“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Some might find it odd to start a Christian blog but this really describes a couple of outreaches that we recently had at area high schools, Riverside and Washington.
We had gone the week before to Whitefish Bay and Shorewood High Schools. It was the first experience that we had as a group with the Police. The Whitefish Bay police were wondering what we were doing and we explained that we were giving out free 180 movie DVD’s (go to www.180movie.com to watch the free 33 minute movie) and explained that it was about interviews with young people asking them about World War II, Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany and what happened with the Jews, then drawing a parallel with modern day United States called the American Holocaust.
The police asked us stop distributing but we were firm and said that we were on public sidewalk and exercising our free speech rights. After that they were fine with that and simply observed us after that. We were able to hand out about 200 DVD’s and a few gospel tracts. Pray for many to come to the Lord along with their families.
There was one woman walking around that neighborhood who when she saw us became very irritated and couldn’t be spoken with. We tried to share the good news of the gospel but she was opposed. Pray for her and soft heart to hear the gospel.
At Shorewood High, when we arrived, I saw an officer sitting in her patrol car and I approached her and explained what we would be doing there. She said that as long as we stay in the parameters that we stated, we should be OK.
As the kids were leaving, initially the giveaway went great. There were some administrators who approached us. We gave them a DVD and explained to them what we were doing and continued to hand out DVD’s.
We were approached by a person who identified himself as a teacher at the school and wanted to know why we were giving the DVD’s out to young people.
We had quite the battle. The man wanted to go into all the arguments against Christianity and why all religions are the same and it’s all the same god. At the end we were finally able to share with him why not all religions are the same and share the gospel with him. We showed him what God had done for us and why man cannot make amends for his ways before a Just and Holy God. Pray for his salvation and for the kids who received a DVD and their families.
The Best of Times
The next week we scheduled to go to Riverside and I called the Milwaukee Police ahead of time to let them know that we would be there, staying on the sidewalk and handing out the DVD’s. The Sargent that I spoke with said that we were in our right to practice free speech.
When we got onsite, we were approached by some school administrators. We explained to them what we were doing and they said that we were OK to be there.
As the young adults were leaving, the experience was amazing. They gladly took the DVD’s. Some asked what it about. We were also able to hand out some gospel tracts. The whole experience was over in about 15 minutes. Pray for many to come to the Lord.
The Worst of Times
Now we’re feeling pretty good so we decided that since there was an hour difference in dismissal times between the two schools we’d try to head over to Washington H.S. I had call the district Police station for that school and explained to the officer what we’d be doing.
When we got to the location where we’d be handing out the DVD’s we were approached by an officer who wanted us to move across the street. I respectfully explained that we had spoken with the district station and that as long as we stayed on a public sidewalk, we should be able to practice our free speech rights and hand out the DVD’s.
Then a school administrator came out of the building and confronted us. I explained what we were doing and why we were there. She asked us to move across the street and I respectfully told her no, as there would be no students exciting the grounds there. All the students would be getting on buses near the sidewalk where we were standing.
She went back in the building and as it approached the time for students to go home, more administrators and private security came out of both the front and back of the building.
As the students left, we began to hand them the DVD’s to which the administers and security yelled at the kids to give them back or don’t take them or they gave the kids the slashing across the throats sign indicating not to have any contact with us.
On the other side of the school, one administrator was asking students to ask us for more DVD’s and we found out later that he was confiscating them.
All in all, it was a very disappointing experience and the exact opposite of Riverside. I would have to say in hindsight that we weren’t prayed up enough for that outreach and we took for granted the goodness of God.
Acts 5: 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.