It’s a New Year and we’re off on a new adventure to Spain.
We went to Spain in October in our motorhome for a holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it and came back to the UK wanting to go back to Spain again when we could. The other thing that came out of our previous trip was my wondering about the issue of community and specifically the community of those who spend all or part of their year in their motorhome.
- How do these people establish themselves as part of a community?
- What does this community look like?
- Are these people just loners who don’t need or have been damaged by community?
- Is there a gospel opportunity amongst these communities?
It was the last question that really captivated me and so I began to dream dreams. I usually try to take a couple of weeks in the early part of the year to pause, read and pray to charge my batteries for the coming year. So I decided we’d head off to Spain in the midst of winter to take a look at these communities to see if there really is a gospel opportunity.
I am aware of the possibility of mixed motives concerning this decision and maybe I’m just trying to justify a winter holiday. However, if you feel God might be gently nudging you in a direction it seems best to go and see what happens. At best we’ll discover real gospel opportunities whilst at worst we’ll have a bit of a holiday. In reality I should get some reading and praying done, I’ll give away a bunch of tracts and hopefully enjoy some warm weather. (It should be about 5 degrees warmer than Cornwall.)
Do pray for us between January 19th and February 7th when we’re in Spain. Despite being in full time evangelism for approx 30 years I do find speaking to strangers difficult and it doesn’t play to my strengths.
We’re intending heading to the Alicante area of Spain although weather forecasts yesterday are predicting a “gata fria” (see – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_drop) for the beginning of next week so we may change our plans somewhat as we don’t have winter tyres or snow chains!
It was great to have some new team members join us on the streets on Saturday. I’ve been going out fairly regularly in the middle of the week but haven’t been out on Saturday very often since the prayer tent outreach came to an end some time ago. There seems to be an increased interest in street evangelism so it is my intention to go out one Saturday, usually the first one, each month. We were joined by two new team members this month who seemed to both enjoy it and be challenged too. Hopefully we’ll continue to get new team members and the team will grow. And who knows, maybe they’ll be another preacher raised up so that the outreach could continue in my absence.
I guess it’s an age thing but I’ve an increased desire to see more people come into the ministry and so I’m looking for people to train and encourage. They say evangelists don’t ever retire but I’m hoping to step back somewhat sometime in the next 10 years or so. One of the great ways to be inspired is to join a team outreach. Below is a list of some of the outreach and training opportunities within OAC, we’d love you to join us. You can see more information at the OAC website at HERE.
Monopoly Mission London
April 23rd-27th 2019
May 7th-9th 2019
Brighton Fringe Outreach
May 18th-19th 2019
Streetwise Intensive Cardiff
June 24th-28th 2019 – click HERE for more details
South Yorkshire Mission
July 15th-19th 2019
Reach the City (mission and training) – Oslo
July 30th – August 3rd
London Prayer Walk
August 27th-30th 2019
November 4th-7th 2019
OAC will be running the “South Yorkshire Mission” in Sheffield from Monday 15th to Friday 20th July. The South Yorkshire Mission is being organised by OAC Associate Evangelist, Oliver Buckley to both reach the people of Yorkshire and raise the profile of OAC in the area. A number of the OAC evangelists, including me, will travelling to Sheffield for the week to support the mission.
We’re hoping for a team of around 20 people which will be a mixture of local people and OAC evangelists. It will be great working alongside other evangelists and making new friends. We look forward to seeing what God will do during the week. Look back here in a week or so for a report of the week and see some photos.
OAC National has a number of short-term missions arranged for this year and we are looking for people to join us in street evangelism. If you would like to get involved in a short-term mission on the streets please get in touch to discuss where you might go and what you could do. The dates for the short-term missions are listed below.
Go Mission” London April 3rd – 10th
Streetcorner Romania May 7th – 12th An international training week in creative evangelism
Brighton Fringe May 12th – 13th and 19th – 20th
Streetwise July 2nd – 6th This is a practical weeks course learning how to evangelise on the streets
Oliver’s Army Yorkshire July 16th – 20th
Pirates wanted to hand out leaflets in Penzance on Sunday 27th August at the “Pirates on the Prom.”
(World Record Attempt)
Yes, Penzance will be attempting to regain the world record for the most number of ‘pirates’ gathered in one place on August 27th so I’ll be dressing up as a pirate, attending the event and handing out my latest tract “Pirates and the Lost Treasure.”
If you’d like to dress up as a pirate, join in the fun of the day and give away leaflets talking about the greatest treasure, then please let me know.
Streetwise the Residential is our new training course for street evangelism. The course will run from July 3rd to 7th and will be based Hebron Hall, Cardiff. As a participant you will learn how to give your testimony, how to preach effectively on the streets, how to make an appeal, how to work as part of a team, gospel magic, literature evangelism and much more. Each day will include devotions, teaching sessions, practice time, and going out onto the streets of Cardiff to share the gospel.
By the end of the course you should have had the opportunity to share your faith and preach on the streets and you will return home with lots of new ideas about effective street evangelism.
OAC Ministries have be preaching on the streets in the UK since the mid ’60s. The course will be led by Marten Holmes (National Director), Steve Harris (Training Director) and Steve Gurnett (London Branch Director).
There are only 15 places available so early booking is advised .
Email for more details.
Advance notice of dates for street evangelism training – 3rd to 8th July 2017 in Cardiff.
Training will include learning to use and preach with a sketchboard plus a variety of other creative ideas for street evangelism.
Hurray, after much encouragement I have finally self-published the book of the exhibition! The book contains all the photographs from the “A Sideways Look” exhibition plus several others and comes complete with meditation notes at the back. It is published in full colour with a soft back. The cost is £8.00 plus p&p – to order your copy email Marten.
Come eat, drink and find out more about OAC on Saturday 18th April 2015.
You are invited to join us at Truro Baptist Church at 7.30 p.m. for a fun and informal meeting finding out more about the work I do with OAC both at the local level and as the National Director.
Phone or email to book a place.