Hello all! I pray you had a great weekend, and had an opportunity to sharing the Gospel during Halloween weekend as well. It was a busy couple of weeks for me, and shows no signs of slowing down. Please pray God continues to work. In particular, I have been working my side jobs a lot, which is a blessing. However, we’re still praying for increased support so my focus can be on one job, ministry. Thanks! Please pass this on if you are encouraged.
10/26 – San Jose State Outreach – I was out solo this day, so I spent a fair amount of time reading scripture aloud after setting up the tract table. The table didn’t draw as many people as our last trip here, but it is still turning out to be a great tool. A number of people stopped to take Bibles and tracts, and I had a particularly good conversation with a young lady named Ariel. She is a believer, and has struggled with sharing her faith. I was able to encourage her, and gave her a two-in-one CD from Living Waters to help her learn to share the Gospel with more confidence. Pray for her. She seems to really want to be used by God.
10/28 – Crosswalk Church Halloween Festival – Due to a regular ministry partner (thanks Eka!) I was invited to bring my sketch board to a Halloween festival at a local church in Sunnyvale. I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being an amazing time of ministry! I handed out many, many tracts, and even though I only painted up one sketch, I was able to present that sketch message seven or eight times. What a blessing! It was a great event, and I’m hoping I will be invited back next year.
10/29 – Home Church Harvest Festival – This was my church’s Harvest Festival. It was the first year for us, and despite some rain in the morning it went pretty well. We set up a booth with the sketch board, tracts, and several object lessons. I had a great time sharing both with church members, and with members of the local community. I’m looking forward to next year on this one as well, and since the format worked so well, I have no doubt we’ll be able to advertise and draw in even more people then. God is good!
10/29 – Downtown San Jose Halloween Outreach – This is the eighth year in a row that we have headed to the downtown San Jose bar and club district for outreach. The traffic is nothing like it was on our first outing (a lot of businesses have closed), but as the night went on we still had quite a bit of foot traffic. We were also joined by several other Biblical evangelists, which was a great blessing. Many tracts were passed out, and it was a good night of ministry.
10/31 – Tract the Trick or Treaters! – The big downtown Halloween parties were on Saturday, so Monday Melody and I stayed home and passed out candy and tracts to the neighborhood kids. If you’re not taking advantage of Halloween, I encourage you to do so. Order some Halloween tracts (some for teens and adults, some for kids)
11/2 – Oakland Outreach – Tim and I have been trying a new location in Oakland, about a block away from out regular spot, and it has been going very well. It’s right near a busy bus stop, and the foot traffic is much more concentrated, so it’s easy to hand out tracts. We had several really good conversations, including a long debate with an atheist named Charles, which drew quite a few people to watch. But the best conversation was with David. He was very impacted by the preaching, and asked a lot of questions. I was able to answer most of those questions, and offered to buy him a book dealing with some of them, which he accepted. Tim and I were also able to pray with him. Please pray for David. He is struggling with some difficult issues.
11/4 – Campbell First Fridays – It was a pretty quiet night in Campbell, but I set up the literature table and was able to hand out a fair number of tracts. I was also encouraged by talking to several believers, including the Measors, a family we know from a previous church. They wanted to see the sketch board demonstrated, so I share my What is God Like message. Rebekah was kind enough to record and share it. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Ykow2LqGVjI
Our upcoming outreaches are listed below. Please let me know if you can join us for any of them, and don’t forget that Christmas in the Park is coming up soon. It’s our best outreach time of the year, with thousands of people coming through the park every night. I plan to be there as much as possible, and would love company. Also, please pray God will provide enough support that we can focus on ministry through December. Thanks!
San Jose State Outreach – Wednesday, November 9th, 11AM to 2PM
Redwood City Outreach – Friday, November 11th, 6PM to 9PM
Campbell Second Saturdays – Saturday, November 12th, 1PM to 5PM
Berkley Outreach – Wednesday, November 16th, 11AM to 3PM
Mountain View Outreach – Friday, November 18th, 6:30PM to 9:30PM
Santa Cruz Downtown Outreach – Saturday, November 19th, 6:30PM to 9:30PM
San Jose State University – Wednesday, November 23rd, 11AM to 2PM
Black Friday Outreach – Friday, November 25th – 11AM to 3PM – Tracting at the crosswalk between Santana Row and Valley Fair on Stevens Creek Blvd.
San Francisco Outreach – Wednesday, November 30th, 11AM to 3PM
San Jose State Outreach – Wednesday, December 7th, 11AM to 2PM
Oakland Outreach – Wednesday, December 14th, 11AM to 2PM
Christmas in the Park Outreaches – As usual, I will be focusing much of my ministry time in December on Christmas in the Park, in downtown San Jose. Foot traffic will be very heavy, and tracts go out very easily. It is also a great place for the sketch board. Please plan on joining me for a few of these days, if at all possible. If you plan on coming, let me know so I can add you to the outreach list. Thanks!
Friday, December 2nd, 7PM to 10PM
Saturday, December 3rd, 6PM to 10PM
Friday, December 9th, 7PM to 10PM
Saturday, December 10th, 6PM to 10PM
Friday, December 16th, 7PM to 10PM
Saturday, December 17th, 6PM to 10PM
Wednesday, December 21st, 6PM to 9PM
Friday, December 23rd, 7PM to 10PM
Saturday, December 24th, 12PM to 4PM
Wednesday, December 28th, 6PM to 9PM
Friday, December 30th, 7PM to 10PM
Saturday, December 31st, 6PM to 10PM
I am planning to add additional Christmas in the Park outreaches, but dates are yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more!
Long Term Events
Silicon Valley Comic Con – April 21st to 23rd, 2017
Fanime Con 2017 – May 26th to 29th, 2017