The 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day in New Orleans, LA was SOLD OUT! Over 76,000 people descended upon the city to cheer on either Alabama or Clemson. This created an excellent opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus Christ to the crowds as they made their way from parking lots to the Dome. A small group of three men gathered to preach Christ and His pure Gospel message to passersby. Zoe White, David Robert, and Josh Reed bundled up for the unseasonably 25 degree weather and met right outside the city and drove in. Once on location, we set up Scripture signs, got our various tracts ready, and prepared the voice amplifiers for the raucous crowds to come. Expecting large crowds from the Bible Belt, we were prepared to preach on passages of scripture like 1 John that describes the real Christian life, the need for holiness, perseverance, and true repentance.
There was a proud spirit in the air as so many were professing that they were Christians. But, of course, we know that Christ said that few will find the narrow way (Matt. 7). Many young men mocked us about being saved and still planning on getting drunk that night on Bourbon. There were, however, a few people that stopped by to encourage us for sharing the Truth. One fellow evangelist on the way to the game even stopped to pray with us! Another professing Christian, named Richard, said he felt guilty for not sharing the gospel as often as he should. He was convicted, but also encouraged by our example to continue on his own evangelism journey.
The sweetest highlight of the night was that this was Josh Reed’s first street evangelism outreach. He said that he was so happy to give out gospel tracts to strangers, engage people one-on-one with the gospel, and even open-air preach for the first time! He had Christ-like compassion on the lost crowds that night, joyfully shared the gospel with as many as he could, and is now planning his next outreach event with us! Wow! God is not only accomplishing His will through the hundreds of tracts distributed, hours of preaching, and several one-on-one witnessing conversations, but is also sanctifying the evangelist! All glory to God for His wisdom!