Open Air Services
While all our members engage in personal and small-group evangelism; we also do open-air services.
We go to where the Lord leads us; and we either have a small service in a street, where we can set out chairs; or we have a larger service in an open field, or in school grounds.
When we have open-air services, we arrange what day we are going to have the service and where.
We then spend days praying for the service, knowing that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness of this age (Eph. 6:11-19); and the weapons with which we are to fight are spiritual weapons (2Cor. 10:3-4).
The generational bondages and the strong chains of darkness that hold communities in bondage don’t break easily; they must be powerfully struck.
We then send our workers into the area for days before – to preach to the people and tell them about the service and make them know that whoever comes to the Lord, He will not cast out (Rom. 10:13).
On the day of the service, the workers are sent to the area to again remind them and fetch them from their houses and bring them to the service.
At the appointed time, we go and set up chairs and our address system; and play gospel music for about 30 minutes, which is a sign for the community to start making their way to the service; as many of them aren’t punctual.
At the sound of the music, the people start coming.
After a reasonably sized group has gathered; we officially start by praying, and giving those present printed song sheets.
We then start the singing. We praise and worship the King of Glory knowing His Presence is manifested in the praise of His people.
After the singing, we have testimonies given by those who were delivered by Jesus, as more people make their way to the meeting.
After a few testimonies, the preacher will give a message and exhort the listeners to faith and repentance.
An old puritan said: ‘It is no small matter to stand up in the face of a congregation, and to deliver a message of salvation or damnation, as from the living God, in the name of the Redeemer.
It is no easy matter to speak so plainly, that the most ignorant may understand us; and so seriously that the deadest hearts may feel us; and so convincingly, that the contradicting cavillers may be silenced.
The weight of our matter condemns coldness and sleepy dullness’.