Ellwood City Festival Evangelism Report

On Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30th, 2012,  my wife and I were blessed with the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my hometown at the annual Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival. A few months back the Lord put this project on my heart,  and I am so thankful and blessed to see how the Lord has put this on the hearts of many other brothers and sisters too.

The Speak:Truth Project teamed up with Christ Bible Church and Pressing On Ministries to bring the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to a very religious town very well-steeped in Roman Catholicism. We also had the opportunity to labor alongside our fellow brother Michael Coughlin whom I recently met during our mission trip to the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

It is so awesome to all come together and labor for our Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lord Jesus Christ, who only by His grace has saved us and strengthened us, as we are able to go into this lost and dying world and proclaim His glorious message of hope and forgiveness found in His Gospel.

Proclaiming the Gospel in a very religious town is not always received well. Our country has a vast misunderstanding and a self-made image of who God really is, and when the True God is presented from the Scriptures of His Holy Word, people begin mock. A great example of this, was when I began to open-air preach, two older men in a tent from a Roman Catholic church mocked and scoffed at the preaching of God’s word. The most amazing thing, however, was that this open-air proclamation got the attention of a young man passing by. I stepped down off  my box and began speaking to him about his sin and the grace of God.  Our conversation wrapped up about 30-40 minutes later as he seemed to realize his need for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It was such a great blessing to see so many young people with us passionate about sharing the Gospel. I was also very encouraged to attend Christ Bible Church on Sunday following the festival and hear pastor Jimmy (who joined us on Saturday) call his entire flock to go into their local city and evangelize the Gospel as a church body.

If you have a few minutes please watch below brother Mike Bell from Christ Bible Church proclaim the Gospel to people attending the festival as you will notice several people hated the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please pray with us, as we begin to seek the Lord’s will for proclaiming the Gospel at the festival next year.

Grace and Peace, have a blessed day

Shawn Pander


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