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June 5, 2006

We took the high school youth group evangelizing Friday night. At the end of the first week of summer vacation there were swarms of kids wandering between the movie theather, Starbucks, Taco Bell, etc. The harvest is plentiful.

We broke up into two groups. One group walked around with some of the high schoolers and forced them to talk to people they didn’t know. Step number one is getting rid of that fear of man, and I was proud of them.

The other group stood on a corner between the theather and the mini strip-malls and gathered people to them. By the time we joined them, there was quite a crowd and it was by God’s grace we didn’t get broken up on claims of mob action. There were a few drunk teenagers who would ask questions and then start screaming when they realized we had answers; that was warfare. There were a couple who were uncomfortable with the whole conversation, but actually warmed up after a short while and programmed Timothy’s phone number in their cell phones. One of those guys – also a little intoxicated – told us he was embarassed for us. The best was when someone in a red van who had already driven by several times to yell at the crowd, chucked a ham sandwich out the window at our youth pastor. It would have been a solid hit, but he saw it coming and moved almost out of the way. It was a meaty ham sandwich. By the end of the night, though, seven kids prayed with one of the leaders and gave themselves to Jesus Christ. Our youth pastor, who has done a little evangelism in various countries, said of those kids that he’s never seen such a hunger in America.

Matthew 9:36-38//But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

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