THIS IS A SPUR OF THE MOMENT HOLY GHOST INSPIRED IDEA FOR OUTREACH

An e-mail update I sent out recently:

PRAISE THE LORD! I have to tell you what we did yesterday (June 18th 99).It was great!

The Sunday before last, I spoke at the Victory Christian center in Houma (LA) It went well. Anyway, two brothers there wanted to come up to Morgan City and minister on the streets with me. We made plans to do that. Yesterday they came. It has been raining a lot here. Everyday since last Monday. So I just figured it would rain Friday, too, so I didn't make any big plans. But these guys showed up anyway, and we prayed that the Lord would show us what to do.

AND HE DID! I NEVER DID THIS BEFORE, BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE A WONDERFUL THING!

We went to Walmart and bought 10 cases of assorted flavors of soda. For you northerners, that's pop. We bought a lot of ice, and put it all in coolers, and went to a busy intersection, stood up the cross, and gave out free sodas to everyone who stopped at the lights! My two oldest girls, their friend Kristen, and sister Mary Bell also helped us. With the free sodas, we handed out a piece of paper to everyone who got a soda....this is what it said:

"IT'S FREE!"

MANY PEOPLE PROBABLY WONDER WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. NOT MUCH IS FREE THESE DAYS WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED...

BUT TODAY, WE ARE DEMONSTRATING OUR LOVE AND CONCERN FOR YOU AS A PERSON, AND WE ARE DOING THIS AS A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE VERY PERSON JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS FOR...YOU!

HIS GIFT OF SALVATION IS FREE FOR THE ASKING TO ANYONE WHO WILL ACCEPT IT. JUST AS PEOPLE HAVE A CHOICE OF ACCEPTING OR REJECTING OUR FREE GIFT TO THEM TODAY, THEY ALSO HAVE A CHOICE OF ACCEPTING OR REJECTING GOD'S GIFT TO THEM OF ETERNAL LIFE.

JESUS SAID "UNLESS A MAN IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD" (JOHN 3:3). HE WANTS YOU TO EXPERIANCE THE NEW BIRTH THAT ONLY THE SPIRIT OF GOD CAN GIVE YOU. AND IT'S FREE.

WE JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE BELIEVE YOU ARE SPECIAL TO THE GOD WHO CREATED ALL OF US, AND THAT YOU ARE SPECIAL TO US. WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE A WHILE. IF YOU HAVE ANY PRAYER NEEDS, OR IF YOU NEED TO JUST TALK, OR IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU NEED THAT FREE GIFT OF SALVATION, WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU, AND IT'S FREE! THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE.

ASK JESUS.

FOR PRAYER, CALL:
(Various phone numbers of churches were listed)

WONDERFUL JESUS! MAN, IT WAS A BLESSING TO SEE THE REACTION OF THE PEOPLE. WE DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME AT EACH LIGHT, SO WE WOULD JUST SAY," HEY, IT 'S FREE, IT'S ON JESUS," AND GIVE THEM THE SODA AND THE PAPER. IN ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF, WE GAVE 240 CANS OF SODA OUT, AND GOT 200 TRACTS AND THOSE SHEETS OF PAPER OUT! 240 PEOPLE RECIEVED THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL FOR JUST $45.00! MAN! WHAT A BLESSING!

Just before we started, a police officer saw us setting up on the corners and came to ask me what we were doing. I told him, "hey, man, I was just sitting at home, and got this crazy idea that I wanted to bless a bunch of people today. So We are going to just give some free drinks to the people who stop at the lights. We aren't asking for anything at all, just giving it away."

He had a pretty puzzled look on his face, and then I let him know that I'm the guy who's carrying the cross through town, and he looked like he got it then. I said, "man, I'll do anything I can to touch people for Jesus!" Then I showed him the paper I had printed up, and he couldn't quite fathom the "Why" of the situation, but he and his partner recieved the Word of God before they left. I offered them a soda, but they turned them down.

It was so good there yesterday, that I think I'm going to do it again next week. GLORY! Well, I hope you all are being blessed today. JESUS IS LORD, and this is the day that the Lord has made. We need to rejoice and be glad in it! Remember: Someone you may cross paths with today may never have another opportunity to hear about Jesus. Don't hesitate to tell them about the ONLY WAY to heaven....

I love you all

Lance

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