Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Christ!
As I write this, we are 7 days from April 1st. We know, officially, that every first day of April is April Fool's Day. Unofficially, its also National Atheists Day.
But this April 1st, 2009 will also be the launch day for a new blog in the world of blogspherism called "The Word Street Journal". And, uh...no fooling!
So, what's with the title? "The Word" is in reference to the gospel. "Street" is in reference to where I share the gospel. And "Journal"...well...you can figure that one out.
For those of you who know me personally, most of you have been recipients of my semi-regular "fishing reports" where I have given account of my varied evangelistic efforts and experiences here on the streets of Ottawa. I have attempted to use these reports as a vehicle to inspire and encourage others towards being obedient and willing participants in the Great Commission on whatever level of evangelism (if any) they find themselves on.
Well, after much consideration, encouragement and prayer, I have been led to take these "fishing reports" to a higher level of service within this rewarding ministry the Lord has called me to. Hence, The Word Street Journal blog.
My intent with this web-log is to continue sharing these evangelistic undertakings with stories and photographs as usual but all on one page at a time rather than going through e-mail. Not only that, but this blog will also enable me to offer much more for your reading, viewing and hearing pleasure in issues regarding biblical evangelism. I will now able to offer video and audio in my postings, as well.
Furthermore, I will also be posting articles, stories, sermons, faith sharing tips, video and audio snippets of interest from other Christians around the world who are in the same line of gospel work and who post their efforts on the web. Actually, I believe you will see more of them than you will of me. (Yeah, yeah...I can hear the cheering from here.) Essentially, I will be posting almost anything that has anything relating to the act, need and importance of street evangelism. I hope these offerings will be a blessing to you.
Blogging is a new learning curve for me, so the site will improve only at the rate that I learn. In other words, unlike me, it'll look better as it ages. The infallible me will make mistakes ,too, and I will be quick to point them out when I do. So please bear with me since I will be learning as I go along, as I do with everything in my life, including evangelism.
I am indebted to a five godly men (seasoned street preachers) whom the Lord has blessed, influenced and encouraged me greatly through their own blogs, namely: Steve Sanchez, Tony Miano, Leon Brown, Kevin Williams and Ray Comfort. Three Yanks, one Brit and a Kiwi for good measure. Now, at least and last, there will be a Canuck in the ranks of evangelistic blogdom. You will find my colleagues' blog sites on My Blog List in the sidebar on the right hand side of the page.
There is, however, no other person more deserving of my appreciation than Kim. Not only is she my loving wife, but my gospel sharing partner as well. We venture out together on many occassions throughout the year together to hand out gospel tracts and spread the good news on the street with people, one-to-one or in small groups.
It is so great to have my wife sharing the same compassion I have for the lost and who joyfully shares her faith in Christ with people He leads her to.
"How often will I post on this blog?" you ask. Here and there whenever I can. Some weeks more than others, I presume. When I'm not at work, I'm at home. And when I'm at home, Kim and my step-teens get first dibs on my time. When I'm not at work or at home, that usually means I'm out on the street meeting and telling people of their need for Christ, be it by handing out gospel tracts, sharing 'one-2-one' or by (gasp!) open air preaching.
"READ ALL ABOUT IT!"
...in the upcoming issues of The Word Street Journal, starting April 1st.
For the Lord and His Glory,
PS: your continued prayers would be most appreciated. Thank you!