June 1999 Newsletter
INTERESTING EXHORTATION INDEED
I recently heard a dear friend preach from this text. He is both
a pastor and a street preacher. He made the unusual application here of this text
pertaining to the Lord building up the street ministry in the last days instead of actual
road construction. He made the observance that I have made many times that just a few
years ago there were very few of our crew doing much publick ministry and hardly any full
time street preachers. Today we can boast of several hundred in attendance at the national
conventions and many scores of churches that we often pray for from coast to coast and
border to border. I would not make this exposition a part of my foundational theology but
it was quite a timely observance. We publick ministers are enjoying a mighty swelling in
PREACHING POLICE POSE POLICE PROBLEM
We were in the middle of a street meeting in the middle of
Chicago. We had about sixteen publick ministers involved with signs, banners, tracts,
Bibles, music and, of course, preaching. It was going great even in the midst of the huge
celebration, or should I say, confusion of the Puerto Rican independence day. One of the
men who preached for the first time that day was Freddie. He was the former head of a
Puerto Rican gang in that same neighborhood. He was saved a year ago and is now ganging up
for the Lord and for righteousness. Suddenly the lights from a police car distracted us.
Though we never have any trouble from the police in a mega-city we were now involved in a
metro-police-encounter. One of the pastors and myself talked to the female officer but she
was unreasonable, as most female cops usually are. So I played my trump card. We had two
Chicago policeman with us on the street meeting. They had preached for the very first time
just a few days prior. One of them walked up to the policewoman and called her by her
first name and tried to reason with her but by now she felt scorned and became even more
unreasonable. Our preaching policeman requested that she call the supervisor and that took
care of the problem. So from now on the SWAT team is considering putting our own cop on
full time. Eccl. 10:4 reigns again.
ON THE STREET
We had a record breaking month as far as putting new folk and
churches out on the street. The best count I have is 3 brand new churches, 33 brand new
soldiers and 11 first time publick preachers. All of these showed credible evidence that
they fully intended to carry on this ministry after we leave. "...this my joy
therefore is fulfilled". Jn. 3:29b. We were back on Beale street in Memphis, TN for
two more nights of ministering to the revelers. We took pastor Jerry Hickson and some of
his men who had never been on Beale St. before and their heart of ministry was fulfilled.
The streets of Des Moines, IA rang strong with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. A man
approached me and asked me if I had preached in St. Louise just a month before. I said
"yes" that I had and he said that he was there and recognized my voice here in
Des Moines. The heathen take note even if the brethren forget you. He chose to remain a
heathen though. We had several street meetings in Chicago, IL and all of them were rated
10 on a scale of 1-10. One of our preachers led two souls to the Lord during one of our
street meetings. We had kids with signs and tracts, ladies with signs and tracts and men
(real men) with banners, signs, tracts and powerful preaching. Finally we joined a veteran
street preaching platoon from upper MI for a street meeting in West Branch, MI. The city
manager, accompanied by a local policeman, came up and reminded us of the rules and then
drove off leaving us to our liberty and victory.
IN THE CHURCHES
"...the street shall be built
again..." Daniel 9:25
We were honored to minister in the following churches this past month: Spring City
Baptist, pastor Brent Logan, Cleveland, VA, Cornerstone Baptist, pastor Ron Ralph,
Riddleton, TN, Grace Baptist, pastor Jerry Hickson, Halls, TN, Aurora Ave. Bible Church,
pastor Arthur Arnett, Des Moines, IA, Tipton Bible Church, pastor Richard Smith, Tipton,
IA, Tabernacle Baptist, pastor Royce Phillips, Coralville, IA, Leavitt St. Bible Church,
pastor Rick Olivera, Chicago, IL, New Hope Missionary Baptist, pastor Larry Johnson,
Summit, IL, Bible Baptist, pastor Lore Bacerra, Chicago, IL, Victory Baptist, pastor Mike
French, Chicago, IL, First Baptist, pastor Dennis Hicks, Shererville, IN and Bible
Baptist, pastor Paul Heaton, Lupton, MI.
VICTORIOUS TESTIMONIAL LETTER
Dear Bro. Sutek,
Prior to January of 1998, our church went street preaching once a
month. About that time, I felt God leading us to start preaching at an adult book and
video store. Bro. Sutek did a revival for us and gave us pointers and encouragement for
preaching at Boulevard Video.
We started preaching there weekly. A man and his family started coming
to church after seeing us preach there. The mans father and mother also started
coming street preaching with us. While we were preaching one night, the father was
assaulted; they had the guy arrested.
The bookstore tried to discourage us by putting up a sprinkler on their
fence and throwing flour on us. They also tried to arrest me, but it did not work.
The bookstore employees came out and offered us cokes and water and
also a donation. We refused it all politely.
A few weeks later, Claude, the co-owner came out and I dealt with him
for 15-20 minutes and also dealt with the three other employees. Time went on and they
continued to harass us. One day, Claude showed up at the church. He was shaking very
badly. My son and I prayed with him. Claude said he was too far gone for God to save. He
said he was getting out of the business in January 1999.
We continued to see Claude off and on until February 1999. We did not
see him after that. In May, I prayed that God would give us a victory. Everyone that went
preaching was getting discouraged, but we would continue to go.
On June 9th, Claude walked into the church after the
singing, looking too ashamed to stay for the service. I recognized him immediately and put
my arm around him to welcome him to stay. The message was 100% for him. It hit home hard.
At the end of the service we talked. He explained hed been saved recently.
It was the result of preaching and witnessing in front of the bookstore. Claude said
the first time Id talked to him, it scared him to death. He asked me if Id
ever preached on Grand Street. I told him yes and asked him why. He said he had owned that
bookstore also and closed it down. He remembered me street preaching there in front of
another bookstore. He had originally owned three and has now gotten completely out of them
Little did I know that I would see the results of my street preaching
from four years ago in front of another bookstore. God was good to let His laborers know
that it does have an effect. We might not see the results right away, but God always knows
what is going on.
No one except God knows what a victory it was to see our Bro. Claude
walk into church and worship God with us. Before, he was calling the police on us. When
the people at church realized who he was, everyone started shouting and giving God the
Please pray that we will see complete removal of all the dirty
bookstores in our city. We are not able to close them but our God is able. AMEN.
Your Brother and Friend
Larry Hickam, Pastor
Charity Baptist Tabernacle
We continue to have need of nothing but your prayer...
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