Newsletter Archive: Open Air Preaching in Oklahoma – 10/23/2005

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 10/23/2005

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October 21-23, 2005

The Oklahoma University has been used and abused by open-air preachers and so is often very hard to get a listening crowd there. However we were blessed with large crowds while we preached the gospel and contended for the faith this past Friday!

Around noon Jon Speed started the open-air off and gathered together a nice crowd. After Jon preached I preached a little but no crowd gathered. After talking with Brad Snow I was reminded how Whitefield preached until he’d make his throat bleed. I was inspired and jumped back up. After a short time a crowd started to gather which grew to be from 50-60+ students.

For 2 hours I was able to handle their comments and objections. “God is just something man has made up” is a common one today. I quoted C.S.Lewis who said, “I know God is not a figment of my imagionation, because he’s not at all what I imagined him to be.” I’d ask a student a question like, “Do you believe in the law of gravity?” And they would say, “yes of course”. “Well then, tell me, who is the law-giver?” The topics ranged from atheism to Noahs flood to the accuracy of the scriptures.

After I preached other preachers like Jon Speed and Josh Maciel took over. They did such a wonderful job overcoming objections as well as preaching the gospel. It was glorious preaching as the truth about sin, hell, judgment, and God’s grace was heard.

Then on Saturday we were able to have an Evangelism Seminar at a local Church. That went very well. Afterwards we all went to a parade for a football game and gave out anywhere between 2,000 – 3,000 gospel tracts!

That evening as well we had a powerful time preaching open-air in a square in downtown Oklahoma. Without any gimmicks I was able to work up a crowd of 30+ people which is unusual for the streets. Again it was an engaging crowd asking questions which we answered as well as preached the gospel.

Drunk kids were telling me they were born again, a grown man who apparently was a pastors kid encouraged them and said that it was ok, a lesbian said she was a Christian and knew God, the night was full of both encouraging and rebuking. “Jesus was a narrow-minded man. He said wide is the way that leads to destruction but narrow is the way that leads to life. He is the narrow way, the only way to the Father, because He’s the only one who died for your sins.”

Time would fail me to tell in detail all the events and conversations that occured this weekend, but this is a good summary.

You can read what Brad Snow wrote about this Oklahoma trip in the “Adventure Journal” of . There are also other stories like the recent trip to Idaho. There are way to many outreach stories for me to e-mail out, but I do put them in the online journal.

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Jesse Morrell – Taking the Gospel where it belongs



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