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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Salvations Update: Over 6000 in 4 Years

The Question Boxes
We just finished the Wooly Worm Festival in Kentucky with 230 salvations.  We want to be sure to acknowledge the folks at Sugar Camp Baptist and thank them for their hospitality.

The salvations at these events, festivals, and fairs could not have happened without the faithfulness of the workers from the various churches, their prayers and the LOVE OF GOD for his children.

There is still one more Harvest festival coming up in North Carolina the end of October but here are the updated numbers as promised (God is SO GOOD):

2012 Oakland Co 4H (MI) July 6-15 551
Farmington Hills Festival (MI) July 19-21 115
Isabella Co Fair (MI) July 24-29         583
Frederick Co Fair (VA) July 30-Aug 5 140
Genesee Co Fair  (MI) Aug 13-19 367
Goodrich Festival  (MI)Aug-12 102
Faith City Church Event, Fenton (MI) 50
Ortonville Festival (MI) 100
Victory World Outreach Teen Event (MI) 10
North Carolina Fair
Woolly Worm Festival  (KY) Oct 19-21 230

2012 TOTAL (so far)................2248

                  2011                                                      1804
                  2010                                                      1124
                  2009                                                        517
                  2008                                                        527
           GRAND TOTAL  2008-2012                         6220 salvations

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wooly Worm Salvations

21 souls!! and it'a only noon on the first day of the Wooly Worm Festival in Beattyville, KY.  The fellas just called with the update. The festival will run through Sunday so continue to pray.
 Pastors Tom, Jeff and bro. Dana made the trip down earlier this week.  Pastor Tim Charleton of Sugar Camp Baptist Church (Booneville, KY) and its members are being wonderful hosts to our crew.  They also have been giving regular support to this ministry.  

We have had a phenomenal year having over 2000 salvations.  Some number updates have not yet been made on this site and will be forthcoming.  Continue to pray for this important ministry as we are preparing to go to the Dominican Republic in February, God willing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

5000th Salvation

It sneaked up almost without our noticing......the 5000th salvation of Inside the Box!!!  Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!   It happened at about 6:45 p.m. today, July 26th, 2012 at the Isabella County Fair in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  It all began back in Waterford, Mi in 2008 when Pastor Jeff Walters (Charity Baptist)   told Pastor Tom Miller (First General Baptist) of a job he used to have as an evangelist at County Fairs in Ohio.  He explained the 'box' system  and how they were able to lead people to the Lord.   Pastor Miller was excited about the idea and the two pastors began to plan to set up a tent at the Oakland Co. Fair in Michigan.  That first year saw 527 salvations.  Since then there have been a total of 14 Fairs or Events and at least 8 Churches or ministries involved, countless workers and prayer warriors (Click on Salvations page to see a list of participating churches/ministries.)

      Pastor Jeff & Pastor Tom want to thank and Praise the Lord for all the team effort to build God's Kingdom.

 Year Fair/Event    Tot         Salv
Yr Sub Totals
2008 Oakland County Fair, Mi 527
2009 Oakland County Fair, MI 517
2010 Oakland County Fair, MI 512
Genesee County Fair, MI 612
2011 Oakland County Fair, MI 507
Genesee County Fair, Mi 500
Fredericks Co. Fair, VA 237
Farmington Hills, MI 226
Clothing Outreach, KY 20
Fenton, MI 25
Wooly Worm Festival, KY 289
2012 Oakland Co 4H 551
Farmington Hills Festival 115
Isabella Co Fair           362
Genesee Co Fair
Frederick Co Fair, VA
Woolly Worm Festival, KY
                                 GRAND TOTAL 5000

Day 2-Isabella Co Fair, MI

Bro. Dana & Pastor Jeff Walters at Oakland Co Fair
141 Salvations!!  God is MORE than GOOD!!  Praise His name!!  After our largest first day of salvations yesterday it almost seemed slow today.  We had an average of about 10 salvations per hour for the first part of the day.  The weather has been good - almost perfect.  We are seeing many families come into the tent wanting to make sure they know the answer to the question.  Workers from Central Baptist are excited about this ministry, we have another church observing hoping to start a box ministry of their own.  Continue to pray - we are all very tired.  It is probably a combination of the not only the labor - but the adrenaline rush when the tent is full of people praying and surrounded by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Pray for Day 3.
    If you have a story about Inside the Box, share it with us on our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inside-the-Box-Fair-Ministry/223482784336464
    In His Service, Pastor Tom.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Record Breaking Day

167 salvations for the first day at Isabella Co. Fair, in Mt. Pleasant, MI.   Go God!!  Go Team!!   This is the largest number of salvations on the first day of a fair (typically lowest attended day).   This tells us something - PEOPLE ARE PRAYING!!!   Nothing powerful happens unless people are praying.
Rev. Bob Hollis leading a family to the Lord at Oakland Co. Fair.
     Rev. Bob Hollis made contact a few months ago with Central Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant (Pastors:  Gordon Rydman and Allen Rydman) and got the ball rolling for Inside the Box to have a tent at the fair.  The church members and pastors have been praying since then and have been excited for the fair to start.
     Unfortunately the tent is in the worst possible location - but God is still working.  We have utilized some business cards (see picture) to invite people down to look 'inside the box.'  Our workers walk the fair and hand out the 'tickets.' They are working to bring folks down to our location.
    Continue to PRAY.  Today (Wednesday) looks like possible rain.  Pray for the harvest and our workers' energy and enthusiasm.  Pray also for those of us who are away from home for the week.  And remember:   God is good ALL the time.
  In His Service,   Pastor Tom

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

FINAL DAY Oakland Co Fair

Pastor Miller at the Boxes at Oakland Co  4H Fair 2012
 Sunday was the final day at the Oakland Co 4H Fair.  The Grand Total of Salvations for the 10 days was 551.  Praise God for his amazing work of grace.   Thank you to all the workers and those who prayed and donated to the ministry.   The faithfulness of everyone has made a difference in 
the lives of 551 people.  

None of the work done was about promoting any one church or ministry.  It was about Souls-Souls-Souls.     
We do want to thank the participating churches,
Pastor Jeff Walters, Charity Baptist of Oxford, Mi
Pastor Tom Miller, First General Baptist of Waterford, Mi. for the workers and support from their respective churches.  The folks from these churches are messengers of the Lord and diligently doing his work.  

We also had Bro. Bob Hollis of BEMA (Baptist Evangelistic Mission Assoc) and Rev. Russ Kidman, missionary to the military.

   We set up for the  Farmington Hills Founder's Festival  on Thursday morning, July 19th.  The fair begins Thursday evening and runs through Saturday.  Pastor Darrin Lee's church, Cornerstone Baptist is hosting the tent.  They had a wonderful first time turnout last year (2011) and saw 226 salvations for only a 2 1/2 day event.  Pray that God will do even more this year.  Pray for great weather and health for the workers. 

Here are some more pictures from this past week at the Oakland Co 4 H Fair. (If you also took pictures we can show please email them to our webmaster at waterfordmiller (at) juno (dot) com.)

                          Bro. Clifford Wade Inside the Tent

Bro. Dana Babka & Pastor Jeff Walters at the boxes

Bro. Bob Hollis leading a family to the Lord.

  Bro. Dana Babka leading a family to the Lord.

Pastor Jeff and 'Paws' who knew the answer to the question!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Show Me Your Expiration Date

Thursday when I took my turn at the fair a group of 3 college age people, a young woman and 2 young men, came to my table in the tent.   They were unchurched, 'sort of' knew about Jesus, but not much else.  The young woman thought she would 'probably' go to heaven because she was baptized when she was a baby.   I talked to them, beginning with original sin and the separation it created, how blood sacrifice was necessary before Jesus came, then how Jesus took our place, and John 14:6 - he is the ONLY way to heaven .  One of them laughed nervously a few times.  The young woman seemed sincerely interested, her eyes kept looking deep into mine.  I felt that the young woman wanted to accept Jesus in her heart.
      I asked if I could pray with them.  The young men shrugged.  She nodded her head. Out loud  I thanked God that they took the time to stop in.  Then I said if you want to accept Jesus, repeat after me...and I began the sinner's prayer.  I said, 'Dear Jesus,' None of them spoke. So I added, 'or say this in your heart,' and I finished the prayer.  We ask each person to fill out a prayer card with at least their first name and any prayer requests.  I also asked them to put a * by their name if they accepted Jesus.  The young woman did!!
    Then one of the young men asked me, 'Why can't I wait 20 years to accept Jesus? You know, do what I want to now and then ask him later.' He had a kind of smug grin and made eye contact with the other young man who laughed.  God gave me these words, "Show me the date."  'Huh?'  "Show me your expiration date - the date you know your're going to die."  'I don't know that,' he said.  Then I said 'let me tell you about my brother-in-law, Mike...'  
    In February Mike went out to the corner store to pick up a pizza.  He and his 10 yr old son were going to be home alone - his wife was working and his other son was at a friend's.  Mike came back home with the pizza, was stopped at the end of his driveway waiting for traffic to clear so he could make a left turn into it.  He was hit from behind and pushed in to oncoming traffic.  He was killed almost instantly. Had his 10 yr. old run up to the corner with him to get the pizza he would have been dead too.  I looked at the young man and said, 'Mike didn't know that that day was his last. He didn't know his expiration date.'
     The young men had gone silent, their smiles were gone.  The young girl spoke softly and said, "I am so sorry."   I thanked her and said, "it made me realize more deeply how urgent it is to share this message."
Please think more about it," I said to the young men. They left the tent . 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 4 of 10 Oakland Co, MI Fair Update

58 more salvations Sunday and Monday brings the total to 190 salvations for four days.  There have also been many re-dedications.  Several people who were saved previously by our ministry have stopped back by to talk and rededicate.  THAT's EXCITING!  It tells us that the Holy Spirit is at work in their lives and that our ministry IS making a difference for God's kingdom.
     Our traffic has been slower - possibly due to the extreme heat as well as 4 day extension with no large events scheduled until this week. But, God has been faithful.  We have been handing out some 'tickets' (business size card) that say "Good for one FREE look in the box."  This has been very successful when things are slow.  We anticipate more traffic this week, especially on Thurs, Fri, and Saturday.
     Keep PRAYING as Satan has been active with many distractions.  But we know we're doing a good work for the Lord when Satan is busy.  The extreme heat seems to have dissipated, pray that the cooling continues.  We have had a good amount of workers, but can use more as the week continues.  Contact me or Pastor Jeff if you would like to participate at this fair.
     In His Service, Pastor Tom

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Oakland Co 4H Fair-Day One Report

62 saved and 5 rededications (see Pastor Tom's comments in Facebook Feed at right).  Whooo-hoo!  Go God - Go Team!    It was just 1/2 a day yesterday, but even before the official opening 6 fair employees were saved.  Our group arrived at 1:00 pm - not realizing the start time was 4:00 this year.  But it was a GOD thing - had they not been there 6 people may not have been saved.  AMAZING!  What are your stories about Inside the Box?   If you have participated in this ministry and there is a special story go to facebook and tell it.  The story  will also appear in the Facebook feed on this site.

Late yesterday it was hard going to get people to look Inside the Box - they were just hot and not wanting to bother.  The workers gathered in a circle to pray.  Immediately after prayer they got the idea of handing out cold water if people would look in the box.   They had 40+ salvations after that.  Living water......?   YOU'RE  RIGHT!

Pray today about the extreme heat and protection for the workers.  We could use donations of water and ice. Call the churches or pastors to get in touch.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Setup for the fair was done yesterday.  Tents, tables, chairs and question boxes delivered, unloaded, and set up in the 90* heat.  Due to the storms there is no electricity on the fair grounds yet this morning.  Pray that power will be restored as the question boxes operate on electricity.  Also - the workers will need fans to help stay cool.

If you want to work in the tent contact either Pastor Tom or Pastor Jeff.  If you want to help by donating bottled water or ice it would be greatly appreciated.  In this heat they will need the extra water.  Pray for their physical well being too.

You can comment, keep updated and add prayers on Facebook at inside the box fair ministry.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fair season is upon us again!  The Michigan Oakland County fair begins this week and runs for 10 days.  We need your prayers!

Inside the box Fair Ministry has been serving since 2008.  In it's first summer of service God brought 527 to His salvation in less than one week! Glory Hallelujah!

Could it truly be that simple, asking people if they want to go to heaven, then telling them the Gospel?  The fact of the matter is most people don't know where they will go when they die.  Yet,  even in this day and age  people are still desperate to find out how they can go to heaven.

God has used this ministry to now reach thousands with the gospel.  Inside the Box Fair Ministry has now been to over a dozen fairs in multiple states and two countries.

The setup is always the same.  Two boxes are there with a viewmaster in the top. By looking into the first box the passer by sees the question, "If you died today are you 100% sure you will go to heaven?" If they are NOT able to positively answer we invite them to look into the second box which has John 14:6 inside.

As of the end of 2011 in just 4 years, God has used this ministry  and half a dozen or so churches to bring His salvation to 3765 souls!

It is this ministry's vision to continue to expand through the help of the local Bible Believing and preaching church into more fairs throughout the nation and world.

People need to know the Gospel, they need to know that Christ died for them.  We must tell the world there is a way that they may know for sure they will go to heaven.  Will you help us?  Will you tell them?

If you are interested in evangelizing at a fair in your area, we would love to train you.  Please contact us for further information, because the fields are ready for harvest the Lord just needs His servants to reap.