Open Air Story of the Month
Posted May 16 2013
This past month we had the privilege of training and taking with us a group of young people from Liberty University in Virginia to Miami for spring break outreach. One venue of ministry took place on the sidewalks of Lincoln Mall for several evenings. Every night God gave opportunity to share the Gospel with people from all over the world. Our open-air team interacted with people from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain, France, Israel and Canada during the week. On the last night, God opened the door for us to interact with some street kids. One of our staff was sharing the Gospel with a girl and afterwards we were able to give her a Bible. She left the meeting location but then soon her friends came looking for her. In a few minutes, our team was engaged in conversations with all of these kids who returned!
Posted April 25 2013
Boston evangelist Eric Briscoe tells us that the subway continues to be a wonderful place to preach the gospel. A forty-year-old woman, named Necko, rejoiced to hear us preaching and told Eric she was attending a Catholic church. Before that, she had attended a Baptist church, then a Pentecostal church. He asked her if she was confident of going to heaven. She hesitated then said she was not sure. Eric said to Necko “If you get what you deserve where would you go?” Her smile disappeared and she said she would go to hell. After he explained the gospel again, she asked to pray for her that she would be saved. Eric told her to pray and let God know what was on her heart. She took a tract with the OAC Boston phone number and got on the train. Two hours later, Aaron, our Boston OAC Director, received a call from Necko saying she had gotten saved in the subway that afternoon!
Posted March 19 2013
An important part of our ministry is making affordable open air supplies available to others who also have a burden to share the gospel. Last year we were pleased to ship out object lessons, books, manuals, paints and sketchboard equipment to well over 300 individuals here in the States and around the world! It's always a thrill to hear from these folks letting us know how God has used the supplies. A recent note related the following: "Thank you for so quickly filling my order. I used one of the stories Thursday night at a retirement home. They were intrigued with the original outline, were very attentive as the story advanced on the board and were surprised at the end. Thank you also for the extra book. These mature people are looking forward to another service."
Posted March 5 2013
When our Field Director, Eric Briscoe visited Tom Fox and his Baltimore-Washington Branch team recently, they were able to train some young people in a local church for some inner-city ministry. Tom trained on sketchboard skills while Eric demonstrated and trained the students how to do the three ropes illustration. One particular youth, Abby, learned the rope lesson and took the ropes to school to practice, showing her classmates. Tom was recently informed that Abby's geometry teacher asked Abby to demonstrate the rope trick, gospel and all, in the Bowie public high school! It's wonderful to see how God opens doors and allows us to minister in places where He wants a witness of Him to take place.
Posted January 2013
In ever increasing numbers, folks from other countries are coming to our doorstep. Sharing the gospel with these folks out in the open air in their homeland would be dangerous and even illegal in many cases. But here in the USA, God gives us an open door of opportunity and our staff step through these open doors on a daily basis. One week, our Boston branch of OAC kept track of all the countries represented as they shared Christ with individuals. Over the course of this one week, they reached people from Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Turkey, USA and Vietnam.
Posted December 2012
Our OAC staff man in New Hampshire, Mark Sohmer, reports that at a local "block party" which his local church sponsored, a man named Sal came and heard the gospel. Sal was able to hear the presentation several times as it was preached throughout the event. Then Sal came to church the very next day where he heard the message of salvation again. After church, Mark's pastor talked with Sal for quite some time and indicated that this man appeared to have made a sincere decision to trust Christ. The very next morning, less than 24 hours after receiving Christ, Sal died unexpectedly of an aneurism! There is great rejoicing in heaven because of the work God did in Sal's life. That is why we go out to where people are an d share with them this wonderful message.
Posted November 2012
On the campus of Michigan State University, after the preaching, OAC staff man Brian Harmon reports that his friend turned to the person next to him and asked what he thought about the message. The student replied, “I need a relationship with Jesus Christ.” This student (York) was from China and has been here four months. Please pray for York, as well as, Noah (an atheist turned “seeker”), Dean (sensitive to the things of God), Andrew, and many others who hear the Word of God in these campus meetings.
It has been said that “A man’s mind, stretched with a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions.” As we minister in the open air, we certainly can’t initiate faith but we can depend upon God to help us provoke thought, proclaim truth and trust Him for the fruit. As John 6:63 teaches us, it is the Spirit who gives life, and it comes through God's Word.
Posted October 2012
This summer, OAC staff Paul and Carmiña Adams took eight wonderful teens on a six-week youth missions trip which included outreach in San Francisco. God protected them and gave many great outreach opportunities. After one particular sketchboard presentation, a man named Saivon said that he had never heard that message before! Convicted in his heart, he expressed faith in Christ. The teens on this trip went forth each day putting on the full armor of God and proclaimed the life-changing message of the gospel seeing God work in mighty ways. People from local churches in other parts of California were trained in effective open air methods. Even though the reality of spiritual darkness and hostility to the things of God were evident, the team persevered and experienced the victory only God can give.
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