Saturday, July 17, 2010

Raven Internationa Training Center - Canada

I had a great couple of days up in Ontario Canada with Ed & Wanda Baker. They are the directors of Raven Ministries Canada and some very passionate people for Jesus!
We are excited about the starting of the Raven International Training Center - Canada that will be operating in the facility pictured. (That is Ed & Wanda in the photo with me)
The facility is right at 10,000 total sq ft (with basement) and will serve as a training and mentoring location where we can bring in those desiring to be equipped to fulfill the Great Commission! There is some work that needs to be done to the building to get it ready - but we are confident that the same Lord that provided the building will also be able to provide the labor and resources to get it ready for use and occupation.

The building is located in Lindsay, Ontario Canada. Lindsay is a town with a "bad reputation" for drugs, teenage pregnancy and other related problems--- which is exactly the type of place that we like to be!
Here is a picture of the main drag of Linday The area is very pictureesque and just north of Toronto and several other communities that are primed for outreach and evangelsim.
Toronto itself is about an hour away and provides a host of ministry opportunities to both train ministers and to reaching out to this cosmopolitian city represented by multiple cultures, languages, and religions. The Greater Toronto Metro Area is the home to nearly 6,000,000 people.
There is a large homeless and homosexual community in the City and drug use, gangs and other violence is prevailent in many of the inner-city areas of this beautiful gateway city perched on the banks of Lake Ontario.
On our night of ministry in the city, we encountered several people whose lives had suffered the effects of satan's treachery including, "JoAnne" - a transvestite working as a prostitute on Younge Street in innercity Toronto. We were able to minister to this young man and buy him something to eat before praying for him and giving Him the TRUTH.

The training center will also be withing close proximity to Niagra Falls, Canada. This is not only one of the most beautiful places you will ever see, but also a magnet for people from all over the world who need to hear about JESUS.
Please continue to pray for Ed & Wanda and all those involved in thhe Raven International Training Center - Canada > and please consider being a financial sponsor for this international evangelistic work. You can send your missions offering to:

Raven Ministries International
PO Box 2102
Kenner, LA 70063

Or use the PayPal link on the website to give securely online.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

Raven Street Church - Bourbon St 7/7-7/8, 2010


Last night as we were witnessing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, I was approached by a young man and young woman who were obviously gunning for an argument. They had stopped as Pastor Jamie proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the French Quarter crowds.

"So, what do you think about Jews?" asked the young lady. "I am a Jew and we killed Jesus didn't we? Don't you hate us for that?"

About that time, Travis (who was the attacker from the night before), came up behind me and grabbed my shoulder. He looked in my eyes and said, "Man I want to apologoze to you again. Please forgive me. I am so sorry for what I did and am humiliated at my actions towards you and your friend."

I stopped him and said, "Travis, do not even think about it again. You are forgiven and we hold not aught towards you at all." You could see the relief in his eyes once again and his squeezed my hand tightly.

After he walked off, the young man and young woman said, "What was that all about?" I responded, "Oh, that was Travis. He kicked me in the groin and punched my friend in the cface last night while we were witnessing about Jesus."

Stunned they said, "And YOU forgave him!" I said, "Absolutely! As a follower of Jesus, we are required to follow and live by His example. All of our sins beat and crucified Him and He said, 'Father forgive them...".

This opened up a 1/2 conversatio wherein I was able to answer their questions and expose them to the message of the Messiah that they have both spiritually and culturally rejected. The young man admitted to being a homosexual (expecting me to bristle), and I was able to share with him God's miraculous power to deliver ANYONE from ANYTHING.

At the end of the conversation the young woman said, "My experience with Christians from where I am from has always been very bad. You have got to be the nicest person that I have ever met."

WOW - - that is certainly not soemthing that I hear everyday - - but praise God that we past the test and even in the midst of persecution and opposition we were able to demonstrate the Character of JESUS to both Travis and these young people.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Attacked on Bourbon Street!

Last night while we were ministering the Gospel on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Pastor Jamie Sanders was approached by a man and a woman who passed by as he open-air preached in the midst of several XXX night clubs.

"I have a question for you!" said Travis, as his female companion attempted to drag away the obviously intoxicated man. Then pulling out his St. Christopher medalion from beneath his shirt he said, "Does this make me any less f a Christian than you are?" -- seemingly thinking that his life-long devotion to the Catholic religion provided him a free pass into heaven.

Pastor Jamie attemted to "cut to the chase" and avoid a Catholic/Protestant debate went straight to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the message of living in righteousness. The man (Travis) persisted and continue to tug at the gold tone medalion previuously hidden from site beneath his yellow t-shirt. "DOES THIS MEAN I AM LESS OF A CHRISTIAN?"

He then began to ask, "What religion are you?" - - obviously trying to conjur up a debate about the origins of the Christian faith.

As they continued in their exchange, I pulled the female companion from the conversation and began questioning her about her relationship with Jesus. She too immediately went for her Catholic "trup card" to justify the lifestyle that they were obviously living (sinful). I soon found out that her knowledge of Jesus was limited to the regurgitaion of a few well-worn phrases and her knowldedge of the Word of God was virtually zero (she did not know one passage from it!)

While we spoke, her male companion left his conversation with Pastor Jamie and soon tried to interrupt my conversation with the woman. When the conversation returned to his false faith in the Catholic religion, things took a turn! Quoting from 1 John 1:6 and saying, "If you say that you have fellowship with Him [Jesus] yet continue to walk in darkness - - then you are a liar."

Upon hearing that statement, Travis screamed out and through a kick to my groin area. Supernaturally, the blow had no effect at all! This only infuriated the man more and he attempted to "get at me" and try again.

Pastor Jamie immediately stepped in the way to keep the man from physically attacking any further and was the recipient of a wild punch to the jaw! Our team (Pastor Jamie, Nathan, Jonanthan and myself) remained calm and merely stood our ground for the Gospel without making any retaliatory or agressive moves towards the man.

In a few minutes the police were there and questioning the man, us and the bouncers closest to the altercation. The man and the bouncers both told lies as to the exchanged -- but a man came down from a balcony and told the police the true story! He said to Pastor Jamie, "Man you turned the other cheek..," and was amazed at how our team responded to the violent act.

The police cuffed the man and were going to book him on two counts of assault - - then he asked to speak to me. The officer asked if I wanted to say anything to him. . . of course I did.

I was able to share the Gospel with the man and show him how his actions proved what we were telling him about his so-called relationship with Jesus. He apologized and said that he knew that his actions were both stupid and wrong for anyone claiming to be a Christian. I assured him that we were not angry with him at any time, but that sin would destroy him life.

The officer then said to the man, "Your situation is in these guys hands" and I looked at the officer and said, "Let him go." The man shook my hand and continued to apologize and said, "You may not believe me, but I will never forget what you just did for me."

Please pray for this man - that the Holy Spirit will continue to take him to this moment and show him that he stands between MERCY and JUDGMENT and that he must truly surrender his heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ!

...and thank the Lord for Pastor Jamie who "took one for the team!" PTL

Pastor Troy D. Bohn - - taking the LIGHT of God's Word into the DARKEST of places

Attack leads to OUTPOURING on Bourbon Street!

Earlier we posted the report from the streets of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street concerning being attacked while preaching the Gospel - - but the real story is what happened afterwards as Jesus showed up and showed out!

Following the physical attack upon our team and the subsequent opportunity to minister to the assailant, the Spirit of God began to fall there on the streets of the French Quarter. Here are just a few of the ensuing opportunities we had to see the Holy Spirit speak into the lives of several hurting people.

“Mina” was a shop keeper standing outside of her souvenir store last night. As she stepped out to smoke a cigarette, the Holy Spirit began to impress upon me to go and speak to her. As I stood there praying about what I should say to her she suddenly went back into her shop.

I knew that I had to go over to the front because she would eventually step back outside. No sooner that I stepped in front of the door - - she stepped out. I said to her, “Can I read something to you?” She said, “Sure.”

I turned to the Gospel of Matthew and read…

“He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. And his name will be the hope of all the world."

Her eyes welled with tears as I spoke what the Holy Spirit wanted to say to her concerning her life and her past and that JESUS was the only way that she could be healed and delivered. I asked her if I could then pray with her and she quickly accepted. At the end of the prayer she let out a deep sigh and said, “YES, that is it.” Please keep her in your prayers - - maybe we will see her again as we minister there on the streets.

A few minutes later (as I was still rejoicing over Mina) a man and woman entered a store directly across from where I had just ministered to Mina. The Spirit directed me to Psalm 103

I turned there and as I did the woman walked out and was just hanging up her cell phone following a call. I walked up to here and said, “Excuse me. Can I read something to you?” She said, “Sure” as I held out my Bible to the Book of Psalm

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;”

I then said, “We serve a God that still heals. . . even those things that seem impossible.” As soon as I said that she turned and looked at me and said, “You know?” She went on to tell me that she had just received a call from her daughter in Hawaii telling her that her granddaughter was on her death bed - - dying from cancer and that the doctors had said there was no hope.

We laid hands on her and prayed that her granddaughter would be healed in Jesus’ name! I gave her my card and told he to call me with the GOD report!

“Keith” was working at the door of an adjacent night club as I prayed and upon walking away, he called me over. “I have a question for you.” “Sure, what is it?” He went on to tell me that he was once a strong Christian, but fell away after his mother died of cancer.

He asked, “Do you think it is wrong for me to work in a place like this even though I am not here to drink or party?” I turned to the Word of God and read to him:

2 Peter 2:8 “Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.”

I told him, “You cannot be here day after day and not become affected and in-fected by what is going on.”

He listened to several other scriptures I shared and said that his boss was coming and that he had to get back to work (these club owners are funny about having their employees talk to us – go figure!). I gave him my card and told him to call me and that we’d have coffee soon.

Before we parted I asked him, “So, your mom was a devoted follower of Jesus?” He said, “Absolutely.” I told him, “If you ever want to see her, you need to get your life right with Jesus.”

With everything happening in the Gulf Coast right now, we believe that it is a PRIME TIME to take the Word of God into the Harvest Fields of the New Orleans area and beyond!


Pastor Troy D. Bohn
Raven Ministries International
New Orleans, LA

Saturday, July 03, 2010