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Christianity is Like a Video Game. You’ve Got to Work At It Until You’re Good At It!   Leave a comment

For those of you wanting to be a deeper Christian, maybe struggling with to put good habits in your life, perhaps looking at others and questioning whether you’re serious or not, this article is for you.

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Sonic the Hedgehog on the Mega Drive/Genesis. I had to work on it until I could beat every level and win every emerald as well! (I wanted to show off by playing longer and take a picture later, but I thought you’d recognise this picture quicker.)

In 1998, my mother bought me a Sega Mega Drive for Christmas! Oh how I remember hooking that bad boy up to the 14 inch TV and playing Sonic the Hedgehog in all his bright, 16-bit glory! But I didn’t just have that to play, I had 5 other games to satisfy my gaming hunger. One game caught my eye – Super Monaco GP. It’s a racing game and I like driving games, so I gave it a try. The first race was in San Marino, and from the moment the klaxon sounded I flew down that course for the first 20 seconds. I could almost feel the wind in my curly Jamaican hair. A sharp left turn approached, so I pulled my car left and… crashed. Hardcore. I proceeded to do this about 1000 times for a few years, sometimes being lucky enough to survive, but for the most part I had died in several car crashes in the Super Monaco Grand Prix universe.

Fast forward to 2010 (roughly), and I still had my Mega Drive, and my copy of Super Monaco GP. I had been Born Again and busy with that for sometime, but I had some free days, so I picked up the iconic Mega Drive controller and began to play. And to my amazement, I finished the game. Top billing in both seasons, and completed all 32 races (even the baloney 17th and 18th races with that jerk G. Ceara), something I had never been able to.

You’ve seen the article’s title so you can guess what happened. Somewhere in-between ’98 and ’10 was a lot of playing, learning, and wising up. (Albeit not for 12 years straight, but work with me.) I worked at Super Monaco GP until I got good at it, even though I started out not being able to make it beyond the 1st few races. My Christian friend, you might have started out not being able to make it beyond some hurdles in your faith. Like reading the Bible everyday, or going to church consistently. Perhaps you find it difficult to stop boozing and partying, or watching pornography. Well, I want you to know if you work at it, you will become good at it.

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:18 (New Living Translation)

By working at it, I’m talking in part about feeding yourself spirituality so that you can grow. Did you know that you can grow spiritually? Nobody starts off a skilled giant in the lifetime walk of Christianity, it takes growth, and growth takes time and feeding. Have you seen a 6 foot tall baby boy in the new born baby ward at hospital, complete with a beard and a mortgage? (If you have, send me a picture and I’ll include it on the next Richie Rich Show.) It takes time and feeding to the child before he becomes a man. Similarly, the Bible talks about as new born babies (or new, young people in the Christian faith) we should desire the sincere milk of the word so that we will grow. It takes time and feeding on the Word of God before certain problems fall out of our lives, and we become spiritual grown-ups.

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,
1 Peter 2:2 (New Living Translation)

If you want to pray more and for a long time, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to understand more of God’s Word, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to seek God on a daily basis, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to win more souls in your workplace or school, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to escape any strongholds or bad thoughts in your mind, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want freedom from substance abuse, pornography, or other addictive behaviour, you’ve got to work at it.

Work at it it, until you’re good at it.

This is Super Monaco GP - one of my favourite games to play. Look at those cutting edge graphics! (Note: compliment may contain sarcasm.)

This is Super Monaco GP – one of my favourite games to play. Look at those cutting edge graphics! (Note: compliment may contain sarcasm.)

As it relates to the video games, I had to kick about in the dirt, doing all I could with my limited ability. I crashed several hundred times on those sharp corners on Super Monaco GP until I learned that you have to take your foot off the acclerator before you turn your car. My car fell apart several times before I realised it is wise to pit in early and fix up the car, rather than risking the whole race on worn out tyres and low fuel. I learned because I refused to give up playing and I wanted to work at it. You will learn and grow as a Christian if you refuse to give up, and will work at it until you’re good at it. If you keep praying, reading the Word, loving your church and loving others, your connection to God will grow as much as you want it to, and He will help you through every trial and temptation.

I have a friend who used to drink and smoke weed. Now, you would never believe they were ever deeply into this lifestyle if you met them today, that’s how far they’ve come in Christ. They would describe their dropping of those habits as instantaneous as they desired more of The Lord. I used to wonder vividly, ‘why do they get to escape these problems so easily and I’m stuck here like a dog chasing it’s tail’? Maybe you’ve asked yourself similar questions. Well I soon learned this is not a good way of thinking because…

  • By comparing yourself to others you will think there is something wrong with you when there is nothing wrong at all. Looking at other people sometimes makes you think you are not a real Christian because ‘they are so good’. Take this person I mentioned, although these very obvious problems may have ceased quickly in their life, there were other strongholds that needed breaking down that are not easily seen. Here’s a truth about weaknesses: not everyone can see them, and not everyone can see them all the time. Never, EVER believe that ‘everyone around me seems stronger than I am’. The truth is everyone is weak but not everyone appears to weak at the same time. Some people in your church will appear very strong this Sunday afternoon, and Sunday evening sadly will appear very weak with no-one watching. This is a reason why it is not wise to compare yourself to others. (2 Corinthians 10:12) Go at your pace. In His time, He will make your life beautiful. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
  • When it comes to enforcing new Christian habits and fighting temptations, problems do not stop just like that. The fight of our lives as Christians is to firmly establish good habits like praying and reading the Bible, and to cut off the bad habits like lying, pre-marital sex, blah blah. Here’s another truth: it is easier to form bad habits than to shake them off. Most people with an addiction problem suffer from intense cravings in their bodies, even years after having grace to give it all up. Jesus does not wave a magic wand at your addictions and temptations and make them vanish. Even this person I mentioned, who I envied for a while for the grace in their life, went back to their vices once or twice, as they told me. You are forgiven by God of your sins through Jesus, but you don’t get off scot-free – you need to learn discipline your body. Start planning HOW and WHEN you will read the Bible, pray, fast, go to church so that you can grow. If you have an addiction, start learning about your issue formally (in support meetings, talking to your pastor) or informally (reading books on your issue in your own time). You can do it!
  • You have no business thinking about others – your priority is your own relationship with God. I’m not saying be selfish and don’t think about others. I’m saying that the Bible says examine yourself, not your friends. (2 Corinthians 13:5) If the thoughts you think about others begin with ‘why are they more’, your mind is breeding jealousy. Jealousy does not come from the Holy Spirit! If someone is ‘more spiritual’ than you, why do you care? Think about YOU! Christianity is not a rat race; we’re not trying to beat each other to the Lord’s throne. It is a relationship with God where you speak to Him, He speaks to you, and you live together connected. So look at yourself and ask yourself hard questions instead of envying others. If you know what you need to do to bring yourself closer to God, why don’t you just man up and do it?

This is where WORKING AT YOUR CHRISTIANITY comes in. You might be useless at resisting temptation now, you might think you’re rubbish at praying now, you might not understand a lot of the Bible now, you may not be able to keep up in church now, but LATER you will be better if you keep working at your Christianity. Never give up!

As I mentioned earlier, comparing yourself gets you nowhere. The key problem with comparing yourself to another person’s progress is that you don’t focus on your own progress. You will start thinking you’re not growing fast enough in God when actually, you’re growing just fine and even God Himself is pleased with you. Imagine that – the Creator of the universe delights in how much you’re trying to live for Him, and all you can do is moan about how ‘easy’ someone else has it. It’s not even true! It’s time to let your eyes look straight ahead and focus on where you’re going with your own life. (Proverbs 4:25)

Conversely, if you have been a Christian for a while and you don’t have much depth, you need to start asking yourself some hard questions. Why should a baby remain under 3 feet tall for 30 years? Is it not a disease? Is your Christianity diseased? ‘Going at your own pace’ is not code for doing what you want, when you can be bothered to do it. You’ve got some growing to do, which means you’ve got some feeding to do. What is your connection to with God like – frequent or in frequent? Why have you not upgraded from praying for 10 minutes every 10 days? Why don’t you understand any more or less about God’s Word than 2 years ago? And do you want to go to hell after calling yourself a Christian? Again I challenge you: you’ve got some growing to do, which means you’ve got some feeding to do.

With all that said, it’s not bad to take inspiration from those ahead of you. Inspiration is not the same as comparison – inspiration means to be aroused to do special or unusual activity. Look at your friends qualities and be encouraged that if they can be holy, you can be holy too. I’m comfortable saying that I now take inspiration from the person I mentioned earlier. What a fine person they are! What an encouragement their life and story is to me! :mrgreen:

I think it’s time to roll up our sleeves and work on our walk with God. What do you think? 🙂

How To Work At Your Christianity

I’ve been saying to work on your Christianity like I worked on my Super Monaco GP racing game. So, how do you do it? Where do you start?

Another Super Monaco GP shot. I remember all the frustrating times I had on this as a kid... Until I worked on it!

Another Super Monaco GP shot. I remember all the frustrating times I had on this as a kid… Until I worked on it!

I won’t give you a big elaborate answer because the battle itself is big and elaborate. If you’re asking me for a few bullet points on how to work at your Christianity, I will say it all lies in daily prayer, daily Bible reading, very regular church attendance and obeying what God says you should do. What should you cut off to survive as a Christian? According to Hebrews 12:1, any sinful nature and anything that puts a weight on your Christianity. There are very obvious things even a worldly person like lying, stealing, fornicating, blaspheming, drunkeness, jealousy, blah blah. Then there things you will only understand once God reveals it to you personally when you study his Word.

What should you work on first? It’s debatable, but look at your weaknesses and at least make sure you working on the biggest one. the biggest one. Also, make sure that whatever you do, don’t disconnect yourself from God. Yes, you might have watched some porn during the week but God is still interested in you. Don’t stay home from church, and don’t stop praying. God is still interested in you.

So go for it! Start implementing things one by one. The truth is you may not win every battle. As I write this article, God is working on so much in me. I’m far from a perfect craft, but here’s a quote from Every Young Man’s Battle:

Sure, you’re anxious to win. Sure, you want to put this stuff behind you. But it’s not as important to focus on some self-imposed deadline as it is to focus on where you’re headed. This is going to be a battle – a battle that will demand your time and patience.
Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker, Every Young Man’s Battle

The goal is to move closer to God. Whatever your methodology, whether you’re trying to increase your church going, trying to pray more or trying to cut off some friends and habits, keep that on mind. Every time things don’t go your way, get up and come back even stronger. Learn from your mistakes! For example, a large part of my battle for sexual purity is simply remembering where and when I fell, and religiously avoiding them in future. If you don’t make it very far in 2 months, so what? Don’t give in to the enemy’s lies, and persevere at holiness.

Most of all, it is the grace of God that allows. All the strategies and manoeuvres are just self-help tips without God’s input, and self-help always fails eventually. But the Bible says it is not he who wills or runs, but whom God has mercy on who succeeds. (Romans 9:16) The Bible says it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit (grace) of God. (Zechariah 4:6) The Bible says commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3) Trust in God by praying and always involving Him in everything you do, and don’t lean too much on what you know. After all, what do you know anyway? (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Knowing the Word of God is crucial. When you feed on the Word of God, you are working at your Christianity. People say ‘you are what you eat’ – well, what does your spirit eat? Spiritual junk or spiritual food from the Bible? Some easy ways to feed on the Word of God:

  • Go to a Bible-believing church every week and listen intently to the preaching. Take notes of the verses. Take notes of the good sayings. Take notes of things you didn’t understand. Stop going on Facebook and reading messages. Stop sleeping during services. Church is not a dormant, inactive place to attend, tick a box with God and say, ‘I did it this week, alright?’ Church is where we learn from God’s servant by the Word of God. Use it wisely.
  • Be devoted to reading your Bible everyday. Have what some like to call a ‘quiet time’ or a ‘daily devotional’ everyday where you sit, pray, study some scriptures, learn from the Word, and let God speak to you. God will speak to you foundationally through His word – not Tupac, not EastEnders, not Justin Beiber, but the BIBLE. Get more Bible time in your life! If you are too busy to read the Bible, even just a little, you’re too busy! Sorry!
  • Read Christian books regularly, especially books at your level and books about things you are interested in. Being a new born baby and eating KFC is not a good idea – if you are a new Christian or in need of growth Christian, get fundamental books because your issues are foundational. (And a foundation is the most important part of a building.) Then read books on topics of the faith that interest you. I like biographies of men of God because I want to be a minister, so that’s what I buy. I can make you some recommendations if you leave me a comment.
  • Listen to sermons outside of church. Don’t be greedy for TV or YouTube. It’s a nice programme, but what does Britain’s Got Talent do for your spiritual growth? Bupkiss. Start buying and downloading preaching, start listening and fill yourself up with the Word of God. Study the Word of God on your own, with your own intiative. 90% of the things we hear are not kept in your brain on the initial hearing. You must hear it more than once, twice or 10 times if you want it in you!

In Conclusion…

I’m happy that at least before my Mega Drive croaked, I somewhat mastered Super Monaco GP. From not being able to get through the first sharp corner as a child to being able to top all 32 races as a man, it will forever be the example that proves my personal proverb – following Christ is like a video game. You’ve got to work at it, until you’re good at it.

I really enjoyed writing this article (and spontaeneously suspended video work), and I hope you’re understanding what the message is – don’t give in. Keep growing in the Lord. Got any questions or comments? Maybe you want some book or Bible reading recommendations? Leave me a comment below and let’s talk.

This is Mr First Class, and have a good 2014 y’all!

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Download 8 Classic Bishop Dag Heward-Mills Messages NOW!   52 comments

Bishop Dag at the First Love Church, Christmas 2013.

Bishop Dag at the First Love Church, Christmas 2013.

As mentioned on the latest episode of the Richie Rich Show, I want to offer you 8 of my favourite sermons by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills! Just scroll down, and click the links below these paragraphs to download these messages. Bishop Dag is the presiding bishop of Lighthouse Chapel International, and my favourite preacher. You will love these messages! 😉

In the past I have offered messages from Bishop Dag on different occassions. Those same messages are here, and I have added a few more of my favourites. These messages are extremely powerful and have changed my life, for example, the message on reading has changed my stance on reading over the years. Listen to these sermons repeatedly, soak them in, and the Word of God will immensely renew your mind.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :mrgreen:

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3 Things the New Creation Must Do – 2008 – LCI Qodesh

A Year of Reading – 2010 – LCI London Aparche

Choices – 7 Types of Women You Should Not Marry – 2009 – LCI Qodesh

Fire Warnings – 2007 – LCI Qodesh

My First Hour in the Promised Land – 2012 – LCI First Love Church

Prayer – 2008 – LCI Qodesh

Retention Evangelism – 2010 – Interfellowship Global Ministries

The Overcomers – 2007 – LCI Qodesh

 

Posted 23rd December 2013 by ukrichardwalker in Sermons

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Confessions For a Christian Student in 2013 – 2014   Leave a comment

One day I will wear and hold these two things…

The school season is in full swing and my second year of uni is about to roll. Like last year, I thought I’d write a few confessions to speak over the next year, as death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) Fellow follower of Jesus and studious pupil, you can join me in saying these confessions if you desire… 🙂

This year will be greater than the past year, and the year before that because my latter end will greatly increase. (Job 8:7)

My relationship with God will not decrease, and my church attendance will not fall off a cliff. It will be steady, and I will increase in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

Like the ant that needs no supervision to do it’s work, I do not need supervision to work in my own time. I will study diligently in my free time. (Proverbs 6:6-8)

I will not sleep when I need to study. (Proverbs 6:9-11)

I will fulfil all of my deadlines; my yes will mean yes. (Matthew 5:37)

Because I wait on the Lord, my strength will be renewed day by day to study. I will not let tiredness be an excuse to not study. (Isaiah 40:31)

I enjoy learning, and I will increase my personal learning because I am wise. (Proverbs 1:5)

I have a mind to work!

I will study hard in Jesus’ name!

This is your regular host, Mr First Class. 😉

7 Years of Being Born Again! And Other Random Stuff   Leave a comment

This was my breakfast at work... No hash brown as I'm cutting down the deep fried stuff in my life.

This was my breakfast at work… No hash brown as I’m cutting down the deep fried stuff in my life.

I’m on my break and I thought I’d write a quick blog on how I am in the heart and mind, with some random bits.

17th of August I celebrated being Born Again by Christ for 7 years! I thank God fully! I wanted to write an article about it and what has kept me in the faith but I didn’t get around to finishing it. Maybe in September when I’m a bit less tied up…

I’ll just tell you anyway though – I have lasted 7 years in Christianity because of church. Who I am and what I do, I owe it all to church. Being a Christian without going to church is like driving a car without a key… It isn’t how the manufacturer intended it to run. Going to church every week has so many benefits. Staying at home and sometimes praying is NOT THE SAME. God has specific blessings for us when we gather together with other believers.

One of the benefits is joy. I’m so happy to be at church every week. No matter how my week has been, the house of God lifts me up again. The Notting Hill Carnival ended yesterday, with many young people getting plastered and running around after chicks in sexy clothes. But you don’t need that to be happy as a Christian. You can be joyful in the house of God! There ain’t no party like the Holy Ghost party, cuz the Holy Ghost party don’t stop… 😉

I’m not very happy at the moment. Today I arrived to work extremely late to work. No one is punishing me (yet) but of course, I am only costing myself money. In fact, I haven’t been on time to work in about 2 weeks. On top, yesterday was not a brilliant day either. I left work without having a meeting I was scheduled for because I was shattered. I had to buy overpriced fast food as I was so hungry and after oversleeping in a nap, I missed a bass guitar lesson I was giving. Then of course, I was late again today by 40 minutes.

I’m a huge melancholic and I pay attention to time, so being late and missing meetings is really disappointing to me personally. One thing I have learned from wrestling is not to be late and unprepared. When John Cena, CM Punk and other wrestlers have a WWE show starting at 7pm, they arrive at the arenas from hours beforehand, sometimes 5 whole hours before showtime. Nobody strolls in 10 minutes before their match. Attention to detail like that is why WWE is a successful, reliable business. And when people in the world do good things that Christians often don’t, it really irks me.

In my mind I always strive to be on time or early, but I have backslidden in that area. Tiredness must not be an excuse anymore! I have to strive for excellence again in punctuality to church, to work, for uni lectures and deadlines, and every meeting.

At the moment, I’m leaning on Psalm 23. My situation isn’t exactly comparable to death, but I will not fear any evil as I pass through this valley. God will lead me onto his paths of righteousness, in Jesus’ name. I will improve, and I will make it onto the other side and laugh again. 🙂

-On a lighter note, I missed four calls yesterday – two from one number, two from another. I called back the second number and someone was asking me (with my name!) if I had any weed for him. Weed. After I said ‘I think you have the wrong number dude.’ He said something about ‘dude’ and hung up abruptly. Umm… Ok then. Upon reflection, I decided not to call the first number back.

-Sunday at church, a soul I met on evangelism came to church and was Born Again by Jesus Christ. Later that day he moved into a new hostel. It is a touching story of homelessness, addiction and redemption through the love of Jesus Christ. I will never stop preaching about heaven and hell, and the love shown to us by God. Perhaps I’ll tell you this man’s whole story one day.

-I recently opened the Guitar and Bass portal on the blog (click here to jump to it!), and I have some more new ideas for Christian content. How about… A monthly poll for the blog. Maybe a Christian book of the month too? I used to love these sorts of things on my old Mortal Kombat website, so let’s try it out soon! As for new videos as well, let’s just say… #4 is coming, and so is The Richie Rich Show. 😀 Stay tuned.

Well, I gotta finish my break. This has been your regular host… Mr First Class! :mrgreen:

Posted 27th August 2013 by ukrichardwalker in Blog, Evangelism, My Thoughts, Young People

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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. 🙂

Click on a chapter title to view it.

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 £6! 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 £1’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 £5 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 £5 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.

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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?

Download 8 of My Favourite Bishop Dag Messages Now!   45 comments

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Dag Heward-Mills in Lebanon.

Update 21/12/2013: Enjoy 3 more classic sermons from Bishop Dag, making a total of 8! Scroll down to dowload the messages. Merry Christmas!

Bishop Dag Heward-Mills is, hands down, my favourite preacher. Today you can download 5 fantastic sermons by Bishop Dag right here from my blog! These five messages are some of my absolute favourite messages in the whole world, and since they are no longer on Bishop Dag’s website, I wanted to share them with you. Is that alright? 😀 Just click the links below to one of the files below and download them to your device.

A little background information – a few years ago I shared three of these messages on a birthday post for Bishop Dag. But since SendSpace is a jerk, it was only available for a limited amount of time. But thanks to a friend (hello palm tree!) I have found this more permanent solution of sharing these messages and a little more. I may share some more stuff in the future if God gives the grace…

Have a blessed week. 🙂

Download Messages

For iPad and iPhone users, you need a free Dropbox account (click here to sign up or log in). Click on the sermon you want, and then select the Save to My Dropbox button.

If you are having any problems, please leave a comment for me below.

3 Things the New Creation Must Do – 2008 – LCI Qodesh

A Year of Reading – 2010 – LCI London Aparche

Choices – 7 Types of Women You Should Not Marry – 2009 – LCI Qodesh

Fire Warnings – 2007 – LCI Qodesh

My First Hour in the Promised Land – 2012 – LCI First Love Church

Prayer – 2008 – LCI Qodesh

Retention Evangelism – 2010 – Interfellowship Global Ministries

The Overcomers – 2007 – LCI Qodesh

Happy Birthday David and Jonathan, My Brothers in Christ   Leave a comment

Pastor Caleb, David and Jonathan standing.

Pastor Caleb, Brother Jon, and Teacher David. Hell razers! (Look up the definition of raze before continuing please. 😛 )

A friend you should never forget is one who lead you to Jesus Christ. Though Teacher David and Jon Jon didn’t lead me to Christ personally, without their unchanging friendship I certainly wouldn’t have had the chance to give my life to Christ as a young man. For that alone I will always love this dynamic duo.

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
Proverbs 17:17

Since secondary school, these tenacious twins have been welcomed me into their lives as a brother. We share interests in old games like Pokemon, English lessons, fitness, professional wrestling but most of all, the Bible. I am so comfortable talking about the Word of God, my troubles and successes as a Christian, or the ministry than with these Dave and Jon. We want to be fervent in spirit serving the Lord (Romans 12:11) and the fact we have grown together in Lighthouse Chapel International, wanting the same thing, and helping each other to get there is amazing. (The help is swayed towards me of course mostly, because I’m certainly the youngest brother in many ways! I could tell you stories.)

One of the most striking about Dave and Jon to me is their generosity. Without murmuring or complaining, for many years these two have been breaking bread with me, taking me to eat places, buying food for me and taking the whole bill. Every time their generosity has shhhhoooocked me. If you are ever with me and I buy you a meal with no strings, know that I am following Dave and Jon’s example. I have a joke with them that one day I will repay them with 12 years worth of food in one day…

I love these two very much and I pray the Lord will cast them not from His presence, but give them grace to grow their relationship with Christ.

Happy Birthday David and Jonathan! (David was born first so we give him dues.)

Extra: Click here to check out Jonathan’s worship blog.

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