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OAC evangelists are trained in open air work and creative outreach. Many can be seen on the street regularly leading their team to communicate the Good News. Innovative means include sketchboard illustration, drama, juggling,…

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OAC evangelists are trained in open air work and creative outreach. Many can be seen on the street regularly leading their team to communicate the Good News. Innovative means include sketchboard illustration, drama, juggling, puppetry, escapology and illusion.

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  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Jul 28th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Last Friday (July 24th 09) we went out into Market Street, Manchester for our regular weekly open-air. The weather forecast had not been promising but when we arrived the skies were overcast, but it was dry. The team were excited and raring to go. After praying I set up my board (very close to where the photo above was taken). During my first talk, as about 20 people listened the skies darkened and the ‘heavens opened’ just as I finished – everybody scattered for shelter but most team members did manage to get conversations whilst David and I removed the sketchboard and other equipment to a dry place. Once the rain stopped, we could not return to the tree that the board had been secured to because of the drips from the tree so we had to re-erect in the open with a human board holder. The next meeting was amazing in terms of the numbers in the crowd, unfortunately no one took a picture but there must have been around 70+ in the crowd. The third session had a smaller, but still substantial crowd of around 30. Still people say that proclamation of the gospel like this is not relevant today – no-one has told the Holy Spirit that!

    There were conversations with 24 people; here are some of them:
    a 15 year old girl listened to the first talk with her younger brother. Doreen managed to talk with her during the ‘rain break’. The girl said that her mother had told her to go to church to find forgiveness with God. Doreen pointed her to Jesus as it is in Him that there is forgiveness not church. We did point her to an evangelical church near her.
    A group of young African men listened enthusiastically to the second talk. One of them , L, was spoken to by Stephanie. He indicated he did not have a personal relationship with God – I was brought into the conversation when he revealed he lived in Gorton and I gave him details of our own church.
    David W spoke with Kevin, another of that group. He had not been to church in a long time. David explained the importance of a personal relationship.
    David also spoke with an Indian man whose English was very poor. We gave him two leaflets in Hindi; he immediately started reading one out loud, translating into English occasionally. He went away still avidly reading the leaflets so David and Carole approached him to ask if they could pray with/for him to which he responded positively and enthusiastically
    I was giving out newspapers nearby. Carole spoke to him during the rain – he liked the “good way of getting the message across” – he had been to church, had fallen out with his brother – when asked if he would like to know God personally he replied “if it was possible I would”

    God was at work.

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Aug 21st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Our open-air meeting today in Manchester was stopped by rain. However I did get one sketchboard message done beforehand and this was followed by a number of good conversations and one young woman asked Jesus into her life!

  • Two firm believers's Comment Two firm believers Posted On: Aug 26th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    The impossible can always be possible with the help of our Lord. You have the joy of sharing Him with others. He certainly blessed you in that!

  • Carole Atkinson's Comment Carole Atkinson Posted On: Sep 3rd, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    It’s good to discover the OACweblog…keep up the good work in sharing the gospel!

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Sep 16th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you Carole and two firm believers for your encouragement

  • R Fairbairn's Comment R Fairbairn Posted On: Oct 9th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Geoff

    Not sure if you will remember me. I did the OAC training at Birmingham while I was working with Belfast City Mission.

    I was introduced to the Sketchboard by Roger Gray who I still count as a close friend and a great encourager.

    I am still a regular user of ‘The Board’ in School and on the street.

    During August 09 I had the privilege of helping a team of young people in Kilknenny involved in Street Evangelism.

    May the Lord continue to bless you as you take the gospel into the open air.

    Robin

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Oct 19th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Robin – Yes I do remember you and have from time to time asked Roger about you. I also think Roy Graham in Rathriland borrowed a board off you for me to use when I was over with them a couple of years ago.
    Encouraging to hear that you are still using the board in your ministry – it is still, I believe, the most effective and versatile visual aid around.
    Our open-air ministry in Manchester has been going really well however I have to put it on hold for the moment due to health problems.

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Mar 24th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    We will be starting our open-airs in Manchester on Friday, March 26th, after a break caused by my health and then winter. The team are raring to go, but we could do with more on the team. Please pray for good weather, good crowds and good, positive conversations.

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Mar 29th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Open-air on Friday was a good start to the season. Rain curtailed the session but I was able to preach twice to about 40 people in total and there were good conversations with a number of people who took gospel literature, some received John’s gospels.

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Apr 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Preparing for open-air in Manchester at lunchtime (23/4/10). A lovely day here – great to proclaim the wonderful gospel to people who wouldn’t otherwise hear (Romans 10:14)

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Apr 24th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Weather deteriorated slightly – cloudy and cooler. We still had a great time. Not so many stopped as last week, but we did have reasonably good number and personal conversations with about 10 people.

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Oct 20th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Had a good open-air in Manchester last Friday (15/10/10) despite a rain interruption. Some good conversations and one woman who turned to Christ and has since been along to church accompanied by two of our team members.

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Mar 1st, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Restarting our open-airs in Manchester on Friday March 4th (12 noon to approx 1:30 in Market Street) God willing

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Mar 4th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Getting ready to go into Manchester for our first open-air of the year. Sky is grey, overcast, but it is dry. Praying that we will have many people stopping and good positive conversations … and conversions

  • Geoff Beckingham's Comment Geoff Beckingham Posted On: Mar 5th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    A really good open-air yesterday in Manchester. Encouraging to start the ‘season’ off. A good team of 10 including people who travelled in from Wallasey and Accrington.

    Maggie spoke with Michael after the first talk. He is Catholic but had no assurance of salvation. In due course, Maggie was able to lead him in a prayer of commitment to Christ. PTL.
    Maggie also had conversations with several others including Shawn, from a Seventh Day Adventist family. He had “never heard the gospel like that before” – he took a Turn to God Leaflet and was challenged. There was a man who was part of a street sales team, selling insurance, he had never heard the gospel before and was open but concerned his boss was watching so he had to get on with his job.

    Carole and Lydia spoke with Athena who was from a Greek Orthodox background. Her family were very religious but Athena said she knew something was missing and that she was a sinner and was afraid because of that. Lydia was able to share her testimony. Athena was shown the prayer of commitment in TTG – she said she wanted to say it but also wanted to think it through first. Carole has her e-mail address.

    Doreen spoke with Martin, a deaf man, knows Jesus as his Saviour, but was not settled in a church. Doreen encouraged him to get involved in a church. There was little sign of spiritual growth.
    Salman took a John’s gospel in Arabic. Two Chinese girls, students, Amy and Riana (adopted English names) were Buddhists but both took John’s gospel and promised to read them.

    David H had a long conversation with a Catholic man who said he had Catholicism drilled into him as a child – kept on that he did not see the gospel as relevant

    David W spoke to two students from Malaysia (Jonathan and Wayne) who were religious (Buddhists?). They listened to David tell them about Jesus and one said his brother was a Christian in Malaysia. Each took a TTG leaflet and encouraged to “speak to your brother”
    David also spoke with John, a Catholic and explained the gospel to him.
    David and Carole spoke with a mother and daughter who were from Inverness – mother is a Christian, but daughter is not.

    This is just a flavour of the conversations that took place and many pieces of literature were also distributed – pray that these will be read and lead to conversions.

  • Steven Montgomery's Comment Steven Montgomery Posted On: Apr 21st, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Mr Beckingham,

    Thank you for preaching this morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church, your message was simple and good, expressing the Word of God in an understandable way, so much so that a man was saved, to the Glory of God! We had been talking and working with him for a while, and knew he was nearly there, and today he left church a Saint not a sinner. Thank you, God bless.

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