Overview of Jesus Booth Ministries in Africa

On March 17, 2010, in Jesus Booth, Newsletters, by sonserver

During the summer of 2003, I met Steve Hollingsworth, president of His Healing Helping Hands, International Ministries (4 H. I. M.). It was through 4 H. I. M. that Jesus Booth Ministries, Inc. (JBM) was able to expand to several cities. From JBM’s inception, God was good to lead us to people with existing ministries […]

During the summer of 2003, I met Steve Hollingsworth, president of His Healing Helping Hands, International Ministries (4 H. I. M.). It was through 4 H. I. M. that Jesus Booth Ministries, Inc. (JBM) was able to expand to several cities. From JBM’s inception, God was good to lead us to people with existing ministries with which we could network. Each time we took the Jesus Booth to a new place, we were able to leave the booth with local pastors and church members to use as an outreach tool in their own towns. As a ministry, we were blessed and assured that we were working within God’s plan by the positive response we received from the people we met. However, in May 2007, JBM joined a 4 H. I. M. team to Sierra Leone, West Africa, and we were overwhelmed by God’s greatness in a way we had never understood or experienced.

As we arrived in Freetown, I was introduced to M. S., a local pastor. Immediately, I recognized M. S. as a dynamic leader who would become a key player in helping our mission team during our stay. In getting to know him, I learned that M. S. had been the janitor and caretaker at Wellington Orphanage, a home and school for over sixty children left orphaned by Sierra Leone’s civil war.

While serving at Wellington, M. S. also helped at his church and took theology classes in his spare time. His sweet spirit, quiet yet resolute nature, and servant’s heart made him the perfect person to head up JBM in Sierra Leone. The Jesus Booth, in its simplicity, was the perfect tool for a man with limited resources in a country torn apart by war. In providing M. S. and other church members with a booth, we took ourselves, our agendas, and our expectations out of the equation and allowed God to work.

While our team conducted a free medical clinic at a local church, we instructed M. S. and other local pastors, on how to build, set up, and run the Jesus Booth for the first time. During the two-day clinic, over 300 people came to Christ. In the history of our ministry we had never seen anything comparable. Content in our station to plant and water God’s seeds, we were experiencing a harvest of epic and unexpected proportions. Like never before, we were overwhelmed by God’s ability to change lives when we are willing to simply show up. God’s sufficient grace allowed the Jesus Booth to transcend doctrine, race and culture.

Any resistance or confusion we had encountered in the United States, whether it come from passionate Atheists looking for an argument or overzealous Christians who distorted the message of Christ, seemed to virtually fall away. Jesus’ words from Matthew took on new meaning as we, the few workers, began to witness a plentiful harvest. Up to this point, it was as if God had hidden his plan behind a cloak, lifting it ever so slightly to show us a tiny corner of the landscape of his love. As we accepted the challenge of overseas missions, God pulled back the cloak to reveal a panorama of fertile soil.

It was during that trip to Sierra Leone that I began to understand another part of God’s plan for our lives. Sierra Leone is the poorest country in the world. Destroyed by civil war, the people of Sierra Leone are literally sifting through ashes to rebuild their lives. Much of what spurs them on to work toward something better is the hope found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Spiritually, many of the people we met were what could only be described as joyful. They were quick to rely on God as their hope and salvation and his promises for the future.

What struck me as so powerful was seeing how the message of Christ offered by the men and women standing in the Jesus Booth, became complete or perfect when partnered with the work our 4 H. I. M. team was doing at the same time. In Matthew 25, Jesus says, “35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” When his followers asked him when this had happened, he replied, “45I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Jesus calls us to preach the gospel and to take care of not only the lost, but also a deeply needy and hurting world. I believe God blessed our efforts because we recognized both the spiritual and physical needs of his people.

Shortly after this first trip out with the Jesus Booth, we got word through email from one of the pastors of a truly miraculous event, reminiscent of what was common during the time Christ walked the earth. An illiterate widow who had worked in the Jesus Booth with M. S. in Freetown traveled to a remote village known as Rookbob to attend a funeral.

Before she left to come home, she heard that another man in the village had fallen in the fields while he worked. As the crowds gathered to see the man, the Muslim imams announced that the man was dead. After a medical official was consulted, they began to prepare the burial rites, wrapping him in linens and praying prayers for the dead. As difficult as it is to believe rationally, firsthand witnesses agree and continue to affirm that the man was unequivocally dead. Emboldened by the work she had been doing, the widow asked if she could say a prayer to Jesus Christ for the man. At first, the imams told her no and continued with their rituals. Persistently, she asked again and they acquiesced. After saying a simple prayer, the man sneezed three times and sat up.

Because of this woman’s faith, a man was raised from the dead. Soon after M.S. brought the Jesus Booth to the village and 166 Muslim people from the village of Rookbob became Christians on that day. Since then, the village, which had had no Christians before this woman prayed her prayer, has converted their mosque into a church.

For the people of Sierra Leone, the Jesus Booth has become much more than an outreach tool. M. S., who is now the pastor of an amputee camp and a missionary through Jesus Booth Ministries, is leading the call to care for his community with the love of Christ. He is building Jesus Booth’s and training others on how to use the Jesus Booth’s. Hundreds of people have come to experience hope and healing spiritually, and with the help of 4 H. I. M., many of them are recovering physically and financially through prosthetic limb and micro-loan programs.

Suddenly we find our ministry in an unexpected and exciting new place. As we prayerfully consider the near future, we are consumed with questions about where God will take us next. Aside from the work we will continue to do in the United States, we are already planning trips to Sierra Leone, Togo, and possibly India in 2009.

The success we have experienced with M. S. is awe-inspiring. Our hope is that God will multiply his ministry and allow him to find faithful, motivated helpers to come along side him and continue the tremendous work God has begun. With M. S. as a model, we are praying that God will direct us to similar men and women in other nations around the world who can serve as in-country missionaries on behalf of JBM. We praise God for His continual blessings, and ask that you join us in prayer for his guidance and direction in making this possible.

So often, our vision is limited. Even with clear purpose and the purest intentions, our best plan is mediocre when compared with the perfect plan of God. In reference to hardship, I have heard people say that God will only give us what we can handle. Likewise, sometimes God gives us one piece of the puzzle at a time so as not to overwhelm us, like Moses, with the glory of his face. My prayer for JBM, for the people who benefit from the ministry, and for anyone who reads this is that we are all overwhelmed by the bright power of God’s gaze and that our lives are a reflection of his marvelous light.

For more information about Jesus Booth Ministries or 4 H. I. M., visit www.jesusbooth.com or www.4-him.net.

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New Jesus Booth, July 2009

On July 15, 2009, in Jesus Booth, by sonserver

Hi guys. I just wanted to let you know that we have started up a Jesus Booth in our area. We display the charter as well. One of the things we have a vision for is to provide informational tracts (as well as straight out Gospel tracts). We just finished our first tract and I […]

Hi guys. I just wanted to let you know that we have started up a Jesus Booth in our area. We display the charter as well. One of the things we have a vision for is to provide informational tracts (as well as straight out Gospel tracts). We just finished our first tract and I wanted you to see it.

After engaging the culture we see a great need for good info to be made available to those who really want it. We will be making other tracts on How We Got the Bible, Church History, All Roads do NOT Lead to God, Homosexuality (a loving, Biblical response), and others. Charlie Campbell’s ministry has much to be gleaned from (AlwaysBeReady.com).   At some point soon I will send you guys some photos of us out in our community.

Thanks so much for the inspiration.we have set up 4 times now and are having incredible success!  People just flock to us.to mock of course, but many have walked away silenced and really challenged to reconsider the lies they have been told. To God be all the Glory!

In Christ,

Jerry Cesario

“This hope we have, both sure and steadfast; an anchor for the soul.”
Hebrews 6:19

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Its a New Year!

On January 21, 2009, in Jesus Booth, by sonserver

We finally did it! A Jesus Booth Ministries, Inc. Blog page. We hope this will be a better, more efficient way of keeping you all updated. So, here we go… 2008 WAS FILLED WITH MANY NEW EXPERIENCES/EVENTS… * JESUS BOOTH MINISTRIES ALVA, SCOTLAND SEPTEMBER, 2008 Alva Illuminations: David Fraser took out the booth and a […]

We finally did it! A Jesus Booth Ministries, Inc. Blog page. We hope this will be a better, more efficient way of keeping you all updated. So, here we go…

2008 WAS FILLED WITH MANY NEW EXPERIENCES/EVENTS…

* JESUS BOOTH MINISTRIES ALVA, SCOTLAND SEPTEMBER, 2008

Alva Illuminations: David Fraser took out the booth and a Puppet of Joseph to the Alva Glen Illuminations in Alva, Scotland. This fun family fair is a community gathering where they light up the cleft in the rock caused by Alva Burn ( a freshwater stream that cuts through the Mighty Ochil Hills and flows on through the town. We preached the Gospel at the headwaters to the town, literally!

With LCI in Stirling: Alva Baptist Church teamed up with Life Connections International to reach out to the community in nearby Stirling. Jesus Booth is such a compatible means for reaching out to people; because it represents an invitation to a conversation rather than some ‘Christian’ intruding with an agenda.
We know that others share our zeal for the Lord and have effective methods to reach the lost. But the Scots really warmed up to this presence of the body of Christ and saw us as a public service. The booth declares the gospel by its very presence and the demeanour of the occupant. Then when we get to give an answer for the hope that we have, that’s just so much more dear. People are truly hungry for the truth. What great fishing!
Thank you Nathan and Celia. Love, Dave

Please continue to pray for the Frasers and all that God is doing in Scotland. Here is a link to their blog for updates. http://www.firstlove.org.uk/

* SALLY TRAVELED TO SIERRA LEONE, AFRICA, FOR THE FIRST TIME.

It was an awesome experience that was life changing. She was part of a team of 16 that went with 4-HIM ministries http://www.4-him.net/. She took part in several medical clinics. The team provided medical assistance and prayer to the people in the villages and amputee camps they visited. There is such a need for medical assistance in these villages and camps because they have no way to get to a hospital or even a doctor. And if they are fortunate enough to see a doctor, they usually cannot afford the medication.

She and the team also stayed with the children at the Wellington Orphanage. It was an amazing time of getting to know the children and God knitting their hearts together. The children are amazing! They love the Lord and are an encouragement to all they come in contact with. At times, you think you are going there to minister to them, yet they are the ones ministering to the missionaries. The Gunn family looks forward to the day they can return to Sierra Leone, Africa.

A big thank you to all of those that gave generously so that Sally could go on this mission trip! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

* M.S. THE EVANGELISM DIRECTOR OF JESUS BOOTH WEST AFRICA.

We have been so blessed, because in 2008, we were able to bring on M.S. as the Evangelism Director of Jesus Booth Ministries in West Africa. We are still praising the Lord about that. Also, at the end of 2008, Sally was able to meet M.S. and his wife on the mission trip that is mentioned above. While there, she was able to discuss the needs for Jesus Booth Ministries, West Africa with M.S. and what their specific needs are. Sally was also able to see and experience for herself what their needs are.

* JESUS BOOTH FOR MEXICO MISSION TRIP
This was the first Jesus Booth with the banner in Spanish. I hope to give you an update soon, hopefully in the next newsletter.

* JESUS BOOTH IN BRICKTOWN~OKC, OK
We continue to set up in downtown OKC~Bricktown every Saturday night. Except for Winter, which is a season of prayer.

* 2009

As we begin 2009, we will be focusing on raising money for Jesus Booth Ministries, West Africa.

M.S. provided us with a detailed report of their activities, challenges and needs. I am posting excerpts from the report below:

The expected result of this ministry is to show that there is one body and one spirit, just as there is one hope to which God has called us, and there is one faith, one baptism, there is one God and the father of all. We have been saved, so we need to pass the message to each and every one so that the kingdom of heaven will rejoice.

Activities:
* We evangelize with the Jesus Booth
* We teach them how to build a Jesus Booth
* We train them how to use the Evangecube

We did all these activities for them to train others for the spreading of the Gospel.

Challenges:
* Lack of Materials ~(a)We need more Jesus Booth’s
(b)Transportation and lunch
(c) Video camera or camera
(d) Insufficient Tracts

(a)More Jesus Booths needed~I have trained several people in relation to the Jesus Booth but there is no sufficient Booth. So we need more Jesus Booths to spread the Word of God.
(b)Transportation and lunch~Public transportation are too expensive and I can not get to my destination on time and I spend lots of money on public transportation and I waste more time and spend more time on public transportation.
(c)Video Camera or camera~Video camera can help me show the life events of things that have been done during the Jesus Booth Evangelism and we can then send it all to you. For the camera, we can use it to take pictures of those that have accepted Christ as their personal Savior.

(d)Insufficient Tracts~After evangelising to people and leading them to Christ, we give them tracts to go home with them and they are not sufficient, we need more.

Recommendations:

I recommend that all these challenges are to be fulfilled so that people can get more willingness to do this work for the success of the ministry. I recommend that you help the guys that volunteer and are working along side me, so they too can be motivated to do the work.

Future Plans:

In the future I would like to form a team to go round the country and spend a week or two on evangelism just to win souls for Christ and this will mean transportation and lunch. I would like this to be in your prayers, we need a car or whatever can be provided. ~ M.S.

FYI: I have to mention that M.S. wrote this all by hand. It was such a nice outline. My computer typed letters do not even compare to his handwritten letter. It probably took him most of the day to get it down on paper. I share this to let you know that providing him with a computer was one of the needs. Well…God answered that one right away. Thank you so much to those that helped with the computer and getting it all set up for him. You know who you are and thank you for allowing God to use you in a big way!

We ask for your prayers in regards to the needs of M.S. and Jesus Booth Ministries, West Africa. It can seem overwhelming at times to look at all the needs, but we serve a big God, where nothing is impossible with the Lord. Our hope and prayer is to raise $4800.00 annually to cover salary, new booths, transportation and meals.

We are also trying to raise money for M.S. to buy a vehicle and a video camera that connects easily to his computer to upload videos and pics. This would be separate from the amount listed above. Again, we ask for your prayers.

There was an article in the Timesonline that was e-mailed to us in regards to Africa. We wanted to share it with you all.

We look forward to what the Lord has in store for Jesus Booth Ministries in 2009. If it is anything like 2008 and the years prior, then we better hold on tight. 🙂 We have been in awe of all that He has done. Our God is an awesome God!

In closing, please keep us in your prayers. If you feel led to support us financially, would like to be put on our mailing list or would like to request additional information, you can contact us with the information listed below.

Jesus Booth Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 13343
Oklahoma City, OK 73113
Tel: 405*413*0038
We thank you so much for all your support and prayers! Lord bless you!

Nathan Gunn

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