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Street Preaching and the Homeless

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Friday we went into the city to street preach.  flinders st

Unfortunately my PA didn’t work properly, on every third word or so it would cut out.  So I couldn’t preach as my voice isn’t naturally strong.

But God sent Tony, the homeless man whom we met two times ago.

Tony used his God-given, very loud, male voice to open-air preach. Thank God for men.

Tony has no home, no money, hardly any clothes.  But I tell you what – he is one of the best preachers I’ve ever heard.  Not just one of the best street-preachers, but I mean, any preacher.  That includes pastors, televangelists, you know, the ones who’ve grown rich on Churchianity.

On the street, his home, Tony shares his testimony. He was a drug addict who’d done time in prison.  He was a murderer of the heart.  But one day he met Jesus.  And Jesus changed him.

“You may think I’m crazy!” he cries, “Well I am!  I am crazy for Jesus!”

Praise God for that.

open airWhere are all the pastors, the ministers, the ones who get paid to stand up in front of a nice, middle-class congregation on a Sunday morning?  Where are they?  I have not seen them on the streets.

Instead God is using us, a ragtag bunch of women, and one homeless guy.

“In that day I will assemble the lame and gather the outcasts and those whom I’ve afflicted.  I will make the lame a remnant and the outcast a strong nation.” Micah 4:6

 

Truly God uses the lame, the weak, the outcast.  Btw, of us women:

1 is an ex-muslim, ex-alcoholic, ex-agoraphobic (see From Muhammed to Jesus)

1 is an ex-atheist

1 is an ex-Christian cult

All glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

So Jesus used us outcasts to save “D”, another homeless man, on Friday.  He came up to us and told us he is a thief and a drug addict. No hope for him.  I told him about the thief on the cross.  He said he shot up ice that morning.

Tony sat with him on the ground and talked with him.  He ended up leading him to Christ.

I have rarely seen a more beautiful sight than two homeless guys sitting together talking about the love of God.  One in the love of Christ leading the other to Christ.

“Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread”

(Oh – and the Lord sent me a Christian after we finished on Friday who provided another PA for us! He is a good God.)

Blessings,

Belinda 🙂

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Street Preaching and the Homeless

  1. Women…

    The last at the cross to witness his death…
    The first at the tomb to witness his resurrection…

    Women… See Mark 15:41 (among other passages) seem to have been a financial support to his ministry – perhaps when others were not?

    Am I saying Jesus followed the pattern of so many free-loaders? (Actually, maybe I am.) Or am I saying that women quietly play a far richer and more meaningful role in his exposition of God than they normally get credit for? (Definitely, I am saying that.)

    I am always mindful that Jesus’s step-dad, Joseph, basically sacrificed his whole life too. He too is as much a hero as Mary or Bartholomew. And yet he is an unsung hero… and yet not really a hero at all. Jesus is the real hero! But these others play deeply important parts that should be acknowledged – at least sometimes. And this goes everbit as much for those women who supported his ministry, followed him and the boys, and stayed to watch, mourn, and of course to prepare his body for burial when everyone else had thrown in their towel.

    And there is something very feminine about that, I think. Something very motherly and sisterly. A trait that men can possess in part, but women have in whole. And I think this is what God created for, and gave to Adam, in his garden.

    I am blessed by the women in my life. I am blessed by the women in this post.

    You have my admiration!

    Bless you, from Texas

    Agent X
    Fat Beggars School of Prophets
    Lubbock, Texas (USA)

    • And I am blessed by your comment Agent X! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I agree with you that there are some real heroes of our faith in the Bible of both sexes. Thank God for the complementary graces of both man and woman and I think both are necessary for the Body of Christ to be fully functioning. May our great God and King bless you abundantly 🙂
      Belinda

  2. I am thrilled at the PA coming to you! I note that Paul expressed God’s view that there is “neither male nor female”, and we have had to endure religious authorities who perverted God’s word through Paul to suppress the gifts and calling of the Supreme Authority. In human terms we look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. More important is your reminder that God uses the unaccepted in the world to win the unaccepted of the world to be accepted as children of God!
    Peace

    • Amen. Wow, you have said that incredibly well! When the Lord first called me to street preach I had a few negative remarks about the fact I am a woman. The thing is, once you know you’ve been called by GOD, nothing a human says can ultimately deter you from His path. I thank Him that He is so far above all of us and our ways, He is so great! God bless you David and thanks again for your encouragement 🙂

  3. It doesn’t surprise me that the homeless and nothings of this world are doing the preaching in the street.
    When God calls us to do something for Him, we have to lean on Him so we can fulfil His calling. God in us is the One who
    gives us all the ability. As we trust in Him and lean on Him, He will give us the ability to do whatever He has called us do.

  4. I love this! I am part of a group that goes to the beach and does the same thing. But very few churches do this type of witnessing. It’s unfortunate that more Christians are not being blessed by serving God and winning souls in this way. It’s unfortunate that many lost souls continue to live without Christ because nobody is reaching out to them. Thank you for what you are doing!

    • Praise God Kathleen for what you are doing! It always so encouraging to know of others in the Body of Christ who are doing similar, because, as you say, it is unfortunately rare to find. May God bless your ministry with abundant fruit! Belinda 🙂

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