A Guest Editorial Report
Published July 2004
Behold GOD'S miracles with FLEA MARKET
1. FULL MESSAGE DIRECT LITERATURE EVANGELISM Place truth in
2. FRIENDSHIP EVANGELISM Get
3. CHURCH MEMBER INVOLVEMENT IN EVANGELISM in a
4. ENCOURAGE MISSION DRIVEN PARTICIPATION in the
5. WORLD WIDE AVAILABILITY OF MARKETPLACES makes this idea universally available To all our churches AND teaches us to GIVE the Gospel, not SELL it. That work, is for the high quality books. The message should be free. There is a Market NEAR YOU !!
6. WATCH GOD ANSWER PRAYERS/ IT IS NECESSARY TO PRAY before, during, and after the books are given. ALL HUMAN EFFORT, NOT COMBINED WITH DIVINE POWER, WILL ULTIMATELY FAIL. Develop a PRAYER LIST, and use it. Count books AS they are given out.
IMPLEMENTATION: For More info./questions call:
In God We Trust Ministry
1. Locate a local fleamarket, preferably indoor, with a corner booth for double the table space. It is good to be near the entrance or near the bathroom or food concessions or what will Get the greatest volume of traffic possible. Secure a month at a time, if possible. (For Return visits) IF booth is in a locked building, books need not be moved each week.
2. Place books on a table in stacks of three or four
in row next to the isle. Place small signs ON
THE TABLE that say FREE BOOKS, because some people never look up to see your
FREE BOOKS signs also placed on the posts or walls. A Tablecloth hides boxes
3. In A CENTRAL LOCATION on the table, place a small 18 inch podium with a large OPEN FAMILY BIBLE open to Ps ll9 with a wire, top to bottom fixing it to the podium. (Some tried to take the Bible=free books) If available, shine a spotlight on the Bible from above. Make 2 signs saying: SPOTLIGHT ON THE BIBLE. This Should be the THEME of your booth.
4. An added ATTRACTION to the booth is to have a VCR
and TV continuously playing Doug Batchelor doing a
Bible Answers-(face recognition is on the screen all the time, vol.
low or mute, put high & behind) Have Enrollment cards and FIRST lesson
5. PROCURE A CLEAR, DEEP, FLOWER VASE for donations.
Make a sign saying:
6. When PURCHASING MISSIONARY BOOKS, Always ask for
the best price on case quantities. Expect to
distribute between 400 and 3000 books per month.
EXPECT: 1. BLESSINGS ON OTHERS and yourself,
MIRACLES IN LIVES, TO WALK WITH GOD
Mon, 19 Jul 2004 10:13:02 -0400
Re:Flea Market Evangelism stories
HELLO ! Here are a few experiences in brief that we have been able to remember from the hundreds that have happened. If you would like to experience this too come to the booth or write for the protocol to start one of your own/David THERE IS A MARKET NEAR YOU ========================================================== A young man out of the Navy for three years had loved Bible Answers when in the navy and had not been able to find Doug Batchelor anywhere until he saw him on our monitor and asked isnt that DB? After expressing his wonder at finding AF again he then went on to take STC,BR, and sign up for the AF Bible school. He said that he believed that he had been blessed to re connect with DB again, because of the clear Bible teaching he had experienced when listening in the past, he had confidence that this was where he needed to find more truth. God loves to use us to network with His children. ------------------------------------------------ Near the end of a slow Sunday afternoon we had cleaned and prepared to close the booth a half hour before closing time but were impressed that the Lord would bring just one more hungry soul by if we waited till the regular closing time . We had no one stop in over a half hour, so we prayed. Just about five minutes before closing a young clean cut man showed up and came right over and said: so this is why I was supposed to come in this flea market today, I never go to Flea Markets. We assured him that with God there are no chance encounters. He eagerly looked over the books and heard our brief description of the major books then selected BR, GC, and STC. He thanked us and gave a grateful donation and immediately the lights blinked and the announcement of the closing came over the speaker. We need to be where God can use us waiting patiently at our post of duty. God has His children looking for His leading that need a place He can lead them TO, who will give His truth. ------------------------------------------------ A young woman with a couple of children came over slowly and interestedly looked over the books. She seemed quite interested in our canvass of the BR and said that it would be useful in the ministry of her husband. The husband then approached when she was given the book free and made the usual inquiry about which church sponsored this booth, to which we answered that we were an independent group that wanted to give the gospel in books to help people turn to the Bible in study. This was reassuring to him. He then took the STC when told that Billy Graham had taken many sermons from this book. We received his blessing and we gave him ours as we put him on our prayer list. He will need the special blessing of God to guide him through the changes he will have to make. We have determined to place the books in the hands of the people without any more controversy than necessary and let the Holy Spirit lead these people to read the arguments so well placed in the books by The Same Spirit. ------------------------------------------- Late one Sunday afternoon a finely dressed middle aged lady and her adult daughter came by admiring the books. At first she refused to take any, stating she already had many religious books at the home. To which we replied that we had a good book for the conversion and understanding of the plan of salvation for young people. She then said she was a Sunday school teacher and we told her that these books Steps To Christ were very inexpensive and she could pass them out to her students, to which she replied by ordering a case of them. God has His servants everywhere willing to do His will. Have we passed these treasures out to all our children? ______________________________ A young couple with two young children approached the books with the wife showing special interest in Steps to Christ. saying she had one once and had been raised by a Christian Grandmother who had this book and The Great Controversy and the Desire of Ages. She had not been to her church for over ten years. She quickly took these books and her husband who said he was of the Baptist faith stated that he had been watching Doug Batchelor on TV for a long time, so we gave him one of Dougs little sermon booklets. At this point the wife said that she now knew why they had come to the market today and stated how thankful she was that we were here. They stayed for quite a while and enjoyed watching us give books to other people that were coming by the booth. The wife encouraged several other people to take the books by saying that they had made a great change in her life. We praise the Lord for His Divine Appointments with His children who need His written Word. What a privilege it is to see His little miracles to reach souls. ---------------------------------------------- Early in the afternoon when there were few people at the market a Bible quoting, fine Christian man in his forties came by and was admiring the books. Each time he picked up a book, he seemed compelled to put it back down and not to take any literature. So we discussed the ten commandments and how keeping them was still a sign of love to Jesus. After thus, it was easy for him to take the little tract on The Forgotten Commandment because of his curiosity of what this could be. Our prayers for the Holy Spirit to guide this Soul went with him as he left. That was apparently the only message that the Holy Spirit wanted him to take. --------------------------------------------- We are sustainably giving out about a thousand books per month now, Most of which are full message books. It is the Holy Spirit that brought us the books and has put us where we could share them and it is the Same Spirit that created the desire to have them in their hands in the first place. It will be the Spirit of God that will encourage them to read and understand the truth. It is ALL the work of God's own doing. We just watch in amazement, as His Miracles happen. What a joy it is to serve the Living God, and watch Him align His divine appointments that His children might be brought into His light. Repeatedly, visitors have expressed the unusual circumstances of their being at our booth. Time after time we have had to reply to 'the confused visitor' that, we know why you came here today, it was the Holy Spirit that sent you. Sometimes we just use the phrase, with God, there are no chance encounters, or Dont you think it was God that wanted us to meet today so we could share His Love? GOD needs EVERY SDA Christian standing at their post of duty, at their location in the Lord's vineyard. MARINATHA !!