Newsletter Archive: Fighting Threats for Open Air Preaching – 2/14/2007

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 2/14/2007


Ministry: Fight Threats 4 Preaching!
Jesse Morrell
Feb 14, 2007

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We spent two days preaching the Word at UConn. Both days were particularly cold and I was worried that we wouldn’t gather any crowds. But with some hot and strong preaching, the people gathered! What sticks out the most of this campus was how quick some of the men would threaten us with violence for the simple preaching of the gospel!
The students asked many questions. Some questions were genuine, some were not. What was most fruitful from this campus was the impact we had on the Christians on the campus. Though they may not have liked our bold approach, they started meeting every morning for prayer because we were preaching and started discussing themselves how they can get more active in reaching their campus!
Though we were looking for Penn State, we came upon Wilkes University instead. It’s a private campus but it has a public street that runs right through the campus, in front of the student union. So around lunch time we started preaching as all the students were heading to the union for lunch.
The security came and then soon the about four police cars arrived. But after some discussion, they acknowledged that we were on city easement and that we had freedom of speech. The big scene with the police secured us almost the entire attention of the campus. So once the officers left, we were able to address the onlooking crowds.
We met very few Christians on this campus. So we were able to address mostly unbelievers, which is the goal. This campus particularly seemed to have a large lesbian population. We do not want to call the righteous to repentance, but the sinners. It’s not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. That is one of the reasons I prefer preaching up North as opposed to down South.
Some of the same students gathered both days we were on this campus. They seemed to have much confusion about biblical truth and knew very little about what the bible actually said. It was wonderful to preach the truth to this campus!
Mr. Morrell,
My name is _________ and I was talking to you at Wilkes University today. I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate what you guys were doing. People were talking about you in class and on campus all day and it really opened doors for conversation. I can’t say I agree entirely with your approach, but I aspire to your courage and openness in sharing the gospel. My bible study and I are getting more involved with outreach events and while it sometimes can be frustrating, I really love the opportunities that Wilkes holds. Thank you so much for coming to speak and I’m sorry that Wilkes decided to show you Pennsylvanian hospitality at it’s finest.
God Bless,
Matthew 5:11,12- Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Lamar University is in the southern area of Texas. Neither Jeffrey and I had preached on this campus before, but I was told by another campus preacher that it was open for free speech.
Although this campus is located in the bible belt, there seemed to be very little knowledge of what the bible actually teaches. We were able to exhort the students to give up their sin and surrender their lives to Christ.
A brother in Christ who owns a sign company recently offered to make any signs and banners for Open Air Outreach. I requested a professional sandwich board. I preach every semester on the Kilgore College Campus and using this new tool quickly got the attention of the campus.
While preaching near the street with the sandwich board, TWO vehicles stopped for extended periods of time to talk about the gospel! The sign was stopping traffic!
So there you have it. I’m a fool for Christ.
Please pray for these students who heard the word. Also, from Febuary 12-16 I’ll be attending an open air preachers conference in Baton Rouge, Lousianna. We’ll be preaching daily on the LSU campus. Pray that souls will be saved and that Jesus will be glorified!

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“Jesse, I have watched nearly all of your open air peaching videos and I would like to say, Great job! Thanks for being obedient to the commission. I know the mirror of the Law is sometimes glaring and the sword of the spirit, sharp. Todays age has called that which is good, evil and that which is evil, Good. We must never compromise the truth of scripture. Jesus said it clearly, “Repent or Perish” God Bless you you are an inspiration. May the grace of God abound.” A Brother on YouTube.

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