Here is the email that I sent out to our prayer team and I wanted to share it. It is amazing what God did this year through Judgement House.
Well this is the last email for the 30 days of prayer for Judgement House 2009. First of all, let me say thank you for praying for JH this year. Prayer is so important to this ministry and I appreciate so much your time spent praying for us.
Sunday was a fantastic day all around. The weather was perfect. We saw God work in amazing ways in the hearts of the people going through. We saw over 700 walk-ins and over 800 reservations. After counting the cards turned in by our encouragers we finished the night with 407 salvations! What a night! In the eight days of Judgement House we saw 6998 people which is only 200 less than last year even though we didn’t do it on Saturday! That is just flat out amazing. For the eight days we saw over 2700 walkins and that is also a record. But here is the greatest news–we have had a total of 1659 salvations over the production. That is unbelievable! God is so good and all the glory goes to Him. The most salvations we ever recorded was 1197 two years ago when we did “59 Minutes”. If you do the numbers that means almost 1 out of 4 people who came through made a decision for Christ. We also recorded over 400 rededications and many more for prayer.
To those of you who helped in any way with JH this year, Debbie and I want to say a heartfelt “thank you.” It takes so many people to pull it off and you guys rose to the occasion. I was amazed by your willingness to do anything to help with the production.
To all the directors and group leaders, once again great job and thank you for taking on the responsibility of making things happen in your area. Many people helped with JH for the first time this year and I got great comments about how much they loved being a part of the group and how they felt connected to NewSpring Church.
I would like to say a special “thank you” to the people who showed up to tear down the set today. You guys will never know what a special blessing that was to us. Tear down is not fun or easy but it needs to be done. Even though your numbers were few, you worked super hard and we appreciate it so much.
Don’t forget “First Wednesday” is this week at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. We will have a wonderful time as we celebrate all the good things God has done here at NewSpring Church!
I just want to say “thanks” to all the special people who have come out to help with the set up of Judgement House. These people have taken off work to come and help us make JH possible so thousands can come through and hear the Gospel. These people are special to Debbie & me becasue they always seem to come at the right time. We are getting older and just can’t do the things we used to do years ago. So to those ofyou who have come and helped and made me laugh I want to say thanks! It reminds me of several stories in the Bible where God used a few people to do great things for the kingdom. As I write this Friday evening, my prayer is that God will super-bless your life for making the extra effort to help with this production. By the way, if you would like to help with set-up, we will be at church tomorrow morning around 10 a.m.
If you haven’t signed up yet for the daily emails for Judgement House you can still get involved by sending an email to my wife Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you on the the list to get up-to-date prayer requests and needs for Judgement House 2009.
This weekend at NewSpring is the Judgement House Volunteer Kick-Off. Meetings will be held in the auditorium after the Saturday service and after the Sunday 11 a.m. service. This will be your chance to find out what Judgement House is and how you can have a part in the outreach. If you can’t make it to one of the meetings, you can sign up online at www.newspring.org/judgementhouse. The script for this year is brand new: “Words, A Prescription For Tragedy.” Our first performance will be October 21, so get ready for an awesome adventure as you partner with us to reach out to the community around us.
Today is the first day of spring and also the first day for JH training season. Right now Debbie and I are in Shawnee, KS holding a JH training with the First Baptist Church. It is always exciting to see other churches come on board the JH bus and reach out to the community with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ. If you are reading this, one thing you can do is to pray for these new churches as they share the vision with their church body and they work on all the details of putting on this production. Also start praying for us at NewSpring Church as we start working on a script for this year’s production in Wichita. Over 3 million people have seen a Judgement House production with over 225,000 accepting Christ as their Savior. You can read more about Judgement House at www.judgementhouse.org.
Well, it’s 11:59 p.m. The final 2 groups are finishing up their tours for the evening. Once again it has been an awesome night. It is so amazing to see how God is working and who He brings to see Judgement House. Tonight we had a youth group from Iola, KS come through JH for the first time. We also had a group of about 60 from Salina/McPherson. This group comes every year and they use it as one of their youth outreaches help introduce their friends to Christ. We had a large group of WSU foreign exchange students as well.
Our salvation total for this evening is 103!
Please remember that Praise & Worship begins at 2 p.m. tomorrow. You will hear from Wallace, the JH Brazilian missionary. Mark will also finish up the Running series with a message called “Running Ahead of God.” You don’t want to miss it.
Don’t forget that you can pick up an “Unexpected” T-shirt at registration. The orders are in and we have a few extras as well (sizes L-3X). Those delicious cookies are still in high demand and we can use some more if you would like to donate some tomorrow or Sunday.
Can’t wait to get it going again tomorrow!
Wow! What a fast start to our final Judgement House weekend. We had full tour groups from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We were able to see about 200 walk-ins along with those who had reservations. The really exciting news is that 64 people began a relationship with Christ tonight. About 20 of those came from the final 2 tour groups–made up totally of walk-ins. That brings our running total to 430!
Jason and Wallace made it to Wichita safely and are settled into their hotel. It will be fun to have them be with us the next 4 days.
Please remember that P&W is at 5 p.m. tomorrow.