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Last week our team visited the Arab-American Festival in Garden Grove. After watching the video of Christian evangelists in Dearborn, Michigan, who were arrested for sharing their faith outside the venue, we were wary of similar events happening to us.

Here are the reports from team leader “Righteous Richard” Chavarria, and team member Tony Yu. Make sure you read both accounts; they are encouraging.

From “Righteous Richard”:

All went well until the time just about 15-20 minutes after we entered the festival. It was at that time that I handed out a  tract to an individual who told me that I needed to get permission to hand the tract.

So, I followed him to a person who’s title was Commissioner. After the Commissioner had a quick glance at the tract, he said I could not pass out the tract and order me to leave. He stated that he had paid $100,000.00 for permission to conduct a private festival inside the park.

At this point a gentlemen came up from behind me and put his hand on me forcefully as to push me away. (more…)

Saturday, Oct. 2: THE AWAKENING Conference @ Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa. Ray Comfort, Greg Koukl and more will be speaking at this all day event. Meet at Hope Chapel at 9:00am to carpool, returning by 5:30. More info: www.Awakening2010.com

Also on Saturday, Oct 2: USC Football! A few years back a Notre Dame fan attempted to disrupt our preaching by reciting the Hail Mary—loudly!  Join us as we attempt to share our faith with tens of thousands of football fans at the L. A. Coliseum as the Trojans prepare to whup Washington.  Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.

Sunday, October 3rd: Evangelism Adventure @ Manhattan Beach Fair! I’ll be taking my daughters to the last local street fair of the year. Go on your own, but be aware that last year two members of our evangelism team were told by police that they couldn’t hand out any literature, clearly violating their First Amendment rights. (more…)

A few weeks back I explained very clearly why I can’t prove that God exists, and even if I were able to, an atheist would still die in his sins because his belief would not come by faith. (Please read the article “Damning Proof” here).

Well, now there’s a man who says he can actually prove God’s existence. His name is Sye Ten Bruggencate, and he heads Sinner Ministries, which features a great website called ProofThatGodExists.org (but you probably already guessed that). Here’s his claim: (more…)

Sudden Death: Burkha

September 27th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (16 Comments)

A young Muslim woman died after her burkha became snagged in a go-kart.

The 24-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, died a terrifying death today when a fluttering part of her burkha became caught in the wheels of a go-kart she was driving near the town of  Port Stephens, north of Sydney. Read the rest from the UK’s Daily Mail by clicking here.

I learned something new about handing out tracts from Badonna, a student of this latest graduating class (second from right in front row): When handing a Gospel tract to a person say, “Please do not read the back!” Guess what they then do?

I’ve added something else: “Please do not read the back; it will make you soooo mad! And please don’t litter.” It’s amazing how fast they turn the tract over to read it.

August/September 2010 Grads

Here are the remaining faithful from the August/September six week evangelism class that just finished last Wednesday night. Out of 24 original students, 17 made it to the end! Congratulations all!

Hope Del Rey One Day Class Grads

And here are the graduates who endured nearly seven hours of evangelism training at my one day class at their church, Hope Chapel Del Rey, pastored by Mark Koukl (yes, Greg’s brother). Another hearty congrats to you all.

Do something! Do something! Do something!


A review of this video from Michael: “this is stupid and I wasted 10 minutes of my life watching it”

One of our favorite ways to share our faith at street fairs and college campuses is to use the Intelligence Test. We use a few simple “trick” questions, then transition into a Gospel presentation. (Download the free I.Q. Test tract here.) It’s amazing how people laugh until they get convicted of their sin. This 10 minute video shows how well this method works.

At the last Labor Day Fiesta Hermosa street fair, a woman took the test. After we discovered that she was already a Christian, she thanked us and walked away. A few minutes later, she came back with her atheist husband and nephew. Watch how these two men listen intently when confronted with their sin. And notice how the atheist is suddenly concerned about his eternal destination. (Read another article about this here.)

Last year when we went to our local Arab-American event we were filled with no small amount of fear and trembling; after all, we had seen the video of an evangelism team persecuted at a similar festival in Michigan a few months before.

I asked my co-leader, Tom Nance-Ulrich (who has gone to many of these), what we should watch out for in this fair of predominantly Muslim people. “If the leaders figure out that you are an evangelist,” he cautioned, “they will send a guy over to ask you lots of questions to waste your time so that you can’t share your faith while in the festival.”

With eyes wide open we entered through the gates and traveled two-by-two.

After a couple of hours of conversations with friendly people and hundreds of Gospel tracts handed out, we noticed that Tom was missing. In fact, we hadn’t seen him since he issued that fateful warning to us—and it was time to go home.

“Where’s Tom? Anybody seen Tom? Toooommmmm?!!!!!”

Tom slowly emerged from behind a booth and joined us.

“Where were you, Tom? We  couldn’t find you and wondered what happened?” (more…)

A friend of mine recently watched the video of my interview with an atheist Joker on YouTube. He was amazed that I didn’t get upset and angry at the things he was spouting. “If it was me,” he confessed, “I’m not so sure I would have remained so calm.” I explained to him that after dealing with these types of unbelievers for many years, there isn’t much they can say that will rattle my cage.

If a blind man gave you erroneous directions, you wouldn’t seethe because you understand that he can’t see; you’d consult a map. (more…)

Sudden Death: Falling Tree

September 20th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (29 Comments)

A falling palm tree killed a 15-year-old boy last night while he was taking out the trash at home in the High Desert city of Hesperia, according to San Bernardino County coroner’s and sheriff’s officials. Read the rest from The Press Enterprise by clicking here.

The Cajun 10 Commandments

September 20th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in The 10 Commandments - (2 Comments)

Why does this blog focus so much on the use of the 10 Commandments? Click here to read this article I wrote two years ago.

THE CAJUN TEN

#1: God is number one… and das all.

#2: Don’t pray to nuthin’ or nobody… jus’ God.

#3: Don’t cuss nobody… ‘specially da Good Lord.

#4: When it be Sunday… pass yo’self by God’s house.

#5: Yo mama an’ yo daddy dun it all… lissen to dem.

#6: Killin’ duck an’ fish, das’ okay…people—NO!

#7: God done give you a wife… sleep wit’ jus’ her.

#8: Don’t take nobody’s boat… or nuttin’ else.

#9: Stop lyin’… yo tongue gonna fall out yo mouf!

#10: Don’t go wantin’ somebody’s stuff.

(Thanks to Mike Nash for this)

This is not about Oprah. This is the account of a revival that started in 1857. Think it could happen again? Read this short, encouraging excerpt, then click the links at the end to read the full story and discover “The Secret” of  this 19th century move of God.

The Presbyterian Magazine reported that as of May there had been fifty thousand converts of the revival. In February, a New York Methodist magazine reported a total of eight thousand conversions in Methodist meetings in one week.  The Louisville daily paper reported seventeen thousand Baptist conversions in three weeks during the month of March.  And according to a June statement, the conversion figures stood at 96,216–and still counting. All but two of the youth in one high school were saved.  A similar event took place in Toledo, Ohio. These are just brief examples of what was happening constantly all across the nation. (more…)

Burning Holy Books

September 16th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Martyrs - (10 Comments)

“Somchi” is an outcast in her village in Laos. Even family members have turned against her. And when villagers found a Bible in her home, they proclaimed, “We need to destroy it!” They believed the Bible was causing her mother’s illness.

“My villagers still hate me and mock me, like they mocked Jesus on the cross,” Somchi told Voice Of the Martyrs. “It is the world’s right to hate us or to love us. But for me, I will follow Jesus.”

In restricted nations around the world, Bibles are burned, shredded or confiscated every day. Those opposed to the gospel can destroy Bibles, but they cannot destroy the faith of those like Somchi. (more…)

This is the easiest place to share your faith. People are friendly and willing to chat about anything; except for the guy in the 2 minute video below. Sometimes things can indeed go wrong….

Meet @ noon @ Hope Chapel to carpool.

Next week: Muslim Festival time!!!

And remember, I’m teaching a 1-Day evangelism class on September 25, and another 6 week class starting on September 30. For details, continue reading…. (more…)

Cuss words (mild or abbrev.), blasphemy, incivility,
or failure to give the name ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ capitals,
will be deleted.

This mostly concerns my atheist friends who visit here. In the past I’ve edited comments that violated these rules, but no more. Please respect these or your comments will not see the light of day. Thank you for your understanding!

(Thanks to Ray Comfort’s blog for these rules of engagement.)

Scan Evangelism

September 13th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Abnormal Evangelism Ideas - (0 Comments)

Can you figure out how the image below could possibly lead someone from Hell to Heaven?

My friend Jonathan Meyers sent me this extremely creative, outside-the-box idea. To see how it works, and how you can do it, click here.

Sudden Death: Hay Bale

September 13th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (0 Comments)

LONDON — A giant bale of hay has killed a founding member of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) after it tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van.  Read the rest from MSNBC here.

Two classes yet to go! As of last week, we had twelve still hanging in there….

Our second class of the summer got off with a bang as we enrolled 24 new students ready and willing to enter a new phase of their Christian life: that of an obedient Christian, seeking and saving the lost. Again I will ask: Who will persevere to the end?

Every third I’ll bring this post back to the top of the blog. Remember students, you get one bonus point for every three sentence adventure that you write about.

Even if you are not a student in my class I welcome you to share your own evangelistic adventure in the comments section.

My teaching notes are now available online by clicking here. I can even mail you a hard copy for free! Send me an email at PastorSteveAtHope@yahoo.com if you’d like them.

Group Therapy

September 9th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in E-vangie VIDEO! - (10 Comments)

My friend, Allen Peek, followed along with the team I was leading at Ambassadors’ Academy #16 and shot this footage of a rather challenging witnessing encounter with about ten or so distracted, profane and squirrelly teens. Here’s what he wrote at his blog, CrossBearingServant:

We were at Santa Monica Ca, 3rd Street Promenade. In the video you’ll see Steve…deliver the Law and the Gospel to a group of teenagers. As you watch this video keep in mind that I edited out approximately eight minutes of the footage. Steve had to do a considerable amount of wrangling, reasoning, repeating and recapping, in order to help these teens understand their eternal destiny without Christ. It was a rather difficult encounter.

On 9/11 we will be sharing the Gospel along with Ray Comfort in Huntington Beach. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool. We will be leaving at 12:15, so arrive promptly.

Below, see an example of what happens when Ray tries to reason with an unbeliever (an atheist?) using the Intelligence Test. Ray is friendly, direct, gracious and humorous when dealing with this young man, eventually causing him to doubt what he believes, er, doesn’t believe.

Next evangelism training classes:

One Day class: Saturday, September 25,
9am-5pm @
Hope Chapel Del Rey in Westchester

6 Week class: Thursdays, starting September 30
at 7pm for six weeks.

More info: Email me at PastorSteveAtHope@yahoo.com

A non-Christian named Whateverman wrote this comment from my post of August 24, 2010, “The Fool Speaketh.” Please read my reply to him following.

“Let’s assume that instead of atheists rejecting ideas which are illogical or unsound, Steve’s right: atheists are simply dead to the things of God. If this were so, then evangelism would be a waste of time; it’d be like throwing a tennis ball against concrete and wondering why it bounced back.

“Yes yes, the Bible tells you to spread the word despite the fact that people are going to be unable to hear/understand it. What really confuses me is that evangelists like Steve and some of his fans here often try to defend what they say and how they say it.”

There is another reason why Christians share their message with others beside the fact that we are told to (though that should be the primary reason): It’s because… (more…)