Please leave a comment if you would like to help us with a last-minute decision for Sarah’s new book cover. Which color do you prefer for the title: navy or cranberry? Feel free to share why, if you’d like. It will be sent to the printer this week, Lord willing! We are excited to be so close to the finish line. 🙂
“Have you read the Christmas story from the Bible yet? Here’s a copy for you!”
This is my dad’s favorite line to say in the month of December as he passes out the Christmas account from the Bible.
This year, we decided to order 5,000 “Christmas scrolls.” The scroll is almost entirely Scripture. Our objective is to get people reading the Word of God!
Scripture written on the scroll:
Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-12, John 1:1,14, John 3:16-19 (Scripture quoted from the NASB.)
Old Testament verses contain various prophecies of Christ’s coming.
We like to roll them up and give them out like little scrolls. People receive them as a festive Christmas gesture. Thanks to my Grandpa, who works for us at our office daily (even though he is 91 years old), we have 200 rolled for our next outreach this Friday night: the Peppermint Walk downtown Marion. For those in our area, if you’d like to come and help pass out the scrolls, you’re more than welcome.
The scrolls are perfect for attaching to a plate of Christmas cookies for neighbors, teachers, coworkers, and friends. You can purchase them in packs of 25, 50, 100, and 250 from our online store. (Note: they come flat and you have to roll them yourself.)
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
Note: I have not yet mastered the art of carrying these as I’m Christmas shopping (to give to cashiers) and not wrinkling them. If you come up with any solutions to this problem, I’d be interested.
We’d appreciate prayer for the Lord to work in the hearts of girls and moms at our upcoming Bright Lights conferences in Dallas and Houston this weekend and the following week!
We just returned from a set of conferences in three different locations in Mexico and were very blessed by all the Lord did there. More reports coming soon!
In less than a week, we’ll be running our witnessing training camp for the second time at the Iowa State Fair. We’re excited that this year Tim Chaffey, speaker and writer from Answers in Genesis will be teaching some of the training. Tim is the content manager for the Ark Encounter.
Last year we were greatly encouraged by how we saw the Lord work and by the fellowship that emerged. Registrations is closed this year for campers, but it is still open for those who are local and would like to come as a “Day Camper.” Please email me and let me know if you’d like more information, or if you are planning to come.
(To see this flyer englarged, click here.)
The deadline to register for the Testify Training Camp at the Iowa State Fair is August 1st, just a few days away. We’re excited about the group God is bringing together, and we are looking forward to an exciting time of ministry and fellowship. We saw the Lord work in so many ways last year.
Local Option: For those who live in the Des Moines area and would like to be a part of the camp as a “day camper,” you are welcome to do so for no fee. However, if you’d like to join us for any meals at the camp, that will be $6 per meal and we’ll need to know which meals you will be joining us for by August 1st. (If you won’t know until the last minute, you can bring a sack lunch.) To register as a Day Camper, please email me and let me know if you are planning to come for the whole time or just part, and if you want to eat any meals with us. I will be posting a schedule for the conference early 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.
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. 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!