Hello Project Ezra! As most of you know, Sermon on the Mount Saturday is this weekend, and we are praying many of you will be able to participate. We have a few dozen signed up now, but are praying for many more. The chapters are Matthew 5 through 7, so as usual for our larger readings, I would like to encourage you to divide up the reading and invite your believing friends and church family to join you. Many likely do not share their faith regularly, and most have probably never shared it publicly. This is a great opportunity to encourage them to step outside their comfort zone. If you have already signed up, please post the event info on your Facebook or other social media page, or email it to people you think might be interested. A link to the event page is below, along with our blog’s introduction and history page, for those new to Project Ezra.
As an additional encouragement, I have posted some pictures and event reports below, especially from Mission Good Friday, our last event. After you participate this time, please let us know how it went, and post pictures if you have them. If you can not participate, please pray for those that are. Any public evangelism is also spiritual warfare, and prayer support is very necessary. Thanks all, and I’m looking forward to your praise reports!
This is me (Dan), reading in downtown San Jose. This is one of my regular open-air spots. Although you can’t see it in the picture, I am facing a light rail station, a Starbucks, and a movie theater entrance, all situated along a very busy pedestrian walkway. John and Nancy Murphy, the founders of Norcal Seedsowers, our local evangelism team, where there as well, handing out tracts and talking to people who stopped to listen.
Here are a couple blog posts from brothers Allen Peek and Adam Gray, both long-time Project Ezra participants.
From Tim Rector: Myself and a brother from our church, Jeff Stone, were able to go to two public places in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada yesterday and read Matthew 26-28. We first read at a park, and then out front of City Hall in downtown Kitchener. Our pastor gave us a large cross that we had standing beside us. Pray for John, who listened to the gospel presentation afterward and showed conviction.
The YouTube video below is from Tony Miano, our group’s founder. He is reading and preaching near the North Hollywood Metro Station in the greater Los Angeles area, southern California.
From Anthony Merkel: With bad weather here in IL yesterday I decided to read Matthew 26-28 today. God gave us a wonderful sunny 68 degrees with a light wind. I used that wind to my advantage!! Not many people came out, really only my wife, kids, and sister in law Miranda to start with. Midway through 26, a lady walking home from the grocery store stopped and listened to the rest, after we talked a bit we left her with a gospel tract. There were a few people moving around the downtown outside the local bars who could hear the word of God echoing off the buildings, but they never came closer. Prasie God for his word and that one lady who stopped by. I am looking forward now to the Sermon on the Mount reading!
Remember, although it is great to have many people listening, and we pray for that, there may be one specific person God brought you out to preach to that day, as was likely the case with Anthony. There have been times our group has met at our usual Starbucks to go out and talk to people, and never made it more than 20 feet because God had someone He wanted us to talk to there. The important thing is not the number of tracts you can distribute, or how loud you can open-air preach, or that you have immediate and compelling answers for every question that is asked. The important thing is that you give every situation to God, praying for His wisdom and that He will be glorified in all that you do, and then step out in faith and enjoy the privilege of watching Him at work!
All for His glory,