The Evangie crew hadn’t planned on going to Mill this past Friday due to another event. However, as I was driving home around 11:00pm I decided to drive past Mill Avenue, to see what kind of shenanigans Marcus and Phil were up to. As I approached Mill and 3rd Ave, I heard a man yell out, ” DANNNNNNG, Cue Club is POPINNN!” He spoke truth, there was a line of about 60+ people, and sure enough there were Marcus and Phil, bringing it strong.
I decided to park and join them for a bit. Just minuets after saying my hellos, to Marcus, Phil and Britney, Marcus was slapped, and punched in the face TWICE, loud and hard! Basically, an incredibly intoxicated man walked up to Phil, displeased with him message. Marcus, deterred the mans attention away from Phil( since he was in the middle of preaching). The man expressed his disapproval of what he was doing and name called at Marcus. As Marcus tried to reason a bit with the man, he awared Marcus that he could probably, “really hurt him“... “I don’t doubt that you could,” I believe Marcus responded. Seconds later, without much warning the man slapped Marcus and then punched him twice close to his mouth.
Immediately Britney and I went into mother mode and ran across the street to get Marcus some ice. Thankfully, though he was in a lot of pain but was okay; he toughed it out for the remainder of the night. Shortly after that Jonathan arrived as the man who hit Marcus returned to the scene of the crime as well. Jonathan asked the man if he could interview him. Initially the man said yes but then a girl in line game him some wisdom to not do so. “ They are not even really Christians. I think they make a TV show. See they have a camera. They are just waiting for you to react to catch you on camera.” The girl said. Okay, I come clean…she is right. We actually are just producers of a hidden camera show. [Just kidding of course]
Despite the few rowdy people I love preaching/evangelizing at the bar lines on Mill, because the individuals have no where to go! Late at night there are also a ton of people. In general 50+, on those lines. If they want to get into the club they must stay in the line(and therefore hear us/hear a glimpse of the gospel if nothing more). Now, of course we don’t seek to get on people’s last nerve, and simply drown out the sounds of the club like a broken record. Clearly we don’t desire to sound like a resounding gong haha! However, those out partying clearly don’t want their night buzz killed by some dude talking about Jesus. So, naturally, it is quite an “unpopular message.” The guys were not the only ones who the crowds were displeased with…as I attempted to hand a girl a track she pushed me rather hard into a poll. She looked back at me sternly as if to say” YAH I DID IT!” Haha it was actually humorous. Though, I felt a simple “no thank you” would have sufficed.
We really only stayed on Mill for about an hour. We had a few solid conversations as Phil and Marcus rotated on the mic. I was really taken back and encouraged by Marcus’s and Phil’s boldness to preach in a very uncomfortable place( where most everyone is displeased with the message). I was also encouraged by their perseverance to continue despite being punched and slapped, numerous people cussing them out and people attempting to steal the mic…just the norm! I thought they both humbly and passionately preached via scripture; which was very powerful.