July 1999 Newsletter
"If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?"
Jeremiah 12:5

The SWAT team had an unusual month in July. I will include our battles and activities in the August news letter. These two letters are, in my estimation worthy of reporting to those of you who follow the developments in the field of publick ministry. As you know, the "world" is not on our side and it is a constant battle to keep the streets of America open to the publick preaching of God's Word. Many of you have had your battles, as I have, with this ever increasing problem. I recently had a publick minister report to me that the authorities told him it was against the law to hold a scripture sign on the streets of Mt. Airy, NC. I told him that I would not believe that until I saw the law in writing. Then, if it really is a law, it needs to be changed. I told him several ways how he could change that ridiculous law. We have all seen the kids at the gas station holding signs for a "CAR WASH" or "BAKE SALE". All of these would have to go as well.

I include in my newsletter this month two letters written to me. One is a conversation with a police officer during a street meeting in Union City, TN. The pastor's name is Galen Hall and with him were Chuck Zander (a veteran publick minister) from his church and Chuck's family of six kids ranging in age from 19 down to 6. My pastor James Knox was present as well. This day was very hot and they were holding banners and scripture signs at a busy intersection in Paduka, Ky. The following is an email but with added comments from a phone conversation.

"Even had a police encounter of the third kind at the big intersection leading to the Mall in Paducah. The cop went past me straight to Chuck and the two little girls. (The policeman had threatened to call "Child Services"...a below-the-belt-stunt) Chuck talked while he listened. On the way back, I asked him (the policeman) if there was a problem. Here's our conversation. 'We've had a complaint!' 'Well what is it?' 'We've had calls from people expressing their concern for the children out here in the heat & sun.' Have you closed the parks and the school playgrounds?(Pastor Hall told the policeman that he wanted to file a complaint and call "Child Services" on all 300 children who had just been bussed, by the city to the park down the road)...'You are also distracting traffic with your signs.' 'Not as much as your patrol car sitting cross ways in the intersection with the blue lights on!' ...'Your signs cause people to look and them.' 'That's the idea.' But they are being distracted while they are driving.' 'I don't suppose the Block Buster Video or Tobacco Barn signs, that are ten times bigger than ours do that out here on the highway do they? By the way, is that your backup coming up the road toward us Code One?' 'Yes!' 'I bet he'll really appreciate you for dragging him out here in this heat.' 'Naw! He was cutting and bailing hay all day yesterday.' 'Did he have his kids helping him?' ...'How much longer do you plan on staying out here?' 'We'll have about all we can stand in another twenty minutes or so. Would you like a scripture sign to hold?' ...'That would make it about 12:30, right?' 'Something like that.' 'That's fair enough.' He and his backup leave. It takes all kinds. I bet it was a good, Godly Christian that called."

I have taught for years that it is the responsibility of the local pastor to do whatever is necessary to keep the streets open the publick preaching of gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The judgment seat of Christ is going to be very interesting. Please take note of the scripture verse at the beginning of this newsletter.

Click for another testimony letter we received this month.

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