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SOS Monthly Newsletter - August 2007
US Supreme Court Appeal
Dear Christian friends,
On April 30, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals released their ruling in the Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit we filed in 1996. Their decision is one of the most dangerous ever made by any US court. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously that the police have a right to arrest a person speaking on a public street whenever the police have warned him of a complaint and one person is willing to sign a complaint form. It is hard to believe that any court, especially the court one step below the US Supreme Court, would make such a ruling.
We appealed, asking the 9th Circuit to appoint an 11-judge panel to review the ruling. Our appeal was denied.
The only step left to us is an appeal to the US Supreme Court. Hundreds of cases are appealed to the Supreme Court but they only agree to hear about 70 cases a year. We are asking Jay Sekulow to handle the appeal. He has argued and won many cases before the Supreme Court. Please pray that he will agree to take the case and that the Supreme Court will agree to hear it.
Arthur Blessitt to lead SUMMER OF LOVE procession on August 11
Evangelist Arthur Blessitt, who has carried a 12-foot cross over 37,000 miles in every nation on earth (307) preaching the gospel, will be leading a Summer of Love procession, which will open our 28th annual SOS-San Francisco outreach.
Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Christians will be coming to San Francisco to remember the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the Jesus Movement. A number of guest speakers and musicians will be ministering during this time, including Lou Engle (who brought 60,000 youth to Nashville on July 7 for The Call prayer gathering), Chuck Girard (from the 70’s group Love Song), and Oden Fong (from the 70’s group Mustard Seed Faith), and worship leader Kevin Prosch. We are organizing special outreaches Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29, Aug. 4-5) the first two weekends and every day during our SOS-San Francisco outreach, August 10-18. Many local churches are joining in this effort. Our SOS-San Francisco schedule is included in this newsletter. I urge you not to miss this important outreach. Not only will San Francisco be changed -- YOU WILL BE CHANGED.
A registration form is enclosed with this newsletter. Free housing is available at Voice of Pentecost church. Bring a sleeping bag and foam pad. If you prefer, we can send you hotel information. If you live in the Bay Area and must work, you may join us at night or on weekends. Please call or write us if you have any questions
On the Streets
The biggest event in San Francisco this year was baseball’s All Star game. It was held at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 10. Thousands of tourists came here for this event, which was covered by hundreds of media people. On July 7 (7/7/07), we arrived at Justin Herman Plaza for our outreach. AT&T had filled the plaza with their baseball “Fan Fest,” with numerous booths and exhibits for baseball fans. We could not set up on the stage, but found a small spot in the middle of the plaza to set up our sound system. I spoke with AT&T’s organizer, and he said he would turn down his sound system during our event. As we were about to begin, the park ranger arrived to tell me that even though we had a permit, we couldn’t hold our event there because of the conflict. I told him it was OK with AT&T so he allowed us to stay. Chuck Girard was in the area, so he ministered with Paul and Noreen Coca to the hundreds of fans attending this event.
Afterwards we went to Union Square, which was filled with an art show. The band Machaira ministered to those attending this event. Their music was so excellent that people stood around to listen and frequently applauded. Band members preached a short message after each song. This past month also featured an outreach at Washington Square with the Liberated Wailing Wall music group from Jews for Jesus and an outreach in Chinatown. May, who lives in our house, is from China so she translated while others preached at this location. We gave out several hundred Chinese tracts that evening.
At an outreach at Fisherman’s Wharf, we met Tim from Southern California. When he saw us ministering at the Wharf last year, God convicted him that he needed to live 100% for Jesus. He committed his life to Christ and has been serving Him since that time. Please pray for him and for those who have written us recently in response to tracts, including Alex (Anchorage, AK), Brian (Cordell, OK), Janell (Norwalk CA prison), Joe and Willis (San Francisco), and Asia (age 13, Sacramento, CA).
In addition to our Friday night and Saturday afternoon outreaches, several of our house members have been witnessing during the week. They witnessed at several Bay Area high schools and colleges this spring. During the summer, they have been preaching and witnessing in San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, San Jose, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz. They also preached at the All Star Game i
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