Friday, November 21, 2008

FREE Opportunity to Open Air
(And they even provide FREE sound equipment!)

How many of you are still trying to save up money for a good sound system? A recorder with a good mic? Do you just feel like you'll explode if you don't preach the Gospel?!

Have I got GREAT news for you! During this season and in the Spring, Upward Basketball is hosted in many churches across the nation. Their mission is: To introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports. Check them out at Locate a host church near you and offer to do a half-time devotion. Sometimes you'll be able to open air 2-3 times on a Saturday!

Now, the host church usually asks, begs, cajoles, and frets over finding people who will be willing to give a halftime "devotion." This is your opportunity to step up to the plate and be an obedient servant of Christ and boldly proclaim the Gospel on their P.A. system in the gym before a captive audience of approximately 40-60 or more parents! No hecklers. No need for a heckler mic and kill switch. Save those $1 bills you use for trivia to buy more tracts. Keep those stuffed animals you use for drawing crowds at home. This is better than when you had training wheels on your first bike!

I openly declared the Gospel 2 years ago during halftime only I didn't know it was called open air preaching. I got to do this 2 times per Saturday for a couple of Saturdays. I was quaking in my sneakers, but did it anyway and had several complete strangers say they had never heard anything like that before. I hadn't been taught how to follow up conversations so I just said something profound like, "Oh." I didn't know any better. Hand out some Gospel tracts. Be prepared to stay and answer questions. They're not going anywhere until their kids are done playing. I plan on sharing the Gospel during halftime since our church just signed on to be a host church.

If you've never open aired- now's your chance. Try not to be an open air hog. Encourage others to join you. If you just returned from the Ambassador's Academy, this is a wonderful opportunity. And for those of us who are not fortunate enough to have sunny, warm weather year round (we got snow last night), then this will be the cure for your open-air-cabin-fever blues!

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