What do you get when you cross: the Gospel, 110 street evangelists, and the largest sporting event in North America? The 2012 Super Bowl Outreach!

This past weekend, yours truly and our friendly neighborhood presuppositional apologist, Sye Ten Bruggencate, hit the road bound for 3 grueling and God-glorying days of street witnessing in Indianapolis, Indiana. Not only was it a joy to step onto the mission field with an army of like-minded Christian soldiers, but suffice to say that it was a huge blessing to squeeze Sye’s brain for 14 hours down and back as well!:)

Right: Sye Ten Bruggencate talks truth with a couple football fans

The event was hosted by Bill Adams of Sports Fan Outreach, an organization dedicated to taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the fans attending major sporting events across the U.S.A. and the world.

Left: Yours truly stoplight preaching at SuperBowl XLVI

As I contemplated the most effective way of sharing a field report that would even come close to communicating the overall impact of this event, I have resolved to share a sort of “captains log summary” of the mission so you can relate to the pace and intensity of the days as they unfolded. So, here it goes…

SUPER BOWL OUTREACH 2012 | ITINERARY

Thursday, February 2nd

  • 8:00am – Sye and I depart London bound for Indianapolis. Sye’s Garmin (GPS) was flawless until we encountered an outback country cross-roads that caused us to arrive at the camp at around 5:30pm- about an hour later than expected. (Didn’t I say that Tom Tom’s are better?:)
  • 7:00pm – Several speakers deliver introductions, instructions, and two fantastic sessions on the dangers of “nomadic” evangelism and the need to abide in Christ unto perseverance.

Friday, February 3rd

  • 7:00am – Prayer followed by a fellowship breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:30am – Teaching on knowing the joy of sharing Christ and the role of the evangelist in the local church.
  • 11:00am – 9:30pm – Travel to the downtown core of Indianapolis for open air preaching, one-to-ones, and tracting
  • 11:00pm – Late night “secret church” (Just kidding! But there was great “night owl” iron sharpening together)

Saturday, February 4th

  • 7:00am – Prayer followed by a fellowship breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:30am – Teaching on living and preaching in light of Christ’s grace and humility
  • 11:00am – 9:30pm – Again travel to the downtown core of Indianapolis for open air preaching, one-to-ones, and tracting
  • 11:00pm – More late-night conversation, this time surrounding the subject of church-wide Gospel proclamation

Sunday, February 5th

  • 7:00am – Prayer followed by a fellowship breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:30am – Teaching on persevering through trials for the glory of God
  • 11:00am – 6:30pm – Last day of traveling to the downtown core of Indianapolis for open air preaching, one-to-ones, and tracting
  • 11:00pm – The final few evangelists staying overnight discussed presuppositional apologetics with Sye

Testimonials

As you can hopefully imagine, there were countless testimonies of God’s sovereign grace experienced throughout these 4 days of sharing Christ together. Budding evangelists preaching the Gospel open air for the very first time…people being powerfully drawn out of the crowd by the Spirit of God to talk about His Son while their drunk friends waited impatiently for them to finish the conversation…tears of repentance and faith as convicted passerby’s responded to the public preaching of Christ crucified. All just exciting new reminders that our God truly is mighty to save!

Left: Pastor Dustin Segers reasoning with a Cincinnati Bengals fan

Perhaps the most inspiring “glory story” from the streets of Indianapolis involved a 75 year-old street evangelist named Frank Robertson. Frank shared how he has been faithfully praying for over 20 years that God would raise up some young evangelists to take his place. His eyes filled with tears when one of our team leaders told him: “We’re the answer to your prayers!” To God be the glory!

Thank-You’s!

First, I need to thank Bill Adams of Sports Fan Outreach and the following Christ-followers from our team:

  • Justin Edwards (Leader) – Charlotte, NC
  • Dustin Segers (Leader) – High Point, NC
  • Aaron Beane – Charlotte, NC
  • Brian Ottinger – Huntersville, NC
  • Buck Hamilton – Concorde, NC
  • Kent Blalock – Concorde, NC
  • Shawn & Lisa Pander – Mt. Holly, NC
  • Chris Landrum – Manning, SC
  • Ed Leese – Easley, SC

In closing, I also need to thank all the beloved saints who were upholding me and our team in prayer for the during of this mission. I know that I speak on behalf of all the other evangelists involved when I say that the Lord strengthened us for the task through your faithful prayers!

Right: Forget game tickets of $2700 – $5700 per seat…check out the price for parking!

Please feel free to browse the various links from the SuperBowl Outreach 2012 below…and stay tuned for more media memoirs to follow!

VIDEO

Super Bowl Outreach 2012 | Stoplight Open Air!

AUDIO

Pastor Dustin Segers and I talking with Nick and Jake (1 hour, 15 minutes)

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Warning: this audio footage has not been edited and may contain profanity. Listener discretion is advised.

PICTURES

CLICK HERE to see more pictures from Super Bowl Outreach 2012 on our Flickr page!

 

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