STREET PREACHERS HANDBOOK

                                                         A  GUIDE  TO  OPEN  AIR  PREACHING   

                                                                                                                        INTRODUCTION
                 

                           Greetings to my fellow evangelists / street preachers. I have thought to put forth a HANDBOOK  of the DO'S and DON'TS OF PREACHING IN PUBLIC. While I am not a full time street preacher evangelist, I have preached for a number of years. I started out in Chicago IL. in the Uptown area of Broadway and Wilson. There our church would go out Saturday mornings with a large 8ft. wooden cross. The Uptown area had one of the highest crime rates ( if not the highest ) in the city. We used a very powerful PA system and blasted the gospel into the high rise towers along Lake Shore Drive. I have tried this in other locations in Chicago, but police would be called. In Uptown I think they didn't care to much and left us alone. This was my first " breaking in " to street preaching ". it was quite an experience. I preached out there with the church for about a year in 1995. At this time I also had a prison ministry at the Cook County jail for about 6 years.  Then the Lord gave me a bride and we moved to West Palm Beach, Fl. to manage a Christian program for women coming out of prison. We also went to Belglades correctional for about 6 years. Then we decided to move to San Antonio Tx. for personal reasons.  
                          As we settled in to this new place the Lord spoke to me to go out and preach on the streets. At first I struggled with this. I told the Lord that I did not want to preach on the streets. I would pass out Bible tracts and witness to people, but not openly preach.This was because of the things that can happen on the streets. Some people have an acute reaction to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord kept after me to preach. One day while walking around downtown where crowds of people wait for busses, a tall young man with piercing blue eyes was preaching up a storm on the street corner. As I listened I was both convicted and inspired. When he got on a bus, I continued preaching the gospel. From that time on I have continued to preach, esp. at the Alamo. The Alamo Plaza is a unique place where people come from around the world to see the historical site of where the great battle took place between Mexico and Texas. The Lord has given me opportunity to witness to many Nations, peoples and tongues. Praise His Holy Name.  
                         

                                                  CHAPTER 1 }           PREACHING THE GOSPEL IS A CALLING FROM GOD  
    
                      The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the dividing line between heaven and hell. Souls of men, women and children are at stake. We that are given the call have a great responsibility to God and mankind. If you can go on living without the need to warn people of the eternal consequences of their actions, then you are not called to preach.   
 
 Jer.20:9  Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. ( hold back )