This pic is of a small group of skaters that live in the Charlotte NC area. A good number of them gave their lives to Jesus that night.
How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching the Gospel of Christ to them?
I was invited to speak and skate at Teen Challenge in Portland last night.
I was blessed by these men who are continuing to seek the Lord and freedom from the bondage of sin. We all come to God the same way. “Through the Cross”.
John 8: 34-36
Pray for Teen Challenge Portland!
I got myself a last minute plane ticket to visit my family in Rolla, Missouri this past week for Easter.
I was also able to connect with a good friend who films and creates content for an Action Sports TV show called XLTV that is aired on TBN. We created a “folk like” set underneath my parents back deck at their house. This is the same small pad of concrete that I grew up skating on as a kid.
We filmed a “Trick Tip” piece as well as a “Day In The Life” bit as well. I will be giving updates soon as to when this will all be aired. Thanks for checking this out.
I hope everyone is having a great week. God is good
Right after my trip to AK, I was on a plane and heading to Detroit, MI.
This was for one of my favorite kind of outreaches for a basketball sports program called “Upward”. The idea is for a church to build community around kids playing in a league that is Christ centered with weekly biblical devotions and planned curriculum. At the end of the season is a celebration time to thank leaders, parents etc.
This is where I come in
Churches who participate in these events usually go all out and budget for an entertainer/guest speaker to close out their season and preach the Gospel.
Some churches are different and have certain expectations.
I was encouraged that the Pastor of this Presbyterian Church took me aside to ask me what was going to be shared in terms of the Gospel message. I think the Lord gave me favor with this man and he could tell that I wasn’t going to use sophistry or manipulation to get a response. I was there to simply share my story and how when I received Jesus, I passed from death unto life. With that being said, the Holy Spirit showed up big time and parents were weeping and responding to give their lives to Jesus as well as the kids. It was an amazing night of ministry at Knox Church to say the least
I also had a great time skateboarding too 😉
Thank you for your continued prayers.
This past week I was invited to Anchorage, AK for a slew of outreaches/skate demos. Pastor Howard and the MCA Student Ministry really went above and beyond making this trip a success.
Over the 3 days that I was there I had the priviledge to minister/skate 7 different times. We reached a very broad audience from regular church attendees,online viewers, schools, and people who had never received Jesus. I had such a blessed time. God is good!
The picture to the right is of me doing a triple kickflip while blindfolded.
And this picture is of the MCA Student Ministry.
Last Wednesday I was speaking at Grace Bible Church located outside Chicago. We had around 1,200 people in attendance. When I gave the invite for folks to receive and follow Jesus, we saw well over 100 hands being raised in a bold confession. I started feeling really sick too right before I got on stage to skate and preach. I knew God was going to do something awesome! Pray for those souls and for that church to love and follow up with our new brothers and sisters in Christ. The week before the same thing happened with a smaller gathering out in Forrest Grove at an A.G. Church. We had half the audience respond to the gospel! I believe this is a new season for Liz and I, and we are stoked on all that God is leading us to do as a couple and individually. Thanks for praying with us. Please pray for my entire month as well, I will be speaking and skating at a different church/conference almost each week.
Thank you again friends
God is good!
Last night I was invited to skate and speak at an awesome church in Forrest Grove, OR. I felt the presence of the Lord in such a unique way as I was sharing the love of Jesus. When I gave the invitation for people to receive Christ, I had no idea how many responded. I kept blurring my eyes and at certain moments I just kept them closed. It was a true move of the Holy Spirit. The Pastor told me that about 30+ people raised their hands to surrender to God and receive Jesus. Please pray for these new brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Thank you friends
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17
Here is a pic of some of my closest friends and personal heros of the Gospel.
From left to right:
Alpha Hayward – this is a Pastor on mission in one of the toughest areas in our city. Much love and respect for this dear brother as his church continues to shine the light of Jesus.
Next we have BMX legend, Vic Murphy. This guy travels the world and preaches the Gospel to 100’s of thousands of people. He and his wife run a ministry called ASO or Action Sports Outreach. He also invented “step off tailwhips” and the “tapletop” on a BMX bike sometime in the 80’s 😉
Next is one of my heros and pioneers in skate ministry.
If you have ever heard about or seen a “skatechurch” in your town or city. Chances are they got their model of ministry from Paul Anderson. While being a sponsored skater in the mid 80’s and attending bible college in Portland, OR, this guy had a vision for building and setting up ramps in a parking lot and teaching the bible to fellow skaters. In 1987 the first skatechurch was est. right here in Portland, OR. The same model that these young guys created then, is being used all over the globe today.
Please pray for these guys as they continue to preach the Gospel and engage our culture.
I am truly thankful for my friends at Untitled Skateboards for keeping me well supplied with a product that reps the light of Christ in this dark world.
Go check out and support the ministry at www.untitledskate.com.
Pick up a couple of our boards and give them away to skaters in your community
Thanks for you prayers
1 John 2:17