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Eddie Guerrero – Wrestling Not With Flesh and Blood   2 comments

Eddie and his daughters in 2002. He loved his family and God more than anything.

Eddie and his daughters in 2002. He loved his family and God more than anything.

In November 2005, professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero passed away. He was a husband, father, and a Born Again Christian – a crucial piece of knowledge for me.

Eddie Guerrero serves as an inspiration to me for a few reasons… Firstly, as a professional. He ascended to the height of his work as a WWE superstar, winning the WWE Championship in February 2004 with a dramatic match against future UFC legend Brock Lesnar. He was also loved and well received by the majority of his peers and fans (mark and ‘smark’ fans alike). Eddie was crisp and smart in the ring, and charismatic outside of it – go and check out the Los Guerreros short videos. They are amazing comedy. 😀 Eddie reached the peak of his professional life through intensity and hard work. As a person who struggles to stay motivated in secular activities, knowing Eddie passion for his work helps me to soldier on in my own.

Secondly, Eddie is an inspiration to me because of his redemption story. You can say wrestling isn’t real but there was nothing faked about what Eddie Guerrero overcame with God’s help. He was a self-confessed addict, with problems with prescription drugs and alcohol. In 1999, he fell asleep at the wheel of his moving car from an overdose and almost killed himself. He received a DUI in 2001 and was fired from the WWE. And he admitted to not being close with God, despite being Born Again as young man. He lost his family’s confidence and his wife, Vickie, decided to end their marriage.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 NKJV

However like a phoenix from the ashes, Eddie Guerrero rose again starting with rebuilding his relationship with God. He prayed and read his Bible, went through counselling and was checked into rehab for his addiction. He wrestled for smaller companies such as Ring of Honor (ROH) until early 2002 when WWE offered him a new contract. Eventually, he wiped away his bad reputation by the grace of God. And later that year, he rekindled his relationship with Vickie Guerrero, leading to them renewing their vows in 2003. By 2005, Eddie celebrated 4 years completely clean and sober by God’s grace.

Eddie went through separation from his wife and family, disgrace in his industry, and a life-long addiction and came out on the other side of the valley, thanks to the Good Shepherd.

Eddie using his finishing move - the Frog Splash - on Brock Lesnar in 2004. Photo credit: WWE

Eddie using his finishing move – the Frog Splash – on Brock Lesnar in 2004. Photo credit: WWE

Finally, Eddie Guerrero was open about sharing his faith with people in his workplace. In a business known for drugs, sex and violence, Eddie became a light for Christ in the WWE locker room.

He gave other wrestlers Bibles. He openly discussed his love for Jesus Christ with people. led people in prayers. By the brief accounts I’ve read from others, he was not overly preachy, but loved others. To me, Eddie was the consummate professional Christian – he was at the top of his line of work and not afraid to show others the love of Christ that got him there.

Here’s a story from Ken Anderson, a TNA wrestler and former WWE superstar who worked with Eddie in the months before his passing:

“He loved the business and he loved people. He loved people that loved the business. He loved his wife and children. He was a devout Christian and used to share scriptures with me in the locker room and discuss their meanings even though he knew that I was a non-believer. He didn’t do it with any sort of condescension but in a gentle caring way, and he valued, listened to and understood (to a degree) my rebuttals and the reasons for my skepticism. He treated everyone with the same amount of respect.

“Once, Chris Benoit, Eddie and I went into a Bob Evans on a Sunday morning to eat breakfast before hitting the gym. The line, as you can imagine, looked like the line for Space Mountain at Disneyworld during peak season. The host recognized us and said, “Don’t worry, a booth just opened up. I’ll get you guys seated next.” Eddie very calmly said “No man, all of these people have been waiting patiently. We’re not special. Don’t treat one group of people better than you would another. Thank you, but we can wait.” Life is precious folks. Treat people the way that you want to be treated. Love the people that you love as hard as you can. Enjoy them while you still have time. I’m a better person for knowing this man, if but for a brief moment in time. The wrestling world misses him dearly. If I believe in any sort of afterlife, it’s the fact that while he was here he touched so many lives and continues to do so 10 years after his passing.”

In the end, you see that what Eddie Guerrero accomplished in his life was not only his determination, but due to the grace of God. The man they called ‘Latino Heat’ wrestled his way to the top of life but not against flesh and blood, but by beating out principalities, powers, and the demons he encountered. He wrestled life with God on his side and won.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

It’s been said a thousand times… Eddie, you lied, cheated, and stole our hearts. Thank you for your great example, and rest in peace in the comfort of heaven.

For more reading on the life and times of Eddie Guerrero, buy his book: Cheating Death, Stealing Life – The Eddie Guerrero story. Such an awesome book. 🙂

Viva La Raza!

Viva La Raza! Photo credit: WWE

Posted 13th November 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Blog, My Thoughts

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A Young Preacher Dies While On Evangelism   5 comments

A picture of Richard Walker holding the cross in a London street.

Me on evangelism in 2010. I pray this is an image that never changes.

This is a message I got from a friend during last week:

Just got a call from my mum in Ghana…it’s about a young man that my mum knows (26yrs old). He just died on Sunday.

He was found dead in the middle of the road with his bible and his speaker & mic in his hand. He was preaching the gospel and collapsed dead.

When my mum got to the hospital after hearing his speaker/mix was still on.

Hearing this…the fear of the Lord came upon me…It is a real wake up call for me.

Let us do all we can to continue preaching as I’m sure we all do.

May God’s mercy be with you.

All I can add is that this could easily be me. What will I be found doing when it’s my time to go?

May God give us all grace to keep spreading His love and His great gospel.

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Nobody Likes Me   2 comments

Do you feel like she looks sometimes?

Do you feel like she looks sometimes?

Does this sound familiar to you? I think nobody likes me. I’m not a really likable person. Not like my friends. I’m not as good as them, honestly. I feel think things would be better if I wasn’t here…

Have those thoughts come to you before? Maybe not as deeply, or maybe not in that order, but I think we’ve all felt ‘nobody likes me’ from time to time. I sure have.

Thoughts like these separate people from their churches, beloved family from family members, and partners from their partners. Some people unforunately commit suicide believing, deep down… ‘Nobody likes me‘.

It’s perfectly normal to feel that way, no-one’s happy 24 hours a day. And hey, maybe there’s truth to what you feel – perhaps some people visibly don’t like you. Your feelings are important, so feel your feelings. Feel like no-one likes you, if you really want. I feel like punching some people sometimes. Doesn’t mean I have to act upon it.

You don’t have to act upon any depressing feeling that comes your way. Don’t let Satan lie to you. Satan wants to kill and destroy you (John 10:10), and if he can do it through your thoughts, he will. Don’t be ignorant of the weapons Satan uses against you. (2 Corinthians 2:11) He wants to wipe you out and drag you to hell starting with your mind – don’t let him.

Think about it… How can nobody like you? Not one person on God’s green earth? And hey, not everyone is going to like you. There are 7 MILLION PEOPLE on the planet earth. (Source: World Bank, 2013.) Can you be liked by everyone on earth? Can everyone on earth dislike you? Are you Satan

Someone likes you just the way you are. In fact, I’d wager to say more than one person looks at you and finds pleasure in just seeing you. You are not irrelevant.

(Warning: Lots of ‘maybes’ coming.) Maybe you wonder if no-one will sweep you off your feet and say ‘hey baby, I lurve you.’ ❀ But there are again 7 BILLION PEOPLE in the world today. Do you really think that no-one – out of 7 BILLION – can genuinely love you? You just haven’t been found yet. And hey, more than half the world’s population is in Asia. If you really can’t find someone to marry where you are… Tickets to Asia are cheap. 😀

It would be true to say you mean very little to some people, but you mean everything to someone. Some people think the world of you. It’s true. Someone may say ‘you’re not my cup of tea’ but to someone else you are their whole breakfast.

Maybe you feel no-one likes you in your church, or school, or work place? That’s a difficult one. Maybe you see a lot of differences between you and your brethren or colleagues. Or maybe… You can stop looking at the differences and think more on how much you have in common, and be nicer. He who wants friends must show himself friendly, after all. (Proverbs 18:24)

Maybe you feel God doesn’t love you… maybe you’ve sinned and you reckon now God thinks you suck. It might be difficult for you to remember but God loves the sinner. After all, Jesus died for us before we even do anything.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:8 NLT

See? God loves you just the way you are. Yeah, you can be a better person. But God loves you even if you never change.

God even knows how many hairs are on your head. (And for some of you folks, that’s difficult.) Does that sound like someone who doesn’t care for you?

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30 NLT

As you walk with God, He may be hard on you in some ways but he corrects those he loves. (Proverbs 3:12) Let me assure you, if God didn’t like you, he’d never let you suffer because we can learn so much through suffering.

Spend time talking with God through Jesus and you will discover the truth – you are liked. You are loved. You are cared for. Be happy in God’s providence of love. ❀

PS – If you really need someone to open up to, leave a comment, I’m here. 🙂

PPS – I highly recommend Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind for more on topics of the mind.

Posted 11th March 2015 by ukrichardwalker in My Thoughts

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3 Life-Changing Quotes from God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon   4 comments

I've been reading this amazing book for 4 years and I can't get enough...

I’ve been reading this amazing book for 4 years and I can’t get enough…

One day I casually said to my pastor, ‘I seem to buy books about people who were drug addicts’. Being the astute man of God he is, his response was ‘you should buy God’s Generals and stop buying these books!’ Being the astute Richard Walker I am, I learned two things: 1) I really like biography books and 2) I’m nuts.

Maybe I’m a nosy parker, but I like reading about people’s lives. My favourite book as a kid was ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4‘ by the late Sue Townsend. Even though it’s a work of fiction, I just liked the feeling that I was inside someone’s head and opinions. I like to know what goes on in the minds of people, and what makes them do what they do. I like to observe strengths and weaknesses of others and try use it in my own life. Even from secular people you can gain a fair amount of godly wisdom – even if it’s just ‘never eeeeever do this’. Biographies excite me to no end!

So you can imagine how I felt when I discovered God’s Generals: Why They Succeeded and Why Some Failed.’ This book by Roberts Liardon is a heavily-researched biography of twelve men of God who lived between the 1800s and 1900s. It includes some of the most famous and controversial ministers of the western world, including Kathryn Kuhlman, Smith Wigglesworth, AA Allen, and Aimee Semple McPherson.

God’s Generals has taught me so much about how to get into ministry and the traps of Satan. This book has introduced me to many men of God – not only those who were profiled, but some mentioned in passing. Of the top of my head, I’ve drawn similarities in my life with Evan Roberts. I’ve been encouraged by the tragedies in the lives of Maria Woodworth-Etter and AA Allen. I’ve taken the note of caution from William Branham. I’ve totally fallen in love with Aimee Semple McPherson. (If her anointing has passed to a lady my age, I’m totally putting a ring on her finger. 😀 )

I am comfortable saying God’s Generals is one of the best and most crucial books I’ve ever read. I want to be a minister for our Lord Jesus, and this book is essential to me for that reason. If you don’t want to work for the Lord, this book may not fascinate you much. But if you are aspiring to be a minister, aside from hearing from God Himself, there’s nothing better you can do than learn from those who went before you.

Enough hype! Here’s what you came for: some quotes from Roberts Liardon’s classic book.

Also, we must love God more than we love anything else. When I was a young boy, I felt impressed to quit playing basketball. But at the time, I knew what God had called me to do, and it seemed I loved basketball more than I loved to pray. So I quit playing basketball. God had set the plan for my life. I agreed to it, and prayer became my life-giving force. It’s fine to enjoy life. Just make sure you don’t love more than God.

Incredible. Just let that one soak in. I once did something similar when I gave up a wrestling career for Jesus, and when I read this I was 100% assured I had done the right thing. John Cena’s a nice guy, but I’d rather be like the original JC: Jesus Christ. 😎

Aimee truly believed that the church had grown too cold and formal, while the world’s love for entertainment brought them encouragement, joy, and laughter. She also felt this to be the reason why so many Christians were hungry for entertainment.

Aimee Semple McPherson and a monkey. I wish I knew exactly how she used it to win to people to the kingdom of God!

Aimee Semple McPherson and a monkey. I wish I knew exactly how she used it to win to people to the kingdom of God!

I love Sister Aimee so much because she I think was bang on the money. Aimee built her church in Los Angeles, CA, in a time that theatre and cinema was growing. She understood that people craved joy and happiness and the coldness of churches could drive people away from Jesus. Her response was to let her creativity show as much as her spirituality. Angelus Temple (her church) was constantly filled with music that she wrote. She preached great sermons and used theatre props to illustrate her messages, almost like a giant production. Her results were tremendous as she regularly filled her five-thousand seater church hall.

What I have learned is to let my creativity, energy, and humour help me to serve God. The Lord wants every part of me, and that includes my personality. That’s why I have The Richie Rich Show, or why I preach on the streets using funny examples – the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit! We are happy believers! It must show because it is attractive! The joy of the Lord is way more attractive than Keeping Up With The Kardashians or The Simpsons. Let’s show the world!

Every talent and gift you have can be used for God. Dance, media, cooking, speaking, acting, decorating, designing, writing… everything you do God gave to you. Use it for his glory!

[Jack Coe] had the kind of independence that it takes to keep you on the cutting edge. It is when we base our lives and faith on the words of men, or the horrors of our past, that we are defeated. But when we pursue and run after the cry of our hearts, God will meet us every time and manifest his glory.

My lesson from this: when someone you treasure the opinion of tells you something awful about you, you might feel depressed. But when God has put something in your heart, run after it and leave depressing those words in the dust. Jack Coe grew up an orphan, but brought Jesus’ love to many other orphans because he stamped on his past and surged forward. We can be the same… 🙂

What more can I say? Buy God’s Generals: Why They Succeeded and Why Some Failed. From the lessons inside, you can become closer to being a successful minister in the eyes of the Lord.

Buy this book and other best-selling Roberts Liardon books at:

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How to Heal a Broken Heart in 1 Step   1 comment

I messed up my hand on evangelism recently. :( But this what the Lord does to your broken heart - heals and binds up your wounds. Psalm 147:3

I messed up my hand on evangelism recently. 😩 But this what the Lord does to your broken heart – heals and binds up your wounds. Psalm 147:3

I saw a post about a broken heart (Hi Rhoda 😀 ) and I’ve been reminded of the time my little heart was broken. I’d asked a girl to marry me and that relationship broke down… but that wasn’t what caused it. 😛 😛 No, what happened was far more selfish than that. When I was 19, I wanted to be the youth ministry leader in our church very passionately and I didn’t get the position – someone else did.

I knew the right thing was that God set the person there and that He had made the right decision. (Psalm 75:6) But because of what I set my heart on – a position in the church and not God Himself – I was so disappointed. It took months to show up, but before I knew it my feelings were out of control.

My emotions were very real. I know a broken heart is a metaphor for the feelings you feel, but I remember my chest and my brain would hurt whenever I thought about what was going on. I just didn’t understand… why? (I sound like a baby, I know.)

How was my broken heart healed? At the time I searched the Bible on ‘broken heart’ and I found this…

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 NLT

Soon after discovering that scripture, I did the only thing I felt I could do – I prayed and took my heart to God for fixing. I don’t remember my exact prayers, but I spent at least one whole night talking to God about it. Between tongues and English, I just tried to tell Him about the volcano of emotions that was Richard Walker…

I don’t know how long it took for me to feel alright about everything, but I know that then I felt my life was over and now I laugh about it and understand why everything happened the way it did. God took care of everything, counselled me in various ways and put me in circumstances to heal up. What a mighty God we serve!

So that’s how my heart was broken and how it was healed. This isn’t exactly a self-help article because I don’t think this is a self-help matter. The Lord made our emotions and He knows how to fix them. We take our iPhones and iPads back to Apple Stores to deal with because they are the manufacturers, right? (Or at least you’re supposed to :mrgreen: ) Why not take your heart to the manufacturer in prayer and see what He can do?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

7 Great Quotes from Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind   Leave a comment

Cover of Battlefield of the Mind. Your mind really is a game of chess against Satan...

Cover of Battlefield of the Mind. Your mind really is a game of chess against Satan…

For a melancholic man like me,  Joyce Meyer’s great book Battlefield of the Mind has truly changed my life and motivated me after a long time of recommendation. I now recommend it to you my brothers and sister in Christ! It has been the ‘Book of the Moment’ on my blog for the last few weeks, and before we move on to another book here’s an assortment of my favourite lines from this incredible piece of literary…

Don’t ever give up, because little by little you are changing.

Don’t let the enemy speak to you and tell you that you are not advancing in your Christian walk! Even a little movement is still movement. Little by little, you and me are changing into God’s image. Don’t stop now. 🙂

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Let that soak in…

One of your weapons is prayer (asking). You can’t overcome your situation by prayer alone.

You do need to be determined, but determined in the Holy Spirit, not in the effort of your own flesh. The Holy Spirit is your helper – seek His help. Lean on Him.

The Holy Spirit is truly our help to overcome what needs to be overcome in our lives.  Whatever it is, it simply can’t be done without the Spirit of God… Zechariah 4:6

…The Bible teaches us there is no such thing as real peace until we are delivered from the need to compete with others.

How true it is… if we compare our progress to someone else’s, we will always be totally unhappy and ungrateful for what progress God HAS made in us.

What God does for you may not be what he does for someone else.

A simple reality that I say to myself frequently now to avoid comparing myself to others.

It is important for God to arrange our circumstances in such a way that we eventually have to face ourselves.

I thank God for the mountains and valleys in my life now, because now I see that they were allowed to happen so that God could make me ‘meet myself’. Only now I see how much I really need Him in every area of my life, more than anything else on this earth…

There are so many, MANY powerful quotes. For any believer struggling in their mind, struggling with bouts of depression, struggling with self identity or similar things… This is book is a must have for you. Buy one for you and one for your bathroom – you will not be able to put it down!

You can purchase Battlefield of the Mind and many other best-selling Joyce Meyer books at:

http://www.joycemeyer.org

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Posted 16th June 2014 by ukrichardwalker in Books

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Diary of a Saved Evangelist   3 comments

Young people on evangelism... What better is there?

My first time hosting an open air evangelism. What better is there than young people using their energy for the Lord?

On Sunday 7th June 2009, my life changed when my youth church leader gave me a new role – to organise outreaches for us every week. It was the beginning of something beautiful in my Christian walk. 😀 From that day until 2010, I attempted valiantly to mobilise my fellow SAVED youth church members in evangelism weekly. Over the months, we preached to many, sowed seeds, won souls, brought people to church, and developed ourselves. Personally, I saw myself grow through some of the peaks and perils of ministry. This article is a look back at 16 of the most memorable, inspirational, and outright crazy open-air evangelisms that we embarked on.

The purpose of this article is to inspire you, young or old, to get into the thrilling world of telling people about Jesus Christ and winning their soul for the Lord. These wonderful experiences of mine as a young person were in the middle of many problems like college, purity, and family. But you do not have to be perfect to help people come to know the Lord  – just follow Lord Jesus Christ fully, and go and preach to all nations. You can do it!

Note: This was written in 2010. A lot of things have changed in my church since then, the most obvious being that almost all of of the people mentioned have graduated from the youth church. This version has a few changes from the Facebook version, including some sentences being revised for easier reading, and never-before seen photos from the evangelisms from over 3 years ago. Also, through the article I will make comments in bold like this: (2013 Richie: Insert comment here.) When I opened my blog in January 2011, I had a couple of projects on mind to be the featured parts of this blog. My bus evangelism guide How to Preach on a Bus and Other Public Transport is one of those projects. But the original plan for this blog was to be a hub for my Rated Jesus Christ videos, and a chance to put the Diary of a SAVED Evangelist online. Yes, it was a part of my Facebook page first, but now it is available for the whole world over the internet, easily available to find on Google.

Thank you Chris, for the opportunity you gave to a person like me. 🙂 Let’s get started…

Contents

All I ever wanted watch to preach and win souls like Reverend Michael did. :)

All I ever really wanted to do was to preach and win souls like Reverend Michael did. 🙂

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Friday 10th July 2009: Clapham Common – “It All Begins Again”

claphamsinging

Jon and Tessa: two blessed, faithful singers.

After being asked to start leading outreach in SAVED Battersea, I decided I had to do something I’d never done before – preach open-air with a megaphone. At the time it was something I’d longed to do, since I saw my wonderful pastor Reverend Michael Amoh preach powerfully in Oxford Street a couple of years earlier. With the LCI Battersea branch’s backing in song and spirit, we really laid a spiritual smackdown that day. Since then, I’d wanted to get my hands on a megaphone somewhere in public to preach.

There was a day in August 2008 where I almost, ALMOST got the opportunity to preach with the same megaphone in Croydon. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be – my good friend David was chosen instead. I still have the video somewhere… one day I’ll upload it!

(2013 Richie Rich: And I finally did. 😀 Click here to watch David preaching in Croydon now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8yp2yEDEns )

But there was no almosts here. No more longing. Just a desire to sing and preach and declare the name of Jesus. July is the month of evangelism in LCI, and to me this is the time to make the most amount of noise possible for Christ.

As of today, I’m not entirely sure why I picked Clapham Common to preach like this for the first time. If I’m honest, I’m not even 100% that this was the first place! I have a couple of reasons I’m mindful of. One, Clapham Common is a junction in South London many people have to pass through, especially young people. Two, we had an evangelism here as a SAVED church in 2007, headed by our great old leader Amma Duodu. (2013 Richie Rich: This outreach with Amma D was probably the first time I ever witnessed to a stranger too. Let’s just say it didn’t go well and leave it there, shall we? Good.)

But as of today (again June 2010), I realise that God has just given me a soft spot for Clapham Common. I was Born Again at a LCI Battersea event in August 2006. It only occured to me when I returned for preaching here in 2010 that this is where it all began. I never knew in 2006 that saying that prayer and choosing to be committed to LCI Battersea would be the beginning of something great. Similarly, I never knew this day of evangelism was going to be the beginning for something great in my life. You could say, it all began again.

The attendees that day were myself, Jonathan, Tessa, and Zoe. I’d been outreach leader for a month, and this was the most I’d ever had with me, so I was very encouraged. Jonathan brought his electro-acoustic guitar Melody so we could sing some songs of praise. One Way and Your Name High, if I remember correctly. I wanted songs that emphatically mentioned the name of Jesus. It’s important that there is no confusion while on evangelism that only Jesus Christ is the saviour.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6

The portable combo speaker (a Carlsbro Wanderer BP Plus Portable PA, if anyone wants the name) was purchased by LCI Battersea’s own lovely Sister Jacqui for the church sometime in 2007. The microphone was one of our microphones from church. A lot of my plans have been ruined in future attempts because I’d forget to take a microphone from church during the week. I’ve since grown in wisdom and bought my own. 😀

It was a wonderful day. I led praise songs while Jonathan played the guitar. (It’s been the other way around since then!) Tessa backed up singing like the splendid sister she is. I preached the same message I had been preaching on buses for about a month, while Zoe fearlessly and faithfully gave out flyers and spoke to people. One of my old college friends Saudiq even showed up! (He’s responsible for the group photo.) The great evangelism lasted about an hour and a half, and then we prayed and took a bus to LCI London Aparche for choir rehearsal.

As we rode that 37 to Peckham, as I chewed on my apple, the main things I was thinking were ‘why would the others miss as blessed a time as this?’ and ‘when do I get to do this again?’

Friday 24th July 2009: Streatham – “A Hard Lesson Learned”

This is one of those days I can’t easily forget, even if I forget a lot of things about these outreaches. As it turned out, this has probably been my most important preaching appointment to date.

2 weeks before we had a wonderful time in Clapham Common, preaching and making noise for Jesus. I was so pleased with this day, I wanted to repeat this success.

I spent the day struggling on buses to Blackheath to pick up our portable PA system from Pastor Sii’s house. The handle had come off and Pastor Sii offered to repair it. God bless that man – this was the first of countless repairs he’s freely made on our weapon of mass evangelism. I made the hellish journey from Blackheath to Streatham straight into outreach. I picked a particular place, in front of Blockbuster Video. I would’ve picked a more landmark place like Odeon Cinema, but too many people come there to preach. I wanted to be different.

(2013 Richie Rich: Today when I preach in Streatham I always preach at the Odeon. Irony? What’s that? Plus, Pastor Sii is now Reverend Sii. 😀 )

You’ll notice that there are no pictures this time. That’s because no-one took any, because I was completely alone. No-one from the SAVED church came to outreach. I’d preached alone before, but not open-air with a loudspeaker. I’d held SAVED outreaches with no-one but myself before, but not with a microphone. This was different.

I called around. No-one picked up, except for one guy who wasn’t coming. I could’ve cried. I almost went home. But I went on anyway, and I preached everything I knew to everyone under the sound of my voice. When I finished, an older lady came to thank me, I took myself home, had some toast, and went straight to choir rehearsal.

Everyone who I had reasonable expectation to be at the outreach was at choir rehearsal. Everyone who I had reasonable expectation to be the outreach was at an outreach Saturday (the next day) held by our then pastor of Battersea, Pastor Stephen. (Even those I had no expectation to come were there.) I was at work while this outreach happened.

At the time I was really hurt and confused as to what happened. I had texted everyone – like before – that we were having another exciting outreach. Instead, they were all at choir rehearsal (before me) with no explanation. (I didn’t ask for one either.) I remember just being very alone and shaken preaching that day. The next day, when I learned that everyone went to Pastor Steve’s outreach, I was now confused and angry. I’m not an equaliser, but I just couldn’t understand why everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) would go on as if my evangelism never happened and go to Pastor Steve’s.

I had a chat with Pastor Steve after church that same day. (SAVED Nite is a mid-week youth church service in my church every Saturday, for every branch of SAVED.) I told him I was angry and I didn’t know what to do about it. Pastor Steve told me I had no reason to be angry, because in this case the heavenly reward was all mine. He also said some people had seen me that day and told him about my courageous effort.

I don’t remember everything he said, but that chat with Pastor Steve melted everything and before long, I didn’t care anymore. You see, this outreach is probably the most important because I realised I was asked to be the outreach leader and no-one else. It’s nobody’s responsibility but my own to preach when outreach happens in our church. There’s no reason to be sad when no-one else will help me, because frankly no-one else is as obligated as I am to do what God asked ME to do! If everyone wants to sit indoors and eat while there is outreach, that’s fine because I will fast and preach!

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 4:34

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:12-13

Today, I stand as an evangelist with a confession like Paul. I expect nobody to help me, and I know how to be with or without people while fulfilling my ministry.

(2013 Richie Rich: I wouldn’t be so brazenly fast to call myself an evangelist today…)

I don’t see myself as greater than anyone around me. On the contrary; I think I’m the worst preacher around compared to my friends. People are always fighting to tell me to stop putting myself down! (2013 Richie Rich: Erm, yeah, putting yourself down isn’t a good thing Richard. At least you’ve changed and you don’t talk yourself down anymore. :p ) Thing is, I understood this day as well that I’m blessed to have it as easy as I do, to be allowed to just go anywhere and preach at will. Some people’s parents would stop them coming to church if they ever saw them standing next to a street preacher, let alone doing it themselves.

Other people sometimes genuinely have other things to do. I don’t always understand the need to be away from church activities, but sometimes it’s with good reason and is God’s will. I think the people of SAVED Battersea are amazing, wonderful, beautiful people who can do wonderful things for God. The outreaches that I hold are not the be all, end all for them at all. They will do better than I have ever done.

(2013 Richie Rich: Not to discredit anything I said here, but this incident was also an indicator of my leadership skills. Yes I learned how to stand alone for Christ and that is critical to me, but I was evangelism leader – one of my major tasks was to actually lead people to preach to others. If people didn’t come to the outreach meetings, then I was actually not up to task. How could can you expect to make people follow unreasonable demands? Maybe evangelism straight to choir rehearsal was too unreasonable for them at the time – we were school and college students after all. As time went on, I learned that you needed to give people ample room and opportunity to come along. It’s a part of ministry – making way for others.)

Friday 21st August 2009: Stockwell – “Greater Works”

SAVED Battersea doing greater works...

SAVED Battersea doing greater works…

The 2010 UK Youth Camp was finished 2 days before this. I think the day I saw those bright orange t-shirts, I knew we had to have an evangelism honouring and proving the message of this awesome Youth Camp.

Verily verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
John 14:12

Stockwell was another decision I made to preach in because it was a place SAVED Battersea had preached at before in 2007 with Amma D. At the time, I think I wanted to walk in the footsteps of my great leaders to see how they felt. Funnily enough, at that time in 2007 we were on our way to an all-night prayer, and Jonathan, David, Amma D, and I were there. Dave and Jon were behind me once again Stockwell… it’s a good thing!

The evangelism in Stockwell in 2007 was the first time Amma D used the megaphone she asked me to seek out and buy for her. I bought the megaphone that same day from Maplin Electronics in Queensway (ironically, another Friday in August), we had a SAVED meeting, and then we went to preach on our way to all-night prayer. I seem to remember wasting my money on a large bottle of Cherry Coke that night as well…

Here we were in 2009 again, ready and willing to lift up the name of Jesus. It was another record attendance for SAVED outreaches under my name – Innocent, Nathaniel, Jordan (Nathaniel’s little brother), David, Zoe, Jonathan, and myself were on the scene.

I hope God saw things as awesome as I saw them – a sea of orange people preaching about Jesus without apology. Once again I preached aloud with the microphone, to the people coming from the tube train station, to the billions of people in their cars and buses, and to those on foot. The particular place in Stockwell we chose is huge, so we had some great sound amplification that day.

The real stars of this show were my comarades. David became a combined soul winner and photographer this day – taking photos and talking to people on foot about Jesus. Zoe and Nathaniel branched off together also to preach about Jesus. Innocent and Jonathan sang praise songs while I played the guitar for them. Before any of this, we all prayed shamelessly in tongues for a while in public. I’m sure the response to that from some were like it was at the time of Pentecost in Acts…

Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Acts 4:13

But drunk we were not! Led by the Holy Spirit we were. We all left for choir rehearsal at LCI London Aparche afterwards I believe. SAVED Battersea had struck again.

Saturday 7th and 14th November 2009: Croydon – “Desires Do Indicate Your Calling”

Between August and November, a lot had changed in the SAVED church in Battersea, and in my domestic life. In the church, Chris (our SAVED leader) had a shuffling of people in leadership. (I still remember every change that day – it was an important day!) I thought that was it for me and evangelism in SAVED – after all, I learned the most important of all last month in Streatham, didn’t I? Don’t expect too much help to fulfill your own calling?But that wouldn’t be the case. I was still the evangelism leader, and now the leader of data and media ministries.

Also, in September, I started a new course at a new college. It was time to learn some more valuable lessons as I struggled to fulfill The Art Of Leadership’s 44th Chapter – Balance Your Priorities. (The Art Of Leadership – AOL – is a great book by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, my favourite book ever. Available in all good Christian book stores.) I wouldn’t admit it at the time, but I found it hard to study, play adequate bass guitar, lead three ministries, control my personal life and know God all at once… so evangelism suffered for a couple of months, with few SAVED evangelisms in between.

Croydon in 2008, the day I really wanted to preach. Thankfully I would get that chance one day...

Croydon in 2008, the day I really wanted to preach. Thankfully I would get that chance one day…

I think at a point I just got up and said ‘enough is enough’, and decided to get on with evangelism again. I was afraid I’d be mostly alone as most people would be studying when I wanted to preach – but that was OK. After all, no one’s going to study for you!

After some smaller outreaches in Vauxhall and Stockwell, one day I decided to go to Croydon with the loudspeaker. I’d never been to Croydon to preach before sans once – the evangelism in August 2008 where I wanted to preach with the loudspeaker, but David was asked to instead. He did a great job, but now it was my turn!

(2013 Richie Rich: You can watch a video from David’s outreach in 2008 here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8yp2yEDEns )

AOL 99 is Recognise Your Desire As A Symptom Of Your Call To Leadership. The title alone is so true. I wanted to preach that day in August 2008. I really did. Look, Croydon is not a small place! Especially on a Saturday, there are thousands of people at the Croydon Whitgift Centre. How many of them are saved? How many of them know Jesus Christ? How many of them are going to hell because there is no-one to tell them a little about The Saviour?

As far as evangelism goes, I just want to go where the people are. And people are in Croydon every Saturday shopping. I estimate that at least 15,000 people go through Croydon every Saturday. (Warning: that was an uneducated guess for the purpose of this article.) If I could bring the message of Christ to just one or two people… it would be worth it.

When we were last in Croydon, we preached outside the main entrance of the Whitgift Shopping Centre. I reckoned that more people would be near where the buses go through to the main bus station, so I held the SAVED evangelism from there. Looking back, I think I was wrong about that! But at least, the people on the buses could see us lifting the name of Jesus high.

We held two outreaches there in November, both times the praise and worship team from SAVED were invited to come and minister. 80% of the team weren’t there – just David and Jonathan came both days. They arrived extremely late both times. I’m no better than anyone, but I’d come to expect such things, so I secretly work with the mind that I’m preaching alone, and if anyone else comes, it’s a bonus to the work. Still, I always insisted on the highest level of excellence and sincerity regarding outreaches. They were good days.

It felt truly redeeming to know that God won’t let your godly desires just come to nothing. I wanted to preach in Croydon, for the sake of souls, and I finally had the opportunity. The thing is? The only way what your desires happen in reality is when it agrees with God’s will. Your desires must match God’s desires. Then they’ll come to pass.

In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
Matthew 18:14 (NIV)

Saturday 19th and Monday 21st December 2009: Croydon and Clapham Junction – “Christmas”

Christmas was rolling around, so it was time to do some Christmas themed evangelism, to spread some Christmas cheer about the true meaning of the thing – Jesus.

First off, to Croydon again. I would be alone again, but by this point it barely bugged me at all. I think I wasn’t exactly letting people know with enough time that we were going to preach, that I wasn’t being fair to everyone. (Chris called me out on this later, thankfully.) Still, I didn’t mind standing alone. The truth is when you bring the good news of the gospel, you don’t stand alone at all! Jesus Christ himself is with you! Every time you give a tract, Jesus is with you! When you stand with a megaphone like a mad man to preach, Jesus is with you! When you stand on a bus or train to preach, Jesus is with you! Do you want Jesus with you wherever you go? Start preaching wherever you go!

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 28:19-20

It was the last Saturday day before Christmas, so naturally everyone’s out, shopping for last minute Christmas gifts. By this time, I was using tactics from Lay People and the Ministry (another fantastic book by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills!). So here, I was preaching about current events – Christmas is around the corner, and Jesus is the reason for the season. We all recieve gifts at Christmas, but the greatest gift of all is salvation, which God has given to us through Jesus Christ.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

It was me and the loudspeaker, competing for sound with the Christmas orchestra band a few yards away from me. Sorry guys – salvation > entertainment.

The most excellent part of this was that at the conclusion of the evangelism, I prayed with two young boys to wanted to give their lives to Christ. I think it was the first time such a miracle had happened. They were buying a phone for themselves for Christmas, but God had a greater gift in store for them! I thank God for such a wonderful experience.

Chris suggested that SAVED Battersea go Christmas carolling. So, I went ahead and organised a Christmas carol evangelism for the following Monday in a place everyone in our church knows – Clapham Junction. It’s a pseudo hot-spot for shoppers at Christmas times, therefore souls, souls, and more souls. On that day, David, Lesley, Christine, and Tessa were there.

You may have noticed that I wasn’t there myself! No, I planned the whole thing and remembered late Sunday night that I had to go to work at that time! No, but my good friend David stood in for me. I texted him the words to Christmas carols, and without a loudspeaker, those wonderful guys sung and handed out tracts for Jesus. They even recieved offering that day – a whole ÂŁ6! First time on any evangelism I’ve organised! I didn’t remember that people bless Christmas carollers with money. If I’d remembered, I would’ve been more proactive about it!

I’d just like to say that David is a brilliant brother. He’s been with me the most of all people on my evangelisms in SAVED. Aside from that, he’s seen my in my good, bad, and ugliest moods. He’s helped me from the day I was saved in August 2006 ’til this day, from talking serious talks about Jesus, to talking serious talks about marriage over McDonald’s! David, veteran of Lighthouse Chapel International for over a decade, deserves the best, in my eyes.

Now that I’ve left Saved, I’ve handed evangelism over to David. Do more wild things this Christmas please! (2013 Richie: Well, let’s see… to my knowledge, soon David left the youth church and evangelism was handed over to Zoe, who did great things. Then it was handed to my boy Brother Dan who is doing greater things…)

Saturday 27th February 2010: Tooting Broadway – “Power”

I wonder what their reward in heaven is for this?

I wonder what their reward in heaven is for this?

This wasn’t the first evangelism in 2010, in case you think that. A lot had happened again, for me personally, and for our beautiful church.

Reverend Michael and Pastor Frank returned to LCI Battersea in October 2009, and since around Christmas time had been whipping us into shape with a series of powerful ‘You May Scream’ sessions every Friday. (These are all-night prayer meetings for the church, usually from 11pm – 4am.) Those prayer meetings were crucial for survival as a Christian for me. Also, in December 2009, I decided to leave college until September next year. I felt I had made a poor start and done irreversible damage, so I needed to start again. Looking back from today (September 2010), this was probably a good decision, as I had time to do some wild things. (Don’t try this at home – GO TO SCHOOL!)

(2013 Richie Rich: The jury is still on out on whether I should’ve left college at that time. I felt that I had done badly and needed a fresh start, but information came to me later that I actually had all the way until April to make changes to my work there – that’s 4 months I spent just working and not at school. Oh well, I’m at uni now, and I will not make the mistake of just taking one person’s word and giving up again. The moral of this story is still GO TO SCHOOL!)

Tooting Broadway was not a place I had thought preaching in until Chris said we should go there. I’m so glad he did, as it was time for more invaluable experiences. Tooting Broadway is the home to the Tooting market, with a lot of market stalls and some big high street shops, such as Primark, Lidl, and TK Maxx. Lots of people flood there every Saturday… so SAVED Battersea had to get in there for the souls!

With me on this day were David, Jonathan, Dimitri, and Tessa. We set up in front of the Tooting Broadway Tube Station. I begun to preach as the troops filed in a bit later. Before they came however, a muslim stood near and starting walking around the statue behind us, and I think he was praying to Allah! Perhaps he was praying the huge stone would fall on me. Well buddy… I’m still alive! Soon after their arrival, Tessa led us in a couple of great praise songs to fill the place with the Spirit.

Tessa (I love to call her Cindy-Tessa) is a great person who I admire. She has a lot of transparency and sincerity – a must for knowing and serving God, or at least for relating with other believers. I think Cindy-Tessa has a lot to offer the kingdom of God, more than she realises. (Not that no-one else does. Everyone has a lot to offer.) She is very faithful and very sweet. I love her very much!

It was around this time that I began to really develop a plan for holding evangelism. It used to be a matter of going somewhere, and throwing everything at the wall and seeing what stuck. Now, it was becoming more organised. The praise and worship team knew they had to be there – I planned songs for them to sing. We had people like Dimitri and David as ‘floor witnesses’ – people who personally talk to and witness to people in the area. I can’t do that as I preach with a megaphone – at least then I couldn’t.

I know with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37), but I do believe in good organisation when it comes to spiritual things. The Aparche (first) branch of LCI UK has a set time for prayer, praise and worship, and ministrations during services. It’s very, very good, and not restricting at all – the set times keep sub-consciously people expectant of an encounter with God at a particular time. I can learn a lot from this.

Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:40

During this evangelism, we encountered friends from Potter’s House church on evangelism. We took a couple of snaps with them and had some true talks. It is mostly a blessing to encounter other believers on outreaches – it’s a reminder that people can be saved. Never give up!

Tooting Broadway was a throughly enjoyable experience. The rising confidence in from experiences, the anointing coming with Reverend Michael’s prayer meetings, and the change in season (people were becoming steadily more available) meant SAVED Battersea’s evangelisms were beginning to hit a stride… we were going to bear fruit!

Saturday 6th March 2010: Clapham Junction – “Honours and Fruits”

The anointed Reverend Michael, crusading with us once again.

The anointed Reverend Michael, crusading with us once again.

It was an intense time to be a worker in Lighthouse Chapel International Battersea. The SAVED church had expanded over the month thanks to Chris’ wonderful youth night Love Is The Greatest. Ministries were growing, people were growing, it was just a good time. Reverend Michael – at that time the pastor of the church – was hosting You May Scream (all night prayer meetings) every Friday in our New Cross branch. I tried to not let evangelism suffer – I was determined that we would go EVERY Saturday, and a little thing like sleep was not going to stop us!

During one of these all night prayers, Reverend Michael announced that he wanted the church to go on evangelism the next day, at Clapham Junction. He said he could feel something about it. Well that’s funny, I thought, I already planned for the SAVED church to outreach in the same place!

As we prayed in the prayer meeting, Clapham Junction really burned into my mind. I don’t know why, but I could really feel… something about that place, on that day. I told Reverend Michael afterwards how excited I was. I even invited a couple of other people from other branches – something was going to happen.

So the next day, I arrived at Clapham Junction with the usual speaker and microphone, and some tracts. Reverend Michael shortly followed –  he appeared as I was preaching to a young man outside McDonald’s. No-one else turned up just yet, it was just me and Reverend. I WAS ECSTATIC!

I owe a lot of my desire to evangelise to Reverend Michael Amoh. As I mentioned way back, since he took the church on evangelism to Oxford Street in 2007, I have been enthralled by preaching. The way Reverend carries himself at evangelism – strong like an ox, as passionate as passion fruit – is amazing. I’d only had two opportunities to be on evangelism with Reverend: at Oxford Street and in Vauxhall, both in 2007. Good times, good times.

Can you imagine how I felt? For a few fleeting moments, to preach with Reverend Michael? To preach with the man, who preached TO ME to give my life to Christ? Words can’t describe. It was a dream come true.

We handed out tracts and stopped people to preach. I even learned how to simply hand out tracts with an impact, just by watching him! It was fantastic. After we had exhausted most of our tracts, David, Jonathan, and Dimitri arrived. Reverend Michael said it was time to get on the mic. Could the day get anymore awesome? It just did. Reverend Michael preached on the mic for a little while. My dang camera batteries were low, so I didn’t get many photos or videos. (I got a few though.)

After about twenty minutes, the great Reverend Michael left us to finish, and encouraged us to continue. I preached on the mic, and the others handed out tracts. I observed what Reverend Michael was preaching before, and attempted to continue where he left off. We finished up at around 2:30pm that day, before heading to church.

I didn’t even notice because I was preaching so loud, but the guys spoke to a girl that day, who wanted to know what the commotion was about. The next day she came to church, bringing a few friends with her. They became church members.

And that is of course, the best part of all. People were saved, and came to the knowledge of Christ that day. We bore fruit! Real lives, saved. And on top of that, I was encouraged to become a better evangelist. It was a day I won’t easily forget!

Reverend Michael Amoh is an incredible man, a great example of a leader in life, of his family, and in the church. He’s pastoring in Germany at the moment, and he’s doing a wonderful job. His family are still with us in Battersea and also doing a great work for God. Above all, they are soul winners – the wisest type of human being.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 11:30

Saturday 11th March 2010: Victoria – “Tag Teams”

I’d wanted to take SAVED Battersea to preach in Victoria many times. Why? I think the only reason why is because it’s at the end of the 44 bus route, and 44 bus stops almost directly outside our church. It would be easy to guide people to the house of God… right? I’d had to cancel going to Victoria at least twice (including one time to go on evangelism with the ultra-anointed Lady Pastor Gina Amoh – wife of Reverend Michael!), but this week I wasn’t going to let anything interrupt this – not even a broken speaker.

It wasn’t the evangelism speaker that broke though, fortunately or unfortunately. No, what broke was one of the speakers in church that Thursday. Somebody decided to drop it while we were getting ready. How does this affect me? Well, in order for it to be fixed in time for Sunday, my good buddy David and I offered to take it to a repair shop in Harlesden on Friday, retrieve it on Saturday, and take it to church on Sunday. Sounds simple enough?

Well, let’s just throw simplicity out of the window of a 50-storey building, because Reverend Michael had called for You May Scream that Friday night. And of course, there was going to be SAVED evangelism in Victoria, Saturday at 12:30pm.

In order to pull this off, David and I were going to have to travel to Harlesden Friday morning/afternoon (it would take up the whole day), travel to Peckham for choir rehearsal Friday evening, then to New Cross for all night prayer, then straight back to Harlesden to get the speaker at 10am Saturday morning, THEN straight to evangelism in Victoria. (Not to mention SAVED Night church service, straight after that.) David came up with the name ‘The Infamous Tag Team’ for him and me, because we’re always getting into controversial situations like this!

So we set off Friday morning to Harlesden with a 15kg speaker in my hands. After some very long bus journeys, and getting slightly lost, we finally made it to the store. (We actually mostly found it because we saw what looked like ANOTHER Lighthouse member was taking his speaker to branch’s the same shop!) Then, we stopped in Morrison’s in Shepherd’s Bush to buy less then a ÂŁ1’s worth of snacks. (He was broke, and I was even more broke. If we had money, we’d be taking TRAINS, not buses!)

I think it was while we were in Shepherd’s Bush that day I noticed the Westfield Shopping Centre, and the HUGE amounts of people there on a Friday lunchtime. I wondered how many people would be here on a Saturday afternoon then? I decided there and then that one day we had to come here to preach. And that day came sooner than you might think… keep reading!

Afterwards, we got to Peckham in evening. Had choir rehearsal, then went to New Cross for all night. I don’t think we ate anything besides the meager snacks from Morrison’s! From all night, we went back to our houses for a pit stop. (It’s now Saturday.) Between 6am and 7am, I made sandwiches in my house, and travelled to David’s so we could go back to Harlesden, to get the church speaker.

I didn’t even mention that the evangelism speaker wasn’t fully charged! I don’t know how I forgot to charge it, but that’s the way it was. The only option was to let David take it to his and charge it. When I got to David’s ready to leave, it still wasn’t charged. I had to make a decision – take the evangelism speaker on half-power, or leave it to charge and trust Jonathan (David’s twin brother) bring it when he comes to evangelism.

I decided to take the speaker, because I couldn’t trust Jon in his tired state to wake up on time for evangelism. And my fears were realised – he never came! Bless him, he works hard at university, harder than me. As I review this hard time, I realise the Bible is true – the Bible says a friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) David is truly a brother born for times of adversity for me… this is evidence!

To cut a longer story short, we got to Harlesden at 10am, and the shop wasn’t open. After looking like sad puppies for an hour, we decided he had to wait for the speaker while I went to the SAVED evangelism in Victoria. I got there early, tired, but ready to share the good news.

I started preaching directly outside the Victoria train station. About five minutes later, police man came and told me to move because I was too loud. So I moved across the street, where the police came back two times to tell me that I was distracting the bus drivers. Still, I worked with them and preached until 2pm. Don’t fight with authorities when it comes to evangelism.

If the police tell you to stop preaching, stop immediately. If they tell you to turn your loudspeaker down, do it with a smile. They are the authorities and there to be obeyed!

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
Romans 13:1-2 (NIV)

Salem joined me sometime in the evangelism and was a tremendous blessing, preaching to people one-on-one, including a radio show host! Salem’s another person I admire greatly. She’s a great example for the body of Christ, and hasn’t touched the tip of the iceberg of her life in Christ. You should get to know her! Teaming with her on this day was brilliant.

Also, on this day, I met a nice gentleman (who may have been a prophet) telling me a couple of things. I don’t think they’re for public consumption at the moment, but I’ll wait and see if they come to pass. All in all, a tiring situation produced a fruitful evangelism. Seeds were sown, the Word was preached, and SAVED Battersea had hit another place.

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th March 2010: Clapham Junction and Shepherd’s Bush – “The Old Rugged Cross”

Christine, Tessa, and the cross of Christ.

Christine, Tessa, and the cross of Christ in Shepherd’s Bush.

As I said in the last entry, Shepherd’s Bush is HUGE. As I’ve said before, my mantra with evangelism is simply to go where the souls are, and at the Westfield Shopping Centre – the largest shopping mall in Europe, or at least it was – there are certainly souls!

Because this was going to be big, I needed a big change. I took the cross from our church in Battersea after our Thursday service, for the first time. I’ve taken her with me almost every time I go on a crusade-style evangelism since this day. The cross is an everlasting visual to anyone who sees it, and is important in a big evangelism. Reverend Michael used to take it on his huge evangelisms in 2007, and now so was I.

Unusual Christian visuals are an easy way to sow seeds into someone’s heart. That’s why I wear a JESUS IS LORD shirt everywhere I can, or take the old rugged cross from Battersea whenever possible, because it’s unusual. They makes people think. They can even provoke people to talk to you, where you can preach to them and perhaps save their soul! It’s all to do with creating opportunities to win people to Christ. We must stop at nothing to get people to know the true God!

Friday night would’ve usually been for choir rehearsal for us, but I don’t think we had any that night for one reason or another. So, I decided for an evangelism that evening in Clapham Junction – my first time with the cross. To say I got a few looks from people would be an understatement! I don’t think Junction was very busy at this time.

In fact, the only memorable part of this SAVED Evangelism was meeting our new friend whom we met and compelled to come to church at the beginning of the month. That, and a man was pretty upset about me waking his girlfriend from her sleep in a nearby flat. Still, the gospel was preached. Moving on…

(2013 Richie Rich: I still remember that guy! He angrily asked me what planet I was from. I said earth. :D)

The next day it was the big one – Shepherd’s Bush. The meeting was to involve the praise and worship team singing. I got there early, at around 11:30am. We were due to start at around 12pm, and wrap up around 1:30pm – the choir was ministering at a church convention, at LCI Colindale. But, still I was not going to let that honour stop us from attempting to win the lost!

There were are lot of us there for a change. Apart from myself, Dimitri, Christine, Jonathan, Cindy-Tessa, Innocent, and Salem appeared for today. It was great! Cindy-Tess led Inno and Christine and singing while Jonathan played guitar. (After my preaching.) Salem and Dimitri went about witnessing. Not a lot of people wanted to give phone numbers, but still seeds were sown by a hard-working SAVED church. I was so happy for them.

I can’t finish this without telling some funny stories. The first happened when I arrived, actually. I stood about thirty feet away from the Westfield Shopping Centre. I was barely setting up when security from the Westfield Centre said I was standing on their property and wasn’t allowed to start a demonstration! So, I did the next best thing… went across the road. Hey, that wasn’t their property, so they had nothing to complain about if I stood there! Even if my ‘demonstration’ was just as loud as on their side.

Westfield Shopping Centre has never looked better... :D

Westfield Shopping Centre has never looked better… 😀

The next experience was when I had begun preaching, and a pedestrian lady came over to me and said I was causing noise pollution and she was going to call the police. And she did just that, right in front us. (I deliberately talked a little bit louder to obstruct her phone call a little bit. Hey, I’m a preacher, not a doormat!) As a matter of fact, the unfriendly fellow with his sleeping beauty yesterday said he was calling the police too. Well, I’m still waiting for the police to arrive, because no authorities came to quench us both times! It is the grace of God. 😀

I spoke to a couple of girls that day while preaching as well, one of whom I offered my New American Standard Bible because she didn’t have one at all. (She didn’t take it.) She also asked a couple of questions about her Christian faith. I think I answered it wrongly when I look back! Before you go on evangelism, you have to be able to answer decent questions properly, from the Word of God. I have tried not to answer wrongly since then. Mercy!

This may be my favourite evangelism with SAVED Battersea, if I’m honest. The thrill of having the cross like Reverend Michael, being a huge place where many people stopped to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and having a lot of the crew with me was an absolute joy. I’m no longer in the SAVED church, but days like this leave me with confidence that the SAVED church in Battersea will definitely grow and expand in the hands of Chris, and these lovely, beautiful, Spirit-filled warriors.

Friday 9th April 2010: Marble Arch – “Find an Island Somewhere”

(2013 Richie Rich: A video of Jonathan singing at this evangelism is now online! You can watch the video from this outreach by clicking here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIUsCU7IDiE )

One day, I was travelling to a convention with our church’s drummer Innocent, when I ran into the middle of the road in Marble Arch and said to Innocent, ‘We HAVE to come here to preach!’

Looking around, the place was packed precariously with people. (That’s a tongue twister!) Walking up and down, going into shops, viewing the sights, purchasing British souvenirs. There are a lot of places like this in London to be fair, like Croydon, where people move in masses to shop and walk around. My vision was to go where people are, and people were here, so… 2 + 2 equals 4, right?

So, for the Friday after Easter Friday, I informed Battersea SAVED church that we were going to preach in Marble Arch. I didn’t really know what to expect from this place in particular. I knew there were a lot of tourists, but otherwise, this side of London was uncharted waters for me.

I arrived at around 1pm with the powerful portable combo, and the trusty cross from church. I knew we had to share the gospel near the entrance to the Underground train station, because that’s where the most people are (because they’re coming out of the station, of course). The station entrance is near the main attraction of Marble Arch… a giant marble arch.

We found our island to share Christ in Marble Arch!

We found our island to share Christ in Marble Arch!

I didn’t know exactly where to set up the preaching escapade. On the pavement? Near the arch? A bit of careful examination near the station revealed an island – a small slab of pavement in the road that divides the cars. And I remembered Reverend Michael – my father and inspiration for this style of evangelism – saying a few times sermons past, ‘Sometimes you just gotta find an island somewhere and preach!’

Taking the advice of the great Reverend Michael, I set up on the island, and began to preach the gospel of Jesus. The masses walking around and shopping now got more than they bargained for – they got salvation offered to them.

Soon David and Jonathan arrived. Jonathan took a few photos, then got ready to sing. David evangelised to people one-on-one and handed out flyers. And as I was on the mic, someone gave me a bottle of water! I think that was the first thing I ever received while evangelising!

After about an hour of preaching, I handed the mic over to Jonathan, and I plugged in his guitar. We sang a couple of songs to glorify Jesus. I think that’s the point of singing at an evangelism like this… to glorify the name of Jesus. He, after all, shed his blood on a cross for us! His name must be exalted at all costs. And when that happens, Jesus says that people will be drawn to him.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
John 12:32

We concluded the SAVED evangelism with Jonathan preaching on the mic quickly. The combo’s battery died, but I had my megaphone as a backup (thanks Sammy G!), and Jonathan continued. Very soon we and packed up, knowing the Lord’s work had been done. The three of us then went to a nearby McDonald’s for a quick spot of lunch. On our way out, very close to where we just were, MUSLIMS WERE ON EVANGELISM!

The muslims had a table, their own portable combo and microphone, and there were quite a handful of them! They were spreading their incorrect doctrine! Well, I wasn’t going to stand for that. I took our powerful portable combo (more powerful then theirs!) and preached over them for two minutes, and then quickly went on my way. I dropped a bomb on their plans!

I have nothing against anyone, or any religion, but only believing in Jesus as THE SON OF GOD will register you in heaven. I didn’t say it… the Bible said it. Look at these scriptures.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:12

I’m sure Mohammed was a nice guy. I’m sure Buddha was a friendly fellow. Joesph Smith was probably a lovely man! But none of these people were Jesus. Only Jesus Christ and his blood is allowing you past the heavenly gates, through the courts. Anything else? It will take you to hell. And everybody must know.

At least some came to Marble Arch one day to let them know.

Friday 16th April 2010: Trafalgar Square – “You May Take Your Seats”

The old rugged cross...

The old rugged cross…

Going to Marble Arch inspired me to go to at least one more tourist attraction in London – and I decided on Trafalgar Square. Initially I wanted to go to Leicester Square, like Reverend Michael has in the past. But I think I got my wires crossed somewhere and it turned out that Trafalgar Square was the place to go.

Speaking of Reverend Michael, a large change happened in my church at this time. On Wednesday 24th of March, Reverend Michael left LCI Battersea branch to pastor the LCI churches in Germany. As I type this, he’s still there now, faithfully doing the work. What about LCI Battersea? Pastor William Sasu was drafted to be our pastor.

I just thought I’d chip in that Pastor William has been a tremendous blessing to us as our pastor in LCI Battersea. Not many of us truthfully knew who he was even days before his arrival, but after nine months of him with us, it has been like he’s been with us for years! He has an incredible love, extreme presence, and an awesome understanding of God, spiritual things, and pastoring. All of these qualities would come into play very shortly…

Even though I’d officially arranged the evangelism and informed everyone (and even met the SAVED praise and worship team on Sunday to beg specifically for their help), I had a feeling that once again, I was going to be alone to preach. Again, I don’t have a problem with this personally, it doesn’t affect my plans.

Sure enough, I arrived a little early, with the combo and the cross. When I saw how big Trafalgar Square is, I became a little more intimidated than usual. I mean, the place is HUGE! Massive fountains, large roads, and a famous London landmark – the National Gallery. It was something else. I was really going to look crazy today!

I texted Pastor William to tell him I’d arrived, and told him how huge the place was. Pastor Will encouraged me to preach like never before. Suddenly, any awe and nervousness I had left the picture. That’s my pastor!

I looked for a place to preach for about twenty minutes. Finally at 12:30pm, I began to preach, right in front of the National Gallery, looking down on the famous giant steps. (I would’ve preached below the steps, but some police and security kindly moved me and advised me to stand there. Don’t fight the police on evangelism – sometimes they’ll even assist you!)

Where I was preaching, people sit on the steps to eat lunch, to talk, and other things. It felt like a bit like I was preaching to an congregation. I almost said, ‘You may take your seats’, as if they came to hear me!

Actually, some people did stop to hear me. One was a lady who prayed a prayer of salvation when I did an altar call, and she encouraged me to continue. Another person was a man who wanted to ask about the kind of faith that I had to stand and preach, and admitted he didn’t have much himself. Another two people were a couple of Christian Italian girls who actually sat at my feet for a good fifteen minutes or maybe more! Wow. Reminds me of the scripture…

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’
Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

The one other person who came to the SAVED evangelism was Christine. She took a few pictures, and handed out flyers. Christine is an admirable girl, who is rising up in Christ. I’m not surprised that today, at the time that I’m writing this (December 2010) that she is preaching in the SAVED church in Battersea. She is fully faithful, and the sky’s the limit for her! She will be a power preacher.

(2013 Richie Rich: Christine is now a anointed solo singer in our church today. I would say further than the sky is the limit for her…)

Finally, after nearly two and a half hours in Trafalgar Square, I called it a day. As I packed up, a couple of dudes set up near me to play guitar with their own portable combo. I thought to myself, ‘That’s nice, but it’s not the same as the gospel.’ SAVED Battersea had done it again!

(2013 Richie Rich: I returned here with Zoe in July 2012 while the Olympic Clock was up and running, and it was similarly awesome. You really have to go on outreach at least once in your life to Trafalgar Square, Liverpool Street Station, or another one of these place overflowing with people. The wonderful mix of people will touch you will drive you to win someone’s soul – people who will celebrate you and people who will despise what you’re doing. When you see so many people in one place, you will really wonder… Where are they all going? Heaven or hell? That question will compel you to compel them…)

Saturday 22nd May 2010: Peckham – “Birthday”

Peckham is the home to Lighthouse Chapel International’s first branch in the United Kingdom (formally called Aparche). It’s a decently populated area, particularly on a Saturday. I was going to follow in the footsteps of many of my great brothers and sisters in Aparche, and bring the good news of Jesus Christ to this place!

I’d wanted to go to evangelise in Peckham for a while, I think before wanting to go to Victoria. I’m not sure why it took so long to finally get around to it, but I finally got to arrange it… on my birthday!

Some people go to parties, clubs, and raves for their birthday, other go for a drink. So, I’m privileged to say I went on evangelism for my birthday! The agenda was to go on evangelism, and then move straight to Clapham Junction, as we were have lunch with Pastor William at a Chinese restaurant later in the afternoon.

When I arrived in Peckham’s High Street (or at least, what I thought was Peckham High Street) at around 1pm, the first challenge was were to preach. My plan was to preach in front of a church, but there was a wedding ceremony JUST LEAVING the place as I arrived. It would’ve been a bit indecent of me to even preach near them, so I moved a bit further down the road, opposing the Primark store.

And so began the SAVED evangelism, after setting up the mic and with the big old cross. I preached and handed out flyers. Of course, I got to use the fact that it was my 20th birthday as a window. I said that I would expect a gift today because it was my birthday, but no birthday gift, no Christmas present, and no other gift would be greater than the gift of salvation.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

No other SAVED members came to this evangelism. I think they was an all-night prayer meeting for us the night before, so I understood. Also, they may have been getting ready for the fellowship with Pastor Will. And hey, like I’ve said before, I personally expect nothing from anyone when it comes to evangelism! I know how to stand alone for the sake of souls.

The response to the preaching was interesting. As well as talking to people personally and inviting people, there were some encouraging people. One Christian sister walked over from the other side of the road to marvel. She also said that she could see God’s glory over me, amongst other things that may have been prophetic. She encouraged me to press on, as did another older Christian gentleman. He talked about himself not having the bravery to live his faith properly. I prayed for him to recieve boldness to walk in and preach Christ.

Imagine my surprise when I met some of my LCI brethren in Peckham! Lady Pastor Emefa (pastor of the LCI London French church) a couple of her members were on evangelism that day as well. We spoke and encouraged each other, and even let them preach in French for a brief while. It was an experience!

I don’t talk about complimentary people often, because I’m not preaching for people to glorify me. Rubbish! If I wanted compliments and glory, I would take up professional wrestling again! (I was training to be a professional wrestler before I came to Christ.) But I’d be lying if I said that other Christians commending me while I try to preach didn’t encourage me sometimes. I don’t mind talking to other Christians who are inspired by my preaching, and aren’t shy to tell me. My purpose is to seek and save the lost for the Lord, as well as encourage and help other Christians hold on and rise up.

Two hours, zero tracts leftover and a flat battery later, and the SAVED evangelism was finished for the day. I made the long journey to Clapham Junction on a bus (it sure is long when you’re alone with a giant cross and portable combo speaker… not that I’m complaining!), and waiting for the other SAVED members for a spot of lunch with Pastor Will.

I would be remiss to how the SAVED members celebrated my birthday! We had a buffet lunch, where I was mostly quiet. After we finished eating, I sat next to Pastor Will for a bit. Two girls Stephanie and Salem disappeared, and I quickly figured out that something was coming my way for my birthday. I tried to get out of it and go home, but eventually I resisted and they appeared with a lovely looking chocolate cake. Oh my! I told them all I couldn’t think of anyone better to spend my birthday with than them.

I really didn’t want a fuss over my birthday at all, after all, our leader Chris’ birthday is after mine. I felt that emphasis should’ve been put on him – he’s our fearless, tireless leader! I was so happy to celebrate my day with my friends though. That, combined with the opportunity to win souls, made a very memorable 20th birthday.

Why Did I Write This?

Before I recount my last SAVED evangelism, I wanted to quickly tell you why I decided to write these little articles.

Firstly, I wrote it for myself, in a minor sense. Maybe one day I won’t be able to remember my days as the SAVED evangelism leader for one reason or another. Hopefully, I can look back on these articles in the future and be encouraged. Satan wants Christians to forget, but the Lord wants us to remember. (Check out Deuteronomy 8.) I’ve had so much fun! I’ve met so many wonderful people, and spent time with amazing people in my church. I’ll do everything in my power to remember it all, every second of it!

However, my main audience for the Diary of a SAVED Evangelist… is YOU! I wrote this for you, whoever you are reading this, because I want to encourage you to fulfill Christ’s command, and be a person who can share the gospel with people as well.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
Matthew 28:19

I have many problems. On top of my mountain of issues, I am shy. Don’t believe me if you don’t want to, but I am mostly afraid of talking to people – I have been all my life. I am nervous of speaking to people (especially girls). But in spite of this, and my other problems, I’ve always wanted to evangelise, and so I do! I preach on buses. I preach on trains. I preach on the street. I preach with a mic. I preach without a mic.

If a self-proclaimed shy person like me can be try to win souls and spread the gospel, THEN SO CAN YOU.

You don’t need a pulpit. You don’t need a lot of things. All you need is a desire. Whenever I sit on buses, I wonder ‘who here knows about Jesus Christ? Who knows about the peace of God that passes understanding?’ Whenever I’m talking to an unbeliever, I am looking for an opportunity to talk about the Lord to them. People need to be saved. Jesus said, ‘GO YE!’

If you’re reading this, you can preach. You can win souls. You can bring people to heaven! You can touch the heart of God through sharing the gospel. You might be shy like me, but it is possible. It is not easy, but it is worth it! Please decide today to be a soul winner – the wisest person you can be.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 11:30

And now, onto my last evangelism with the SAVED church.

Saturday 28th August 2010: Notting Hill Carnival – “The End is Greater Than the Beginning”

Vanessa preaching at the carnival.

Vanessa preaching at the carnival.

(2013 Richie Rich: I have a short video from this crazy evangelism! Spent hours preaching and only caught a couple of minutes of it. :/ Click here to watch the clip now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEKsBzwNans )

In my church, there’s a yearly Youth Camp for young Christians to get closer to God. (I heard someone made a couple of videos about that somewhere… a Youth Camp movie or something?) Two days before the Camp, I was told that after Youth Camp I was graduating from the SAVED youth church. I’m only 20 years old, but Pastor William wanted me to start a ministry in the main church. It was time to move on.

The final day of Youth Camp was Tuesday 17th August 2010, and that was my last day as a SAVED church member. Funnily enough, the 17th of August was the day I became a Born Again Christian in 2006. It was a good sign – a sign of a new beginning in Christ.

No more youth church services. No more associations or obligations with SAVED. Just a ministry to start from scratch in my church. So you couldn’t expect me to be a part of one last, great SAVED church evangelism at the world famous Notting Hill Carnival, right?

The Aparche SAVED church were going to the Notting Hill Carnival on Saturday 28th of August, and Pastor Jino (London Aparche SAVED church pastor) asked me if they could borrow use LCI Battersea’s evangelism equipment. Fact is, if such a question was never asked, I wouldn’t have gone to evangelise with them.

My plan that day was simple – to go to work until 1pm, and then meet Vanessa (leader of evangelism in Aparche SAVED – Allos!), somehow cast the portable combo and mic off onto her, and then go home and rest. To this day, I don’t remember what compelled me to go with them. But to put a long story short, I found myself going with them! After adding a little bit of help to organise things, at least twenty folk (and me!) hitched a bus to the Notting Hill Carnival together. Our only mission? The Great Comission.

I’d never been to the Notting Hill Carnival before that day. As I spoke to some of the SAVED folk on the way, I’m glad I never did. It seems to me that it’s the ultimate rave to younger people – half-dressed girls, leery men, drinking, provocative music, lusting, and it’s all in broad daylight! There’s definitely an evil spirit behind it. Sorry, I had to say it. Note: I’m not really sorry. It’s just fine protocol.

In past parts of the Diary of a Saved evangelist, I’ve described how big some of the places are, and how many people were there. Well, the Notting Hill Carnival might’ve been the largest number of people I’ve had the chance to preach to. Approximately 1 million people visit the Notting Hill Carnival every year, over a two-day period. This includes 4000 police officers. An unfortunate 200+ people were given medical treatment at the 2010 carnival.

Fortunately, none of them was us. On the contrary, the young people of the SAVED church were coming to deliver our own brand of medical treatment – the love-filled good news of Jesus Christ!

When we arrived at the carnival, the many SAVED members were put into groups of three or four, and went right into the harvest of souls. Some of them had wonderful experiences, which they’ve talked about on the SAVED website – that’s www.iamsaved.org for your information. Me? I was stationed in the middle of the street, doing my thing – preaching the Word of God.

Times like this, with so many people walking past, going about their business, I really wonder what it is I’m actually doing. Am I effective? Am I saving souls? I’ve realised over the last year that evangelism is a seed-scattering business. The Bible says in Mark 4 that the sower sows his seed. Some grow, and some don’t. Verse 14 says ‘the sower soweth the Word.’ Fact is, the Word of God needs to be sown into people, whether it hits their hearts of not. It’s our duty as Christians – not evangelists, but just CHRISTIANS – to sow the Word of God into people. Some will listen, some won’t. But we MUST give them the chance.

I informed Vanessa before we arrived that I needed someone to stay with me as I preached, for security. (Two are better than one! That’s in Ecclesiastes.) She offered herself to stay, and I was more than pleased. Vanessa is a wonderful human-being with a gorgeous spirit. She was extremely humble that day, encouraging me to preach and stopping to evangelise to people one-on-one that I pointed out to her to offer them Christ. She has a bright future ahead of her in her honest walk with the Lord.

Open-air preaching went on for three hours, by my watch. The big portable combo went flat after an hour, and I had to resort to my handheld megaphone. (I wasn’t the only one that day with a megaphone by the way – hi Princess!) Even Vanessa preached aloud for a little bit. Just like in my first open air evangelism way back in July of 2009, my buddy Saudiq appeared. He’s responsible for the only pictures I have of this day.

Towards the end of the evangelism, I prayed for five or six young men to give their lives to Christ. I sincerely hope it’s the beginning of Christ being born into their lives. After all, that’s the objective!

I have to mention some of the funny things of this day. One dude (perhaps slightly intoxicated) attempted to take my mic twice. Another less physical brother gave Vanessa and I a free Carnival whistle. I still have it! The same person bought me a Coca-Cola. I put the can down for about five minutes, and when I went to sip it, Vanessa had drunk my Coke! All of my Coke! I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN, VAN! (2013 Richie: And I still haven’t! I kept the can!) Fortunately Clive, one of the SAVED members, compensated me with some sweets. And don’t worry about Vanessa – she had bought me a bottle of water already.

Young men who gave their lives to Christ right in the middle of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Young men who gave their lives to Christ right in the middle of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Evangelism began at around 3:30pm, and wrapped up at around 7pm. I had preached on a mic for about three hours – a first for me. I don’t think I preached for long when I started. But as the Bible says, the end is greater than the beginning…

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
Job 8:7

The SAVED church folk and I journeyed together back to Peckham, we a few of us had a buffet dinner. (It was NOT a Chinese buffet, I insisted.) We fellowshipped and reflected on our experiences.

What a way to end my tenure in the SAVED church. I must’ve preached to hundreds of people that day. In cars, on foot, police officers – nobody could escape at least hearing a little about Jesus Christ today. I only wish I had the giant cross, for a fantastic visual to the people.

But I had done my part. Not just on this day, but for the whole time. For fourteen months as the SAVED evangelism leader, I had many things I wish I’d done differently, but I had been satisfied. I had given myself, without a doubt. I became – as best as I could – the Saved evangelist. I hope the Lord is pleased with me! The hunger in me to try and win souls had been used, and now I had more experience, grace, and anointing to launch out even further in the future for the Lord.

And I couldn’t have prayed for a better ending!

Photo and Video Gallery

It’s good to have these great adventures for the Lord captured. Here’s some photos from the SAVED evangelisms. When I look at them, I’m reminded of what good things the Lord has done for me, and what He can do when He works in a young person. 🙂

Click on any image to get a larger version. When view a full photo, press escape or the corner X to return to the article.


Inspiring Words, Questions, and Favourites

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Anything to draw your attention to the Lord Jesus Christ…

A few short, inspiring words which guided me throughout SAVED evangelism.

“So what are you going to do about it?” – Amma Duodu in 2007. She said this in response to something I didn’t like seeing. Now, if I don’t like the fact that people aren’t in Christ? I will do something about it.

“Go on outreach everyday.” – Pastor Jino in 2009. When I asked him for advise to be a good evangelism leader, this is what he said. I’m still trying!

“Young people have the spirit of adventure. Use it!” – Reverend Michael in 2010. We were talking about evangelism one day and this is what he said. And it’s true!

“Evangelism needs to be well organised.” – Chris in 2010. I asked him what to do about some problems I faced as leader, and he said this. I couldn’t have tried as much as I did without this statement!

There are plenty more, from all kinds of people, but I can’t add everything. Almost everyone I’ve encountered has had something powerful to add to my life in evangelism, and some people will never know. God bless you all… I don’t what I’d be without you.

What inspired me to preach: Since I was Born Again in August 2006, I’ve always had an itch to tell people about the gospel. It took me a long time to pluck up the courage to speak about Christ. You don’t know how many times I’ve been frightened out of preaching! Still, to this day, I’m pretty nervous. But once you start, the anointing and grace begins to flow. You just have to start.

In terms of open-air preaching (that’s preaching in a street or city with a loudspeaker), Reverend Michael Amoh is my inspiration. Since he took LCI Battersea on evangelism in Oxford Circus in 2007, my life has never been the same. I’m honoured to have even shared the same loudspeaker as Reverend Michael!

Favourite evangelism: You might find this cliché, but every single evangelism was my favourite. No matter the circumstance, anytime I got to host a SAVED evangelism was an honour.

I can tell you that my most important evangelism was in Streatham (July 2009), because it taught me that I must be prepared to stand alone for Christ. And if I could relive any single evangelism again from beginning to end, it would be Shepherd’s Bush (March 2010). Notting Hill Carnival (August 2010) and Clapham Common (July 2009) are close second. I definitely enjoyed every chance to preach.

Favourite song before evangelism: All The Earth by Parachute Band. Look it up on YouTube. Reverend Michael introduced the song to LCI Battersea in early 2010. It encourages me that gradually, by the faithfulness to the Christian life and the work of the ministry, the whole earth will love Him…

Favourite person met on evangelism: I’ve met a few angry people. I’ve met people who’ve wanted to fight me. I absolutely love persecution for the gospel’s sake, because you know what the Bible says…

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:10

However, my favourite person was in Clapham Junction in June 2010. Someone blessed me with a ÂŁ5 note and some change while I was preaching. (This wasn’t the person!) After preaching for a while longer, someone brought a small lady over the street for me to pray for her. She was homeless, and didn’t have any money. I immediately stopped preaching, put my microphone down and prayed for her. I gave her the ÂŁ5 note and invited her to my church. She gave me a kiss and went on her way. I hope she is well. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my favourite person that I’ve ever met while on evangelism, any time in London.

Master List of Places Preached in 2009 – 2010

Finally, this is a list of everywhere I’ve preached about Jesus between June 2009 and August 2010. (That’s the duration which I was SAVED Battersea’s outreach leader.) Note: this list doesn’t include how many times I preached at the place. In some cases, such as preaching in Croydon or on a 50 bus, I did that multiple times by God’s grace.

Locations
Battersea (February 2010)
Brixton (November 2009)
Clapham Common (July 2009)
Clapham Junction (December 2009)
Croydon (November 2009)
Marble Arch (April 2010)
Moorgate (April 2010)
Notting Hill Gate (August 2010)
Peckham (May 2010)
Shepherd’s Bush (March 2010)
Streatham (July 2009)
Tooting Broadway (February 2010)
Trafalgar Sqaure (April 2010)
Victoria (March 2010)
Vauxhall (November 2009)
Total: 1

Buses
36, 37, 44, 50, 53, 57, 122, 185, 250, 319, 333, 343, 344, 345, 417, 436, 468, P12
Total: 18

Tubes
Northen Line
Total: 1

It’s been wonderful to share some of my life with you in this little series. I pray it has been a blessing and a perhaps a little bit of Godly inspiration for you. I pray that God will raise more evangelists, more soul winners, and more hungry Christians in this day and age, in Jesus’ name… Amen. 🙂

A picture of Richard Walker holding the cross in a London street.

New evangelism videos and articles coming this July!   Leave a comment

My friend BennyBly preaching for Jesus. How many souls will you win this month?

My friend BennyBly preaching for Jesus. How many souls will you win this month?

Well folks, July is the month of evangelism, and it’s just around the corner! So throughout the next few weeks, I will be posting new evangelism videos, articles, and quotes to inspire you to step and talk to people about Jesus Christ.

It is necessary that Christians preach to other non-Christians. After all, many people don’t believe that Jesus is real, or that he is the Son of God. Many people don’t even know or understand why they need salvation. They’d rather spend their time drinking, having lots and lots and lots of sex, or watching TV until their eyes turn square before they go to church. Won’t you be the sign post to the one true God that someone is dying for?

Last July I posted my bus evangelism guide, How to Preach on a Bus or Other Public Transport (click here to read), and it was a great success. This year, I’m not waiting for July to start! From next week, I will be posting a new video and a new article, and all kinds of quotes and posts on my Facebook and Twitter pages to help you share the love of Christ with someone.

I want you to speak to your family, your friends, your classmates, your workmates, your gym mates, your mates behind the counter at the chicken shop you always go to and TELL THEM ABOUT JESUS CHRIST! He is the only one worth giving your life too!

How many souls can we win? How many lives can we change this month?

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