Welcome to our August E-Tools Newsletter! This monthly TCC field report also includes helpful outreach resources to encourage and equip you to more faithfully share the Gospel in all your personal relationships and beyond as we witness for Christ in Canada together.
This summer TCC charted a course to tackle two of the most extreme team missions in the short history of our ministry. Now that August has drawn to a close, we are very pleased to send the good word from the field: “MISSIONS ACCOMPLISHED!”
Left: Hoang Pham shares the Gospel with a tourist in Niagara Falls
If you have been following TCC for any length of time, you’ll know that we exist to equip by example believers and their churches to more faithfully proclaim the Gospel together. Over the years we have trained hundreds of Christ-followers and have lead dozens of extreme team missions to many locations across Canada.
That’s why in this newsletter we decided that instead of just relaying the generic “wish you were here” postcard report from the frontline, we thought we’d divulge a bit more detail about the mission by sharing an itemized Extreme Team Itinerary of the events of the day. Testimonies and missions media will follow.
Extreme Team Itinerary
0800 hours: London Extreme Team meets together for brief prayer and departure
1030 hours: Extreme Teams from 6 different churches arrive at Harvest Bible Chapel Niagara, our partner church location in St. Catharines, Ontario
1045 hours: Teams are given itineraries and instruction before praying for God’s protection and provision on all aspects of the day
1215 hours: Entire Extreme Team boards the bus bound for Niagara Falls
1245 hours: After arriving in Clifton Hill, TCC leaders set up two separate “Salvation Stations” – one at the top of the hill and one at the bottom
1300 hours to 1830 hours: Extreme Team groups unite togeher for high volume tracting, one-to-one witnessing, and open air preaching
1900 hours: Everyone comes together in the public park for “Open Air Extraordinaire” awards presentation and closing words of encouragement/exhortation
1930: Entire Extreme Team boards the bus to return to partner church location in St. Catharines
2000 hours: Entire group shares “good-byes” and church leaders host their individual extreme teams to a fellowship dinner before returning home
In the end, our great God again showed Himself kind and gracious on our behalf by blessing us all with a glorious day of proclaiming His Gospel together!
Loving the Lost, Inspiring the Saved
Beyond hundreds of the lost who heard the Gospel preached and more than 5000 who received tracts, there were countless testimonies of God’s sovereign grace at work in the hearts and minds of many we encountered that day – even several Christ-followers He brought our way.
Right: Joseph James preaches the Gospel open air in front of the war memorial monument at the base of Clifton Hill
One of our team members reported hearing a fellow believer not with our group being severely heckled as he preached the Gospel open air. When asked what motivated him to be so bold, he responded by saying that the Lord brought Him under such deep conviction when he heard so many from our group unashamedly preaching Christ in the public square, that he had to stand up and say something in Jesus’ Name!
Left: “Canada’s Best Juggler”, Bob Cates, draws a crowd before Cory McKenna preaches open air
We praise God that He not only used us to reach out to the lost and dying, but also to inspire His own unto greater faithfulness for Him as well!
Gospel “Glory Stories”
The following are just a few of the team testimonies that have flooded in since just last Saturday.
Mike Rumble from Harvest Bible Chapel London, shares:
I must admit, it was a pretty emotional day.
Watching thousands of people hustling and bustling around Niagara Falls was kind of like watching people rushing through life. People rush around tirelessly, rushing right into the gates of hell. It was kind of like watching the walking dead pass me by, souls burning left and right, too busy, too smart, too full of self, too busy worshipping themselves. This left me sad. It’s emotional watching people, family after family destined for torture and misery, apart from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
But then I look around and I see servants of Christ, faithful and obedient handing out tracts, preaching the gospel and individually sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with passion, courage, boldness and urgency. And then, all I see is the beauty of Christ shining through the faces of His servants. I see the glory of Jesus Christ and feel overwhelmed with joy, the Holy Spirit overflowing from my heart and soul and I am encouraged, I can’t hold it back anymore the gospel must be proclaimed!
I saw Christ at work, lives being transformed, people being saved all the while knowing that God is using this day to fill me and sanctify me, preparing me for his eternal Kingdom.
To a true believer, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is not optional. The Bible says “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9).
Nothing in life compares to intimate fellowship with our Holy God and nothing like obedience fills the soul with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
It was truly a glorious day.
Here are more “quotable quotes” from several other Extreme Team missionaries who enlisted this past weekend:
TCC Extreme Team Missions will equip, build up, and encourage your entire team to preach the Gospel together anywhere. ~ Andrew Stevenson, Harvest Bible Chapel Muskoka
I encourage all churches to be part of an Extreme Team Mission because there are so many people who need to hear the truth, but how will they hear if there are no believers trained to tell them? ~ Esterfina Mariano, Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville
Extreme Team Missions facilitate the opportunity for God’s Word to do a work in us and in others. I now know that evangelism is easy! Not only on the streets, but in my relationships at home as well. ~ Brad Young, Harvest Bible Chapel London
Our purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. I encourage you to be part of an Extreme Team Mission because there’s nothing that glorifies God like sharing your faith with unbelievers and seeing sinners come to faith in Jesus Christ. ~ Ryan Prosper, People’s Church
Open Air Extraordinaires
At each Extreme Team Mission, the local missions leaders from each church represented collaborate together to select from their groups the “Open Air Extraordinaire” winner; an award presented to the Christ-follower who demonstrates the most exemplary faithfulness while preaching the Gospel open air.
Right: Maria Alejandra translates as Hernando Medina preaches the Gospel open air in Spanish
Congratulations to the following “Open Air Extraordinaire” award winners from the August 2012 Niagara Falls Extreme Team Mission:
- Ryan Prosper, People’s Church
- Esterfina Mariano, Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville
- Ashley Dew, Harvest Bible Chapel London
We also thank God that He again moved so many people by His Spirit to step out in faith to “Break the Sound Barrier” by preaching the Gospel open air for the very first time!
Click on the link below to watch just a few of these “first-timers” who were caught in action by our video team.
Watch our latest edition of “Breaking the Sound Barrier”
See more pics from this Niagara Falls Extreme Team Mission
Pastor and Church Appreciation
In closing, the leadership team of The Cross Current extends special thanks to all the pastors and their churches who commissioned their evangelism teams to “go” and for uplifting them in prayer while in the field!
We thank God for you and quite literally could not have commenced or completed the mission without you!
Click for more on how TCC can equip you and your church to preach the Gospel open air
CHURCH IN THE PARK
What if God unified an entire church in His Gospel and then moved each individual Christ-follower to step out into the city centre by the power of His Spirit to lift high the Name of Jesus through worship and preaching His Word?
What if that same church served their community together as one Body in accordance with the gifts God has given each? What might that gathering of God’s people look like?
It would look like a “Church in the Park”.
Click on the pic below to get a glimpse of the last “Church in the Park” service
Click for more on how TCC can unify your church in the Gospel and your God-given gifts for His glory
“Kerusso” is the Greek word used in the New Testament for preaching.
It was Charles Spurgeon who wrote: “No sort of defense is needed for preaching outdoors, but it would take a very strong argument to prove that a man who has never preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse has done his duty.”
The Bible’s full of those who preached God’s Word open air. Noah, Moses, Jonah, Peter, Paul, and – of course – Jesus Himself…just to name a few. Preaching the Gospel open air is biblical and that’s why The Cross Current does it an equips others to do it too.
The open air message you’ll hear in this special episode of TCC Radio was recorded live onsite in Victoria Park in London, Ontario at a “Church in the Park” service with Harvest Bible Chapel London.
Hear “Aye Kerusso!” on TCC Radio
TCC | AUDIO RESOURCE LIBRARY
Do you know that The Cross Current offers a strategic variety of free online audio resources designed to equip you and your church to keep the cross current in your culture?
This month’s feature resource is a Gospel-centred sermon titled: “All Things Are Possible…with God”.
Here’s an overview of the teaching:
Telling someone the truth is the most moving thing you can do – even if it hurts, and especially if it’s a matter of life and death.
The story of the rich, young ruler in Mark 10 depicts a man who knew that he needed to change, but in the end, he didn’t want to change.
This sermon studies how Jesus shared the truth of eternity and in it we find out that the ultimate danger this man faced is the one that we all share in common.
In the end, being “good enough” for heaven is totally impossible by human standards, but all things are possible…with God.
Listen to “All Things Are Possible…with God”
Access other free online teachings from the TCC Audio Resource Library
YOUR PRAYER PULSE FOR SEPTEMBER
Canada needs Christ! Let’s continue partnering together to keep our prayer pulse for TCC and the Church in Canada strong.
We humbly ask you, your family, and your church to remember to pray for:
> The Lord to open doors of ministry as we reboot our promotion plan to contact Canadian churches
> The Lord to provide the necessary resources and opportunities for the expansion of our TCC Radio Gospel broadcast
> For our Church Champions to persevere through the training calendar we have outlined for the busy fall ministry season
We again thank God for you and your partnership in preaching the Gospel.
For His Glory Alone,
The Cross Current Team