For many years, the newsletters for Open Air Outreach were only published through email. Those newsletters were not posted online. We are now in the process of archiving these old newsletters online so that they are available to the body of Christ at large to read and be encouraged and edified by them.
The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 11/02/2004
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by Jesse Morrell
http://www.OpenAirOutreach.com – Taking the gospel where it belongs
If you do not have time now, you may want to print this out and read it when you have time. It has some great stories you’ll want to read.
1) New section and compilation
2) Evangelism Boot Camp
3) Fort Worth Witnessing
4) Court Case Update
Story One: New Section and compilation
A few weeks ago I gave “Bought” at fireonthealtar.com the idea of making a compilation on street preaching and even making a street preaching section on the site. He liked both ideas and launched the street preaching section! Street preachers will be able to submit audio of their street preaching and it will have all sorts of stuff.
It starts off with Leonard Ravenhill and then has clips of street preachers. It rocks!
The entire Street Meeting Section is now up. You can listen to audio files of different street preachers. If you know any street preachers who have audio files, let them know about the section so that they can submit files. Here is a link to the section: http://www.fireonthealtar.com/street/
Story Two: Evangelism Boot Camp
Evangelism Boot Camp in Dallas
I have had the honor to labor with a large amount of street preachers in Dallas recently. The Great News Network put on a Evangelism Boot Camp with people from all over the world.
One of the best parts about this trip was being able to Fellowship with great Christians. I stayed with Brad Snow with a new friend of mine, Brian Bomar and others. It was absolutely wonderful to be able to fellowship with such likeminded believers. Let me break down the entire trip to you:
Wednesday: I found Brads house and then went to the hotel to meet everyone else. I was also able to meet Andy Lapkin with Transfired Ministries. That night I prayed for some time with Brad and Brian about the weekend.
Thursday: This day was training day. We meet at Christ For the Nations for a day of seminars. It started with Darrel Rundus, Director of The Great News Network, giving a sermon entitled “A Better Way to Worship”. The best form of worship is obedience. Because God commands that all Christians everywhere witness to the lost, one of the best ways to worship is through evangelism. After this message Ray Comfort spoke with an associate of his, Emeal Zywayne. I had the honor of speaking with Ray and also praying with him before he spoke. We also had a very powerful and anointed message from Pastor Randy Jones who was once head of Outreach for Christ For the Nations. He also started as a street preacher and still has the fire shut up in his bones! All of these messages plus all the breaks lasted a full day.
Friday: Our first day of ministry! We all went to the state fair for one-on-one, to give out tracts, and to preach open-air. There were so many people! In no time at all we had given out hundreds and hundreds of tracts. Unfortunately it didn’t last long before we ran into opposition from the police. Levi Williams, assistant to the Cheif of Police of Dallas, had informed us before we went that we were well within our rights to talk to people, give out tracts, and even to preach open-air. Unfortinately not all the cops knew this. First they told us that we couldn’t give out tracts but that we could talk to people and if we wanted to preach open-air we had to go outside the gates. When we went outside the gates different cops told us that we couldn’t even give out tracts so we had to go accross the street. We gave out hundreds of tracts across the street. Eventually we had permission from the police station to go back across the street and so we did some open-air preaching there.
That night I took a team to Deep Ellum. It was crazy. The hecklers were pretty wild and some actually violent and the cops gave us a hard time. I noticed at first that mostly everyone in the crowd was with us so I asked them all to leave and that left me with no crowd but still atleast allowed me to see what we needed to do.
After a while of preaching the cops came up to me and said “So, did you get the permit that they told you you needed last weekend?” I said “Oh no, they didn’t say I needed a permit. That sound box is battery powered so I don’t plug it into the city anywhere. You don’t need a permit for that. Last weekend they told me I couldn’t block the side walks so I am making sure that the crowd stands on the other side of the side walk to leave the middle open. I even asked people to move if I felt they were blocking the side walk.” They really wanted me to leave but didn’t know what to say so one cop said “Well that wire (for the hecklers mic) there in the middle of the sidewalk, you are responsible if somebody trips and falls.” I said “If somebody really wants to sue me for that then that is fine. I’ll take that risk.”
One heckler wanted to beat me up but rather then beating me up he throw my easel about 20 feet. The cops came and took him away but later released him only to allow him to beat up some other kid and actually knock him completely out. A different man wanted to see how I would react if he poured beer all over me. When all I said was “God Bless you” he got very angry and throw the glass bottle at me. It luckily shattered at my feet and didn’t hurt anybody.
I had the privileged of preaching with Brian Bomar that night. This man has the fire of God shut up in his bones. He could really preach up a storm. He preached against the flesh. He preached against sin. And he preached against the world. It was hot and heavy but it was real! John Wesley said that when you preach men should either get angry or get converted, if that does not happen then you are not called to be a preacher. Those are the only two reactions anyone could possibly have after listening to this man preach. I hope to labor with him many more times in the future.
Saturday: By the time we arrived at the gates of the state fair everyone had been kicked out of the fair and even moved back across the street. One man, Josh, was so filled with the fire of God that he couldn’t hold it back so he rolled up a peice of paper and preached from across the street to everyone waiting to get in. Others then took turns but they were lossing their voices quickly. Then Brad Snow remembered that I had left my little sound box in his car so he went and got that and they used it to preach. When I arrived I broke out the BIG sound box and we set that up to preach. Eventually the guys from the fair gave in and said that we can come back across the street to preach, so long as we don’t use sound. So that is what we did.
It was so awesome to see so many people preaching the truth open-air. I actually tried not to do that much preaching just because I preach so often but very rarely get to just listen to other street preachers. I went around and used Brad Snows camera to take alot alot alot of pictures of all of them. We had huge crowds and they were gentle crowds too. That day people were saved and one man even kneed on the sidewalk in front of everyone with his five little boys and prayed with tears to get saved. It was a powerful sight.
That night once again we went to Deep Ellum. It was not as crazy as the night before but it was still powerful. I primarily watched as other people preached open-air. One man, Rev Jim, was my favorite. He was a bit older then everyone else so he could get away with saying certain things that he said. I really do believe God used him mightily that night. It was wonderful!
Sunday: This day was graduation day. We all said our good byes and went home. Darrel Rundus invited me to be a leader at the next boot camp in LA in January. I’m excited about that.
So many things happened this trip, this was just the rough, short version of it. The stories I could tell from this adventure alone are many.
Story Three: Fort Worth Witnessing
This was alumni weekend here on the Honor Academy campus so I didn’t think I would be able to find someone to go out witnessing with. Everyone wanted to visit with friends who had come back. I also wanted to visit with friends but felt I shouldn’t sacrifice going out to witness to be able to accomplish that. So I headed out around 6:30pm.
I was going to be hooking up with a team in Fort Worth. Four of them I had met recently at the Evangelism Boot Camp. I had never been to Downtown Fort Worth to witness before. We were al planning on meeting in Commerce Street, F.W., where I had never been. I have been to Commerce Street In Dallas and assumed it was the same street. Its not! It doesn’t go anywhere near Fort Worth! I didn’t get to Fort Worth until around 10:00pm!
I did however manage to get there and for that I am grateful. We had a team of around 11 people. 4 of them were musicians who had never gone out before. They sang worship songs while we talked to people and gave out tracts. It created such a nice atmosphere that I could have been out there all night long! Singing praise and giving out the gospel, it was awesome!
One of the girls I met at the Boot Camp, Liz, brings her son out to witness. He is a little 5 year old blond boy who very, very boldly gives tracts to everybody! Thats how I first met him. He gave me a tract. He was out there for awhile until it got too late and he was brought home. It’s so encouraging to see the Lord using him! 5 years old! I can only imagine the things the Lord will do through him as he gets older.
Because it was the day before Halloween everyone was dressed up. Downtown Fort Worth has hundreds and hundreds of people there because they have restaurants, movies, clubs, etc. Many people were dressed up. We handed out hundreds and hundreds of tracts and talked to a good amount of people as well. I want to become a little bit more accustomed to the area before preaching open-air although someone that night preached their first open-air! I like the atmosphere abit better then Deep Ellum in Dallas. Not everyone is drunk or on drugs!
Around 2 in the morning or so we decided it was time to leave so everyone went their own ways and I found my way back to Garden Valley Texas. I got home around 4:30pm. The night was a peaceful night of witnessing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Story Four: Court Case Update
As of now, I am waiting to receive a letter in the mail telling me when I have court. I sent in the citation pleading not guilty and requested a trial by jury. I am hoping the prosecutor will see this as too much of a hassle and will drop it before it goes to court. If it does go to court, I am going to have to find a lawyer. I believe the worst that will happen is that they will make me pay the $330 fine. Like I said before, as a student with no income that is alot of money but I have absolutely no worries. God is in control.
The great thing is that no matter what, I will preach the gospel. They can give me a hard time, give me fines, throw me in jail, and do whatever else they want to do but I will preach the gospel. The blood of Christ is too precious and souls are too valuable for the message to go unheard!
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