Saturday, November 21, 2009

Origin into Schools Project- the video

Here is a video account of our experience distributing Darwin's "Origin of Species" book on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Origin Project- It was a success!

On November 18, 2009, I was privileged to be a part of the "Origin into Schools Project" on the campus of University of Kentucky. I was on team 2 which was comprised of 15 people. We were on central campus and and our team was given 432 books to distribute. We were in place a few minutes before the class change began. We distributed all of our books in under 15 minutes. It had been raining all morning. We prayed that it would stop. It reduced to a drizzle and then stopped altogether!

Here's a small sample of the crowds we encountered. Many would just stop and read right there.

Here's Theo and Bis handing out copies just as fast as people were coming up the main thoroughfare. No one ripped out the 50 page introduction proclaiming the Gospel. We only found three in the garbage cans. We pulled them out, dried them off and handed them out.

Here's Kaitlyn handing out her copies. This is actually a few minutes before class let out and the crowds really began en masse.

What I love most about this picture is the fact that the rain stopped! It started up again at the very end but the other teams only had a few boxes left. All 1000 copies were distributed in less than 30 minutes and less than 5% of the people we handed them to rejected them.

Bill handed out this stack of 10 in less than 2 minutes and was back for more. We were positioned near the Department of Anthropology, the Natural Science building and the main lecture building, White Hall. In all, we experienced very little opposition. Only one atheist engaged someone in our group and conceded that yes, in a country where thinking and speech are free, we should be allowed to hand them out.

Here is the group photo for our team. We had Carrie, Elizabeth, Katie, Michael, Bill, Theo, Kaitlyn, Bis, Hannah, Kirsten, Jonathan, Christian, Hunter, Misty, and me handing them out.

This is a picture of the group in front of the Department of Anthropology. Only Kaitlyn and her boys are missing because they had an appointment elsewhere. On a side note, Misty and her family drove 1 1/2 hours from Eastern Kentucky to participate and Brian and his team drove 1 1/2 hours from Western Kentucky to participate. Way to go! It was a privilege to serve together today!

We handed some giant money tracts and other types of tracts to individuals as we left campus. We estimated we handed out 150 tracts while exiting campus. These two individuals just stood there reading the tract for the longest time.

After it was all over, someone called from the Kentucky Kernal, the campus newspaper, wanting more information about what we were doing and why. I directed her to where she could find out more information. If you would like to read the 50 page introduction that Ray wrote or would like more information on the Origin into Schools project please visit Living Waters' website where you can find more information and read the pdf file for free.