December 2003 Newsletter
SWAT Team for Christ
"Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate."
Proverbs 24.7


Many, under the broad umbrella of, shall I say, Bible Christianity, would not recommend the exercise of publick ministry.  I believe that if they were honest they would have to eliminate “Bible believer” from their list of adjectives.  From my thirty five plus years in publick ministry I must conclude that it is the wisest action of the bravest disciples, and it is foolish to succumb to the fears of the flesh and the pressure of public opinion.  Here is the testimony of a young man (24) who tells of overcoming the foolish advice of many Christians along the way of his spiritual growth, and pressing on to that high spiritual plateau of publick minister.  He tells of being discouraged by a former pastor as well as a college president who did not want that kind of image for his school.  I have heard all this many times before and judge it foolish advice.

My step-father had given me four of your books.  I had read some of one the semester I decided to begin street preaching in Austin Homes.   I began reading again.  That was it, no more excuses.  I stayed up late one Friday night and with poster board and some sharpie markers made some gospel signs.   The next day I went to the busies intersection (also the longest light – but I knew neither of these until after), held my sign and took my stand for Jesus.  It was the 2nd most thrilling experience of my life (salvation being the first).   I never had that much fun doing ANYTHING. 

The light would turn red and I would hold my Bible to my mouth with one hand and my sign in the other and preach the everlasting gospel.  The light would turn green and I would smile, hold my sign, and wave to those who would drive by.  The light would turn red, I would hold my Bible to my mouth in one hand, my sign in the other and preach the word!  This lasted for almost 45 minutes!  Also, my wife (who wasn’t feeling well) got out of the car grabbed a sign and stood with her husband and for her Jesus.  My voice finally told me it was time to stop but I didn’t want to.  It is what I am born to do.  I am now addicted to the public ministry.

Forrest Chapman, fellow soldier

ON        THE        STREETS

Preaching in Mesa, AZ, we tried to balance out a very deceptive, “Christian” light show at the Mormon temple.  Thousands of deceived suckers strolled around the manicured lawns and discussed, like they had good sense, how the Mormon church certainly must be a fine Christian organization.  At least they are now without excuse.  We did much the same at “Glitter on Glendale” Christmas party in Glendale, AZ.  Here Santa reigned supreme.  We freely reminded parents of their responsibility to “Don’t lie to your kids about Santa Clause: tell them the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ.” A tough heckler came up next to me and every time I began to preach he was yell, “BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.”  Three guesses where this confusion originated from, and the first two don’t count.   We battled him in many different forms and, believe it or not, he ended up sincerely apologizing to us.  We joined pastor James Dutton and his fine church reminding his town of Chino Valley, AZ what the reason for the season was all about.  Pastor Ed Ware and two of his men (Navajo Indians) preached with us in busy downtown Phoenix, AZ.  It is great to see Indian men preach powerfully and unashamedly.  Two of my preacher-boys (Chris Creed 24 and Scotty Sutton 73) preached with me on the busy, touristy streets of Fredricksburg, TX.  Look on for photo.  I preached at the sloooooowwwwww mall traffic on Christmas eve as I held my twin-towers banner in Austin, TX.  Twenty four years ago I took Tim Searles out and taught him publick ministry.  He was a Trinity graduate and on deputation for Thailand.  This past month we preached together again, this time in Jacksonville, FL...first time since the first time.  He has done quite a bit of PM in Thailand all this time.  Praise the Lord for anyone not ashamed of Jesus Christ.

IN        THE        CHURCHES

We were privileged to minister in the following churches the month. True Vine Bapt., Pastor Ed Ware, Phoenix, AZ., Bible Bapt., Pastor James Dutton, Chino Valley, AZ., Gospel Light Bapt., Pastor Gary Schwer, Mesa, AZ., 1st Bapt., Pastor Mike Hoover, Payson, AZ., and a great opportunity to preach in a prison in Austin, TX. under the direction of Tony Powell.

We continue to have need of nothing but your prayer...

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Preaching the gospel on your streets and around the world,
Gerald Sutek
and the S.W.A.T. Team for Christ
2 Tim. 1:8, Amos 5:10