Welcome to our July E-Tools Newsletter! This monthly TCC field report also includes helpful outreach resources to encourage and equip you to more faithfully share the Gospel with all the loved ones in your life as we witness for Christ in Canada together.
OUR MOST EXTREME TEAM MISSION…EVER.
July 14th, 2012 unanimously takes the title of the most Extreme Team Mission to date ever logged by The Cross Current.
Extreme Team Missions are local missions day trips into major urban centres for the specific purpose of preaching the Gospel through high volume tracting, one-to-one street witnessing, and open air preaching.
These missions allow participants to leverage the experience of TCC and receive personal mentoring from some of the most experienced evangelists and open air preachers in Canada.
Left: The Niagara Falls Extreme Team “takes a knee” to pray for God’s glory to fall in the Falls
So how do we account for the “extreme” fruitfulness of this particular Niagara Falls invasion? God’s grace in the life and witness of several local churches.
The Champs Come Back!
At our Church Champions Training Retreat this past May, the outreach leaders representing the 8 local churches in attendance were challenged to assemble core “extreme” evangelism teams in their own local churches and bring them to both TCC Niagara Falls Extreme Team Missions this summer.
Right: Harvest Bible Chapel Niagara Champion, Mike Neels, preaches the Gospel open air on Clifton Hill
With close to 70 Christ-followers from 7 different local churches simultaneously sowing seed on Clifton Hill this month, it seems that they responded to our challenge! In fact, to our knowledge Niagara Falls has never been hit with such a colossal and concentrated barrage of Christian ministry.
TCC has been leading Extreme Team Missions to Niagara Falls since 2008 and virtually every year we’ve experienced at least some form of resistance from local authorities.
From confrontation as minor as being told that we can’t pass tracts on Clifton Hill to as major as being threatened with arrest from a city officer, this mission field has proven to be anything but just a walk in the park!
Left: An extreme evangelist prays for a needy passerby in Niagara Falls
However, this year we praise the Lord that He prepared the way by removing all resistance to His Gospel being preached.
Though police officers circled the highly regulated streets surrounding our preaching stations several times, it was as though they were kept from seeing and hearing our mics and amplifiers.
We serve a truly good and gracious God!
Right: Randy Scott (right) sharing the Gospel one-to-one with a vacationer on Clifton Hill
Left: Two Muslim women read a Gospel tract sharing the truth about “Prophet Isa”; i.e. Jesus Christ.
Here are a few of the many testimonies from this Niagara Falls outreach and first-time participants of an Extreme Team Mission:
Right: Andrew Stevenson (left) shares the Gospel with a young man in Niagara Falls
The trip to Niagara Falls with The Cross Current was absolutely incredible! After seeing how the day went and the encouragement our team received, our team has pushed itself in a couple of ways. Now that our team has the confidence that they can go out on the street and share the gospel, we will be starting to go out on the streets of Muskoka, on a regular basis. Also, I was personally challenged to spend more time equipping the men and women in our church to share the gospel in their personal lives and on the street. ~ Andrew Stevenson (Muskoka, Ontario)
Left: Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville evangelism leader, Dave Jagt, shares Christ with a Niagara Falls tourist
I was extremely encouraged by the Extreme Team Mission and thank God for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing day. I was blessed by the fellowship and unity shared within the body of Christ. From the early morning prayer before the throne with tears to preaching in the open air for the first time it was an all around great day! So thankful for you Cory and your team. For organizing and facilitating and allowing us all to be a part of it. May God richly bless you guys and your cause for the Kingdom! ~ Dave Jagt (Oakville, Ontario)
Right: Ashley Dew “breaks the sound barrier” by preaching the Gospel open air for the very first time
Witnessing on the street, let alone Niagara Falls is the most amazing experience you could be part of. Not only for the support, love, and encouragement from fellow believers in the Church Body, but most of all to see God moving in the city and through the individuals. Something I was so ‘afraid or reserved’ in doing, was one of the most exciting, and humbling experiences I have been involved with. Thanks to the leadership and guidance from the attending veterans, and I am so excited to learn with them, and grow and stretch in my walk with the Lord through many more of these “Extreme” events and Friday nights in my hometown. ~ Ashley Dew (London, Ontario)
On behalf of the entire TCC training team, we thank God for all pastors, prayer warriors, and the evangelism leaders and their teams who enlisted and completed the most groundbreaking Gospel outreach mission in TCC history!
Also, a very special thanks to Harvest Bible Chapel Niagara for serving as our partner church for this outreach event.
View the picture gallery from this Extreme Team Mission
Enlist in an Extreme Team Mission with The Cross Current
CHRISTIAN YOUTH ON A MISSION
The Christian Youth Worldview and Leadership (CYWAL) 2012 Graduating Class
Since our founding in 2005, The Cross Current has equipped hundreds and hundreds of students across Canada to more faithfully share the biblical Gospel with family, friends, and even strangers on the street. However, our very favorite youth conference – hands down – is CYWAL, which takes place just outside Cambridge, Ontario at the end of July.
Each year Cory McKenna helps kick off the conference on Sunday evening. He also provides Gospel outreach team training onsite on Thursday before the entire group boards a bus bound for the streets that same afternoon.
Cory’s contribution wraps up Friday with a commissioning message about the importance of living every day in light of eternity by not just being hearers of the Word, but doers also.
Left: Kendra Danner preaches the Gospel open air for the very first time
Open Air Extraordinaires!
While passing Gospel tracts and engaging strangers on the street one-to-one has always been part of our CYWAL training regimen, this is the first year that we have integrated open air preaching into our field training time. And we praise God that 7 students stepped out and stepped up in faith to preach Christ in the open air for the very first time!
Right: (foreground) Stephen Lewis shares Scripture with a newfound friend on the streets of Kitchener while his witnessing partner, Joel Hayes, leads a young girl to Christ (background)
He reigns over rain
One final testimony that needs to be shared relates to what unfolded with the weather for the day of witnessing.
Up until the very afternoon of our field trip, the forecast was calling for rain during our time on the streets. However, we praise God that He responded to the prayers of His people as the entire afternoon turned out to be sunny and warm!
In fact, one “weather watching eye witness” who was driving in to Kitchener at that time said that though there were dark storm clouds all around Kitchener, it appeared as through the wind was keeping the clouds away from the downtown core. And, as the Lord would have it, the minute we returned back to the conference grounds, the heavens opened up and released a torrential downpour!
Left: The rain came down just after the CYWAL field training in Kitchener, Ontario had finished
Our goal is “going” the distance
On several occasions we’ve been asked why we make it our practice to take students to such extremes. Our training objective is to help students “go” the distance as far as possible to the biblical extreme of evangelism so that all future “fishing” distances closer to the shoreline are both believable and achievable.
In the end, it’s been our experience that the Lord uses this “extreme exposure” to catalyze in the hearts and minds of participating Christ-followers the faith and boldness they need to fully trust God at His Word in all aspects of life and witness in their local churches.
Right: Gisele Baribeau, Director of CYWAL, practicing what she preaches during witnessing field training
While there have been countless testimonies shared throughout the years, here is how Gisele Baribeau, the Director of CYWAL, explains how The Cross Current adds value to the vision for the conference:
CYWAL is a Christian youth camp teaching worldviews, apologetics, leadership and evangelism, whereby the first three components prepare students for the fourth – sharing their faith in a winsome and effective way. The purpose of CYWAL is to increase students’ knowledge and confidence, and for the last six years, Cory and his TCC team have been an integral part of the training students receive during the week. Students, once prepared, are eager and emboldened to reach out to strangers, friends and family alike, with a new confidence. CYWAL would not be what it is without the partnership with TCC.
In closing, we strongly recommend that parents begin making plans now to send their sons and daughters to CYWAL to help them get better equipped for defending and confirming the Gospel in their culture.
BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER
“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.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
The Bible is full of those who preached God’s Word open air. Noah, Moses, Jonah, Jesus, Paul, Peter – just to name a few. Church history is also full of those who preached God’s Word open air. Spurgeon, Wesley, Whitefield, Edwards, Moody, Taylor – just to name a few. In short, preaching the Gospel open air is biblical and that’s why we do it and equip others to do the same.
Over the past couple of years, the Lord has continued to graciously bless The Cross Current with an increasing number of young evangelists who are burdened to preach His Gospel in the open air. In fact, just this month alone, more than a dozen new seed sowers preached open air for the very first time under the leadership of The Cross Current.
Right: Sindy Duarte “breaks the sound barrier” by preaching the Gospel open air for the very first time
To further encourage and exhort the Church towards greater faithfulness in the public proclamation of God’s Word, our videographer extraordinaire, Kevin Nisbett has begun producing a new TCC TV segment called “Breaking the Sound Barrier” that we hope will give God glory for those he is empowering to step out in faith to preach open air.
Watch the July edition of “Breaking the Sound Barrier”
Click here for a great article on open air preaching from Ray Comfort
Click here for more on personal mentoring in preaching open air with TCC
Get ready now to lead your church on our second and final Extreme Team Mission of this summer!
Click HERE or the image to the right to watch our 2011 Niagara Falls Extreme Team Missions Video
In TCC terms, an “extreme team” is a group of well-connected evangelists who take church evangelism to the extreme, recruit others, and then regularly report back from the field all that God is doing for the glory of His Name through local missions.
Though this extreme team may be comprised of only a small percentage of your entire church, it’s been our experience that the majority of church-wide evangelistic momentum you will enjoy is generated and sustained from their weekly Gospel preaching ministry.
TCC Extreme Team Missions (XTM’s) will give you access to the training you need to develop the leadership core of your extreme team by experiencing the power of the Gospel first-hand together through focused prayer and high volume seed sowing.
Not only will XTM’s catalyze your own personal life and witness for Jesus Christ, but these events also provide the team equipping experience you need to continue championing the cause of the Gospel in your own local church.
In just three and a half weeks, we will be leading another army of local missionaries into the heart Niagara Falls on our second Extreme Team Mission of 2012. Are you and your troops enlisted?
Niagara Extreme Team Mission | August 25th ~ Niagara Falls, ON
You and your church are cordially invited to experience the power of the Gospel first-hand as we experience encounters in everyday evangelism at the hottest tourist trap in Canada and the honeymoon capital of the world, Niagara Falls!
Enlist in this next Extreme Team Mission with The Cross Current
Watch our Extreme Team Missions Video Teaser
YOUR PRAYER PULSE FOR AUGUST
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 our second Extreme Team Mission of the season to Niagara Falls on Saturday, August 25th.
We again thank God for you and your partnership in preaching the Gospel.
For His Glory Alone,
The Cross Current Team