Overcoming fears have been a regular part of my life. I’ve been afraid so often, yet the Lord continually pushes me to the edge of my fears and says, “Jump.” Not every ‘jump’ has been the success I’d like it to be, but the Lord has never let me fall to the point of destruction. He has always, like He did with Peter, reached out His hand to me to catch me, and with a gentle rebuke said, “Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Some things are easier now than they used to be. There is not as much fear when I preach on the streets anymore, for example, whereas it used to be a huge inner battle. The Lord brought me through that battle and now it’s not so hard. And one of the great things about winning such battles is to help others win similar battles. This past week I had the blessing of seeing teenagers fight and win in this same struggle. I helped to train four young men to preach on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD. The oldest was 21 and the youngest only 13. I saw these young men, gripped with fear, open their mouths and preach among crowds in the open air. They struggled the first time, but by the end of the week, they had conquered their fears. It was awesome! Not only did they preach with the sketch board, but they passed out a ton of tracts and spoke with people one-on-one about the Lord. It was, as one of them posted on social media, ‘life changing.’
It was also this month that I took my first small group trip out to Philadelphia to do ministry there. We preached first at City Hall (and was removed) and then at a city park, where a drunk man yelled at me the entire time I was preaching. It wasn’t the most successful outing I’ve had (due to these circumstances), but we took the step out of the boat. I’m believing for better times to come.
Continue to pray for us as we raise our monthly support. We are still a bit from our goal, but the Lord has been faithful. Each month, unexpected money has come in to keep us going! If the Lord touches your heart to give to this ministry, we would be greatly appreciative.
Pray for us! Pray for my wife and kids as they prepare for homeschooling! This is a new adventure for all of us. Both parents and kids are excited about the possibilities that homeschooling offers, but we are not sure what to expect in the days to come. Pray also for me. Pray that we continually grow in our ability to more effectively reach the lost. The University of Delaware will be back in session soon. It’s been less fruitful there than in other places. Pray that the Lord would give me wisdom and grace to reach the students that are there.
Thanks to everyone who prays for us and supports this ministry financially! We pray for you regularly! God Bless – Hal