Sunday, June 15, 2008
This weekend was the third Ambassador's Academy offered by LivingWaters which is 3 days of intensive Evangelism training. You spend 4 nights in the beautiful Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, California.
You arrive on Wednesday and are greeted at the entrance by Team Leaders and LivingWaters staff. You're given a tote bag with free gifts and also homemade cookies. You then check into your beautiful room where you will share a room with a fellow member of the Academy.
Here is a picture of me and my roommate Steve. God blessed me with his fellowship.
The rooms are wonderful with internet access, LCD TV's and comfortable beds to sleep in.
During your stay you are treated to free breakfast every morning. On Thursday is a full day of intensive classroom instruction and training. Free lunch is provided where Ray & Kirk come and mingle among the Academy Members to fellowship and answer your questions. After returning to the classroom for the afternoon training you spend the evening in worship and fellowship.
On Friday, you are taken to the LivingWaters Headquarters where you are given a full tour and then a full day of Street Evangelism and Open Air Preaching. Everyone is given several opportunities to Open Air Preach at the busy street corners where people gather to cross the street and also do Trivia Open Air where you draw a crowd and then take a person through the Good Person Test and of course individual one-2-one conversations and gospel tract distribution is greatly encouraged.
On Saturday, after another wonderful buffet breakfast you get aboard the bus and spend an entire day at the Huntington Beach Pier where Ray Open Air Preaches every Saturday from 1:30pm - 3:30pm. There are lots of people witness to at the beach and when you're not up on the box you can watch your fellow team members preach and when 1:30 comes around you get to watch & listen to Ray, Stuart and other LivingWaters staff Open Air Preach to the large crowds.
When the day is over you head back to the Hotel where you enjoy fellowship and testimony. There are details that I have left out to be a surprise for if & when you decided to attend the Academy. The one thing I enjoyed most about the Academy was being around so many brothers & sisters who want to share the biblical truth of God's Word. It is an amazing experience and something I will not forget.
Since attending the Academy and doing Open Air Preaching both in Hollywood & Huntington Beach, i've been going out regularly every Saturday and Open Air Preaching and encouraging others to do the same.
Pushing my fear aside and trusting in Jesus Christ finished work on the cross, I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me because the righteous are as bold as a lion.
One last thing I wanted to mention was that the director of the Ambassador's Academy Tony Miano has asked me to be a Team Leader for the July Academy. I was so moved by him asking me that I literally broke down in tears. I do not deserve the honor of being apart of such a wonderful ministry but my trust is in the Lord and not myself so I've accepted his invitation and will offer my time and resources to the equipping of the saints for the glory of God.
The way that I look at it is that if God can use me then He can use you. If you have repented from your sins and by faith, put your trust in Jesus alone to save you then God is able to use you for His glory. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and the righteous are as bold as a lion. Never say you can't share the Gospel because we know God's word is truth. God says that we can do all things through His Son, Jesus Christ so it is possible. Stop trusting in your own ability. Focus not on the things that are seen but on the things that are unseen because the things that are seen are temporary but the things that are unseen are eternal. Amen!