Archived from January 17, 2018
We are excited to report that the Christmas Morning Outreach was a HUGE success!
First, we decided that both Satan, played by Neil Kind, and the Angel of the Lord, played by Curtis Wright, needed to look classy. We couldn’t have anything scary on Christmas. We checked into renting tuxedos. The manager at the store was SO excited about what we were doing that he used all of his resources to help us purchase everything for the two characters with for only $100 more than rental per person. Each actor received a suit that had a sticker price of over $1,000 each plus shirts, silk ties, shoes, belts, silk hankies and flower lapels.
I want to thank Curtis & Neil as I know most men do not appreciate being models and spending 1.5 hours trying on different clothes. A small strategic team showed up on Christmas morning at Hope City before 9 am. Chris Cakes was already busy cooking the hot breakfast of sausages and pancakes were wearing Santa hats and big smiles. Many
homeless and at-risk families were already seated and enjoying their breakfast. When I asked how it was they were all happy to report that itwas good. An elderly man told me that it was as good as when he was young!
The atmosphere was very happy and everyone was saying “Merry Christmas” to all they met! The children couldn’t wait to “win” a raffled off bike which had been repaired by inmates at a local prison especially for these children on Christmas morning. As God would have it there was a bike for every child with one left over!
Something that stood out to me was the amount of “stuff” that was in the room. It is a homeless crowd so sleeping bags and garbage bags surrounded their owners since they travel with their belongings.
As soon as the majority of people had finished eating I began the meeting by getting everyone’s attention and explaining that we had a VERY SPECIAL guest with us who had come a long way. I waited a moment. I could hear the children next to me tell their parents that it would be Santa.
I introduced the Angel of the Lord! People were not expecting him. The Angel explained that he had come especially from Jesus to give them a gift and began to explain about the gift of Salvation.
All of a sudden Satan entered yelling. “WAIT”. It got everyone’s attention but the children were not affected by the yelling. Maybe they are already used to that or I believe that the Holy Spirit was ministering to them so that they would not disrupt the flow of what He was doing.
The skit I wrote is very evangelistic and hit many areas of sin. The conversation back and forth between the Angel and Satan was intense. Neil did a GREAT job of getting home the point about Satan’s strength and the human nature to enjoy sin. The Angel of the Lord
interrupted each point and give the perspective of Jesus. Curtis did a fantastic job at commanding the authority in the room!
The crowd got involved in the skit very quickly. They realized that sin was their enemy and were very vocal.
In the end, the Angel demanded that Satan leave. The crowd helped him by telling Satan to get out! Before he left he told them all that he would be back and that were his. The Angel explained that he must leave but that Satan would be back. He explained that unless they were ready, they would fall to Satan’s powers.
The Angel left and I re-entered the stage. I did an altar call to the 300 people in the room. I explained again the truths that the Angel had told them and how important it is to break agreement and flee from the Devil.
When I asked who was ready to give their life to Jesus over half of the room stood up. I asked for a show of hands for the people who were making this commitment for the first time. I saw many hands. My heart was OVERWHELMED to say the least!
I am not sure I did a great altar call. Doesn’t matter as the HOLY SPIRIT always does a perfect job and He was wonderfully in control! The team watched for the ones who did not stand up and made sure to engage them ASAP to find out where they are at with the Lord. I am happy to report that six of them gave their lives to Jesus after the representation of the Gospel!
The Pastors down at Hope City are great. They have so many programs already in place to help the people including daily discipleship.
After the altar call we raffled off 10 of the six-month bus passes ($300 value). We told everyone that Jesus had sent it for them. People were very grateful! Everyone who won a six-month pass was ecstatic! It was AMAZING as we listened to their stories and how they needed the pass. It was a joyous celebration by the entire room for the people who were
We collected over $20,000.00 for this outreach. We had the Pastors at Hope City personally give out six-month bus passes to the ones that they knew were in desperate need.
I talked with two of these families. One mom told me that getting around is always a problem. She cried and shared that a bus pass is regularly a prayer request and sometimes she has to walk a long way or beg people for the $1.50 cost each way. I cried too.
She tried to thank me but I explained that Jesus sent the money through many good people who love Him and the people of the inner city. I told her that He will NEVER leave her of forsake her.
I want to say “Thank YOU” to each of you who prayed for us, came along, and/or gave financial resources. YOU made a world of difference and literally gave the gift of JESUS on Christmas morning to the least of these.
Could not have done it without you! And all glory to the KING!
Love, Laurie and the whole OSKC team!