Category Archives: Evangelism

Sarah’s Report

Jesse, Mary, and Anna were a key part to the fair last week. They stamped thousands of tracts with the website. Thank you for investing all those hours, Jesse, Mary, and Anna. You guys did an incredible job!

Friday night was another successful night at the fair. As the nights progressed, we recognized quite a few people who came back each night to get something cold to drink. We worked at giving them a new tract and asking them if they had read the one we had given them the night before.

One girl in particular called me her friend. I had taken a minute to go across the “path” to take pictures of our booth when I saw her. We chatted for a few minutes. She professes to be a Christian. I was able to take it further and talk to her and her friend about purity. They seemed quite amazed that I was twenty-four and had never been on a date. Dad said he could see the conviction on their faces. I was very excited to be able to share with them.

I think probably the most heart-wrenching thing for me was Friday night. We were getting ready to leave, and several were still witnessing. John was talking to a preacher’s son (mid-teens). Suddenly, I heard a noise, and I turned around. The guy had thrown down his soda, which exploded, and he angrily walked off. I can still see his figure walking off into the dark night. My heart ached. Here he was, a pastor’s child but not saved. Obviously he was feeling too convicted and left. I couldn’t keep the tears back as I looked at the exploded Pepsi can, the stark reminder of this young man’s turmoil.

Saturday morning, Dad, Christopher, Joseph, and John went to the City Union Mission in inner downtown Kansas City where the guys have a church service once-a-month and hand out homemade cookies (thanks Mom, Anna, Jesse, and Mary for making them Friday night!). I went with Nathan and Melanie to the fair. It was very hot but quiet Saturday afternoon. I saw Jesus’ purpose. A girl in a booth near us, came over to talk to Melanie and I about spiritual things. Since it was so quiet, we were able to spend quite awhile talking to her. It was obvious the girl was feeling very convicted! I pray she will accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Saturday early evening, Dad and the boys joined us. The fair traffic picked up, and we gave out tons of sodas and tracts!

Only when we’re in Heaven will reveal the effects of this last week! It was incredible!

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”(Isaiah 55:11).

Only for Jesus,

Thursday Evening County Fair Report

We had another incredible evening at the local County Fair. We weren’t sure what to expect yesterday (Thursday) evening because there were a number of rain showers that were moving into the area as evening approached. We usually arrive at the Fair between 5:30 and 6:00, and sure enough, it started to rain at our house about 5:00!

We have been trusting the weather to the Lord, and while we know hot and humid will make people more thirty, rainy and cooler will hopefully give more time to share with each person that stops by.  (and that turned out to be somewhat the case: even though we gave out less sodas and water, we still had a lot of opportunities to share one-on-one or even one with several)

We setup the awning while it continued to sprinkle, and were encouraged to see quite a few people were at the Fair. Thursday evening was wristband night at the Carnival: for $15 you could buy a wristband which would let you ride as many rides as you wanted to. Since we were right across from the Carnival, we had a good amount of traffic by, and to, the booth, despite the cooler temperatures and the rain sprinkles.

As I’ve been doing the other evenings I would stand just in front of the booth and make balloon animals and hats for children. It’s been a great tool for attracting attention and bringing more people to the booth.

By about 8:30 the rain had stopped and the setting sun was visible. Throughout the evening I believe we gave out between 200 and 300 sodas or waters. About 500 tracts were probably given out. We’ve had to work a bit harder at having a variety of tracts available in our work apron pockets as some of the people have stopped by each evening of the Fair. Instead of simply handing them a tract with the soda, we’ll ask: Did you get one of these yet? If they say “yes”, the natural question is “did you read it?” And we’re then able to hand them a different tract and perhaps discuss the previous tract (if they read it).

Because traffic by the booth was a bit slower Thursday evening, we stayed a little later than we have the other evening. One thing we have noticed is the way the crowd changes as the evening gets later: less and less young children with their parents and more teenagers.

As the carnival was shutting down, the rest of the family took down the awning and began transporting the coolers to the loading zone, while I kept making some balloons. Normally, the teenagers weren’t as interested in balloons, but for some reason a group of them showed up as I had been finishing a balloon for a younger child and they all wanted one.

I spent the next forty-five minutes (from about 10:30 to 11:15) making balloons and sharing the gospel with a number of teenagers. It was incredible how open they were. In sharing about heaven and hell and the quick test one can take to know where they will go (the “good person” test) with one group of young people (I think there were about 5 at that time), they all acknowledged breaking God’s Commandments (in particular, we talked about lying, stealing, and taking God’s name in vain) and that they were headed for hell. With one girl, you could see the Spirit was truly convicting her heart especially based on the questions she was asking. I shared the Gospel with them, as well as a number of very detailed tracts (which they promised to read).

One of the young people (this was a different group of five or six that were also open) shared that she had tried to commit suicide awhile back, that her father was in jail for drugs, and her mother lived in another state. A teenage boy shared how his friend had died about a month earlier. A number of the young people said they would stop back by our booth on Friday night for a soda and to talk some more.

We’ve been thanking the Lord for the opportunities He has given to share and for putting this outreach idea on Nathan’s heart (just think of all the past years that we weren’t seeking to share at and of all the Fairs across the nation that have no one on-site to share the Gospel!). Although it is not a particularly pleasant project: the expense, the logistics of cooling and transporting so much soda/water, the hassle of setting up and tearing down each evening, the drive time, the hot and muggy weather, and, on top of that, the way people choose to dress. The younger children in our family have been staying at home these evenings, while Dad, Nathan, Melanie, Sarah, Joseph, John, and myself are at the Fair.

We’re looking forward to this evening (Friday). It will be VERY hot and muggy (humidity is about 60%, and the temperature is expected to be in the upper 90’s), and we’re expecting the largest crowd yet (considering it rained on Thursday, and that Friday night is a popular night anyways). Please remember us in prayer.

In Christ,

PS – We are still planning on getting a “full booth” photo that shows our setup. We’ll try for that shot tonight.

Success with another night at the fair!

The Lord tremendously blessed us once again at the Fair yesterday evening. Close to 600 sodas or waters were given out. The van’s temperature gauge showed 104 degree’s as we arrived at the Fair (and the sun was still shining!). However, the heat is a blessing as it results in people being more thirsty.

Last night was the parade night. We could see a portion of the parade from where we were located. We are still grateful for our location, as almost everyone had to walk past us to get to the parade area, and then had to walk back past us when the parade was over. During the parade, the booth was a bit slow. As soon as it was over, we were absolutely mobbed.

We gave out close to 1,000 tracts, and had opportunities to talk with a number of people one-on-one. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will be working in hearts as people take the tracts home and read them later.

Included are some photos from the booth. We’ll try to get a photo of the entire booth at some point this evening.

In Christ Jesus,

Joseph Maxwell

Dad taking drink orders.

Dad, taking drink orders.

John, handing a million dollar bill to a man.

John, handing a million dollar bill to a man.

Sarah, waiting to help someone.

Sarah, waiting to help someone.

Nathan, going through the 'Good Person' test.

Nathan, going through the “Good Person” test.

County Fair Evangelism

Yesterday evening was our first night at the Leavenworth County Fair! We had never been to the County Fair before. Nathan and his wife, Melanie, rented a booth as an evangelistic opportunity to give out free soft drinks and a gospel tract. We’re helping man the booth. The plan is to be there each evening Tuesday through Friday, and then all day Saturday.

The Fair organizers put us in a great location, and we had a lot of traffic. The booth was a hit with young and old alike. Throughout the evening, we gave out over four hundred sodas, and most people were given (and accepted) two tracts with each soda. The truly amazing part of the tract distribution was how many people said “Thank you!” Of all those sodas, I do not remember a single person rejecting a soda because of the tract, or simply rejecting the tract itself. We started tearing down around 9:00 (even though the fair closes at 10:00), because we had run out of Pepsi, Sprite, and water and just had Diet Pepsi left.

Besides giving out tracts, a number of us had opportunities to share directly about eternity and Jesus with people.

The evening was VERY warm, and the temperatures are supposed to be close to 100 all week with high humidity! Nice and hot.

Now, all we can do is pray that people will read the tracts and will respond to the call of the Holy Spirit!

In Christ Jesus,

Joseph Maxwell