Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Hot Day on Hollywood Boulevard

Yesterday was a very warm, Southern California day. I spent the day on the star-studded sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard with fellow evangelists from Santa Clarita, San Diego, San Dimas, and parts in between. We all shared the common bonds of a love for Christ, a love for lost people, a desire to fulfill the two greatest commandments, and a desire to fulfill the great commission.

Here's a snapshot of what the Lord allowed us to accomplish for Him, in five hours yesterday:

* 2-3,000 gospel tracts distributed

* 2 solid hours of open-air preaching, between three preachers

* hundreds of people heard the proclamation of the Law and the Gospel

* many one-to-one conversations

It was a great privilege to serve Christ and to spend time with so many devoted proclaimers of the gospel. I made some new friends yesterday, too, which was an added blessing.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the story behind the "dead body" picture? What were you preaching?

Tony Miano said...

The "dead body" is a prop commonly used by open-air preachers. It helps to draw a crowd and it is useful for initiating conversations.

For instance, a couple stopped in front of the covered body and just stared. I asked them what they thought of our prop. This led to me asking them what they thought happened to someone when they died.

I learned that the man was a 2-year veteran of the police force. This gave me the opportunity to put a copy of "Take Up The Shield" into his hands.

Another way the covered body was useful was this. As people walked by and stared, I would hand them either a "Big Money" or "Million Dollar Bill" gospel tract. I would say something like: "He (referring to the covered body) can't take it with him, so I'm giving his money away."

The covered body served as an illustration of the reality of death and a segue into spiritual conversations.

Thanks for asking. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering. :-)