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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
- 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
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!
- 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.
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