A word from our Central
following testimonies are by no means a desire to draw attention to ourselves
but to give glory to God at what HE has been doing in and through the
lives of people led to us for effective open-air training and outreach ministry.
Without God's strength, wisdom and empowering, NOTHING would be accomplished
in the open-air to His glory. We are just happy to be instruments in
the Lord's hand to reach out and share His free gift of salvation to those
around us in this lost and dying world.
WHAT PASTORS ARE SAYING...
"From the very first year here, our new church has benefited powerfully
from the work of the Open Air Campaigners. Over the past six years, we have
had a number of people added permanently to our church ... we have met James,
an American Indian, who has recently brought with him a friend. We have met
Lisa, a young Hispanic mother who has since then brought her three children,
her mother, and brother. We have met a very talented businessman, Kent, who
is very visibly on the road to church leadership, and even an award-winning
worship leader and his wife from Berkeley School of Music! These are actually
just a few of the outstanding contacts ... who have not only come and stuck
with us (some for years!) but have brought more people in along with them
... Is the ministry of the Open Air Campaigners effective and powerful in
reaching people and putting them into churches? Yes! My church is living and
Pastor in Boston, Massachusetts
"We have been sending a team of young people (ages 13-18) ...through
the Open Air Campaigners for about a decade now. The training has been excellent,
relevant and practical ... As a leader, the most thrilling benefit is seeing
those trained gain greater and greater confidence in sharing the Gospel with
"I can honestly say that of all the programs we have used to build
devoted Christ followers, nothing compares to the impact of the OAC missions
trips. Through these trips, hearts have been broken for the lost, eyes have
been opened to the reality of God and many have considered going into the
ministry full-time. Since our first trip to Brazil in 1994, we have had 62
students exposed to the OAC international ministry. These are individuals
who can point back to Brazil or Paraguay as being a definite moment when God
spoke to them about ministry. We estimate that about 50% of our students are
either pursuing missions or involvement with ministry full-time."
WHAT BIBLE SCHOOL LEADERS ARE SAYING...
"As Director of Christian Service at Lancaster Bible College,
one of the goals in educating and preparing our students for ministry is for
them to have practical skills in personal evangelism. For the past sixteen
years, Lancaster Bible College has utilized the services of Open Air Campaigners
to model evangelism ministry and train our students to be tactful ambassadors
for Jesus Christ.
Each semester, special weeks of evangelism are scheduled in which staff from
Open Air Campaigners lead our college in urban street evangelism.
In addition, for the past twelve years, Lancaster Bible College and Open Air
Campaigners have co-sponsored a one-week training in personal evangelism.
This training combines over twenty-five hours of instruction with twenty-five
hours of ministry application.
As a college, we appreciate the enthusiasm and training Open Air Campaigners
brings to our campus. I highly recommend the ministry of Open Air Campaigners."
Lancaster Bible College
Christian Service Department
"...Thank you so much for exposing our students to your heart
for God and people and different methods of reaching the lost. One student
already used the rope illusion in a recent outreach. Many mentioned
that they learned so much because they were able to see you in action and
not just talk about it in class ... I look forward to planning again for next
Columbia International University
Ministry Skills Development Department
"...Philadelphia College of Bible has been working together for
the sake of the Gospel with Open Air Campaigners since 1982 ... We are extremely
grateful that OAC has provided an excellent practical experience for our students
to "live out" what they are learning in the classroom. The
evangelism training they receive with Open Air Campaigners is top-notch and
we are confident these lessons will last far beyond the students' college
Philadelphia Biblical University
Student Ministries Department
"Students have benefited from their witnessing experiences, having
left their comfort zone to go and face the unsaved community around them."
Washington Bible College Professor
WHAT SHORT-TERM MINISTRY WORKERS ARE SAYING...
“My summer with Open Air Campaigners was one that I will never forget!
To see how the Gospel changes lives of people is truly an awesome experience.
Open air was a challenging ministry that required me to step out of my comfort
zone in my Christian life. When I was really nervous, I had to rely
totally on God to be able to preach and witness effectively. I came
to realize that it was at those times when I relied totally on God, that He
used me the most. Open air is a ministry that taught me how to rely
on God in everything I do. I learned things that summer in Los
Angeles that I have been able to apply to all aspects of my Christian life.
My summer of service was one that challenged me spiritually and caused me
to grow in my relationship with Christ. I encourage you to take a summer
and get involved in a summer of service with Open Air Campaigners.
“Not only did I acquire skills and techniques, but I also deepened
my love for Christ and my desire to see His Gospel be preached to the lost.
The preciousness of the truth of His Word became more real for me as it was
WHAT OPEN-AIR TRAINING PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING...
"As a result of our training, I grew closer to God in two
weeks than I had in two years, thanks to OAC. I saw God like I never
had before. I shared God like I never had before. And to think,
four years ago I would have been standing in the crowd laughing at the guy
at the sketchboard."
Chad Farley, Student
Lexington Baptist College
“I enjoyed Open Air Campaigners because it is an appealing, formidable
and equipping method of evangelism reaching people where they live, work or
play. Prayer, plans and people are used to the glory of God”
Boston Police Office
"We had a lot of good conversations and many tracts went
out. The training really helped me to get over my shyness about approaching
people on the streets. It felt good to be involved.”
“Since I went through the open-air training, I have gained
valuable knowledge in personal evangelism. I learned to do evangelistic
preaching using a sketchboard and other techniques which hold people's attention
in order to minister in the open air. I am looking forward to using
these skills as I lead an LBC Ministry Team to Jamaica this summer.
If I can do street evangelism, anyone can!”
Lancaster Bible College
"This training has been the most profitable week of evangelism
training that I have ever taken. It gave me the tools to train a team
of young people before we left for a missions trip to Guatemala. The
Lord used open-air evangelism skills to reach many people in Guatemala"