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  • I was talking to a driver today. She said that "Sunnyside" (South Houston) area was very badly hit. It is about like Acres Homes, poor, bad reputation. She told me about an intersection. If it looks likely you will find me there.

    Edit: Scott Street, near Old Spanish Trail, outside the Timmy Chan, looks very likely. And Ron loves Timmy Chan - cheap, greasy, Chinese food and fried chicken.

    I have also been told Acres Homes (my usual area, around White Oak Bayou) got hit as well.

    So far we are fine.

    " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

    Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

    Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

    Matthew 22:9 NIV
    'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


    I'm praying for you daily!
    I get my Bibles here

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    • Tomorrow I'm going to Sunnyside.

      Ron may or may not provide transportation, but I can go on the bus.

      A 2013 NeighborhoodScout.com crime study that analyzed data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded that Sunnyside was #6 in its list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. According to the ranking, every year each Sunnyside resident had a 1 in 11 chance of becoming a victim of crime, and the violent crime rate was 91.27 out of 1,000

      PLUS it had huge flooding.

      Sounds about right.

      " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

      Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

      Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

      Matthew 22:9 NIV
      'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


      I'm praying for you daily!
      I get my Bibles here

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      • I will be praying for you and those you give Bibles to.
        Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

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        • Gave them all away!

          "Never again" Ron moaned when we got home.

          I couldn't blame him. We rode, total, over 4 hours just going to and from the Handout. It had been a challenging day, but I'd already handed out 5 Bibles just going to and from Walmart. When we got home, I found a gory bloodstain on the tiles.

          Oh, God, the cats brought something home and killed it. I cleaned up the blood, only to find a live bird under the bookcase. I stuck my hand under the edge and it "bit" me with it's beak, holding on tightly. Good. I used that to leverage the bird out and past some VERY interested kitty cats, putting it safely outside. Cat door. Not always a great idea. It was a very common bird. I don't know what made the bloodstain 'cause they ate it.

          I also tried to hydrate, and pee, as much as possible. The only thing worse than a handout with a bursting bladder is a dehydrated one.

          When I found myself peeing about what I'd drunk a half hour earlier, I called it good. I packed a bottle of Gatorade, a large bottle of Ozarka Sparkling water (very good), and a 6-pack of Diet Dr Pepper. As it turned out I didn't need most of the drinks.

          We had, as I've related, a very long ride to the Handout, but I handed out several Bibles on the way. I also had to make a pit stop. The older Spanish lady riding across the aisle squealed with joy and hugged the Bible when I gave it to her, grinning widely. Awesome.

          We finally got to our stop. It was pretty much what I expected from the Google StreetView. I had a nice median, and part of it basically had a built in wheelchair ramp. I was directly across from a Chinese takeout restaurant. I set up, taking a minute to get the crates set up, Ron parked, gave Ron his hat, drank some Gatorade so I didn't get sick, and boom -

          I was at the end of the median, at the turnaround, about a hundred yards from the intersection of Old Spanish Trail and Scott. I had, to start, about 80 Bibles. A few more than that, I think. I didn't count them all because I seldom give them all away, I always have a reserve.

          Anyway, within a few minutes someone had parked at the turnaround, waving at me. I got her served and things moved pretty briskly from there. I had lots of "multiples" - one person wanting a couple to serve the whole family, or a carload and everyone wanted one. Only one person tried to give me money - nice to have them believe the FREE part of the sign!

          About 5 minutes into the handout, a lady came walking over, carrying styrofoam cups. "Gimme one of them Bibles". I handed one over and asked if she needed more. "Yeah" she replied, indicating the Chinese takeout restaurant "They all curious. Give me a bunch, so I can pass them out." I handed her several more, and she gave me some icewater.

          Within 5 more minutes, the owner came out, bringing more ice water, and asking me, in broken English, to save some Bibles for her to offer at the restaurant. I did.

          I saw a man aggressively confronting people, shoving paper at them, working on private property. Rude, invasive, and ILLEGAL. That's why I work the way I do.

          I saw a man in a colorful cloth cap, staring at me. I offered him a Bible and he told me he was a muslim. "Have a nice day!" I waved, and meant it.

          No one told me, when I was asked to work there - they had a huge mosque about a quarter mile from my handout spot. I didn't let it stop me.

          I offered a Bible to one guy drinking a "40" (ounce beer in a can, hidden in a paper bag), swaying as he walked. He gave me a beautiful smile as he took it.

          Oh boy - did they love those Bibles. I had the "nice" ones and they were going like hotcakes, when the recipients saw what I had to offer. I am so thankful to all my sponsors!

          I had one guy who parked and came over, perusing each Bible and "shopping" for his perfect one. I let him take all the time he wanted. "After all" I told Ron later "I want to give them away." He took a few and left.

          I'd brought 10 children's and they were hugely popular. "I've got Kid Bibles!" - wow, that is a battle cry to beleaguered parents and grandparents - who wisely want to get their kids right with God before the world turns them astray. I'll be getting more.

          I had one young lady who parked at the pawnshop (! my kind of area!, oh, and FOUR wig/weave/beauty supply places on one block), walked over, and got a Bible. She was wearing a college t-shirt.

          I had one guy who came down, did the turn around, and went back, laughing. I had a bus driver stop and get a couple, a bus driver who gave me a huge grin and a thumbs up, and several more dour bus drivers. I waved and grinned at everyone.

          As I was running down, I saw a man in a knee immobilizer brace. He could hardly walk, and was trying to carry groceries. He clearly wanted a Bible, so I ran over and offered him his choice. He selected the one he liked, put it in a grocery bag, and hobbled off down the road.

          I had a lady carrying several grocery bags, sweating, came over the median and down to me, to get her Bible, which I was delighted to provide. If I have a lot of pedestrians I always do a better business.

          Pretty soon I was down to 3. A car pulled up, a man leans out. "How many?" I asked. "Three!" I handed them over and we were done.

          HOWEVER, I'd held back a half dozen whole Bibles (just a basic evangelism paperback), for the restaurant. I gave them to the owner and she set them on the counter. People were paging through them as they waited for their orders. I'd also given her *one* Spanish. When I saw one of her latina cooks checking it out, I gave her the rest (about another 7).

          We ate. Ron wasn't impressed with the food, but I liked what I ate. Then a very long ride home in rush hour traffic. When I got home the rest of my Lifeway order was waiting on the porch. So easy to rip open the box and give one to the driver!

          NOW I'm done. Please pray for the recipients!

          " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

          Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

          Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

          Matthew 22:9 NIV
          'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


          I'm praying for you daily!
          I get my Bibles here

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          • As always, thanks so much for sharing your experiences. I truly do love and look forward to reading about each and every handout. You are very good at 'telling a story', not that it's a story but just when I read what you write that you are so descriptive and engaging. Reading your words draws me in and I almost feel like I'm standing there with you. You have a talent for writing, maybe should think about writing a book or something? Anyways, I praise God for you, and for the kind sponsor who gave you the donation so that you could purchase so many nice Bibles.

            I'm not working right now, but do have something lined up to where I'll be taking care of an 18 month old little girl part time and that should bring a little extra income. Could you PM me on how do I make a donation should I want to in the future? Right now, I'm unable, but hope to in the future so that I can help and support you and Ron in your endeavors to get His Word out to the many who so need it.

            Also, wondering, what children's Bible do you use? I have the ESV Grow Bible that I use with my children. Angelina likes it but loses interest quickly and so just wondering what other options are out there for children's Bibles, to hopefully be able to really grab her attention and engage her.

            Praying for you, Ron, your kitty children, and of course the recipients.

            Reading this thread always brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Sometimes I come to this thread and just go back pages and pages to somewhere in the middle and start rereading. It's uplifting to me to come to this thread and read, especially when I get in one of my down and depressed moods in which I feel so hopeless about the state of this nation, and the world. May God continue to bless you and your ministry!

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            • Keep giving those out but a tad less detail on some things would work just as well.

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              • Just painting the whole picture - a lot of insanity around these things.

                I have been handing these out, but they are currently unavailable. http://www.christianbook.com/nirv-ch...7053?event=HPT

                I think you might actually like this: http://www.christianbook.com/the-act...4996?event=HPT

                I plan to talk to my Lifeway. I get requests, on occasion, for "large print". This is a large print, easy to read version that would work nicely for children. http://www.christianbook.com/nirv-ou...7032?event=HPT I may be able to haggle them into something competitive, and save on shipping.

                Pretty wiped out today. Boy, I had a GOOD nap.

                " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

                Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

                Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

                Matthew 22:9 NIV
                'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


                I'm praying for you daily!
                I get my Bibles here

                Comment


                • Originally posted by Acts5:41 View Post
                  Just painting the whole picture - a lot of insanity around these things.

                  I have been handing these out, but they are currently unavailable. http://www.christianbook.com/nirv-ch...7053?event=HPT

                  I think you might actually like this: http://www.christianbook.com/the-act...4996?event=HPT

                  I plan to talk to my Lifeway. I get requests, on occasion, for "large print". This is a large print, easy to read version that would work nicely for children. http://www.christianbook.com/nirv-ou...7032?event=HPT I may be able to haggle them into something competitive, and save on shipping.

                  Pretty wiped out today. Boy, I had a GOOD nap.


                  Thanks so much Acts! I like reading the details, makes it more real somehow, more down to earth, and inspires me (like even a crazy person like me is also capable of doing for our Lord).

                  I have The Action Bible somewhere around here. My oldest son got it as a Christmas gift from my Mom 2 Christmases ago. I'm going to have to go look for it because you are right, I think that Ang will like that.

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                  • Today, at church, I saw food trucks, a BBQ in progress, huge pallets of water everywhere, red cross vehicles....

                    I kept yearning towards it.

                    Have you ever heard of a better place for a Handout?

                    I ran over there after church, leaving Ron sitting on his walker. I talked to someone and she said she likes the idea but she has to run it past the boss. I left my name, phone number, and brief idea of my plan (set up a table with Free Bibles sign and distribute to those interested).

                    If they're handing out THAT MUCH water every day (a huge pallet), they have a lot of potential recipients. And I'll just be sitting there at my table. You want it, you got it.

                    We shall see.

                    If not, Ron has been talking about Bissonnet and the prostitutes. I think he finds it amusing I want to minister to them, that they are in existence around him, as he sits there with his wife.

                    Oh, and a guy at church converted "Where to Look in the New Testament" into 1000 - one thousand, awesome laminated bookmarks!

                    Gas me up and let me go.

                    " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

                    Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

                    Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

                    Matthew 22:9 NIV
                    'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


                    I'm praying for you daily!
                    I get my Bibles here

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                    • They never called.



                      I don't see how you could say no to Bibles for disaster victims... Especially a Christian relief agency.

                      Baffling.

                      I shall return to one of my lovely ghettoes, instead.

                      " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

                      Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

                      Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

                      Matthew 22:9 NIV
                      'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


                      I'm praying for you daily!
                      I get my Bibles here

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                      • That's too bad. Sounds like it would have been a great opportunity.

                        They lady who you talked to, was she in charge of the entire thing? Who knows, she may have never even said anything to anyone else about it. Maybe you can call and broach the idea with whoever is in charge, just to make sure they know accurately what it is you propose to do (sit at table and not approach anyone but only give Bibles to those who approach you), and in turn you will receive a firm answer (instead of just hoping this woman went to her superiors about it when it's quite possible she never even asked about it at all).

                        Either way though, your ministry is great (all credit to Jesus) and I'll keep on praying for the recipients, whether they receive their Bible from you standing in a median in the ghetto, or whether it be you might have an opportunity to set up a table at disaster relief benefits and events like that.

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                        • Well, it's too late now, it's going to rain the rest of the week, we have to get a huge truckload of inventory, and they leave Saturday.

                          She was second in command, I'm sure she let him know.

                          They just, for whatever reason, freaked.

                          I assume they thought I was "weird and scary" or "some religious psycho". I get that a lot, actually.

                          People assume I run around shoving Bibles at unwilling recipients' faces. I don't. If they indicate they want a Bible they get however many they want.

                          Oh well, their refusal is between them and God.

                          I was willing to go. That's my job.

                          I shake the dust off and move on. If I get a no (like I did on working a table outside Walmart last year), I move on, I don't try to argue or plead. I figure God needs the Bibles somewhere else.

                          God knows Acres Homes has an insatiable appetite for Bibles. Even Bissonet, once they get used to me.

                          " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

                          Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

                          Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

                          Matthew 22:9 NIV
                          'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


                          I'm praying for you daily!
                          I get my Bibles here

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                          • I recently helped a group at a church setup for hosting homeless families. The church was going to care for them for a few weeks. They had mats to sleep on, sheets and pillows. Towels and such. Toys for the kids. Books to read. Were going to feed their bellies. But, No Bibles! In a church! I asked if I they considered having Bibles out. The answer? Well, this isnt a religious thing, and if anyone wants one, they can ask and i'm sure we could find one. What? Why make it that difficult? I asked if i could bring a small table and set it up with Bibles and they said yes, so I did. I have no idea if anyone read those Bibles or not, but I did what I could. Since when is a church ashamed of the Lord???

                            I am sure there are lots of politics going on that try to stop that stuff, and if not, it is spiritual warfare. It just makes me sad that the church is so dead.
                            "Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable,
                            always abounding in the work of the Lord;
                            knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."

                            1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)

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                            • That thinking is straight from the devil.

                              It has been my experience, people in crisis are desperate for the Word.

                              Remember, my first Handout was an ICU waiting room. Talk about drama, fear, and pain. Anyone could die, or have permanent damage, at any minute. They leapt on those Bibles like starving animals.

                              I don't really question the accident now because it did lead to the handouts.

                              A lot of spiritual attacks this week. Rain forecast for part of next week. When it dries up I want to go back to Acres Homes.

                              I just know that is where God wants me, and He certainly knows they take everything, every time!

                              " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

                              Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

                              Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

                              Matthew 22:9 NIV
                              'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


                              I'm praying for you daily!
                              I get my Bibles here

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                              • Tropical Storm Bill inbound.

                                I will be adjusting all my Bibles to clear the bottom shelf of my rack. Should we have flooding...

                                Although I have to tell myself, God's going to protect His Word, and my home too.

                                I just like to feel like the thing I am doing will stop all Bad Things from happening. Don't we all?

                                " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

                                Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

                                Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

                                Matthew 22:9 NIV
                                'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


                                I'm praying for you daily!
                                I get my Bibles here

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