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"Group Took Campus By Storm" Newspaper Said
Apr 1, 2006
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Brother Jeff preaching against sin to students who sat in the grass to listen
Brother Jesse lecturing on absolute truth vs relative truth with students in the speakers circle
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSE, NASHVILLE
Brother Miles ministering on a U.T.N. after we overcame obsticals with the police and administration
Brother Jesse eventually had a completely calm crowd as he shared his testimony of drugs, violence, etc
GEORGIA TECH, ATLANTA
Brother John Duncan, gospeljohn.com, gathers a crowd using presuppositional apologetics
Brother Miles discussing and debating different world-views with the students as they sit down to stay awhile
KENNESAW STATE, GEORGIA
Brother Jeff preaches during a very slow day
The administration also granted the free-speech area to a secular group druing the same time we had it. They ended up turning up their music when we started preaching and was unable to get any crowds more then 2-3 people.
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ATHENS
Brother John Duncan starting off the open air meeting
Brother Jesse takes over as the crowd stays to listen
PHOTO GALLERYComplete photo albums are available:Georgia Tech:University of Memphis:University of Tennessee:University of Georgia:Kennesaw State University: MINISTRY BREAKDOWNSince the last report the open air team has ministered:- In 2 States- On 5 Universities- 2 times in a club/bar district- 1 time in a downtown of a city
Letters from St. Lewis
Brother Miles is starting an e-newsletter for himself, as he will start traveling with another Christian to preach on campuses. The Open Air Outreach preachers will continue to multiply. If you would like to start recieving what I call "Letters from St. Lewis" you can email him at: Miles@OpenAirOutreach.com
ONLINE MESSAGE BOARDThe online message board continues to grow and continues to be edifying.Total Topics: 599Total Posts: 3,509
Total Members: 129The majority of the topics are theological and doctrinal. Because theology and doctrines dictates how we live and directly affect the way we preach, this section of the site can easily be argued as the most important section of the message board."Unity wherever possible, but truth at any cost!" Martin Luther.Our newest member recently posted:"To All,
Thank you for your many posts on this thread. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. They have challenged me to become more vigilant in resisting the tempatation to sin, and have heightened my understanding of how much God hates sin. For this I am grateful.
Rich"The message board is open to anyone - everyone is welcome! You can freely register and jump right in with the intriguing discussions.For free access to the boards just click this link: http://www.openairoutreach.proboards52.com/index.cgi
CAMPUS PAPER:The Meter of University of Tennesse NashvilleTraveling ministry visits campus, students discuss
by Elbert Jaquess
March 29, 2006
In today's society where "getting crunk" or being extra enthusiastic appears to be the right thing to do, last week some TSU students found themselves on the receiving end of such an act.
Through biblical methods of evangelism, members of the Open Air Outreach group took TSU's campus by storm, on Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24.
But why have such an abrupt, unannounced entrance unto the campus?
"We are kind of an alarm clock," said Jesse Morrell, a member of Open Air Outreach. "We tell people it's time to wake up and get out of the comfortable bed of sin and go shower in the cold shower of repentance.
"Some people want to hit the snooze. Some want to throw the alarm clock out the window, but some wake up."
Morrell said Open Air Outreach is a New England area outreach ministry whose main focus is reaching college students through open-air preaching on college campuses. He said they want to reach the lost with the gospel of Christ Jesus through open-air preaching on streets and college campuses and to train other Christians to do the same.
The general consensus of the spectators seemed to be OK with Open Air's message, but some students weren't completely sold on it.
"Half of what [Morrell] says is true, but the way he's coming at us isn't the right way." said Amber Hunter, a junior English and literature communications major from Moreno Valley, Calif. "The way he speaks of sinning and repenting multiple times and that you're still going to Hell is wrong. [Morrell] also doesn't explain all sin. He just focuses on premarital sex, drinking and drugs without speaking on gluttony and lust, and when asked he has no response."
Charles Rushing II, a sophomore English and literature major with a minor in philosophy from Baltimore, shared Hunter's sentiments.
"He has a good message," Rushing said. "But he hasn't researched and the way he's delivering it may scare away people who really, really want to be saved which is a very bad thing."
But if nothing else, the presence of Open Air prompted discussions, according to member Miles Lewis.
"The students have good serious questions and they are really listening," Lewis said.
QUOTES FROM STUDENTSUNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, TN
"What you are doing is the right thing. Don't ever doubt that."Mark, a Christian Student
I was walking across campus yesterday and heard your preaching from across the way. I totally disagreed with what you were saying, but had to get to class and was not able to participate in the discussion. Then today I was between classes yet again and heard you. I came over prepared to argue. It was then that I was touched.
I listened to you for a minute or so then proceeded to talk to the gentleman in the brown coat that was doing all the picture taking. I had planned my strategies carefully and was ready to debate. I found it very easy to talk to him. He was very gentle and calm in his responces to my questions instead of your typical in your face answering. And what really hit was how he admitted that it WAS difficult to overcome the sin (in subject)... he kept it real.
Though I did not agree with things you preached, I am not writing this to argue about what is right/wrong but to tell inform you on what I thought. I believe in God, but am far from where I should be in my relationship with him. My opinion about the three of you (being that of your typical bible pusher/holier than thow) changed when I watched the ugly, hateful mob try to tear your words, signs, ideals to pieces. I am so imbarressed that my University... that anyone would act in such a manor. But when the three of you stood there,on your own accord, and took all that abuse without lashing back, that earned mad respect in my book. And the fact that you are so pationate in what you believe that you set out to spread the word WOW.
As I left, after talking to the gentleman in the brown coat, there was the abuntant amount of joy and saddness that fell upon me at the same time. I belive that was God saying 'Hey, I'm here.' It just so happened I was questioning him just this weekend. Point being, I admire what you are doing, and wanted to let you know that you did in fact make a difference in someone's life, me. Thank you.
-Alex "UNIVERSITY OF TENNESEE, NASHVILLE"Glad somebody is doing it." Random Student
"You are very brave for doing what ya'll are doing." Random Student
"I saw you guys yesturday and I said it was hate. But I actually listened today and you guys are just preaching the Word. So I just wanted to say I'm sorry." Courtney
"Ya'll just keep it up." Random StudentGEORGIA TECH, GEORGIA"I know my world-view doesn't make any sense!!" A Confused Student(we really got somewhere with him! Pray for him)KENNESAW STATE, GEORGIA"You are going to hell because you are not a Christian" said the adulterous "Christian" to Brother Jesse right before his girlfriend gave the whole team the middle finger.
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