we “accidentally” came across a man who one of the brothers who lives in Tallahassee has been sharing the gospel with as they have crossed paths a number of times during the past few years.  This was a divine appointment for this man had been in jail and was reminded of the only answer and hope to his many woes.
  • While visiting people in an apartment complex, one of our team was welcomed in by a young man who just opened his Bible in a desire to find out who the Lord really is.  His mother came from Iran and was converted from Shia Islam to Christ a couple of years ago.  She recently told him that he would receive a visit from someone who would show him the truth.  For the next 45 minutes our brother spoke words of life to this man.  Later one of the brothers from Tallahassee joined him and connected with him to continue the relationship.
  • A number of waitresses and waiters, other restaurant workers, and workers in other businesses, responded to us including several with sobering situations needing prayer and deliverance or direction.
  • A young man who had been invited to the gospel meeting came and seems to be very interested in the Lord.
  • A man (who appears to be a brother) who has severe PTSD from being a former navy seal met some of us in the hotel and spent part of the day with us.  He was encouraged and some of us are staying in touch with him.

There are many other stories like these.  The number of “Divine Appointments” was extraordinary.

Here are some basic updates on the trip:

  • 17 men went to Tallahassee – including 13 from Memphis, 3 from other parts of Florida, and 1 from Ohio. A number of others from Tallahassee joined us.  At one point 24 of us were out evangelizing at one time.
  • We were able to distribute over 28,000 gospel tracts and gospels of John over a 3 ½ day period.  The greater Tallahassee area has about 385,000 people, so our efforts touched nearly 10% of the population.  We used at least 8 to 10 different types of tracts and shared our experiences with each other to refine our approaches to those we shared with.
  • There were countless one-on-one discussions – nearly all of them positive in nature.
  • We visited The State Capital area, Florida State University, Florida A&M, downtown Tallahassee, Street markets, businesses, shopping malls, parking garages, flea markets, numerous parks, large parking lots, fraternities, sororities, residential neighborhoods, apartment complexes, athletic facilities, suburban areas, and more.
  • We participated in the Lord’s Table meeting of the fellowship in Tallahassee.  It was a very good time of worship and communion.  We then participated in a gospel meeting they held that was very encouraging and a we had a meal together afterwards.  On a person note, I was deeply impressed with the spiritual maturity of the 6 to 8 (or more) brothers who lead the assembly in Tallahassee.
  • Among us, there were many meals together, much fellowship, prayer, sharing of scriptures, inquiry of the Lord, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and more.
  • We had breakfast each day at 6:30 am followed by a time of prayer, fellowship, encouragement, and direction for the day.
  • We generally went out in teams using 3 or 4 vehicles with a plan and prayer to alter as the Lord lead us.  This was the first excursion where we deployed more than one team/one vehicle.  It worked really well (especially for the days ahead when dozens, then scores, then hundreds of teams will be deployed).
  • Several who are talented in music used that as a means to draw others as “chum” while others around them “fished” for men.
  • There were a number each day who prayed to receive Christ.  The Lord knows whether an eternal transaction occurred.  We also had numerous opportunities to pray with people wherever we went.
  • A good number who participated in the outreach were so encouraged, they were set ablaze anew to seek the Lord and share His life and love with others.

* The time in the vehicles together was rich in discussion, prayer, singing, fellowship, fun, and laughter.

Greater Austin, Texas – January, 2021

Seven men distributed over 20,000 gospel tracts and gospels of John. On Wednesday, January 6th the group distributed gospel tracts in the northern suburban cities of Austin – Round Rock, Pflugerville, & Georgetown.  The weather was drizzly for at least half the day.  Regardless, the group was able to hand out over 3,500 gospel tracts and have opportunities to share and pray with various individuals.  On Thursday, January 7th, the group visited downtown Austin including the area around State Capitol Building and the University of Texas.  An additional brother from Houston, TX joined the group for the day.  The group covered over 100 square blocks from the University of Texas to the Colorado River.  On the way back to the hotel the group also visited a large hospital complex and other locations.  This day 6,000 gospel tracts we distributed.  There were a good number of opportunities to interact with people – including some challenging situations.  On Friday January 8th the group reached out to North Austin where there are numerous large businesses, enormous shopping centers, a research campus, and more.  Some large corporations have their headquarters or major offices in this area. Many of the parking lots that normally hold thousands of automobiles were largely empty due to Covid-19. However, the group found full commuter lots, parking garages, and other opportunities to hand out tracts.  We distributed over 5,500 gospel tracts.  We also had some good conversations with people. On Saturday, January 9th the group went to South Austin – primarily along the river (on both sides), down Congress and South 1st Avenue, 2 farmer’s markets (one on either side of the river), a shopping mall and some repeat of downtown Austin.  The group covered over 80 square blocks and a number of large parks.  There were huge volumes of people in their 20s and 30s around the river area – playing soccer, tennis, ultimate frisbee, jogging, kayaking, and more. This afforded the group the largest distribution in the smallest area in the shortest time.  The group then revisited downtown and had lunch then returned to the river area as many new people were out recreating. Then the group covered many blocks south of the river reaching thousands of people out on South 1st Avenue for about 15 blocks – enjoying the weather, eating, drinking, shopping, recreating, and more.  On this day the group distributed over 5,500 gospel tracts. In addition, there were a number of very good conversations and prayer with people.  As the group departed they deliberately drove up Congress Avenue towards the State Capitol Building and prayed for the City for a spiritual fire to be lit in the hearts of many who received the tracts to bring a great move of the Holy Spirit in Greater Austin.  The group returned home on Sunday, January 10th.

 

Between September, 2019 and September, 2020 – four gospel excursions were held – three to the northeast United States and one to Jamaica.  Here is some more detail about each excursion:

  • Hudson Valley, NY and NYC – September, 2019. Seven men went on the excursion and distributed over 4,000 gospels of John and over 15,000 gospel tracts. There were numerous one-on-one opportunities to share and several prayed to receive Christ and numerous others turned back to the Lord and/or received a cup of cold water in a parched land.  The Lord’s presence was extraordinary – every step of the way including in restaurants, hotels, and other venues.  Much was learned and observed for future excursions.
  • Montego Bay Region of Jamaica – February, 2020. Three men distributed over 1,000 gospels of John and over 10,000 gospel tracts. In addition, many watched the Jesus film and there were numerous one-on-one gospel sharing, disciple making opportunities.  There seemed to be a tremendous hunger to receive the Word of God.  Some individuals did pray to receive Christ.
  • New England (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and NYC) – June, 2020. Ten men distributed over 7,500 gospels of John and over 35,000 gospel tracts in numerous cities and towns of New England. Due to Covid-19 there were not as many opportunities to share one-on-one through prolonged conversations.  Regardless, there was a sense from the Holy Spirit that we were in the right place at the right time – both for strategic prayer and for proclaiming.  Some individuals did pray to receive Christ.
  • NY, NJ, PA, CT, DC – September, 2020. Nine men had an extraordinary time sharing the gospel in cities and towns in the greater NYC metropolitan area – places like Patterson, NJ, New Rochelle, NY, Stamford, CT, Jersey City, NJ, Nyack, NY, White Plains, NY, Hoboken, NJ, Jackson Heights – Queens, NY, Paramus, NJ, New City, NY, and many other locations. Nearly 5,000 gospels of John and over 35,000 gospel tracts were distributed.  Each of the men had numerous positive encounters in one-on-one conversations with individuals.  It seemed that people were out for the first time in a measure of normalcy since Covid-19 and they were looking for human contact and hungry for hope.  Some prayed to receive Christ and many were pointed in the right direction – young and old and from dozens of ethnic and nationality backgrounds.  The Lord really heard and answered the prayers of hundreds of God’s people who prayed for the trip.  The end of the trip included participation in the two events in Washington, DC – the prayer march by Franklin Graham & the Return held by Jonathan Cahn.

Each of these trips have been educational on many levels.  First, is the need for fellowship with the Lord and with each other, steadfast prayer together, encouragement in the Word and in worship, learning to know the Spirit’s leading, and a fervent desire to be a disciple and see others become disciples beginning with their new birth.

Here are some of the testimonies of those who have been on a gospel excursion:

  • The Lord’s anointing was upon us to proclaim the Gospel
  • There was a palpable provision of joy, peace, and boldness
  • I found myself almost constantly having a song to the Lord – dozens came to my heart and many of these came through my lips throughout the trip (it truly qualified as a joyful noise!)
  • There was almost always clarity on what to do next, there was no stress or anxiety regarding the plans
  • There was supernatural unity and humility among the team
  • There was great flexibility to change directions – something that occurred every day
  • There was nearly always a surprisingly positive receptiveness on the part of those we encountered
  • We were able to stay focused throughout the trip
  • There were many, many Divine Appointments – especially one on one encounters
  • The Lord gave us all a sense of humor throughout the trip
  • There was a real sense of our delivering good news to multitudes who were lost
  • There was a remarkable sense of freedom to share Christ in nearly every situation (every restaurant, rest stop, gas station, grocery store, hotel, etc.)
  • We had supernatural strength that carried us through what was a fatiguing schedule
  • We had great personal fellowship with each other
  • Our health held up
  • Each of us typically walked 5 to 8 miles per day or more, slept well, and got up energized and encouraged to do it again.
  • There was an overwhelming sense that we truly were sharing GOOD NEWS!
  • Clearly God answered the prayers of many dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

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Upcoming Excursions: 2021-22
-Austin, TX -Asheville, NC
-Madison, WI -Detroit, MI
-Northeast, USA -Northwest, USA
-England & France

What to expect

  • Close travel with 9 others in a 15 passenger van
  • Shared hotel rooms
  • Meals together
  • Prayer together
  • Evangelism together
  • Long days – hard work
  • Much joy and encouragement
  • much more!

Preparation

  • There will be some training meetings
  • Team assignments – drivers, captain, tract-ers, talkers, other