I grew up in Toronto, Ontario which is Canada’s largest city. I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. The church I attended as a child was an authentic Christian assembly that preached the truth in love. It was also an outreach minded church that loved the lost and relied on the power of the Spirit. After the Sunday service, the congregation would go out along the beaches and sidewalks and evangelize. I saw many people turn from a life of sin to a life centered on Christ. Although I knew the truth and saw with my own eyes the example of godly men and women, I chose to love my sin and refused to part with it. But at the age of 16 after much conviction and brokenness, I laid down my sin and fully surrendered my heart and life to Jesus Christ. Peace and joy flooded my life as well as a concern for the lost. I had an insatiable desire to read God’s word and I shared my faith everywhere I went.
It was at this time that I read the book, ‘The Cross and the Switchblade.’ As a result, I was encouraged to establish my own closet of prayer. I soon discovered the blessing and power that comes from seeking God. After months of consistent and fervent prayer, friends that I had previously shared the gospel with, were committing their to Christ. A small fire began to burn within our high school and we organized several open air events as a way to share our testimony and to preach the gospel. When the question of where I would attend college came up, I choose Bible school. As the months passed, I began to rely more on knowledge and learning. It was not long before much of what had made my Christian life fruitful and glorious was replaced by a form of godliness that lacked the power. I remained in a spiritual wilderness. But the Lord was gracious and after a number of confrontations with the truth including one while driving down the Don Valley I turned aside from lukewarm living. I enrolled myself in the school of Christ where the Lord has graciously refined and shaped my life in Him. Although I was involved in many different forms of evangelism, I had a feeling that something was missing. I felt the Lord was leading me towards open-air preaching. It was on March 15th, 2013 while on my way to pass out tracts in downtown Toronto that the Lord spoke Jonah 1:2 right into my heart. ‘Arise, go to…that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.’ This was my call to take the gospel to my Ninevah and beyond. A year later I began to preach in the open air on a full-time basis, moving across the GTA and parts of South Western Ontario. I am deeply thankful to God for His call and for the wonderful work of His grace in my life.
WHY ARE YOU PREACHING ON THE STREETS?
Often people will approach me and ask the question, ‘isn’t there a more relevant way to reach people with the gospel than to shout at people on a street corner?’ There are certainly many different ways to spread the gospel, but the one method that God has ordained and employed men to use is open-air preaching. We see this from Noah in Genesis to the two witnesses in the book of Revelation.
Street Preaching in the Bible:
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words.
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
WHO ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH?
Although I am ordained with the Evangelical Association, GTA OUTREACH is an independent, Bible believing outreach ministry.
The Bible is the inspired and only infallible word of God.
There is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years.
In the fall and sinfulness of man and that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the redeeming blood of Christ.
Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential to personal salvation. The Christian is enabled to live a holy life by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.
The church of Jesus Christ is the universal, spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, kindred and race of peoples and is indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and divinely empowered to fulfill ministry and the Great Commission on earth.
In the resurrection and final judgment of both the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to everlasting damnation.
Marriage is God ordained. The creator made them male and female, and said, “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (Matthew 19:5) Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship, a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. This relationship between a husband and wife should parallel the relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:23-30).
We practice two ordinances: (1) Water Baptism by immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving the gift of salvation. And (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.