Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December Door to Door

     All month we have been passing out Million Dollar Santa Tracts. A few times the boys and I went on
tract canvasing walks. They love passing out tracts so much they sometimes contend with each other  over pass them out.

      We also took our Million Dollar Santa Bill Tracts door to door with a brother from Calvary Chapel. We  handed out The Greatest Gamble Movie DVD's and 101 Last Days Prophecy booklets (Thanks Living Waters.com!) We personalized the DVDs by printing up some 1" x 3" labels that said Merry Christmas. In addition, the label had Christmas church service information on it. The final touch was a bow on each DVD. We had a positive response from almost everyone we spoke to.

     Some people didn't know what to think about the free movie since it was unfamiliar to them. But, when we whipped out the Million Dollar Santa Bill they would smile and have a good laugh. Everyone was in a hurry, yet we pray that the that Holy Spirit would bring people to Christ through our witnessing efforts and through the materials we handed out.

Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan
--John Bunyan

Romans 10:10-17 (ESV)

10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Your Prayers and Support + Spirit Filled Students = Big Opportunities

We have been holding Way of the Master Basic Evangelism Course classes in the basement of a small Midwest church. In January, we will start another 8 week basic course and offer the Way of the Master Intermediate Evangelism Course as well. God is so amazing. I love how He does things in such unexpected ways. Here is a good example. My friend Trace and I have done some street witnessing together. He also attended out Way of the Master Basic Evangelism Course in Walnut Shade, MO. Last month he travel to California for work with Rod, another friend of ours. They sent me the picture above. Recently, they went to a Chicken Foot concert. The band was described to me as an all-star rock band with former Van Halen lead singer, Hagar. Just before the show Trace stepped outside the theater while Rod watched their seats. A few minutes later Trace came back and reported that he just meet legendary rocker Sammy Hagar. The people sitting by them were very envious. So, Rod suggested that Trace take them outside to see if Mr. Hagar was still outside. He was and they all got their picture with the rock star. Trace went back to his seat and began to feel great regret. You see, Trace having a heart for evangelism and being a good student of the evangelism course had some tracts in his pocket. He told Rod how he should have given Sammy Hagar a Gospel tract. Rod encouraged him to go and see if he was still outside. The show had not started yet and I was worth a try. Trace went outside and not only was Sammy Hagar there, but so were others from the band. And yes, he gave them all Gospel tracts.
 There are some great lessons here. One, always have gospel tracts with you. One never knows when God will give you an opportunity to witness to a neighbor or celebrity. We can't always see the next opportunity to share Jesus Christ, so be ready. The second lesson here to note is to travel in pairs when possible. Jesus sent the disciples out in two's. Rod was able to see that an opportunity to hand out tracts was still available. Rod also gave Trace the encouragement Trace needed when he thought he missed a great chance to witness. Two Spirit filled Christians are better than one : )
Your prayers and support are producing exciting fruit for the Lord. Please continue to pray for the ministry and our family. Also, pray that the Holy Spirit does a work in Sammy Hagar and the members of Chicken Foot. God bless you. Now go share Jesus Christ with someone : )


Sunday, October 23, 2011

What's Happening In October

Evangelism Classes

      We finished up teaching The Way of the Master Basic Evangelism Course at Walnut Shade Baptist Church. Christians from several local churches attended the 4 week course. Members of the class have already requested to take the intermediate course next. It's neat to see evangelism students taking baby steps and getting to the point of sharing the Gospel with others. One of the highlights of the course, was showing Christians how and when Jesus Christ witnessed using the Law (the Ten Commandments) and grace (the Gospel). Two of the pastors that took the course volunteered to help lead one of the street witnessing outings. This will give our budding evangelists a chance to apply what they learned with the help of the Holy Spirit. Please pray for our us, our students and more laborers for the soul harvest. 

"therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Mt 9:38

Baby News !

     God has surely answered a lot of prayers. He provided a great midwife and a family who have allowed us to use their home for a home birth. We were expecting our new baby on Oct 9th. 

Below is an ultrasound from an Amish Clinic we were sent to on September 28th. We didn't know whether God was blessing us with another baby boy or with our first girl.  Our nurse pointed out what she called, "outdoor plumbing." We were finally able to call the baby by name, Boaz. Below is 2d ultrasound picture of his face. Boaz wasn't born on his due date and waited 12 more days to arrive.

     On Friday, Kerry gave birth to a healthy baby GIRL! What a surprise. We are still in shock : )  So, we quickly switched from Boaz to Eden. She is our smallest baby, yet, at 8 lbs 10 oz.

  "We prayed for this child and the Lord has granted us what we asked of Him." - I Samuel 1:27

 Chinese Bible Outreach
     Our local hotel outreaches continue to bare fruit. We are working with Christians from local churches and Christian hotel workers. Branson has a small Chinese population who are here for seasonal hospitality industry work. Also, there are two large show productions that feature Chinese acrobats and martial artists. Recently, two Chinese nationals accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord, while four others are seeking and in need of Bibles. In response to this new opportunity to share Jesus Christ, we have ordered 10 Chinese Books of Acts (pictured above-left, from the American Bible Society),  4 Chinese New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs (pictured above-right, from the American Bible Society), and 20 Chinese Gospels of John (pictured below, from the Pocket Testament League). We still are on the look out for Gospel tracts in Chinese. Please pray for God to save the international workers and that they will take the Gospel to those in their home countries.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mt 28:19, 20

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quick Update from Missouri

Greetings!  We are enjoying the now cooler temps here in Missouri. 

God has been meeting our needs in unexpected ways.  Our van continues to have problems, but we are sent people who figure out the problems, while others are sent to offer the tools we need.  Money for gas and other necessities come right at the perfect time as well as gifts of food.  We know we can trust God with all of our needs!

Christopher continues to teach an evangelism course, which has been going great.  He also continues to minister to those around the area in other ways.  There is a need for discipleship and foundational Biblical teaching.  We are so encouraged by those who are so hungry for Biblical truth!

We are really looking forward to the baby who is due in just 2 weeks!  We were recommended a wonderful midwife, three times over, in the town north of us.  We were supposed to have our regular midwife back in Ohio, but after a series of events, we realized Missouri was the plan.  A house has been offered to us temporarily so that we can have a homebirth, be close to a wonderful hospital, and have a comfortable place to recover and reorganize the RV.  Tonight I had the fun chore of washing little pink and blue clothes!  We will keep you updated in which color will be needed.  :)

Our oldest two boys decided to be baptized!  (They are the two pictured in the army green t-shirts.)  They were baptized by Pastor Ron and their Daddy in Table Rock Lake along with a friend of our's and his nephew. 

I hope that a new update with details on a healthy, safely delivered baby will be added to this blog SOON! 
Stay tuned.
:)  Kerry

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

At The Titanic & Upcoming Evangelism Course

Featured in Living Waters Newsletter
We recently wrote the folks over at Living Waters Publications to thank them for the materials they sent us. We shared with them how we were using their Titanic Gospel tracts. They included us in their newsletter! (I trimmed down the newsletter to the part about us. You can subscribe to the Living Waters newsletter for free at livingwaters.com)

Evangelism Class
Starting September 12, we will be conducting a four week evangelism course. We will be using The Way of the Master Basic Evangelism Course. We are very excited and so are the local pastors who are getting involved. The class will be held at Walnut Shade General Baptist Church, in Walnut Shade, MO. Praise God, we already have received $50 to put toward the room rental fees and materials. We are offering this course for free in hopes that money won't get in the way of Christians learning how to overcome fear and effectively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

This Week: Bikers, Open Mic Night and Trillion Dollar Bills

Biker Outreach   
     This was a first for me. I have never been to a biker rally. Today, Trace from Calvary Chapel of Branson and I went to a "Bikers Against Child Abuse" rally and fundraiser. Up until today, the only bikers I've met were incounty jail when I was a chaplain. So I didn't know what to expect. But, I did know it was a great opportunity to reach people.
    The Trillion Dollar Bill tract went over great with just about everyone. One couple whose matching t-shirts pointed out an affirmation of evolution, did not want our tracts. They made their way quickly past us... I was hoping we could have had a chat. Over all, we had a warm reception. Some bikers thanked us for coming and passing out tracts.
      We were able to read the whole tract to those who couldn't read the small print. So far, I have not had anyone stop me from reading the whole Gospel presentation on the back of the Trillion Dollar Bill. This lead us into some great conversations with bikers about Jesus. Some our conversations with people uncovered some interesting beliefs about death, salvation and the Bible. These were great opportunities to teach what the Bible actually says on these subjects.
 Here are some statements people made:
    "I don't believe in the old Testament, I only believe in the New Testament."
    'As a Christian, "I believe you go to heaven and if you need to, you come back to do it over."

     We went away rejoicing. God had some great divine appointments for us.We even got invited to a biker rally to hand out tracts by the promoter. He said, 'you're welcome to come out and pass 'em out, or until we get tired of you.'

 Open Mic Night at Waxy O'Shea's
Trace sporting the name above all names: Jesus
     Another first for the both of us. Trace is one of the musicians on the worship team at CC Branson. He's has had it on his heart for a while to play some worship music at a local open mic night. We discussed how he planned to share the Gospel and how we could hand out tracts. Trace played three songs and gave a brief testimony. He even joked with the audience. He told them that he brought me to bribe everyone with Trillion Dollar Bills, to listen to him. He played and I passed out tracts. When he was done, we finished our non-alcoholic lemonade and my non-alcoholic Coke.

     Some people may question going into a bar to share the Gospel. And I think we should think carefully about where we go, how we represent Jesus, and how we share the Gospel to different people groups. We don't need to participate in sin to reach sinners. Rather, we ought not be afraid to rub shoulders with unbelievers. The Book of Jude has some powerfull verses on reaching out to sinners and apostates.

Jude17"But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18They said to you, "In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions." 19It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22And have mercy on those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh."

     Sometimes, pulling a person out of the fire requires us to get close to the flames.

Church Army
The Church Army is an outreach that restores people and families through a new life in Jesus Christ. They offer community drug and alcohol recovery services with Jesus as their focus. I got a chance to meet staffers and offer some care pack supplies and reading glasses.
Photo Credit: SwiftShots for Branson Landing
Time to Hit the Street with the Gospel
     The Landing is an outdoor walking mall situated on Branson's riverfront. Overlooking the retail stores and restaurants are condominiums. This venue draws many visitors and shoppers. We felt this was a good place to hand out tracts. We filled our pockets with tracts and hit the walk ways. We talked to people and handed out Trillion Dollar Bill tracts. This lasted for a short time before security informed us that we needed prior permission to distribute free literature. We asked the security guard if he had seen the Trillion Dollar Bill, and he had. In fact, he told us, one of the other security guards would pass them out to his co-workers. So, we are prayerfully seeking permission to hand out tracts.  To be continued...    

Friday, August 12, 2011

Busy In Branson

Constitution Seminar Outreach
            Earlier this month I was invited to hand out trillion dollar bill tracts at The Making of America Seminar. With the promoters blessing I was able to hand out tracts at the entrance to the Andy William Moon River Theater. The trillion dollar bills were a hit with everyone thinking about the recent budget crisis in Washington D.C. 

            One lady recognized the tracts from the Way of the Master. For me, this was a first, no one else this year responded to getting a tract with, 'oh, Way of the Master.'
            One man was so upset with the leaders of our nation that he began yelling at me. As his blood pressure went up, his wife tried to calm him down. He told me that he was so mad that he 'might just hit someone with his cane.' In this case, as in all, Jesus Christ is the only one who won't disappoint us. Elected officials will always to some degree let us down. I hope the people I met remember Jesus' faithfulness when they feel that their leaders aren't representing them. Jesus can give us a peace that surpasses our understanding while a storm rages around us.

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
   though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
   God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
   how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Sunday Sermon
            This past Sunday I was a guest speaker at Calvary Chapel of Branson. I spoke on evangelism. I was encouraged by some of the responses that I received. One brother n the Lord, told me he learned a lot. and wanted to take the Gospel to his old friends.  Praise God! It's wonderful to see the Holy Spirit prompting people to share their faith.

             If you would like to listen to it. just go to the home page of our website: ontheroadfamilyoutreach.com
Care Packs
            We've been taking our care packs supplies to local food and Bible study outreaches. We are giving out tooth paste, toothbrushes, mini first aid packs, New Testaments, Gospels of John, tracts, and reading glasses. One of the local churches feeds 150 people at their Wednesday study. A good portion of them are children. This area seems to be far from an economic recovery.
 Prayer Requests
            Please keep us in prayer. We are facing some new challenges in our ministry. We have also seen God open many doors to us, in the Branson, MO area. At the same time we have had some doors shut unexpectedly. We need your prayer for the ministry, our family and our baby on the way. Thank you and God bless you.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Witnessing with Children

       My kids often ask if they can come along and street witness to others. After a number of requests and the desire to model witnessing to my children, I decided to take them along. I have been including them each week in outreaches and street evangelism outings.
The boys and I at the Titanic Museum in Branson, MO. We were excited to have such a perfect tract for this area. Especially since no one we met knew about the Titanic trivia on the tract.

       One of their favorite things to do is handing out Trillion Dollar Bill tracts. They do such a good job too. They listen to what I say to people and even tell some of my ice-breaker jokes to people.
I recently found some photos on a memory card that never got posted. Here is a rare picture of me sharing the Gospel with a man on the streets of Albuquerque, NM. (I am usually taking the pictures :)

       This has been a great way for them to see how to act on their concern for peoples' eternal salvation. I think this is important for children to see and take part in. Whether it be praying for non-believers, volunteering or participating in an outreach there are many ways to serve the Lord in evangelism.

 Door to Door

       We are in Branson Missouri and have been helping out at Calvary Chapel of Branson. Pastor Sparky Ferguson has a heart for Branson and sharing the Gospel door to door. But, his health and the consecutive weeks of 100 degree temperatures have hindered his ability to do much walking around outside. So, this has been a great opportunity for us to serve the local church. This was also a first for us, as we have never gone door to door. So we made some flyers and took some New Testaments and Gospel of John booklets to pass out as well.

        And, of course, we brought some tracts too. Some times people were home and didn't answer the door. Most people who are home and answer their door are nice and give us a few minutes to talk to them. Those people who get excited about what we are doing tell us of which church they go to and send us on our way with encouraging words. We will continue going door to door this coming week.

Never Leave Home Without Them

        Wallet sized tracts have been one of my favorite tracts to pass out when I open my wallet at the store. I have been using the IQ Test tracts from LivingWaters.com. I put them by my debit card and give one to the cashier. Usually, cashiers are busy and don't have time to chit chat, so I give them the tract and tell them that it is something fun to read on their break. These tracts are a available with different IQ tests on the front. They have the answers on the back. There is a second test on the back that ask questions about God and gives the Gospel. If no one is in line behind you, most cashiers start reading it while you are there. This becomes a great opportunity to answer questions and ask them about Jesus Christ.

All the tracts mentioned above are available from LivingWaters.com. We buy nearly all of our ministry resources from them. Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, E.Z. Zwayne, Tony Miano, Mark Spence and the rest of Living Waters staff work hard to share the Gospel and equip Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ. I encourage everyone to visit their website. Stock up on tracts and check out their free resources

May God bless you and guide you.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Our First Blowout

       Praise God we were able to safely pull over to the side of the road. And, thank God for the blowout of a trailer tire instead of an RV tire. After I was able to view the damage, I started looking for the tools. I continued looking for the tools and they weren't in the back of our van by the rear door as usual. This lead to a road side unpacking session.

       It was already hot inside our RV while driving as the RV's air conditioning doesn't work. Outside in the sun was miserable. Trying to figure out how to change the trailer tire with a van still on it, just added to my frustration. I was able to figure it out, find the tools and change the tire. During this time I was thinking, why me? Why on this hot day did we have to break down? God quickly interrupted my brief pity party with the thoughts of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. I admit, I felt ashamed that a flat tire got me so worked up.

       Later that day we called a few tire shops and found one that could put our spare tire on the rim while we waited. They were short handed and one of the guys working in the front of the shop went into the back to get us on the road faster and avoid a long wait. I was very thankful as it had already been a long hot day. I shared the Gospel with the man who fixed our tire. He had customers waiting and sent me on my way with no charge. As I drove away, the Holy Spirit gave me the thought, that the blowout was God's way of directing us to a man who needed the Gospel. It's so easy to look at the day as my day, instead of a day that I have asked God to direct. Therefore, what may seem on the surface a problem, is really a unique opportunity to meet people we normally wouldn't have crossed paths with.

       The trials and tribulations that I and most Christians in the U.S. face are trivial in comparison to the church in China, North Korea, Nigeria and the list goes on. The thought never crosses our mind, what if our church is bombed today? Will I be discovered as a Christian today and sent to a prison labor camp? We don't worry about hiding our Bibles from the government.

       The persecution that our brothers and sister face in many countries is much more gruesome than these examples. And yes, Christians today are being martyred. Please visit the websites below for more information on pursecution of Christians in the world. These site are a great place to stop by often and intercede with prayer.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Cor. 12:9 – 10

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.” John 15:18-20 NIV

God bless you all and thank you for praying for our safety.


4th of July Gospel Tract Blitz

Pittsburgh Boat Races
       We made a visit to Pittsburgh for the Three Rivers Regatta with Gospel Tracts in hand.  This is an annual boat race with a large expo area. We had a great time talking to people about Jesus and passing out the Million Dollar 4th of July tracts from LivingWaters.com.
 Our three oldest boys got into the action and gave all the adults around them a tract. One of the event officials kindly asked us to stop distributing the tracts and we did. Thankfully, this was after we had given out about 600 tracts. God is good. They could have stopped us in the first ten minutes of us passing out tracts. We had seen and offered tracts from the start. It was obvious that God opened up a window of time for us to share the Gospel. Once we left the event area, we were free to continue witnessing in downtown Pittsburgh.

Wheeling Waterfront 4th of July Firework Display       
       The city of Wheeling hosted a firework display over the Ohio river. The fireworks were set to go off from one of the bridges. The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra gave a free outdoor concert leading up the firework show. Many people showed up hours early to get a good spot, us included. Some people brought food for a picnic and other enjoyed the concessions.
       The boys and I noticed a brand new RV that the police had set up as a mobile command center. One of the senior police offices gave us an impromptu tour of the RV. It was a mini police station inside. The boys loved it. After our tour of the RV, we figured that enough people had show up for us to start handing out tracts. We got half way through the crowd and ran out of tracts. I thought that 1,500 4th of July tracts might be too ambitious to hand out in one weekend. Silly me. Nothing is too ambitious when you're working to spread the Gospel. It reminded me of one the quotes from A. A. Allen, "If you are walking with Jesus, in the Spirit, you need not fear going too far. No believer has gone as far as God wants him to go."
God Bless.
- Christopher

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Wheeling River Front, WV

Please pray for these men:

Al – He is staying with his daughter at night. He needs a job.

Art – He is homeless and living under a bridge at night. We were able to give Art a pair of reading glasses that he needed
Dennis – Says he knows about God but is a long way from Him.
 Please pray these men to seek Jesus and His provision. They all needs a job, housing, food, and fellowship. I explained to each of them the Biblical Gospel starting with our holy God. We discussed sin and how the 10 commandments leave all people guilty before God. I told them, ‘Just as you would expect any decent judge to deliver convicted criminals to jail, so does a righteous God.’ God’s holy standard requires that we punishes guilty sinners, because he is good and righteous. The Bible is clear on the sinfulness of all people. Remember, God does not judge us based on a comparison to how good or bad other people may seem. In the book of Romans, we are told that ‘there is none righteous, no, not one.’ It also tells us that ‘while we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ dies for us and gave Himself for us.’ True hope is only found in Jesus Christ.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ministry Needs

These are needed items for homeless care packs:

Small Bibles/New Testaments
Bottles of water
Protein/meal bars
Small shampoo/shampoo and conditioner combos
Travel size toothpaste
Travel size shaving cream
Emergency blankets
Homemade first aid kits (small ziplock bags containing a few large bandaids and antiseptic)
Gallon size ziplock bags (to put the care package items in)

We are currently in need of these items as we just have a few homeless care packs left.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

God is faithful

June 26th
Making Room
In our preparation for the new baby this week, we converted our hallway closets into a triple bunk.  The boys love them.  There was a bit of debate over who gets to sleep in the top bunk. Birth order settled that one.  This also had freed up the living room area in the front half of the RV while the little ones nap or sleep. .
Zanesville to St.Clairsville
We’ve been in Zanesville Ohio for the last 10 days. Like many small to mid-sized towns, there may not be any one place where people congregate.  There, people are typically in good moods and have time to discuss the Gospel tract you just offered them. Being near and in the Bible belt, we find many people with some level of Christian background. So, when presented with the Biblical Gospel and an explanation of God as a holy and righteous judge, the light bulb turns on and they say ‘I never looked at God like this.’ As we trust God and reach out to people, we know that sometimes we are sowing the seed of the Gospel in places where false and incomplete gospel seeds were planted.
Discouragement and Encouragement
                On the road we face many discouragements and encouragements. It is never an encouragement when we call churches in an area that we plan to visit and don’t get a return call. Sometimes church leaders are too busy for people outside of their church or for  our relatively unknown ministry. A pastor we had contacted recently apologized for not getting back to us. He went on to explain how busy his week was. He invited us to visit his church when we are back in the area to team up and hit the streets. One thing we remind ourselves is that God calls us to share the Gospel whether or not we are able to team up other Christians. God is so faithful to lead us to those in need and to those who are able to direct us. Like many times before, God directs our path in unpredictable ways that clearly shows His perfect guidance. For instance, we went to Wheeling, WV to minister to the homeless. We didn’t find many homeless people. We decided to make an  unplanned visit to a relative’s house near by. When we showed up we found a devine appointment. Kerry’s aunt had a friend over for lunch. Her aunt was tell ing her friend about our ministry at the same time we showed up for a surprise visit. The friend happened to be very involved with a variety of social services and community outreaches in the area. She was able to give us all the frequented locations of the area homeless. She also filled us in on the locations and times of the local soup kitchens as well. These times are so encouraging when we see Gods’ help so clearly. Gods is great : )
Praise reports:
- We thank God for blessing us with continued opportunities to serve Him and for His provision.
-Praise God for keeping us safe and especially so during recent car failures.
-I thank God that I got to feel the baby kick.
-Praise God for keeping us healthy.
-Thank God for all of you who pray for us and support us.
May God bless you. I pray that you can see His blessing in your life. Remember to pray for all the small things as well as the big things in your life. Remember Jesus offers us a close relationship with Him. He promises to ‘draw near to us as we draw near to Him.’ We can get closer with Jesus through prayer, reading the Bible, and setting your mind on Jesus throughout your day.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Eastern Ohio

We wrapped up our visit and ministry in Columbus, Ohio.  Some of the outreaches included a downtown homeless outreach, bus terminal tract and Bible distribution and state park camper outreaches. We are ministering in Zanesville, Ohio and will continue to the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia in July.
Please prayer for this ministry, our family, Kerry and her pregnancy, and God's continued guidance.  Thank you and God bless you.

God Uses Gospel Tracts

Have you ever passed out a Gospel tract? Do you wonder if handing out a tract still leads people to salvation? The short answer is yes. We see God use them in our outreaches. Whether it’s a person repenting of their sin or taking a tract to read as they walk by us. Charles Spurgeon called tracts silent preachers. He also viewed tracts as a valuable evangelistic tool for those people who don’t have time to speak you.  "When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready. Get good, striking tracts or none at all. But a touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. Therefore, do not go out without your tracts." Note that Spurgeon strongly recommended the use of quality and creative tracts.
The Gospel is the most important message you can give anyone in your life. Think about how much time and preparation you put into a resume to detail your value for a potential employer. Or, how thoughtful you are when picking a greeting card for someone you care about.  Give out tracts that you would accept if someone handed it to you. We use tracts from Living Waters Publications. They are creative and more importantly, they feature the biblical Gospel.  Their Trillion Dollar Bill tract has given us more opportunities to talk to people than any other. We are stamping our web address (OnTheRoadFamilyOutreach.com) on materials that we hand out. Now, when a person gets a tract or Bible from us, they can later send us questions about the Gospel and Christianity.
You never know who you might lead to Christ with a tract and the effect it will have on the world. After all, the famous missionary Hudson Taylor and the great preacher, George Whitefield, were saved through Gospel tracts. Billy Graham once said of Gospel Tracts: "Nothing surpasses a tract for sowing the seed of the Good News."  So get yourself some tracts. When you want to handout a tract just say, “Did you get one of these?”