Summer “Speak Truth” Conferences Next Week!

Here’s a peek at the schedule for our upcoming “Speak Truth” Conference in Cincinnati, and in the Detroit, Michigan area. (Note: In Michigan, the conference will run over a Thursday and Friday instead of a Friday and Saturday.)

Click here for more information or to register! Registrations are full for Cincinnati, but there is still plenty of room for Michigan. If you have friends in Michigan who may be interested, we’d appreciate the help in spreading the word. We are also doing a “Strong in the Lord” conference in Michigan the same week.

Living the Love Song

We sent out our May newsletter a few days ago! These newsletters were supposed to be every month, but the last one we sent was in December! :-O
You can view our May newsletter, “Living the Love Song,” here. If you’d like to be added to this list, contact me and let me know. I can guarantee emails will not be flooding your inbox. 🙂

2017 Iowa State Fair Outreach

God did awesome things at the Iowa State Fair last year. Our team of volunteers were able to pass out 75,000 gospel tracts and have hundreds of Christ-centered conversations. We experienced much joy as we saw Him working. This 3-minute video was put together with the hope that many more will join us this August!

Answers in Genesis Outreach at the Iowa State Fair from Tomorrow's Forefathers, Inc. on Vimeo.

TESTIFY TRAINING CAMP – AUGUST 10-14, 2017
The fair runs from August 10-20. On the first four days of the fair (August 10-14) we will be running a camp, together with Tony Ramsek from Answers in Genesis. The camp (Testify Training Camp) is designed both to equip believers in sharing their faith, and to provide opportunity to learn together as we witness at the Iowa State Fair in the afternoon and evening. See flyer for more information. You can also see this blog post for pictures and reports from last year’s camp. Click here to register. Locals are also invited to attend training sessions even if they don’t come to the rest of the camp, provided they RSVP (space is limited).

Feedback from Camp Attendees Last Year:
“I feel less fear and less pressure to ‘convert.’”
“…very encouraging and helpful training in sharing the gospel.”
“I realize that I am given the responsibility to share the gospel and the Holy Spirit does the work.”
“It’s encouraging to be around so many Christians who want to share to gospel.”

If you’d like to come and volunteer at the booth any time from the August 10-20 (apart from the camp) you can see this page.

The above video was shared on Ken Ham’s blog on Saturday along with more reports from Tony Ramsek. You can see that post here.

Tulip Time Outreach, Less Than 2 Weeks Away

Last weekend my dad and I went down to Pella, Iowa, to run a witnessing training time in preparation for the gospel outreach that will happen in less than 2 weeks at the Tulip Time on May 4-6th.

Many tulips are already in bloom, and the town looks beautiful. Our booth will be in a great location with lots of foot traffic. Thousands travel long distances to come to this event. Please pray that the Lord opens the eyes of many to see the beauty of the gospel while they are there!

My dad with Jon Neifert, who is heading up this outreach

The town is named Pella because when Dutch settlers came from Holland seeking religious freedom, they named their new town Pella after a city where Jewish followers of Jesus fled for refuge before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. A mural remains in the post office (pictured above) in Pella showing emigrants in Holland being arrested, and a pastor leading them in prayer as they travel by ship to America, and a church being established as the center of their new community in America. (See full story here.)

This picture will be on the banner above our gospel booth and will help to open doors of conversation with people about the gospel. We will be passing out the story of the Christians who settled Pella, along with many gospel tracts.

Our main need is for people with a heart for the lost to help us get this new outreach off the ground. You don’t have to have any previous skills in evangelism; you just have to be able to smile and hand gospel tracts to people as they walk by. There are many great reasons to do evangelism from a gospel booth. See more information about the Tulip Time outreach here.

Here’s a short video that describes some of the benefits of doing evangelism from a gospel booth.

Benefits of Gospel Booth Witnessing from Tomorrow's Forefathers, Inc. on Vimeo.

Summer 2017 Bright Lights Conference Locations

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be running Bright Lights conferences in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Cincinnati, Ohio this July. This is our image designed for sharing on social media. We also have an email with more information about the conferences for spreading the word. Please email us and request this informational email if you’d like it. Or if you’d prefer paper flyers, we’d be happy to mail some to you!

Register online here.
Read reports about recent “Speak Truth in Your Heart” Conferences here.

“Evidence for the Resurrection” Gospel Tract

After picking up an Americano at a coffee shop this morning (we are headed to Peoria, IL for a home school conference) I handed the 2 baristas our Easter tract, and said, “Here is something our family wrote. With Easter coming up soon, it’s something for you to talk about with your families!”

“Awesome!” the blue-haired barista said with a smile.

As you can see, giving it to her wasn’t offensive, awkward, or pushy. She appreciated it!

Easter is just over 2 weeks away. You can read our “Evidence for the Resurrection” gospel tract on our online store here. It’s a tool to use to share the gospel with cashiers, neighbors, friends, with everybody really. We’ve found people are generally very grateful to receive them.

St Patrick’s Day – The Valuable Opportunity

St Patrick’s Day is coming up very soon! We are grateful for the response we received to the tracts we printed last year, and we are almost out, so we just placed an order for 20,000 more.

My dad, explaining about who St Patrick was to a group of ladies at the parade last year at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa parade.

Here is a report from our friend Tony Ramsek, who took his children to pass out St Patrick gospel tracts at the parade in Cincinnati last year: “It was a really fun time of walking the parade and handing out tons of gospel tracts … people were eager to take them and even asked for more … Basically we gave out tracts before it started and then walked with the last float giving out more. It was a blessing. BTW the children were so happy to give out your gospel tracts because they were so well received but we ran out fairly quickly. So next year I think we’ll order 2,500 …”

(Tony and his family passing out the tracts at the Cincinnati, OH parade)

It is surprising how many tracts can be passed out in such a short time. People are curious about his history, and eager to learn. Plus, everyone likes to be handed stuff at a parade. 🙂 How encouraging to be getting the gospel into so many people’s hands.

We also like to give the tract to cashiers, neighbors, the UPS man, Fex Ex man, you get the idea. Basically anyone we come into contact with from now until St Patrick’s Day. We say “Here’s something that explains the history of St Patrick,” and people are intrigued.

See last year’s blog report from the parade here, or, a short video about our St Patrick gospel tract here.

Click here to order a pack of 100 tracts for $7.
Click here to order a pack of 500 for $30.
Note: We will not be shipping the tracts until Monday, March 6th.

Tulip Time Outreach and Training, Pella, Iowa

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All are invited to join us at the Tulip Time outreach in Pella, Iowa, this May 4-6th for a wonderful new outreach! When I first heard that our friend, Jon Neifert, was wanting to run a gospel booth at the Tulip Festival, I was excited to get on board because I could picture the potential! Tulip Time is a huge event, and people come from long distances to attend the festival. This will be our first year running this booth, and we anticipate that the Lord will answer our prayers and do great things.

If you are wanting to grow in witnessing, a helpful tip is to join others who are doing it and learn from them. Helping with a gospel booth provides a wonderful situation in which to learn. It provides a natural way to begin conversations with people, a wonderful environment for sharing the good news, and a perfect opportunity to learn from each other.

One thing we know, there will be no lack of people to talk to! The nearly quarter million tulips on display draws quite a crowd. Last year, one bakery owner predicted that they might bake as many as 37,000 pastries. (I think the bakery’s delicious “Dutch Letters” are the #2 attraction, after the tulips 🙂 .)

As you can see, Tulip Time is a huge event in Iowa! If you’d like to get a feel for the event, you can visit this information page.

My dad and I will be teaching a witnessing training time, two weeks before the event, on April 22nd from 9:00 – 1:30pm. If you are interested, you can register here. To register for the actual outreach on May 4-6, click here.

I hope many of you Iowans can make it! Pella is a nice central location, less than 2 hours from Cedar Rapids and less than 1 hour from Des Moines. Plus, it’s a fun place to visit because it’s such an adorable Dutch town. My dad and I have really enjoy going into the Christian bookstore/coffee shop, multiple bakeries, and cafe, cheese store, etc.

Thank you to anyone who’d be willing to lift these events before the Lord in prayer, even if you can’t make it yourself.

ALSO NOTE: We’ll be doing an even bigger outreach at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 10-20. It was an amazing time last year. God really blessed it! This year’s witnessing training camp (which coincides with the Iowa State Fair outreach) will be August 10-14, 2017. More information coming soon!

Answers for Women Conference

answers-for-women-2017-bulletin-insert (1)-1 If any of you live in the Cincinnati area, it would be great to see you at the Answers in Genesis Answers for Women conference, April 7-8th. I highly recommend this conference!

It has been growing so much in recent years that it has now outgrown the large auditorium at the Creation Museum, so it is being held at a nearby convention center. It addresses current deceptive trends in the church and provides answers on many different fronts.

We will have a “Bright Lights” and “Will Our Generation Speak?” booth there, and we’d love to see you if you come by. 🙂 I will also be speaking on witnessing. Here’s an article which gives an introduction to some of what I will be sharing.

We need the Lord to work in our land, raising up laborers for the ripe harvest. We as girls and women have a crucial part to play in the harvest. Often the way hearts are reached is by good works as we open our homes in hospitality — while at the same time opening our mouths lovingly with the truth.

We need to be prepared with ANSWERS as we live in a generation infested with lies. For His sake, and for the sake of the lost, may each of us “be diligent to present [ourselves] approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15-16).

The time is short, and time-wasting distractions are plentiful! When we are in Jesus’ presence, we will not regret one ounce of energy we spent on loving Him via loving those He desires to come to Him.

Speak Truth in Your Heart Conference: Council Bluffs, Iowa

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I’m delighted to announce that we are doing a “Speak Truth in Your Heart” conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 3-4th! See PDF of flyer here. It’s been very exciting to watch the Lord use the content Sarah teaches in this new Bright Lights conference to impact girls as well as moms. Praise God that His Word is “living and active … able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

See pictures and reports from our last two “Speak Truth in Your Heart” Conferences here.