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Missions Trip to Daytona Beach, Florida

Surrender is the key to the Gospel. That is something that Evangelist Ron Reilly mentioned in the training on Wednesday. I could’ve never imagined what God would do when I first surrendered to go to Daytona for the first time in 2013. It was the farthest thing from easy for me to go up to someone and start a conversation, much less personally share the Gospel. Through my stammering and stuttering, God used me to lead my first soul to Christ that first missions trip. Now, fours years later, I have surrendered to go to the mission field, and it all started at Daytona!

All my thanks goes out to all of you who prayed and supported me to be able to go again to Daytona missions trip this year! The Lord does exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, and used 24 soulwinners to lead 397 people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! The Lord worked through me to lead 14 people to the Lord and many other assurances throughout 2 & 1/2 days walking up and down the beach witnessing to people. Hearts were prepared, and many were open to talking of Christ considering it was Easter weekend. More people listened to the Gospel than rejected me, and that has never happened before!

One of the most memorable stories was an one man that I shared the entire Gospel with. Although he still didn’t put his faith in Christ, he told me that he had already rejected one other from our group, and told her he was an athiest to get her to go away. It was a motivation to me to know that some plant, some water, but God gives the increase! Please pray for the countless that heard the Gospel at Daytona that they would believe, and for those who put their trust in Christ to grow in their faith!

Each person that God used me to lead to Christ I write down in the leaf of my New Testament. Every time I read over these names I am reminded of the indescribable joy that comes from seeing a soul bow their head to ask for forgiveness and to put their trust in Christ. To think of one soul spending an eternity without Christ because I did not tell them makes my heart cry out with sadness. To think of one soul spending an eternity with Christ because I shared the Gospel makes me tear up with tears of gladness! In the midst of the busyness of college, this missions trip was a much needed reminder why I am at studying missions here at Bible college-for souls.

By Bethany Pisney

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Witnessing to the World

“And he said unto the, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

I want to welcome all of you to our 48th Annual Missions Trip to Daytona Beach, Florida. You are not here by accident, but the Lord has made it possible and He will change your life for the better through this experience.

We will have the opportunity to witness to people from all over the world. This is what we are commanded to do as seen in our text. (Mark 16:15) The commandment to witness to the world carries with it two very important promises which are unchangeable.

The first promise is the PROMISE OF HIS POWER TO PRODUCE. Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” After Jesus was raised from the dead (Matthew 28:1-3) He transferred this Power of the Holy Ghost to His disciples. Luke 24:49 “And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” We see this fulfilled in Acts 4:31 and this promise is for all of us today so that we might have boldness to win the lost to Christ. It is not convincing people to become a Christian. We cannot talk somebody into being saved from his or her sin. There must be the planting of the seed (Word of God) in the heart of a lost person and the power of the Holy Spirit works in his or her heart with convicting power to draw them to salvation in Christ. We must have His power upon us to produce.

The second promise is the PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE TO PREVAIL. Matthew 28:20, “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.” No matter how people react to our witness, we have absolutely nothing to fear and we have confidence in His promise “I am with you always”. We have the presence of our Savior, Jesus, with us no matter what happens; therefore, we must have this in our heart.

NO FEAR NO MATTER WHAT. NO FEAR.

Because of His promise, “I am with you always,” we can overcome all fear that Satan can throw at us and prevail in every situation that is presented by the world and the devil.

This can be one of the best weeks of your life if you will do 3 things.

  1. Surrender your vessel. Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
  2. Have a clean heart. Ask the Lord, as David did in Psalm 51:10a “Create in me a clean heart, oh God:”
  3. Witness with a right attitude (spirit). As David did in Psalm 51:10b “and renew a right spirit within me.”

Allow the Lord to use you to His glory.

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Testimonies (continued – part 3)

(Continuation of testimonies of Daytona Missions Trips)

By Stephen Flint

“About one o’clock in the afternoon I saw a car pull up. I went over to talk to the occupants. When I got to the car I saw two men who were clearly members of a gang. Unsure what their response would be, I began to give the Gospel. I was surprised by their openness with me. After a day of much rejection it was blessing how willing and open they were. By God’s grace, I was able to lead to the Lord. This experience served as a reminder to me that it is not what we say or do when we witness; it is the Holy Spirit who must do all the work.”

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Testimonies (continued)

(Continuation of testimonies from Daytona 47 Missions Trip)

By Carolyn Siegler, 17 year old witness
Campus Church
Pensacola, FL

“Today on the beach I witnessed to a girl who was about 13 years old. After she had accepted Christ as her Savior, her aunt standing next to her thanked me. She said that her niece had been sent to a private religious school, but that she hadn’t been allowed to learn about what I had just told her. I am thankful God allowed me to cross paths.

I am really grateful for the life skills that this Daytona Missions trip is teaching me. Now I have new boldness and I also know how to share my faith effectively. I can not wait to get home and tell some of the kids at my school about Jesus!  I have also learned humility in that it is not because of me that these people are accepting Christ, but because of God and His love! I’ve also learned that God can not fully use me when I’ve allowed other things to burden my heart. When we focus on God and put Him at the top of our priorities, everything else just falls into place.”

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Testimonies

I want to allow you to read some of the wonderful testimonies by the young people and adults who stepped out with on our 47th Missionary Trip to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2014.


Taylor Bullard

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
Oliver Sprigs, TN


“I had been having a rough morning and I had been praying non stop to not get discouraged. I was walking down the beach and I noticed two guys sitting on the tailgate of a truck. I walked past them several times, but didn’t talk to them. I cam back and finally talked with them and by the grace of God I led them both to the Lord! They both told me how happy they were that they got that settled. I am so thankful God gave me the chance to lead them to him. God is truly awesome!


Mariah Mastriano
Grace Baptist Church
Watkinsville, GA

 

“When we got back on the Beach from our first break, I right away started back witnessing to people ad every time I would start going through the plan of salvation this group of guys would walk by and shout stuff like, “You sinner, you need Jesus” and I just kept walking by them. So I purposed to talk to them. When I finally got the chance to talk to them, they told me straight up that they were going to Hell, and one of them said he would listen to what I had to say if I could find a verse that says God will save anyone. So I quoted Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” They stayed and listened to me and the Word of God. Every time they would ask a question God would work through me to say just what He wanted me to say. None of them got saved, but I was able to give them the whole plan of salvation and plant the seed of the Word of God.”


Matthew Bonifacius
Mount Pisgah Baptist Church
Oliver Springs, TN

 

Well, it started off when Brother Nate drops us off. And after 45 minutes of talking I came to two girls, and a husband and wife. I led them all to Christ and they got saved. And the wife told me she was glad I told her. And she told me that didn’t know if people cared because no one has ever asked her. And she was a big blessing and I remember how happy she was to know that someone cares.


Jessica Annunziata
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
Oliver Springs, TN

Today I had the privilege of seeing quite a few teenagers accept Christ. One in particular was just standing there with his bike, at the beach, I approached him and asked him about eternity, and he told me he wasn’t sure where he’d spend it. I gave him the Gospel, And he accepted Christ as his Savior. After, he thanked me for sharing the truth with him. I just thank the Lord for the opportunity to see teenagers come to know Him, because many of them are searching.


Michelle Flint
Faith Bible Baptist Church
Unionville, VA

Today the Lord was teaching me more to get out of my box of what I would say to people when sharing the gospel with people. I was praying that God would give me the words that people need to hear. Several times when I walked up to people today they would say, “Oh I know what you are going to ask me.” So I asked the Lord for a different question to ask them. I asked several times, do you know for sure that you have come to God the way that He say in the Bible that we should? A lot of times God used that question to really start them thinking. A lot of times they were willing to let me show them some verse out of the Bible. Other times I was asking God for an open door to talk with people and share the gospel with them. Very soon after I saw some people with dogs and talking about and petting their dogs which provided an open door to start conversations to share the gospel with them. God showed me again and again today that I Him in order to share the gospel and that He will answer and provide the open door that is needed for the particular person that I am talking to. My sufficiency in witnessing is only in Christ even moment by moment. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be with AFC sharing the gospel with people as a teammate with other Christians and most of all for God’s leading and direction.

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