INTRODUCTION: On Tuesday, 10-10-11 we had the opportunity to represent our Lord's gospel before the people of Downtown Greensboro and then the next day we brought the gospel to the students of North Carolina State University.
We originally had planned to do our first day's outreach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. However, we forgot to check the academic calendar before we arrived on campus and since it was the last day of Fall break there were virtually no students there. As a result, we chose to go to downtown Greensboro and attempt to do outreach even with light to moderate rain coming down. Nevertheless, there was much activity downtown in spite of the rain and people were out and about and many were willing to discuss the things of eternity.
It was an amazing time as God caused one passerby to throw his Qu'ran in the trash after hearing of salvation in Christ alone and took a Bible instead. I've never witnessed such a thing before in my years on the streets, but I saw it for the first time today. It reminded me of those in Ephesus burning their "magic books" after hearing of the effects that Paul's preaching had against the demonic forces in Ephesus (Acts 19:18-20).
Brothers Chris and Dane stretched their preaching wings and lifted up the name of Christ in the open-air for the first time on Tuesday in the rain. Way to go guys!
|Brother Chris' first open-air|
|Brother Dane's first open-air|
|Chris bringing more good news.|
|Me preaching the gospel to the lunch crowd while Scott Smith looks on.|
|Brother Bobby McCreery doing what he does best, preaching the gospel!|
|Dane witnessing to a homeless man.|
|Sister Patte Smith holding a sign during the preaching|
|The "crew" proclaiming the gospel through signage.|
On Wednesday, we traveled to NCSU to proclaim the gospel open-air and do one-on-one evangelism. We came across the usual types of unbelievers one encounters when evangelizing at the university (skeptics, atheists, agnostics, homosexuals, false converts, etc.). All of the unbelievers I interacted with (except one) were respectful, polite, and generally willing to engage in serious discussion about the truth claims of Christ. All of the more experienced brothers had at least one opportunity to preach open-air and many people heard the good news.
The first photo below is of brother Don Kairns. I've heard many good things about this otherwise quiet man. This is the first time I met him and it was a real privilege. He is a seasoned evangelist that seems to be a natural magnet for crowds. He stood for hours with a crowd around him proclaiming the truth of creation over and against the lie of evolution. He is rich in the word and the Lord really used his knowledge of the Scriptures to cause the students to give heed whether they liked it or not. Before I left campus to travel back to Greensboro for our Wednesday night prayer meeting, he hugged me like he had known me for 20 years. It just goes to show that when you're in the family of God, you're in!
|Don Kairns preaching the gospel. He's a "crowd magnet."|
|Pastor Rick preaches the first time in the open-air.|
|Rick reasoning with some students.|
|Me preaching during a class change.|
|Me preaching on a stool to a crowd of about 30 students. They asked great questions and respectfully waited their turn to get answers.|
|Brother Bobby McCreery discussing the gospel to a small crowd. This type of thing was happening all day long.|