Friday Update: 5/16/14

Friday morning started out with a mechanic arriving to replace the starter in the food truck. It didn’t take him very long to finish the job. When all of the food, drinks and equipment were loaded onto the truck and we got ready to go, the truck fired right up!


I took a picture while we were driving down the road. The truck is packed with clothes, pillows and all sorts of goodies to give away downtown.


This is a view of our spot as we approach, we can see people waiting for us to get there.


It took us a little time to get everything set up. While the sound was getting connected, we served cold lemonade and water at a table at the back of the truck. When all of the kinks were worked out of the sound, Jerred went to a high spot to pray over the food and start the night.


Here some of the people are looking at Jerred as he prays and others are bowing their heads.


After the prayer a line quickly formed at the window of the food truck and people started eating.


As the praise and worship was going on, some people were eating. This man walked up to Jerred and asked him to pray for him. He was having a problem with anger and desperately wanted to change.


After praise and worship Jerred said a few words and then introduced Kevin to give his testimony to the people. Kevin told about a less than ideal childhood that turned into a life of drugs. Eventually, Kevin started to manufacture the drugs. He was caught and prosecuted. He spent his fortieth birthday in prison. Even though he was in prison and the future didn’t look bright, he came into a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is a completely different man than the one who went into prison. Glory!


When Kevin was done giving his testimony, Jerred asked Jose to share his testimony with the people.


Jose told about being a drug dealer. He told about the revenge he used to take on child molesters. He told about how if anyone told on him, he would sew their lips together with fishing line. Jose got arrested and went to court. His bail was set in the millions. When his bail was one million, the head of his gang in Texas was ready to send $100,000 bond. If that had happened, Jose would have disappeared into Mexico. He was and sentenced to spend time in prison, it appeared that it would be the rest of his natural life. While Jose was in prison, he quickly rose to a position of power and respect(or maybe fear.) He looked out for other Mexicans but he also demanded that they do what he told them and do it when he told them. After he had been in prison for a while, he was approached with an offer to kill someone for money. He agreed and set forth his terms. This plan was found out and Jose was sent into confinement. He was alone with no human contact for six months. It was during that time that Jose gave his life the Lord. At this point he was in a position to have more time added to his sentence. There was talk of moving him to Colorado. One day, he was called to the warden and he thought he was going to Colorado but he was being released. Now he goes to bars and other bikers (Mongols, Hells Angels, etc..) to tell them about God.


The anointing was there to set people free from bondage. Several people were prayed for following the testimonies.

As always we opened the back of the truck at the end to give away clothing, sheets and pillows. People don’t just come to the Friday Feeding and hear that God loves them. They get fed and some of their physical needs taken care of.

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Friday Update: 5/9/14


It started out like every other Friday. There was food to cook, a food truck to clean and stock, and food and drink containers to be filled up and loaded. The day proceeded on schedule. At 5:35 everything was loaded on the food truck and we were all ready to go downtown. That is when we had a problem. The food truck wouldn’t start. It seems the starter was worn out. No matter how the guys tried to coax it or what mechanical tricks they tried, it just would not work. After twenty five minutes of trying to start the food truck, we decided to load all of the food, drinks, and serving materials into the cargo van. By ten minutes after six, we were on the road, headed downtown.


We arrived downtown late because of the problem with the food truck, but we got everything set up quickly. Jerred prayed over the food and a line instantly formed at the table that was set up by the side doors of the cargo van.


All of these people were waiting for us because they knew that we might be late but we would never be a “no show.”


As I sang songs of praise and worship to God, I watched the people walking around. I have spoken to some of them and know their stories.


I am blessed to serve a God that cares if these people eat.


Jerred began to preach, and the people stayed to listen. He talked about the love of God.


As Jerred continued his message, the sun started to descend in the western sky. As Jerred closed, he sent members of the team out to pray with the people.

Since we had brought out the cargo van instead of the food truck, there wasn’t room to bring any clothing. We still had food left so we packed all of the things into the cargo van and went up to the C-store for bathroom breaks and fuel. While we were there we fed one man.

From there we went to the Greyhound bus station. There were only a half dozen people there so it wasn’t long before we were back on the road to the Day Center.


At the Day Center, Jerred went inside to make an announcement and several people came out to get food and drinks. One woman named Misty ate her food while sitting on the steps and Esther and Lydia ministered to her.


Corey and Steve are praying for healing for this man. He didn’t come out to get food, he just wanted a phone number. He mentioned in passing about his chemotherapy and that was all the open door necessary to interject God’s power into his life. As the people that had come out of the Day Center went back inside there were some guys walking by. We asked them if they were hungry; they were. They each ate two bowls of food and thanked us over and over.

The next place we went was to a bar on the outskirts of downtown. There were two people there and we fed them both.

We drove back into downtown and stopped at the city bus station. We fed the people who were waiting for their buses to take them home.

With the last of the food we went to a downtown bar that has apartments above it. We served the people that came out from the bar to get food as well as several people who came downstairs from their apartments to get a bowl of food.

We let our light shine Friday night J

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Friday Update: 5/2/14

Pulling up to our spot this Friday there were about a dozen people waiting for us. We got the drink table set up and were serving drinks within about five minutes and soon there were more people showing up. Some of them were team members and others were hungry people.

After another ten minutes all the generator and the sound equipment was set up and ready to go.


Jerred prayed to start out the evening and bless the food and people lined up at the window of the Food truck for a bowl of beans, a banana, and a smile from a pretty face in the window.


As the people made their way through the food line, Steve started playing his guitar. He and I led the people in praise and worship.


As we sang song after song, the food truck was a buzz of activity. Jerred walked around and greeted people.


After I was done singing Amazing Grace, Steve played it again and Roadrunner joined in on his trumpet. It was beautiful.

Jerred began to preach. He shared about trust and most importantly about trusting the Lord.


As Jerred preaches, he walks around. None of the pictures show it well, but there are people sitting in various places all around the center where Jerred is preaching.


At this point, Jerred is making the point to the people that God is pursuing them. He had me come over so that he could illustrate this point to the people. In the illustration, I was walking across the center of the patio towards the steps you see behind Jerred. The steps were hell. As I walked, Jerred (playing the part of God), got in my way, he pleaded with me to turn around, and he gave me little nudges but I still just walked over to the steps. It was powerful and I could see in the faces of a few people that they knew this to be true in their own lives.


As Jerred wrapped up his message, people were still wandering up to get food. In this picture, Jane is serving a few of the last bowls of beans. We opened up the back of the truck soon after this for people to come and get clothing. We gave out several pairs of jeans, as well as, t-shirts and socks and underwear to everyone who asked for them.


As we were packing up all of the sound equipment, Corey and Mary were ministering to a man next to the drink table. Glory!

Since we had already run out of food, we didn’t go anywhere else. We packed up our tables and equipment and called it an early night.

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4/25/14 in Pictures


This is a stack of jeans that got added to the clothing stocked on the truck.


Jerred starts out the Friday Feeding with a prayer to bless the food and the people.

 


Steve is playing the guitar for praise and worship while people line up to get a bowl of food from the Food Truck.

 


People are milling around, eating, getting seconds; all this while they listen to Jerred preaching the word.

 


 

This man is sitting alone to eat his bowl of food while listening to the preaching.

 


Some of the Priesthood bikers are waiting to pray with people at the altar call.

 


 

Jerred prays with a young man who came forward for prayer as Jeremy reaches into a box of Bibles. Everyone who wanted a Bible left with one.

 

 


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4/18/14 in Pictures

Friday food plus preaching

Food is being served from the window of the Food Truck as Jerred is preaching.

Friday mingling with the masses

A lot of people showed up this Friday. Jerred is taking time to talk to Kevin before he starts preaching.

Friday preparing to speak

Jerred is praying to start out his message.

 

Friday with a huge turn out

 

A view from the back. About a hundred people were at the feeding.

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4/11/14 in Pictures

families

This picture shows that sometimes we see families with small children at the Friday Feeding.

following along

Dwayne is following along in his Bible as Jerred preaches the Word.

 

people in line

Here are the people all lined up at the window of the food truck as Jerred prays over the food.

 

preaching

 

Jerred is preaching and the people are listening intently.

 

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Friday Update: 4/4/14

The first Friday of the month and Search & Rescue Outreach Ministries could be found on the streets of downtown Tulsa, feeding the hungry just like every other Friday of the year. We fed the people Ham and Beans this Friday and there were some who came back for second and third helpings.


The weather was pleasant but a little cooler than it had been just the day before. When we opened the back of the truck up for clothing there were a lot of people who were asking for jackets and things to keep them warm through the night. We helped each person individually find shirts, jackets, and socks that would fit them.


There were two different groups that had come out to help minister to people Friday night. One was a Christian motorcycle group and the other was a Christian Men’s group.


Jerred preached about temptation and how to overcome it. The word was powerful and I heard a few people commenting about how the word had touched their hearts.

After the preaching, everything got put in its place on the food truck and we went around picking up trash that people had left. Soon we were ready to leave for the next part of the night.

We went to the C-store for a quick pit stop and ended up serving food to a couple of hungry men there. Soon we were on the road. We pulled up outside the city bus station. Four of our team went out to invite the people waiting on buses to come get a bowl of food and a hot cappuccino. It didn’t take long for a line to form at the window of the food truck. We served everyone who wanted food. Meanwhile, our ministry team was hard at work praying for people who had gotten food. I saw faces light up after they got prayed with. As our ministry team trickled back onto the truck, we served the last bowl of food. It was time to end our night in the streets. We prayed to end our night and I must say that I love being used to pursue people in Jesus’ name!

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