Testify Camp Schedule

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.

Testify Training Camp Registration Deadline: August 1

(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.

Click here to register. If you have not yet seen the 3 minute promo video we made last year, view that here.

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.

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. 🙂

“Billboard for Jesus”

Two years ago today, Nickie’s dad, Todd Biegler, went to be with Jesus. What a difficult two years this has been for their family! He is so missed. The Bieglers continue to be a blessing to the whole community in so many ways as they faithfully serve others.

When Nickie’s mom (Deb) was getting John 14:6 engraved on the tombstone, the man doing the engraving made a comment like, “So basically you want a billboard for Jesus?”
He got that right! 🙂

They got permission for the stone to be put backwards so that the Bible verse could face the bike trail. This is a heavily-traveled bike trail, and the verse is very readable from the trail. My family takes the trail all the time because it connects to our neighborhood, and it’s such a delight to see the verse there. Maybe you all could join me in praying for those who see it—that the Holy Spirit would use it to turn the eyes of their heart to Jesus, our hope.

Special note: On the “Biegler” side of the rock, at the bottom, is the chorus of the hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” This was a theme song throughout Todd’s four years of sickness, even to the very end as their family was singing hymns around his bedside.

Special note 2: In the first picture, the rock that is behind Todd’s tombstone to the right says “Rodgers,” and that is where my grandma is buried. ❤️

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.

Iowa State Fair Report and Invitation!

I was backlogged on blogging last summer and so I never shared a report of what God did at the Iowa State Fair. That was too bad, because it was an amazing time. I’ve helped with a lot of gospel outreaches, but this was, perhaps, the pinnacle of them all so far. 🙂

First, I’ll share about the Answers in Genesis gospel outreach at the fair.
Second, I’ll share about the witnessing training camp which we helped to run to coincide with the outreach.

Answers in Genesis was asked to “take over” a Creation gospel booth (pictured above), previously run by an association of Baptist churches. Ken Ham placed our friend Tony Ramsek in charge of this outreach, and we were thrilled to jump on board with this opportunity–grateful it was so close to home.

Pictured above is Kaylee (in black shirt), passing out Noah’s Ark Gospel Tract to the swarms passing by the booth.

It was amazing to see SO. MANY. PEOPLE. swarming past the booth every day! About a million people come to the fair each year, and our booth was in the main building. Sometimes the flow streaming past our booth was so thick that one person could distribute 100 gospel tracts in 10-30 minutes! Praise God, over the course of ten days we passed out over 75,000 gospel tracts. (That’s 750 shrink wrapped packs we had to open. I mastered the art of tearing them open quickly with my teeth. Haha.)

Good thing the Lord provided some enthusiastic little workers!

We had volunteers from young kids, to a couple in their seventies. Some volunteered for just one morning, some for all ten days of the fair. Many came just during the four days of our witnessing training camp.

The flat screen TVs on either side of the booth displayed impressive drone flyover footage from the Ark Encounter, showing the majestic size and appearance of the Ark. People would stop, stare at the TV screen for a while, and then turn to us and ask a question.

After explaining about the new Ark Encounter in Kentucky, we’d then use the Ark as a springboard into the gospel. This wasn’t difficult because Noah’s Ark is a clear picture of Jesus and salvation from coming judgment.

As you can see in this picture, our booth also had a scale model Noah’s Ark, and kids LOVED the trains that ran underneath it. So while the children were infatuated with the trains, we’d give their parents a gospel tract and explain to them about the Ark. Oftentimes a longer discussion emerged. Most people at the Iowa State Fair aren’t in a big hurry.

Our goal was never to be pushy with our views or make “converts” (only God can do that), but simply to have friendly discussions. Many expressed spiritual questions and appreciated the cordial discussions. Over the course of the ten days, we had hundreds of discussions with people about Jesus.

It was encouraging to see so many youth soaking up the message of the gospel with seriousness and interest.

Sarah told us of three teen guys she talked to who were especially interested.
“Is there anything keeping you guys from trusting Christ?” she asked them, after explaining the gospel.
“No, nothing,” they said.
“Well when are you going to make that decision?” she asked.
The indicated that they wanted to get right with the Lord right away, and Sarah encouraged them to get alone and talk to the Lord, and ask Him to save them. They showed clear agreement with this advice, and one of them said his name was Noah and he knew it wasn’t a coincidence that he was at our booth. 🙂

We could tell story after story of all the encounters God coordinated. Some people came back multiple times to our booth, wanting to talk more. One teenager, who claimed to be gay, emailed Tony a week after the fair with these words:

“Hello. It’s [name withheld] from the state fair. I just want to say thank you for sharing the light on me. I wasn’t ever accepted until I met all of you great people. I decided to go to church this morning and I’ve never been so happy. My eyes water when I think about how much I missed out on out of fear, but I learned to accept Jesus and myself and to take your advice to repent and make peace with the Lord.”

Praise the Lord with us for all the lives that HE touched.

CREATION EVANGELISM TRAINING CAMP

Just ten minutes from the fair grounds, about forty campers enjoyed a haven of fellowship, witnessing training, and rest at Willow Brook Bible Camp. This camp took place during four days of the fair.

Each morning, we had times of witnessing training and prayer before going over to the fair to put into practice what we were learning.

It’s not very often that you’re with a whole group of people who are all eager to grow in witnessing.

Here’s just one example of the type of interaction we appreciated: During dinner one night, Seth mentioned to Craig a little tip he likes to use in helping people understand the severity of their sin. That night, Craig used that very tip in two different witnessing conversations! What a blessing to be able to sharpen each other as we work together.

Because not all forty campers could witness from the booth at the same time, we had 1/3 of the campers praying, 1/3 eating + witnessing outside, and 1/3 witnessing from the gospel booth. Then every two hours, we’d rotate. It worked beautifully. Praise the Lord. We were in awe of what He did.

This was an interactive Bible study on Romans 3, led by Tony

Because there were people literally EVERYWHERE at the fair, the best place we could find to pray was in this air conditioned hallway. It was exciting to pray, knowing that at that moment there were about 20-30 people in the vicinity sharing the gospel. And it was encouraging to be witnessing, knowing that there was a group at that moment upholding you in prayer.

Maddie Crawford (in picture above with striped skirt) told us that she shared with two 15-year-old girls who thought they were saved by Christ + good works. One girl seemed especially troubled by her sin. When Maddie explained that we are saved by Christ ONLY, a look of realization came across her face. “No one’s explained it like that before,” she told Maddie enthusiastically.

Seeing people have those “light bulb moments” about the gospel is priceless.

Addie (left) had several good conversations with girls who came to the booth, praise the Lord.

Seth (teal shirt), from India, was an inspiration to all of us. He was witnessing to people until the minute we had to get into the van to go back to the camp!

While Seth was sharing the Noah’s Ark Million Dollar Bill tract with a few teen guys, their mom came up, asking, “Who are you?!”
“I’m sharing about the million dollar question,” Seth said.
“What’s this million dollar question?” she asked.
“If you stand before God on judgment day, will you be innocent or guilty?” Seth replied.
“Oh I know that. I’m innocent,” the mom replied. “I have the sinner’s prayer in my bag, so I pray it all the time.”
(She must have been referring to a little card or something!)
By her words, “I pray it all the time,” Seth perceived that she didn’t actually understand the gospel.
“Do you mind if I tell you one thing about the sinner’s prayer?” Seth asked politely.
“Yes, go ahead,” she said.
“Ma’am, the sinner’s prayer cannot take you to Heaven.”
“It can’t? I didn’t know that!” she said, “My pastor never told me that.”
Praise God that Seth was able to explain that it is by faith in God by His grace that we go to Heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9).

[Note: I’m not saying that people never get saved at the time they prayed a sinner’s prayer. Many do! But it wasn’t the specific words they said to God that saved them, but their faith in Jesus Christ and what He did for them on the cross. Ephesians 2:8 says, “it is by grace you have been saved through faith” not, “it is by grace you have been saved through prayer.”]

Nicole (beige) had a good conversation with this guy. He seemed to really appreciate the discussion and shook her hand warmly as he left.

I’m sure you can imagine that there were many, many stories to be told during the campfires at the end of each day. We were blown away by all the Lord did. I can’t wait for the 2017 Iowa State Fair! The camp dates will be August 10-14, 2017. Click here to see flyer. Click here to register. Please mark your calendars!

Note: Prior training or experience in witnessing is not required for this camp. We have teaching times with practical instruction, and when we go to the fair those with less experience can team up with those with more experience. Many told us that their favorite part of the camp was the coaching in real life situations that they received from those more experienced.

If you’d like to listen to the sessions that Tony Ramsek taught at the camp last year, Tony put all of his up on his vimeo channel here. Here is one of them: