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Once a year, for the past few years, my family has been very blessed with a mission trip to Alaska every summer.
There is a wonderful family that we fellowship with who live near the Anchorage area and they invite us all up there to stay with them.
Our kids get to play with each other once a year, we get some great fellowship, and I get to do outreaches in the local area.
I have wanted to preach at this bus stop for the past four years but always preached in the nearby park instead.
I’d walk past this spot on my way to the park and always thought it was ideal for street preaching.
My open-air ministry started at the bus stops in Connecticut back in 2002.
Bus stops can be ideal for open-air preaching because people come and wait for the bus which gives you a captive audience.
The park where I normally preached looked pretty dead this day, not to mention that we’ve been physically attacked every time we’ve preached there in years past, so I decided to give the bus stop a shot.
Security (I’m pretty sure they were not Police) gave us a hard time for preaching there.
They tried to tell us to go across the street but we stood our ground.
They called their supervisor who requested that we put away our step stool.
Simply to “give them something,” I told them I’d put the step stool away.
That way, they felt like it was a win-win negotiation.
I can preach without a step stool no problem.
This woman recognized me from Youtube and requested a selfie.
This was a nicer experience than the drug dealers gave me at the park down the street I normally preach at – where we were used to getting assaulted.
That’s the great thing about the modern age of social media.
We are reaching the world without even going there.
You never know who is watching!
We continued to preach without our step stool no problem.
Lots of people were coming and going from the buses.
A few old men heckled me for a little bit.
The downtown is full of druggies and drunkards.
The weather is particularly nice for Alaska this time of year which gives us a great window of opportunity for street preaching.
A Park with a Stage
Besides the druggies and drunkards, the downtown also has a lot of tourists.
There are lots of stores for the tourists that sell gifts and souvenirs and also lots of places selling food and treats.
I’ve noticed that this park often has tourists eating food as there are nearby hot dog venders.
This park also has a stage which is perfect for open air preaching.
The acoustics are excellent.
People sat and ate their hot dogs as they listened to us preaching.
I’ve learned from previous years that this is the park where a lot of drunk natives hang out.
They usually heckle me and one time assaulted me with a walking stick.
My friend David joined me on these outreaches.
He had a few days off of work so we would be doing a lot of preaching together.
Bus Depot Again
We went back to the bus depot another day.
I had a new security guard give me a hard time.
He also told me to get off the step stool but this time I refused.
It was not in anybodies way. I saw no good reason to put it away again.
He stayed and heckled me for a little bit which showed the real reason he was giving me a hard time was personal – he’s a sinner.
Throughout the day lots of people were coming and going and we were able to engage with numerous people.
One man even stopped and listened for a while and I recognized the book he was holding under his arm. It was a book I read many years ago on evangelism.
Come to find out, he’s been studying evangelism for a little while.
He said he had heard of open-air preaching before but had never seen it done.
He was encouraged by our preaching and bold witness.
Tourist Info Corner
This particular corner downtown Anchorage always seems to get good foot traffic.
I’ve seen it many times in the years past but never preached there.
There are people handing out tourist information and I try to stay away from venders when I preach because they are usually the ones to complain to the police.
But we decided to give this location a shot this year and it worked out well.
There was one couple visiting Alaska from South America I think.
They sat and listened to our preaching for a little while.
Afterwards, they came up to us and told us that they watch our street preaching on YouTube!
Wow! Again, you never know who is watching! We are making a difference worldwide!
The ride between Anchorage and Fairbanks is something like a six hour drive but I’ve always heard it was beautiful.
I’ve wanted to make it up to Fairbanks in years past but never did. This year we committed to doing it. It was especially helpful that my friend David offered to drive us!
We had a few stops along the way. This was a beautiful river with a bridge, train tracks, and mountains. The Missionary Life sure is an adventure!
There is a brother in Fairbanks who told me that he first started watching my YouTube videos to laugh at them. He thought it was funny and that I was “doing it wrong.”
But after watching the videos for a little while, he said he started getting convicted of sins in his life. A little while longer, he started repenting of those things. And now, he goes out witnessing with his family downtown Fairbanks!
It started to rain during our first evening there but we took out our umbrellas and went to the bus depot.
Numerous homeless guys who hang out in that area saw our bold Christian t-shirts and came up to us to talk.
We go to minister to them about their situation (physical and spiritual) and pray with them. They were very open to the things of God.
There is a public square downtown that gets lots of tourists.
My local friend said that he doesn’t believe anyone has ever done any street preaching in this park.
It’s great to think that we were pioneers in Alaska! Bringing open-air preaching to places it has never been before!
Like many other parks we’ve preached in Alaska, this one was also a popular hang out for the druggies and drunkards.
I started off the open-air preaching and some of the local drunk natives heckled me to get out of their park.
We moved locations within the park once the tourism started to pick up.
There is a particular statue in the middle of the park that tourist buses drop a lot of people off at to see.
My friend David was preaching to the tourists when apparently one of them called the Police.
The Officer arrived saying he was responding to a call about a “crazy guy yelling in the park.”
When he realized what we were doing, that we were just preaching the Bible in the public square, he left us alone.
I think it also helps that my friend David can tell the Police that he himself is a retired Police Officer.
The tourists looked like they were mostly retired people.
I have found that age group to be much harder to reach.
The age group that usually gathers around and listens to us are people in their teens or twenties.
Once people get older, they get more and more settled in their ways.
But when I preached that they were the generation that gave us the “Sexual Revolution,” and now their grandchildren likely have STD’s, that got some of their attention.
Out of the whole group, only one man actually heckled me and directly engaged me. The rest just turned their backs and ignored the preaching.
My local friend who was inspired by our videos stood up and open-air preached for the very first time!
Raising up other laborers is one of the good fruits of our ministry!
You never know how many people just one laborer is going to reach!
This man in the yellow jacket came up to encourage us.
He said he loved what we were doing.
Please keep Anchorage and Fairbanks in your prayers.
They both really need a move of God on the streets!
There is a town called North Pole, Alaska.
Now I can now officially say that I’ve been to the “North Pole” and bought the t-shirt.
I don’t normally wear t-shirts actually but this has become my favorite one.
I don’t normally get to travel for ministry with my family so when we do get to travel together, it’s nice to have some family fun days.
On a nature trial I saw this sign that warned people about the upcoming cliff.
I immediately thought of street preachers.
How come nobody ever complains to the park management that they are offended by this sign?
Yet when it comes to street preachers holding signs warning about the coming Judgment Day and Hell-Fire, people think that it’s different. No. It isn’t.
Street preachers are doing exactly what this Danger sign is doing.
The family was the first institution God established.
My family is absolutely my first and most important ministry.
OUR BOOKS ARE TRAVELING THE WORLD
Look what I found while I was in Alaska! Copies of my latest books, “The Emotions of God!”
TEACHING VIDEOS FILMED IN ALASKA
Gnostic Heresy: “You Can’t Be Free From Sin Until You Die.”
The fundamental principle of Gnosticism is that the body is sinful. Therefore, they reason that you can’t be free from sin until you die. Watch this teaching to see what the Bible really says about this topic.
What Drugs & God Do to the Brain! Brain Scans!
A lot of people buy into the propaganda today that marijuana is harmless to the body. That’s not what the brain scans show. Watch this video to see pictures of what the brain looks like on marijuana and other drugs. “Marijuana Causes Brain Damage” would make a great new street preaching sign. So sad to think we have a generation being raised to damage their own brains.
Should We Teach Our Kids about Santa? North Pole Alaska
I actually went to “Santa’s House, North Pole.” I saw his reindeer and filmed a teaching on Christmas inside his merchandise house. Should we teach our kids Santa is real? Watch this exhortation.
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INSPIRING LABORERS IN AFRICA!
I great you servant of God in the Mighty Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I highly appreciate what’s you are doing for God. It is with great pleasure and honor to see your commitment turn the lives of many people. I am in South Africa, Richards Bay. I am involved in preaching of the Gospel, doing Open Airs and Prayer meetings daily. I’m a student at the University of Zululand. I would like to thank you, you are so motivational to me. I kept on visiting your site looking at how you conduct the work of God. I hope to meet you God willing one day. I love the missionaries of God. Thank you brother.
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LEARNED SO MUCH FROM STREET PREACHERS
“My husband and I started watching you about a year ago at first I thought to myself ‘how awful..why is he yelling at people!! But as time went on and we kept watching I realized how right you are I have learned more from you and other street preachers than I have ever learned any where else! Started out watching 4or 5 street preachers you and Mr Skelly are our favorites.but just wanted to encourage you to keep going..don’t ever stop! And whenever you feel discouraged just remember you guys are doing a awesome job for the Lord!! You ARE having a impact on people!! Never let anyone tell you any different! God Bless.” ~ Viletta
TURNED FROM ALL SIN!
REPENTED OF PORNOGRAPHY IN SWEDEN
“You are a funny preacher and at the same time your telling the truth which I like. 10/10 preaching. Unlucky I cant preach like you because I live in a socialist country (Gothenburg/Sweden). If I just Said ”Homosexuality is a sin” then they would give me a fine, I would have to pay a lot of money. But God put me here for a reason. I have seen Jesus in my dreams a lot. One of the reason I became a Christian was from dreams and your preaching. I saw in a dream when Jesus came back and he was angry at sin, in that dream i turned to my friend and Said it was to late for him (he was going to hell) but I bowed down to my king and saviour Jesus christ (have had a lot of those dreams). None of my family are christians. I became a Christian 3 years ago almost 4. And before I become Christian I watched a lot of porn and im even to ashamed to tell you what i watched (have only told God)but praise God I changed. So now you know about a brother in Gothenburg/Sweden 🙂 God bless. I’ll pray for you and your family. Tim.”
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