Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 8

February 12, 2019

February 6, 2019
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes it away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it that it may bear more fruit. If one does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is dried up; and they gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” -John 15:2, 6

During the corporate morning revival, a leading brother fellowshipped about being pruned after we bear fruit. “Why do plants have to bear fruit and then get pruned? If they bear some fruit then the branches are strong enough. Something we can learn from here, is that brother Lee used the word vigorous. Vigorous is the same word as vital. If we are not cut then we can’t be vital. Brother Lee said that he went to a mountain, repented, then went to preach the gospel. Today, that is the experience we need. We need to ask the Lord to deal with us, so that we would confess and repent. We need to be trimmed and pruned so that we can have a vigorous living, and that is how we bear fruit. We also need a deeper view of pruning. We don’t like that point but we need to be pruned. It’s very simple, we confess and repent, and in that kind of repentance we will receive the infusing of life that will make us vital and living.”

Statistics for Fresno State University:

  • Tracts: 287
  • Bibles: 16 English
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 17
  • Contacts received: 11
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 2

Today was a day of labor. Lord, keep us burning for You!

At Fresno State University there was a Catholic student who gave one of the sisters a lot of time to fellowship. She was lead to pray through The Mystery of Human Life. The student mentioned that she had leukemia while young and thought that she was going to die. Now, she is appreciative of the Lord and of the gospel. This one also received a Bible. The sense on her was that she had never read the Word since she was small. May the Lord continue to draw her to Himself in the Word.

Prayer Burdens:

  • Appointments to be set and continued to be followed up
  • For the Bible study Friday at Fresno City College
  • For the transition of contacts to the saints

February 8, 2019
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. But this He said concerning this Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” -John 7:37-39

Statistics for Walmart:

  • Bibles: 11
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 12

Number of Appointments Today per Campus:

  • Fresno State University: 2
  • Fresno City College: 2 (one was a second appointment)
  • Clovis Community College: 3

Prayer Burdens:

  • For continuation of these appointments
  • That the students would be connected to the saints
  • A burning burden for follow-up

February 9, 2019
As the GTCA in Fresno and Clovis has come to an end, the trainees and saints were reminded to not consider this the last day of the work. We all need to learn to fellowship and continue to shepherd these ones that were gained. This is not an activity, but our daily living. What touches people is our heart for them. These two weeks the saints have become gates to these seeking ones. A gate is one that is accessible and it does not close or lock. This gate is also corporate. We are here not as individuals doing our own work but we are all parts of the gates that have three sides. Three by four; God mingling Himself with humanity.

The trainees may not be here physically any longer, but the burden is to be here in prayer and in spirit. The availability is short but the heart, care, and petition will continue to come through our prayers this term for Fresno and Clovis. We are all one body!

Statistics for Walmart:

  • Tracts: 23
  • Bibles: 24 English, 4 Spanish
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 24 English, 4 Spanish
  • Flyers: 20

Statistics for the Cherry Auction:

  • Tracts: 163
  • Bibles: 17 English, 48 Spanish
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 22 English, 50 Spanish
  • BfA Cards: 7
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 1

Today, two groups of saints went out and another group of saints stayed with the trainees to fellowship and pray regarding the contacts gained and transition for follow-up. It was a sweet fellowship hearing the testimonies of both the saints from Fresno and Clovis as well as the trainees.

Continue to pray for:

  • The continuation of appointments with these contacts
  • The transition of contact from trainees to the saints
  • The heart of the trainees to continue to follow up with those contacted
  • The homes that have and will be continue to be visited
  • Remaining fruit on each campus
  • For a team in Fresno/Clovis to care and shepherd these ones

FINAL STATISTICS:

Tracts: 1,303

Bible/Rhema sets:

  • 370 English, 70 Spanish = 440 Bibles
  • 352 English, 66 Spanish = 418 Basic Elements

Contacted: 158

Prayed: 25

Second Appointment:

  • 14 with students

Regular Appointment: 2

Homes Visited:

  • 340 doors knocked
  • 5 homes visited for the second time

Number and name of churches visited: 1,

  • Church in Fresno

Number and names of localities (non-churches) visited: 6,

  • Fresno State University
  • Fresno City College
  • Clovis Community College
  • Madera Walmart
  • Door-knocking in both localities in Fresno and Clovis

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Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 7

February 8, 2019

February 2nd, 2019
During this time in Fresno and Clovis there were some saints visiting from Sacramento and Reno that were able to join the saints for some-door knocking and also a table at Walmart.

Statistics from Door Knocking:

  • Doors knocked: 130
  • Doors opened: 79
  • Bibles: 19
  • Will be revisiting some doors later in the upcoming weeks.

Statistics from Walmart:

  • Tracts: 7
  • Bibles: 15 English, 1 Spanish
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 12 English, 1 Spanish
  • Contacts received: 8
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 1
  • BfA cards: 31

Prayer Requests:

  • To have a heart to love and care for people
  • That we can get in some of these homes
  • Household salvation for some families
  • For further contact with the ones met at Walmart

February 4th, 2019
The Lord has really been faithful to bring His sons of peace to these tables. They are open and hungry for the word. A student at Fresno State University said that she loves the Word but because her Bible is too big and heavy, she wrote flash cards to carry around and look over the Word when she needs to. She was impressed how easy the Recovery Version was to understand and enjoyed reading the footnotes on Philippians. As she got her own Bible, she realized her friend who next to her was also there receiving one. The sisters then asked her if she would lead her friend to receive the Lord. All the sisters read the prayer together and both gave their information for further contact.

Statistics for Fresno State University:

  • Tracts: 184
  • Bibles: 20
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 27
  • Contacts received: 15
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 3

Statistics for Clovis Community College:

  • Bibles: 4
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 4
  • Contacts received: 3
  • 2nd Appointment with a student!

Prayer Requests:

  • Bible seminar in Fresno State University, 2/6/18- that the Lord would release so many to come
  • For a Bible study that same day in Clovis Community College
  • For the one who came for a second appointment

February 5th, 2019
The Bible being unlocked today in Fresno City College. (Picture below)

Statistics for Fresno State University:

  • Tracts: 52
  • Bibles: 8 English
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 8
  • Contacts received: 3
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 1

Statistics for Fresno City College:

  • BfA cards passed out: 1
  • Bibles: 22 English
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 22
  • Contacts received: 12
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 1

Prayer Requests:

  • The Fresno State Seminar today from 1-2pm
  • The Clovis Community College Bible Study also today during lunch time
  • The Fresno City College Bible Study this Friday from 12-1
  • That the Lord would release all His sons of peace for these times
  • That the Lord would also bind and remove any distractions during these times with the students

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Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 6

February 4, 2019

In Fresno City College, the team had contacted a student who wanted a Bible study. He sent a message that day that he was feeling under the weather, but the team still made it there to meet another student. As the team waited, they went to the cafeteria and saw a student watching videos on his phone. They sat down and started to begin to have a conversation with him. At the beginning asking him questions was a bit difficult, but the team hoped that they were able to see his need. First, his major was the same as one of the trainees. Then, there began a connection from where his parents are from to that same trainee’s sending locality. Eventually, he mentioned a few things about his growing up in Catholic school and it opened up a way for the team to start to talk about his reading of the word. He was asked his favorite story and He opened up about Abraham offering his son. He mentioned he couldn’t understand, but the team shared with him how that story connects to Jesus being offered to God for us. He was then asked if he had ever received the Lord, which he replied that he honestly wouldn’t know. That opened another way to share with him that he had a spirit. That man was created in the same image as God, that He is Spirit and He went through an entire process to become the Life-giving Spirit and that now he can enter into his being. The team leads this one to pray and receive the Lord and shared that he can contact the Lord whenever and wherever he is. The Lord is faithful to appear.

During door-knocking, the last house was a former Presbyterian who got saved eight years ago and was solid in the truth, with the same beliefs that we have, and was open to fellowship with Christians. His understanding with the Triune God was pretty impressive and he was like an elder in his other church. He mentioned that he was wide open. He was a good one to fellowship with. He is not peculiar. He says that he doesn’t like to argue about the small things, so a brother inoculated Him. He prayed and received a Bible.

At Walmart, from the setting up, people were wanting to know what the saints had. There was a woman asked if she had ever read the word. She says that yes, but when she does read she falls asleep. The saints realized and shared that even in our living there is something to infuse. She was impressed that others read the word on the phone.

Matthew 9:37-38
“Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is great but the workers few; Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest that He would thrust out workers into His harvest.”

Statistics for Fresno State University:

  • Tracts: 220
  • Bibles: 36 English, 1 Spanish
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 36 English, 1 Spanish
  • Contacts received: 17
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 1

Statistics for Fresno City College:

  • Appointments: 2

Statistics for Door-knocking:

  • Homes visited: 38
  • Bibles: 4
  • Contacts received: 1

Statistics for Walmart:

  • Bibles: 13 English, 8 Spanish
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 12 English, 10 Spanish
  • Contacts received: 6
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 2

Prayer Burdens:

  • For the Follow up of all the contacts
  • That the Lord would strengthen the saints to shepherd these ones
  • For remaining fruit on the campuses
  • That the Lord would send a team

Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 5

February 4, 2019

In Fresno State University, there was a student eating her lunch, and the saints talked to her and asked her if she had ever read the Bible. The student responded yes, that she grew up Christian and had her Bible in her backpack. The saints asked her which version she read, she pulled out her own Bible, and they read Matthew 1:1. After reading the verse and footnote, she decided to receive the Recovery Version and the saints let her go. As the student was walking into the building, a sister ran to her and mentioned that there was a seminar upstairs and she was happy and open to go. When she went to the seminar, the front door said no food or drinks so she came back to the student and told her. The sister told her that she could leave her food with her and come back for it when they are done. In the seminar, the topic was on John 6, about Jesus being in you boat. There was discussion on that section and she participated and shared that to take Jesus into your boat is to take Him into your life and situation. Afterwards, they all prayed together and invited Him to their lives right then. At the end before she left, she filled out the survey. The question asked, “What she enjoy the most or what was the most interesting?” She responded with one word, “Acceptance.” When the saints are standing on this flow, there is an automatic expression. All those that are contacted will notice, continue being under the flow!

Statistics for Fresno State University:
Tracts: 80 Bibles: 19 Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 19 Contacts received: 14 Prayed to receive the Lord: 3

Statistics for Clovis Community College:
Tracts: 10 Bibles: 20 English, 2 Spanish Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 20 BfA cards: 35 Contact received: 11

Prayer Burdens:

  • That the Lord can vitalize the saints to care for the students so that there can be remaining fruit
  • The follow-up and transition of these contacts to the saints
  • That the Lord would burden a team to come serve in Fresno/Clovis

Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 4

January 31, 2019

Today, three teams divided into Fresno State University, Fresno City College, and a first door-knocking group in Clovis. Seven saints from Sacramento also joined the team for the day. Praise the Lord for the body!

Statistics for Fresno State University:

  • Tracts: 161
  • Bibles: 44 English
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 44
  • Contacts received: 5
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 3

Statistics for Fresno City College:

  • Bibles: 18 English
  • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 19
  • BfA cards: 35
  • Contacts received: 4
  • Prayed or called to receive the Lord: 2

Statistics for Door-knocking:

  • Homes knocked: 82
  • Bibles given: 10
  • Prayed to receive the Lord: 1

In Fresno State University, a brother asked a student if he wanted a Bible and he was willing to receive one. He was asked if John 3:16 was his favorite verse and the student said yes. The fellowship began by a question, “Do you believe this verse?” His answer was, yes. The brother then replied, “Now you need to say it out loud,” and showed him Romans 10:9-13. The brother again asked the student if he believed that He is Lord and that He died and was raised on the third day. The student said yes, and was led to call on the name of the Lord, and he said, “Oh Lord Jesus! I believe that You resurrected and I believe You” Praise the Lord that now this one has the life of God!

In Fresno City College, there was this student who was asked if he wanted a Bible. He nodded yes, and before the brother was able to explain about the Bible, he asked if there were Bible studies. The saints mentioned to him that it was the first time on this campus and that their hope is to get four or five interested students to get a Bible study started. His face lit up and he asked if they had gotten the four already and the team told him that he could be the first. Although he then seemed discouraged that there had not been anyone else interested yet, he was open and willing to give us his information to send him a text message when they would start.

During door-knocking, the saints went to a house and the garage was open. There was a young lady and they asked if her parents were home. She responded right away that she was old enough and they could talk to her. She was open and read the word with the saints, and even if her father came to get some part of conversation back and forth she never blinked an eye. She was very attracted to the speaking and was interested in a Bible study.

At another door, the saints asked a woman, “Do you believe God?” and she said yes. They then asked her what His name was and she answered that she didn’t know. They told her that His name is Jesus. That when we call on Him, as He is the Spirit, he enters into us, and they brought her to call on His name a few times. She had a hard time reading English but she understood it and got one because she had children. The saints then commanded her to call stronger and she obeyed. She called and she was saved!

Prayer Requests:

  • There will be a seminar on Fresno State University, at the library
  • There will be a Bible study in Clovis Community College, at the designated area for tabling
  • There will be a small Bible study at Fresno City College, Friday also at a designated area
  • These two days on campus, 36 students are open for further follow-up and gave us their contact information. Pray that those who were texted would continue to be open and that the Lord would bring many for the events listed above.
  • The Lord is doing so much just in two days that there is a big burden for a team to care for this harvest. Oh Lord, what about a team in Fresno and Clovis!

Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 3

January 31, 2019

Today was the first day we went out to the campuses. Many saints plus the team started with coordination and morning revival. Teams were divided into two teams for two campuses, Fresno State University and Clovis Community College.

Statistics for Fresno State University:
• Tracts passed out: 116 • Bibles: 40 English, 5 Spanish • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 45 • BfA cards: 75 • Contacts received: 7 • Prayed to receive the Lord: 3

Statistics for Clovis Community College:
• Bibles: 15 English, 1 Spanish • Basic Elements of the Christian Life: 9 • Contacts received: 6 • Prayed to receive the Lord: 1

In Fresno State University there was this student who was approached by a sister and who offered her a Bible. The Bible was opened and explained to her. John 3:16 was mentioned, and they read the verse together. There was fellowship on receiving and believing. She felt that she never realized this and never heard that to believe you had to receive. She was also showed 1 Thessalonians 5:23 about how she can receive the Lord in her Spirit. The saints shared the illustration of the radio. which receives the radio waves. The Lord is the Spirit and when you receive Him, He enters into you. Right after, she received the Lord and they ended the prayer by saying thank You Lord for coming into me, I receive You right now. Come into me and fill me with peace.

In Clovis Community College there was a student who was interested in the Bible, and when the saints asked her if she knew about the Bible and she said very little. A sister led her to the story about Nicodemus, about entering into the womb of the mother. They fellowshipped about the Spirit, the mystery of human life, and death and sin. She was told that she was a vessel and God wanted to enter into her. She was asked that if she knew who God was when He entered into the earth, and she said no. She was told that His name was Jesus. He came to earth, needed to die to become the Life-giving Spirit to enter into her, and that she needed to pray to receive Him. She was impressed and prayed to receive the Lord.

Prayer Burdens:

  • That the Lord would release a room at Clovis Community College for a seminar and a room for Bible study
  • The seminar, Tuesday and Wednesday at Fresno State University
  • That the Lord would gain 5 remaining fruit from the time today on both campuses
  • That the 4 that received the Lord would have come to the seminars on campus this week

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Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 2

January 30, 2019

Hymn #124, stanza 4:
Hallelujah, Christ the Victor
Triumphed on Mount Calvary!
Hallelujah, resurrected,
He displays His victory!
Hallelujah, now ascended,
He shall reign eternally

The Lord’s Table meeting included testimonies from the Southern California Spanish-speaking Conference this January and the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Conference, The Spiritual Warfare of the Church as the New Man. That afternoon, both the saints from Fresno and Clovis and the team had a GTCA (Gospelizing, Truthizing, Churchizing America) workshop. The fellowship included these points:

  • Needing to be a person with the spirit of the gospel and having a heart for people
  • Fanning into flame this spirit (2 Timothy 1:6)
  • Opening and allowing the Lord to have a way to flow in us and from us

The fellowship also included material and testimonies on preaching the gospel, having a heart for man, door-knocking, tabling, and follow up.

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Fresno/Clovis, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 1

January 29, 2019

During the last four weeks of the Fall term and the interim break, the team had the opportunity to pray once a week for prayer burdens given from the saints in Fresno and Clovis.

These prayers included:

  • That the Lord would release the saints to participate
  • For there to be a club on the campuses
  • That the team and the local saints would learn to care and shepherd the new ones
  • That there would be “one work”
  • Bible studies to further the contact with the new ones

Arriving in Fresno, the team had the opportunity to blend with the families in their hospitality. That afternoon they attended a young people’s meeting where there was dinner, singing, and fellowship. The trainees were asked to share a five-minute testimony to the young people about their salvation and experience in the training. Three high school seniors were also able to share how they were kept in the church life during their high school years. Both testimonies included pursuing with those.

Prayers request for the team:

  • That the Lord would enlarge our hearts for people
  • That we would be blended and knit with the local saints
  • That the Lord would prepare us much more during this time to enter in

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Clovis/Merced/Madera, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 7

February 11, 2018

2/8/18 The saints gathered together at Fresno meeting hall to coordinate the gospel work for the day. Two teams went to Fresno City College and Clovis Community College. The rest of the saints went door-knocking in the near by neighborhood.

At Fresno City College, many students came by to get a study Bible, that we ran out in an hour! Many were willing to have further contact and those who couldn’t have one expressed interest to have a Bible too! One student, Andrew, has set up an appointment with the saints to meet the next day to have a Bible study.

The door-knocking team brings equally encouraging news too. Many doors were open and seven Bibles were handed out in a short time. The local saints expressed their nervousness in the very beginning, but once they get to the first open door, they were filled with the Spirit and with joy.

Prayer burden:

  • Please pray for the further contact of these new ones that the Lord would release the proper shepherds.

2/9/18 Many local saints came to Fresno meeting hall for coordination and prayer this morning. It is very encouraging to see saints willingly offer their time, from work and from family to spend time in the gospel. A college age brother who very enthusiastically joined the team this morning was especially encouraging to all the saints. There were tables in Fresno State & Clovis Community College, and three door-knocking teams going out in one accord!

The saints also set up appointment today with two new contacts to have a Bible study with them. One of the contacts, A, has a hunger for the ministry. Before the saints met him, he had finished four chapters of Basic Elements of the Christian Life and wanting to get another Bible and Basic Elements of the Christian Life for his grandmother. Andrew was joyful to know what salvation really means and told the saints that he knows now he is really saved. The saints have set up a time with him next week.

The door-knocking team in Clovis initially has some issues, as they lost the map of the location for door-knocking. However, by the Lord’s sovereignty, they ended up in a new neighborhood, almost entirely Spanish-speaking. All the members in the team speaks Spanish, thus everyone was functioning. The coordination was sweet and many Bibles were passed out in the process.

The other door-knocking team in Kerman was also experiencing the readiness of the harvest. Of the first three houses they visited, they handed out three Bibles! The neighborhood was very open to the Lord’s Word, contacts were gained who are willing to have a Bible study and future follow-up.

Prayer burdens:

  • Pray that the Lord will preserve A and the enemy would be bound.
  • Pray for the last day of the gospel trip, that all saints will enjoy the Lord in the coordination, and will regain their strength.
  • Pray for the follow-up of the contacts gained on campus, at the flea market & door-knocking.

Clovis/Merced/Madera, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 6

February 8, 2018

The saints gathered in the Fresno meeting hall at 9:30 A.M. for the Lord’s Table. A detailed report on the gospel for the past week, together with sweet testimony time from those who participated, encouraged the saints to spread the Word and pray. Before noon, about 30 saints went out for the gospel, both tabling and door-knocking.

The trainees were teamed up with local saints to visit some dormant saints. Through prayer and fellowship, the experience is both cherishing and fruitful. A brother, who did not attend the meeting for a few months, but his whole family was open for the saints to visit. The family really enjoyed the time, it was full of sweet fellowship and enjoyment. In the end, even the brother himself was encouraged to come back to the meeting to share with the saints his enjoyment.

Another house that was visited was a brother who has not meet for a year. By much interceding, he finally replied to the brothers and arranged a time for them to visit him. During the time, he was very much encouraged and ask the brother if he can get a weekly visit. Thank the Lord for seeking and finding the lost sheep.

Prayer Burdens:

  • The Lord would recover the dormant saints and free them from their anxieties
  • Pray for the table in the coming days in Fresno State and Fresno City College.

Clovis/Merced/Madera, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 5

February 5, 2018

The saints gathered in the morning for morning revival, a time of prayer and fellowship. Then trainees and local saints went out in three teams: A table at Walmart and the two door knocking teams in Madera.

At Walmart, a total of 37 bibles were handed out and gained 14 contacts that require future follow-up. Praise the Lord for bringing the seeking ones to the table! There were many conversations at the table, including one particularly open one discussing the book of Revelation with a trainee and learning about the truth. Many of those who had received a Bible were joyous and were willing to provide their contact for future contact.

The door-knocking teams were really experiencing that the Word is running. There was a house where the owner (an old lady) was initially very hesitant when answering the door, but as soon as the saints started to share more about the footnotes, on the Triune God and enjoying Christ as food, her attitude changed altogether. In the end, she was so full of joy that she hugged everyone on the team, thanking the team to visit her. Thank the Lord for such a wonderful experience.

Prayer Burdens:

  • Pray for the contacts we had in Madera, that the Lord would released the proper shepherds.
  • Pray for the table in Cherry Auction (a flea market) on Saturday.
  • Pray for the health of the team.

Clovis/Merced/Madera, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 4

February 3, 2018

The saints gathered at the meeting hall in Fresno in the morning for a time of prayer and coordination. Later, the saints were divided up into 4 groups. Two groups went to Clovis for door-knocking, one group went to Walmart for tabling and the last group went to Fresno City College for tabling.

The door-knocking was a blessing to the saints who participated. Everyone is enlivened and full of joy. 126 doors were knocked, and 35 answered and at least received a tract. In total, we passed out 9 Bibles.

At Fresno City College, the students were opened and 9 Bibles was handed out. Among the students we contacted, one experience was particularly encouraging. A student who came to the table was filled with joy after he saw the Recovery Version with footnotes. After being explained to how precious the footnotes are, this student who received the Bible is so full of joy that he asked the brother standing at the table if he can hug him. Altogether, three contacts were gained today at Fresno City College.

Prayer Burden:

  • Pray for the door-knocking and tabling at Walmart tomorrow at Madera.
  • Pray for the follow-up with the students in Fresno City College and Fresno State University.
  • Pray for the follow-up of the ones who received a Bible in Merced.
  • Pray for the health of the team.

Clovis/Merced/Madera, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 3

February 2, 2018

The saints and trainees had four tabling events in four locations today; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In the morning, the saints divided into two teams to go to UC Merced and Merced College. In the afternoon, saints went to Merced Mall and Bijio supermarket to table. The campus club in Merced College also has an activity in the afternoon.

Since there were multiple events or activity happening at the same time, we really do seek the one accord among the saints. No one was standing at the side; everyone has entered the vineyard to labor for the Lord. We were impressed by the vitality of the saints, pressing forward together on campus and also in the community, with the same goal and having the same mind. The coordination is beautiful and sweet.

At UC Merced, students were open to receive at least a gospel tract. Some were open to receive a free Bible and sign up for the Bible studies. Two brothers had an appointment with a Freshman at noon to have lunch with him. The appointment went well and a local brother will continue to follow up to care for and shepherd this freshman.

Despite having slow traffic at Merced Mall, the saints were still able to pass out six Bibles. One 86-year-old man who came by the table even asked to be baptized after talking to the saints. Although the number of people was small, the saints were really encourage by the one they had contact with.

The second Bible distribution at El Bijio Supermarket was again very encouraging. The saints were able to pass out 40 Bibles in a short afternoon, once again this shows that the Spanish-speaking door is wide open to the church. May the Lord continue to use this supermarket as a great fishing pound to gain vessels for His testimony in Merced.

1/31/18
The trainees left Merced after a sweet breakfast with the saints, and traveled to Fresno for the second part of the gospel trip. The rest of the afternoon was a rest day for the team, and we rested in a brother’s farm house in Reedley, a city close to Fresno. The trainees had a wonderful time when a brother took us on a tour of his farm. We had a prayer meeting with the saints in Fresno in the evening

Prayer Burdens:

  • Pray for those one contacted, that the Lord would release the proper shepherding.
  • Pray for the second part of the gospel trip, for the gospel work in Clovis and Madera, that the hearts of the people will be soften.
  • Pray for the health of the trainees and saints alike.

Clovis/Merced/Madera, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 2

February 2, 2018

The saints come together in the morning for a time of coordination and prayer. We divided into two teams to go to UC Merced and Merced College for tabling from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 A.M.

In UC Merced, a lot of students were open to receive gospel tracts and free Bibles. We had good conversions with few students. They were open for further contact and left their contact information with us. It was encouraging that a majority of contacts we got were Freshmen. One of the saints was able to set up an appointment with a freshmen tomorrow. Another one was willing to come to the Bible study.

The tabling in Merced College was very encouraging to the saints. Many students were drawn to the table and are very open. One particular experience was especially encouraging. One lady who came by the table was instantly attracted by the Recovery Version Bible after being shown the footnotes. After receiving a Bible from us, she went to class. At the end of the tabling, when the saints were packing up, she came by the table again, this time on the phone with her husband. Apparently she told her husband about the Bible and he wants a copy as well. In the end, she went away with a indescribable joy on her face after getting another Bible for her husband as well.

Prayer Burdens:

  • Continue to pray for the tabling in UC Merced and Merced College, that the Lord will bring the sons of peace.
  • Pray for the tabling in Merced Mall and El Bajio Supermarket tomorrow afternoon.
  • Pray for the Lord to open a way to shepherd I.M.
  • Appointment with freshman E, that the Lord would keep him open

Clovis/Merced/Madera, CA—Gospel Trip, Report 1

February 1, 2018

We partook of the Lord’s Table with the saints in Merced this morning. The prophesying of the saints was mutually encouraging, for every branches in the vine to bear remaining fruit. After lunch, trainees and local saints formed teams for BfA Bible distributions at two locations, in a local mall and a supermarket. The coordination is sweet and in oneness.

The tabling went from 2:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M, and the result was very encouraging. Not only that many Bibles was distributed, but majority of the Bibles distributed today were Spanish. It was a big change from previous experiences according to the local saints. Thank the Lord for opening the Spanish-speaking door. There were also a few contacts who are willing to invite us to visit them in their home. One young man even agreed for an appointment the next day. Praise the Lord for the vessels that He has prepared in Merced. Glory to Him!

Statistics:
71 Bibles
71 Tracts
12 Contacted

Prayer burdens:

  • Pray for the tabling at UC Merced and Merced College on Monday (1/29/18), that the Lord will lead us to the ones He desire, the sons of peace.
  • Pray for the revisiting & appointment of the contacted one, the appointment with the young man whom we met at the table today.
  • Pray for the health of the trainees and local saints, to have minimal distraction throughout the week.