Well we are here, fed checked in and ready to get started. We have a quick orientation and time of fellowship starting any minute.
We got our tracks and materials for the next day an half of training. There are so many different types of people from all over the country, it is amazing!
We are so pumped up and excited for this to begin! Praise God He is so good!
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So we are a few hours away from meeting our team leaders and fellow ambassadors that will be together for the next couple days proclaiming Gods word as commanded.
Please keep us and all others in your prayers for protection and pray for those who hear our words, that they would have soft hearts and be ready to hear it.
- Ben and Virgil
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With a young guy wearing a shirt with the image shown here and my pocket filled with curved illusions tracts from living waters, I immediately felt like I should witness to him. Please don't believe the previous sentence! I was at first put off and intimidated by his apparel and figured I already knew where he stood so why bother. What I couldn't get around was James 4:17 "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." The reason this was so heavy on me was because of an open door to witness I ignored at GameStop Monday night. I didn't want to do that again. All of this boy's friends were outside the sandwich shop we were about to eat at so it seemed as if God had set it up where I could break the ice with just the one person. I didn't want to commit a sin of omission by not at least handing this young man a tract so I did. He was blown away by the illusion tracts so I handed it to him and went through some of the Law with him and that Jesus died for those things. We shook hands and exchanged goodbyes. It was wild after that! He went outside and just like Ray Comfort has talked about in some of his sermons, now the boy was sharing the tract! He apparently did not realize the Gospel was spelled out on the back of the red and blue curves so he was showing all of his friends the Gospel message while he looked at the colorful side!! It was great! All this was to say, don't assume someone doesn't want to hear your message even if they look like they could care less. God met me where I was at, just like Saul on the road to Damascus, so I know for sure He can do that with anyone, anywhere. It's up to us to just be obedient.
So after a long day of travel on Sunday and a amazing encounter with the Holy Ghost on Sunday at Sanctuary Church. I have been blessed to stay with Virgil's family and celebrate their sons birthday, play games, do some site-seeing and we made our way to the beach.
While we have been out and about walking around we have tried to find people to witness to and share tracts with. One store we passed by was a dry cleaning shop and the person inside was Korean, we were going to use the GM28 app for our iPhone but it didn't have Korean. So we started talking with her, she seemed to speak english up until she heard Jesus Christ and then she seemed to tune us out and pretend to not understand.
So we ended up going to a church that I wanted to check out that had some skateboard ties and I follow the preacher sermons online. We went there and were welcomed with so many handshakes and greetings it was awesome they knew we were new. The worship was great! I prayed for the Lord to show and give me direction and show Himself to me. Then came the sermon, at first I was a little bummed because the pastor who was suppose to preach, who I wanted to preach wasn't there and there was a different pastor, Shawn there to preach. He started out preaching about the Spirit of the Lord, and I was intrigued and listened intently. He preached out of Romans, Galatians, Psalms, and then Philippians. He had a great catch phrase to call on the Spirit when you needed him, "Help me Holy Ghost" it was so simple yet effective beyond words.
As he was coming to a close he preached Phil 1:21 which is the motto verse for digoutreach - DiG - Death is Gain. Virgil and I looked at each other and were blown away. What came next was not expected at all. They did an altar call but instead of a call for the lost, sick, or someone needing to be saved it was a call for those who feel led to preach. My feet made it to the altar before my body and mind did. I stood there in some of the deepest prayer and the Pastor laid hands on me twice and prayed for and over me and it went on for about 15 minutes at least. Tears and joy filled me as the Holy Spirit filled me up and moved into me. Virgil was down there too and received prayer and Gods annointment over him too. The service finally ended and then we met the Deacon Dana and we told him about our Video Game ministry and he was really intrigued and about me coming from Cleveland and wanting to see the other Pastor preach and to receive this message instead and be a part of it. Then came more prayer, he grabbed us and prayed over us and our ministry and for the upcoming week of preaching too. He then took us to their youth room where the youth and the youth pastor was and we told them about DiG and they were intrigued and they than asked if they could pray for us, still in shock of how much the Lord had poured over us we said yes and were quickly surrounded with a dozen kids and the Pastor praying over us. The sincere prayers and passion these kids displayed was amazing. This prayer kept going for 10 minutes or so and we ended with more tears and hugs and handshakes. What an absolute blessing! I hope my words capture this amazing encounter with the Lord. This was the first day, I can't wait to see what He has in store for us the rest of the week!
Humbly filled with His Spirit,