Last Sunday, November 20th 2016, it was raining and cold. a young 25ish man came to me. I could smell his alcohol from his breath when he talked to me slowly.
He told me that he is addicted to alcohol and cracks. I told him immediately that he could and should never use drugs with alcohol together. It will kill him one day. He told me that he overdosed several times. He knew the dangers and saw many of his friends' death due to overdose. But he did not know why he still survived after several time of overdose.
I asked him whether he was a Christian. He told me not any more. He was raised on the street and has no job no place to stay. I asked him where he normally stay. He said he barely sleep. if so, he would stay at the washroom, bank doorways, some closed entrance. He does not like to stay shelter as it is not safe for him. I asked him where he got the money for the drink and drugs. He laughed with a kind of guilty on his face. I knew that he must do something like sale drug to others, or steal something, or even sale his soul to gain his supply. this is how the evils keep fallen ones in their loops.
He appeared quite drunk or at the wake of drunkenness. He talked slowly most of the time. But he fixed his eyes on me when we were talking. I told him to quite drink and drugs as his life is precious. He said that it is very hard for him to do so. I told him that when we cannot do something, G-d can do everything for us if we ask him sincerely. He asked me whether we can pray together. Surely, I replied.
we prayed at the corner of the ticket both. I asked the Lord to continue to protect him and give him strength to live his life and to know his Savior Christ Yahushua.
He thanked me and I told him to thank G-d. I asked him where he was going. He said he has no money no place to go. I asked him whether he needs some money. He was reluctant to ask me for money. I took out the only bill and gave it to him. I said, "remember, to buy yourself some food not drugs, nor alcohol." he was surprised for the bill and promised me not to do bad with it. then, he said, "I should pray to the Lord." He closed his eyes immediately in that placec and started to pray by himself. I had to do the same to support him. He thanked the Lord for the providee and asked the Lord to protect me. Then, he went off to the sky train.
what stunned me of him (I had no name of him) was that when he received a help from a Christian, he responded to G-d, our Maker. He made a right response. I believed that this is why He still lives after several overdoses. G-d cares for those who fear Him. May this brother forsake the alcohol and drugs soon. May the angles of G-d protect him and lead him out of the misery and additions.
I heard a lot of bad news last week about the fallen of addicts of fentanyl and other potent illicit drug on the market. May he was spared once again.
There is a overhead bridge that connects the metrotown skytrain station to the Metropolis center. Since the Lord sent me there to preach to the crowds, i have not been able to access the majority commuters who shop in the center during the weekend.
i sent email to the Metropolis team and they decliend to allow me to preach on the skirt area of the building. I had been on the public street at the intersection over a few months until last a few weeks since hte bridge was closed. I thankd the Lord much to open the way to allow me to preach to a mass crowd every day when I was there. almost more than 1000 people passing by every hour, which is more than the people we met when we were at the downtown center.
I considered to bring a law suit to the supreme court to force the Metropolis to accept that fact that the mall area is a public area for public use so we can preach there freely. yet, due to various tired up things in my life, i had not been able to asemble a file to the applciation for a Judge.
The Lord taught me that i just need to wait for him as he sees all the future things. I must have more faith in him in order to do his will in my life more effectively. Praise the Lord forever and ever.
Since then, I have been so encouraged and excited by the opportunity to share the good news with thousands daily. there were heavy rain days, and freesing evenings. one day, my jacket was wet and my undergarment was soaked as well. it chilled my body a lot. I had to go to the whirepool in Hillcrest to warm myself up. I did buy a waterproof winter jacket for this pupose to stop being freezing on the street.
It has been veyr joyful to know some of people alreay greeting me when they saw me there. Least, the good news and my standing for the Lord are spread and accepted. Many people said to me with tahnks, and some with encouragment, and some with thumb ups. surely, some of people they hated me with insaults, fists, and false accusations. RCMP atteneded several times and observed that I was doing a good religious work in their eyes without any voilence and disturbance to the public. we almost became friends in some cold winter days with warm greetings. Praise the Lord.
I also shared this information with my previous team member Matthew by email and by phone to encourage him to consider this opportunity to preach to the mass commuters. May the Lord lead him and give him fire to love Him more. Amen.
Yesterday, Nov 26 2016, was a raining day. at evening time, while I was standing in the rain due to the private property restriction of Translink, one young man stopped and read the placard. He asked, "do you oppose gay marriage?" "Yes. This is the message. Legal is not equal to moral."
"why do you hate gay marriage? " "No, no. I do not hate gay marriage but gay sex conducts as the Bible teaches us that is immoral." "actually, I am a bisexual. I dated girls for seven years. but now I have a boy friend and we will get married." "do you have moral any more?" "absolute not. I do not care about the moral at all." "okay. you have the right to marry someone you love . can you have no gay sex with him?" "what? marriage is all about sex. gay marriage is for gay sex." "then, you know your choice has a consequence as the Bible says," "I am a gay is not by choice. I was raised by a gay grandmother. and adopted by a gay couple. They are nice people." "but we are not talking about origin of sexual orientation. even if you were born to be bisexual, as we all were born with sins, this does not mean that you have to continue to sin. " "what? gay sex is a sin?" "Yes." while we were talking, two female homosexual people joined us. one lady asked, "If I love girls, and marry her for a whole life. is that immoral?" "According to the Bible, even you are faithful to your gay partner, your homo-sex deeds are immoral." "I do not believe that shit. " there came a young man who greeted the gay man who was talking to me. they exchanged a quick kiss on the lips . I pointed out to him that he is not faithful as he said he would marry his boyfriend. "so what? we knew each other before." "Then, you need know that marriage is not for lust." "I gonna have a shusi dinner with my boy friend now. and we will have gay sex after that." "Do not indulgence yourself in lust. You will face the consequence one day." I shouted to his back while he was walking away.
apparently, this gay man's mind was distorted by his bisexual desire and lust. His heart went astray anytime as he is not aware of that. He admitted that he has no moral ground for all what he did. the worst thing of all is that he does not care about the moral any more. does he know what is moral? surely he does. this will bear witness on the Day of Judgement of he will not repent his sins.
May the world be saved by His unfathomable Grace and true Love.
I met Troy on a raining evening on Nov 13th 2016. He appeared drunk and was smoking. While he was waiting to pass the street, he listened to my preaching on the street and started a conversation with me. it extended to an hour long interaction.
he questioned a lot of things and told me that when he prayed and prayed in his need, he never got answer. He gave up his belief. I asked him who helped him then. Myself, he said. then, he started to do anti-Christ protest. he called out people to follow Satan and love themselves.. He called out that Satan loves them and fornication is good. when he saw more people came to me to get the Gospel tracts, he became irritated every single time. I enjoyed his unsuccessful companion.
I told him that he was not a bad person at all. When I looked into his eyes, I saw innocent, I saw hurt, and denial. I felt his deep sorrow within. I did not what he made the day but from his appearance and talk, I suspected he is homeless also he denied when I suggested to find a shelter for himself that night.
He continued to stock me from place to place as I determined not to battle with him. but he chose to stick with me wherever I went. My kind warning did not put him off nor affected his decision. I chose to forgive him as he was quite drunk.
I asked him whether he was a Christian before. He showed me a big silver cross hanging on hi neck inside of his cloth. I asked him what happened. He told me that he sold his soul for a $20k gold chain. BY doing what? he did not answer. I suspected that his deal must be very shameful to him to share. Troy is a a fair looking white guy at 30ish. He dressed himself with loose hanging pants and non-tackled shirt, and a jacket. I could not image how he would make a living on the street without hurting his own mind and soul. when he continued to cry out that no one helped him when he was in a much need and in prayer, i felt deeply of his desperation of devastating of his faith. in a return, Satan got him. Satan gave him a chance to meet his need. yet, his conscience and his moral tell him that what he has been doing is not right. but he has no choice and means to run away from them.
when I told him that I was leaving due to the late night, he told me that he would leave at the same time. I noticed that he possibly was very lonely in his soul. We had a hand shake to say good bye. I reminded him again, "Troy, you are not a bad man at all as I can see from your eyes. You shall choose your good part inside of you more than the other part of your heart. " "Thank you. I will see you again. " I removed my glove again and gave him a firm hand shake as he stretched outhis hand again. he looked at my removed glove second time. I noticed that he was checking whether I treated him truly with respect and sincere. Surely, I did not pretend to care for him nor to just finish a job as a hired hand. He ran off to the back of the street.
The encounter of Troy touched me deeply. G-d showed me there are many people who have been slipped into this world due to unanswered prayers, and lonely status. Satan caught them each one so easily. The church must do much more to care about these astray sheep and find these lost sheep and bring them back.
May the Lord forgive Troy's sins and lead him back to repentance. May his tender love and kindness touch him deeply one day. May he know that he can live and must live for the Lord Christ Yahushua one day.
Called to serve, Called to stand, called to testify the Truth.