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UPDATE FROM THE ROAD
Since this semester began we have preached the gospel in nine different states (Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, and Texas.) A full report on all those outreaches will be posted in the future. But I wanted to send out this quick report:
I had a sinner on campus pull a gun on me today. I found out his name is Kyle Douglas of Hawkins TX.
I was on Tyler Junior College preaching today with a group of brethren preaching the Word of God.
I noticed that there was a student who picked up one of our banners that was rolled up on the ground and started checking it out. When a brother confronted him he dropped it.
He then went and found my tripod on the ground and picked it up. When I confronted him he let it go.
At that point I noticed that my camera bag with my camera and microphone system was missing. I went and confronted him again and said, “Where did my camera go?” He grinned at me and said, “I don’t know.” At that point I said, “Did you take my camera? What’s in your back pack?”
At that point he shoved me and said, “You wanna go? Let’s go!” And he put his hands up to fist fight. Other students pulled him away.
After things calmed down a bit I put down the tripod I again confronted him and said, “Who took my camera?” But as I entered the crowd, other students began shoving me around like a ping bong ball! At that point, I already had my expensive camera stolen and was assaulted, now I was being shoved around by more people, so I was rather angry. I lifted up my hands in frustration and left the crowd. At that point he decided to leave without saying a word.
Knowing that he wanted to leave because my camera was in his back pack, I followed him just a little ways into the parking lot next to where we were preaching, again asking him, “Where is my camera? What’s in your back pack?” I didn’t want him to get away with the goods. He opened the passenger door to his truck and I saw him put into the truck a small black bag the same size as my camera bag. He then pulled out a gun and turned it on me! (Note that he opened the passenger door to his truck. Evidently he was not trying to leave but only to escalate the situation] He said, “You want something from me? I got something for you.” I said, “I’m done here.” When I saw that gun pointed at me, I had all these thoughts about my wife and kids! I thought, “Forget the camera. I need to get home to my family!”
There was a crowd of students who had followed me and when I turned to leave they were there and blocked my path. They shoved me back toward Kyle Douglas pointing the gun at me. I again attempted to leave and they let me go. Thank God I wasn’t shot!
I took out my phone and quickly took a picture of his license plate. It turns out that the Chevy truck belongs to his girlfriend April Dawn Franks. I then walked straight to the Police. A photographer followed me and kept accusing me of assaulting that man. That was a complete lie and I said I never laid a finger on him. But that same photographer had been a heckler all day long who hated my preaching.
At the campus station all the Police were gone. They were apparently called to the scene where he initially shoved me. My other preaching friends were there and they said when the cops got there they were just making fun of them.
So I called the city Police and told them somebody stole my camera on city property and then pulled a gun on me on campus. When the city Officer arrived he said, “I know you. You are the guy who is always causing problems around here.” He was speaking very condescending and irritated. All the Officers were smiling and laughing at me. I said, “I have never done anything illegal. Are you going to discriminate against me because I am a preacher? a Christian?” I then asked, “Is it legal to have a gun on campus?” A campus officer, who in the past admitted to me that he hates Jesus Christ, said, “That’s a stupid question.” I said, “No, I’m serious. I don’t know. Was it illegal for him to have a gun on campus?” At that point the city Officer started acting professional and took my report.
I gave them the Texas license plate number [BWY-8167] and showed them the picture of the truck. It was a dark Chevy pick up truck. I expected that they would maybe have Police look for that vehicle right away, pull him over, search the truck and find my camera and the gun. But they didn’t do that. They took my report, said that they were going to pursue the aggravated assault charge, was going to look over the campus video footage the security had, and a detective would get back to me in maybe a few days…
Pray for this situation. Pray that they find the guy and maybe even the camera. I assume it will probably be pawned sometime today. Pray that the man repents and that the other students repent of their sins as well.
I am now fundraising for a new video camera. A camera is an essential part of our ministry. We film our outreaches and put them on YouTube because that helps us in raising up other laborers. And because I deal with the Police on a regular basis I need to film our conversations with them.
Now that my campus preaching tour across the states is over for the semester, I was going to focus on video production. I want to make high quality videos to equip believers in evangelism and theology. The camera I had was a Sony SR11 which cost me about $1,000 a few years ago. I also had a lapel microphone system by audio technical that cost me about $150. That’s a ministry loss of about $1,150 from today. Its a pretty big set back for our ministry but I know God can work all things together for the good of those who love Him.
So please pray for this situation and if anyone would like to donate to our camera fund so that we can make high quality productions, you can donate at my website: https://openairoutreach.wordpress.com/help-support-us/
See also my response to the slander and false reports that a heckler published in the campus paper: The Lies of Photographer and Journalist Cory McCoy of Tyler Junior College & The Libel of the Apache Pow Wow
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