Walter preaching to a few individuals, on Mill Ave.
While most of the evangelism team was slaking off, either away or taking a break for the Holiday Season, Walter continued to bring his A game to preaching! Walter began the night of December 12th by preaching on 2 Cor 5:20-22. He spoke about how Christ became sin to cleanse us of our sin. Not long into his preaching a drunk gentleman decided he found that message to be downright offensive and SPIT on Walter! Confused as to what was so offensive Walter tried to continue, as a couple walked over to Walter enraged. The lady of the duo began yelling at Walter, becoming increasingly more and more angry. Unable to reason with the girl Walter asked the gentleman of the couple, why she was so angry. Unfortunately that immediately provoked the gentleman into defensive mode. ” I didn’t do anything wrong! Why are you looking at me? I have no part in this!” The man yelled. Walter expressed to the man that while he didn’t know him or what made him mad, he simply wanted him to know Jesus.
It seemed Walter was saying and doing everything right, yet apparently it just wasn’t his night! The man he was dialoging with quickly grabbed the mic from him and throw it on the ground as hard as he could. Trying not to draw attention as there was a crowd, Walter picked up the mic and turned the other cheek, retaining his UFC skills. The man however grabbed the mic again tossing it to the ground as another man kicked the mic. As the evening continued to get rowdy, Marcus and Justin showed up in the nick of time. Walter was happy because they represented protection if things continued in the way it was going. The three guys stayed a bit longer conversing with individuals in the crowd. Finally, the night wrapped up as a drunk man in the crowd through beer on the megaphone! Although Walter, Marcus and Justin may have had a bit of a rough night I definitely believe their actions and Christ-likeness in the midst of a bit of persecution resounded well with the bi-standers. Thanks for being great witnesses guys!
Merry Christmas, from all of us in the desert!
I have some urgent and shocking news…Jesus of Nazareth may not have been born on December 25th! Haha, I kid, but as you’ve probably heard before, Jesus’ birthday is most likely not December 25th. No where in the bible is a date or time of year given. There are biblical references of shepherds tending to their flock in the night during the birth of Jesus, and therefore scholars have maintained it was probably lambing season; aka Spring. While other scholars believe his birth occurred in July. The precise day matters little to me, I am simply glad a day exist where we can celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world. However, I do think we ought to celebrate that news daily…the “Christmas message,” is not merely about ipods, cars and diamond rings. While that stuff is cool too, the true Christmas story is life saving news!
Nothing like over the top Christmas lights!
Some new faces to the evangie team:) Lauren, Jacob and Tiff.
Thousands of people flood downtown Phoenix, once a month for “First Fridays.” First Fridays is a free art festival that takes place on the first Friday of each month(Roosevelt street is closed from Central to 1st Avenue). We arrived on the the crowded streets at about 7pm Friday night. Marcus and his crew walked up just as we did, and didn’t waste a second of time. As soon as the mic was flipped to the on switch Jennifer was on the mic conducting the “good person test.” A few skeptical on lookers watched from a distance.
Grant Park: Downtown Phoenix
For the past two years Ephrem and our friends over at Roosevelt Community Church have been doing an outreach to neighborhood children. Dennae Pierre, of Roosevelt Community began the outreach over two years ago. She felt a strong desire to reach out to children living downtown. We have been blessed to partner up with their church, several times at Grant Park on Saturdays.
Ephrem and the crew usually meet up around 12pm and walk door to door asking if the children would like to come to the park, for a few hours. On average anywhere between 15-25 children show up. The day usually includes, sports, puppet shows, a gospel presentation/bible lesson and lots of candy! The children have a great time and it also blesses the parents, in that they can have a bit of a break for the afternoon. Many of the members of Roosevelt have built up relationships with these children and pick them up for church every Sunday.