I was recently blessed to attend the New Year’s SOAPA conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was amazing, edifying and convicting in many ways to be around so many on fire Christians. What a great fellowship of the saints! What a way to usher in the new year!
We started on Saturday afternoon and preached a few hours on the strip. Brother Ace gave a powerful Gospel call to the people who had saved all year to come to Sin City for the New Year’s party. The hardest thing to see in this city is the amount of families who bring their children to these wicked streets. There are so many crimes against God and man taking place in one area it is truly overwhelming to see how many people bring their children to this wicked place. The three of us stood contending for our faith in spite of all the opposition!
Sister Mary was with us that night and she got her feet wet passing out tracts. It was good to see her become more confident in just a few hours. Brother Ace is such a good influence in this area, he makes us all feel convicted to do more, as he is tireless. So, Saturday had some great conversations and a lot of seeds sown. We left early in the evening proclaiming victory!
Brother Isidro came that night from L.A. It is amazing to see these saints make such sacrifice to put forth the Gospel. This Brother came with no place to stay, willing to sleep in his car if necessary. We were piled on the floor in a small apartment that one of the locals opened for us. It was great we had devotions and fellowship for four days!
Sunday the meetings started. Once again, I saw some of the greatest preaching I’ve seen all year in this conference. More than one person commented on the same thing. The preaching was extraordinary. It is so encouraging to hear a message from someone who actually lives the life they are speaking of. Awesome! Sunday afternoon, we preached on Fremont Street and the demons manifested immediately. There were great Gospel conversations going non-stop right in the middle of the drunken debauchery. Someone commented (as we came there in the day before the lights were lit up), there is a sense of decay on these buildings. It is rotten to the core, but Jesus still saves!
Monday was another day of conference, great preaching, great fellowship, that night we preached at the water fountains, the Bellagio. It is always something to see the fountains playing Christ(mas) music, as we preach this does give quite a backdrop. We got much favor from the police this year and it was such a blessing. I had a good conversation with a person from Canada who will not soon forget what was said. People don’t often repent right there, but people take what they heard home. Vegas is the secret suicide capitol: anyone who commits suicide there is listed in their hometown paper and NOT Las Vegas. We want to turn that around to be a place where people take the Gospel back home with them and life abundant!
Tuesday was a special day as we honored Ruben Israel for forty years of preaching. Philip Ness Thomas was also given an award for preacher of the year. What a great thing to see brothers honoring each other. The New Year’s Eve party was packed as always. Again, we had favor with the police and no real incidents. The Gospel went forth throughout the night. I had a deaf couple who were drawn to me for whatever reason. We texted a short conversation on the cellphone, I believe in the power of prayer. Sister Mary was blessed to have an audience of young Muslims who were genuinely considering her presentation of the Gospel. The most amazing praise I have though is for the teamwork. There was a woman who was torn up and in tears staring at the signs. I took two steps forward to hand her a tract. She received the tract but didn’t seem to want to talk, so I went back to where I was and prayed. Within a few moments Sister Mary and another young lady came to her. They were talking and before you know it they were all praying together, it was powerful! I know some of you may be against women preaching, but for one am glad the women were there. The people who were led to the Lord would have to disagree with you!
So, there you have it. One more year gone by. What about you? What will you do with this new year?
I hope you’ll have time for Jesus!
I will talk to you again soon, until then, as always thank you for your prayers and support. Hallelujah to the King of kings for one more year of jubilee!
Have A Holy New Year!
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