St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Town of Erin, WI – 2018

It was a beautiful sun shiny day for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the town of Erin, WI. This year was unique as St. Patrick’s Day actually fell on a Saturday this year, so the crowd that was expected was going to be larger than normal. We were not disappointed. As I approached the parade route I was struck by the sea of humanity that was already gathered hours before the parade was to have begun.

We worked in conjunction with the saints from Lakewood Baptist Church who had over twenty volunteers assist at two tables that were setup along the parade route, stocked with cookies, cupcakes, coffee and hot chocolate. And oh yes, gospel tracts of course with strong evangelists who were able to well articulate the true message of the gospel.

As the disciples went out two by two, we also went among the crowd. I don’t think it would be an exaggeration that thousands of tracts were handed out sharing the St. Patrick’s Day Quiz on one side and the Gospel on the other. We were also able to give out Million Dollar Bills to the adults and a special kid’s version. For the kids we also had the Albert Brainstein tract and the 10 Commandment Coins.

The crowd is always a mix of partiers, senior citizens, families with young children. Everyone is always friendly and for the most part willing to receive the tracts and engage in conversation. As in the book of Acts, some listened, some wanted to hear more, some scoffed, some believed, some knew the truth but we’re ready to trust in the true God and I’m sure there were some who wanted to pick up stones.

I had a young man, Eli, walk with me toward the north end of the parade route and we were able to engage in a number of good conversations. A gentleman named Mark, who was in his mid-sixty’s and had been Catholic growing up, converted to being Lutheran during his first marriage, and now was back to Catholic with his second wife, who was making him go back to church again. We were able to go through the law with him and as he came under conviction, he saw the need for the true Savior and not one obtained through ritual.

The picture here is that of a young man named Jake, who at 6’6″ was a friendly by imposing figure and yet we were able to share the gospel with he and his friends.

There was another man and I’m guessing his son, who we were able to go through the law and the gospel. What stood out with these two was that as I had begun to speak with the father, I could tell the son was listening intently to what was being shared, so I made sure to turn my attention to him as well.

The conversation that stood out though was with two young men, Kevin and Josh. We had passed their table earlier and given them the St. Patrick’s Day Quiz and Kevin shared that he had been quizzing everyone in their group so I asked them how they had done on the Good Person test on the back side? Josh started out rather combative by telling me that it was all garbage. When someone objects to the message, I don’t get discouraged but try to be firm and loving in my conversation. Josh is in the military and preparing for his second deployment, so as we made our way through the commandments, we needed to distinguish the difference between murder, killing and defending your country. We also talked about how God’s see’s hatred as murder in the heart just as he see’s lusting for the opposite sex as adultery in the heart. I shared with them that God will not only judge our actions but also our thoughts and intents of the heart. As both of the them tried to self-justify themselves and that they would be good enough to get into heaven (Josh thought that when he died he would just become worm food), I asked them if a man raped and murdered their mom and was standing before a judge who would just let that man go, would he be a good judge. NO! was the answer. God must punish evil, I told them. They both agreed. As we left the table I shook their hands and urged them to read Genesis Chapters 1-11, because that explains how we got here and why this world is in the messed up state that it is and then I suggested they read the Gospel of John as that is God’s answer to the mess.

Please pray for all the souls that we encountered and that the Holy Ghost rescues them from the fire and the wrath that is to come.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown Milwaukee

I had the distinct pleasure of having fellowship with and ministering the gospel with the men from Shalom Baptist Church in Mequon, Wisconsin yesterday at the Downtown Milwaukee St. Patrick’s Day parade where thousands of people were in attendance and received the St. Patrick’s Day quiz which dispels the myth of who St. Patrick’s was and his ultimate mission in Ireland. It also provides a clear presentation of the law and the gospel.

We also handed out to the kids the 10 Commandments coin, a special kids version of the million dollar bill and the Giant Money $100 bill.

One of the men that I had the privilege of ministering with, Harry, had an encounter with a woman to whom he handed the million dollar bill. She told Harry that she had just been down to Mexico for vacation. Some crazy man walked up to her and prophesied over her saying that she would receive $1 million! She smiled at Harry and said I guess the prophecy is now fulfilled!

Let’s pray that the thousands of tracts that were handed out yesterday will help win thousands of souls to Christ. Pray for repentance and believe in Christ!

Milwaukee Seed Sowers is looking ahead and praying for the outreach at the Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th

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The Wind Bloweth

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

I have this method of leaving tracks at the hotel where I am staying. I’ll take the Million Dollar Bill, fold it in half and as I’m walking down the hall where the rooms are, I’ll throw it up in the air and let it fall as it will with the hopes that someone will pick it up and read it.

A week back while at my client, I stopped at the cubicle of Dinesh, someone who I wanted to speak with. Dinesh is from India and is working for the company that I’m consulting for, and is stationed in the US for the duration of the project that I’m working on. He also happens to be staying at the same hotel that I am staying at.

During our conversation, I noticed that on Dinesh’s cubicle wall, he has pinned one of the Million Dollar Bills that I’ve left. When I asked where he got it, he smiled and said in his India dialect, that it was a secret. I asked Dinesh if he answered the Million Dollar question on the back side of the bill? He took the bill off the wall and began to read it.

Please pray for Dinesh that the wind of the Holy Ghost blows where it will and that the new birth happens in Dinesh’s heart and mind.

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2018 Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Come for the fellowship, preach the Gospel and afterwards, share our experiences and pray. A special St. Patrick’s Gospel tract will provided for you to hand out and generate conversations.

Police will start closing off County Trunk K at 9:30 AM March 17th. The parade route is 2.25 miles long. Since the parade is on Saturday this year the crowds should be huge!

We’ll meet at corner of Pleasant Hill Rd and Hwy K in Erin (Hartford) at 9am. This is approx. midpoint of the parade route. Parade setup is at (Hwy E) and Hwy K, which is north of our meeting place. Parade starts at 11am, but they shut down Hwy K at 10am to vehicles. Parade proceeds south on K and ends at Holy Hill Rd. (167).

Till the Nets are Full!

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They Will Be Very Difficult Shoes to Fill

Often times when a person leaves a position either through retirement or leaving on their own, that is a refrain that you often hear. Or you might also hear that it will be very difficult to replace that person.

If the believer was living in the flesh, they could say that as well but serving the Sovereign LORD, we should not think this way. We believe that He will be faithful and provide new hands and hearts to fill ministry needs.

That being said, I would like to say a special thanks to two special women who were part of Milwaukee Seed Sowers from its very inception. Sondra and Adrienne.

Both ladies were faithful in their seed sowing and their imagination for new ideas of sharing the gospel, be it going to the basketball courts in some very dangerous neighborhoods with water and tracts to share with the players or weekly down at the lakefront at the Kite Store, sharing the gospel with all who would share in the conversation.

I was often reminded of the women who would minister to Jesus and disciples and who would be the first to share the gospel of the resurrection of Jesus.

Matthew 28: 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

Individually, Sondra would minister in spite of some very difficult and limiting physical ailments. It was a joy to minister with her down at UWM at many of our DVD giveaways and watching her share valued truths with the young students on campus.

Adrienne would always be willing to go on any fishing adventure with her sista’s (as she liked to say), be it outreaches at UWM, parades or weekly down at the lakefront.

Both of these women had a gentle way of sharing the gospel without limiting the truth. And I do say, they will be missed and hard to replace.

Matthew 25: 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

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A Gift For You

During the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s seasons, I like to give the people that I come into contact with on a regular basis, “A Gift For You, Money Within” tract. I not only stuff the tract with the Million Dollar Bill tract but also a varying monetary denomination and let them pick the card of their choosing. It’s always a joy to see their expression as they open the card but I also share with them that the message on the card is more important than the money inside.

A couple of days after giving one to a Starbucks barista, she thanked me for the gift and she shared with me that it reminded her of when she was growing up that her family celebrated religious holidays and traditions, for which she was thankful.

I shared with her that Jesus didn’t come to the earth for her to follow some new religion but He came to restore a lost relationship with her. When you think about it, that is what makes Christianity unique. All of the major religions are just that, religion and pretenders! It’s what a person does in order to work their way to a false god.

Christ came searching for us, lost sheep, so that all that believe on Him, could have eternal life. The relationship lost in the Garden of Eden, would be restored.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

May all of you have a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year in Christ Jesus, the LORD and glory, the only true and eternal God.

 

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Menominee Falls Memorial Day Parade Outreach 2017

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

It was a beautiful day for handing out tracts and witnessing to people about the gospel. Both adults and children were willing to receive and we had some lively and friendly discussion about the important things in life and life eternal in Jesus Christ.

The folks attending the parade gladly received the Million Dollar Bill with the Million Dollar Question, or the Big Money 100 Dollar Bill folding out with the gospel printed on the back side and I love to give the “Everything Man has Learned about Women” tract to young couples. When you open it, the pages are blank with the gospel printed on the last page and back cover. It always gets a smile. But the gospel is given!

 

 

 

 

 

Please watch for the next posting as I hope to report on our outreaches down at the lake front this past summer (can you believe it that summer is already over!), the Milwaukee Air Show and some changes to our Milwaukee Seedsowers staff.

If you would like to become a part of the Milwaukee Seedsowers or are interested in joining us for an outreach, please contact Jim at 414.218.9849 or send him an email at brunner0402@sbcglobal.net. JB

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