I wonder if the cops don't know or just don't care. We share the gospel a lot at Hill park in Helena. This is where many of the street kids hang out as well as where most of the drug trafficking takes place in Helena. It was very obvious what was going on in the open. A beat up car from Billings filled with 4 rough looking men were sitting in the car were smoking nervously and waiting for someone. I gave them some gospel tracts, which 3 of the 4 took but one guy wouldn't look at me. After a while another car load of men pulled up. Out jumped a few big men that look like they make their living as the enforcers of those who don't pay. They went to the car of the 4 drug dealers and made a transaction. Many other kids were milling around at the time, probably waiting to get hooked up with what they wanted. It saddened me when I saw the drug dealers in their 50's talking from a distance with one of the teenage girls sitting in the park. It was obvious they had a relationship of some sort and not a good one. What a lost and depraved world.
Before we got to the drug deal we met up with Peters, Brent and Yoshi at their church. I had a man with me named Ravi, who is an evangelist from South Africa. We started at Carrol College because the Rocky Mountain Elk foundation was having their annual meeting. I brought a whole bunch of my elk gospel tracts and we stood by the door and gave them out to all the people who went in. God blessed this and no one from the Elk Foundation told us to leave. We gave out over one hundred tracts in a short time.
We moved up to the drug dealer park and I shared the gospel with a couple guys at a table. We went through they law and gospel. They knew they were condemned and thanked us for talking with them but there was not much conviction.
The drug deal happened next when we were in the park. Yoshi and Brent were busy witnessing to different groups of people so Ravi, Peters and I went up to talk with another group in the park. I tried to do a magic trick but an angry man, who knew what we were all about, immediately started railing at us and told us to leave. I asked if he wanted me to finish the trick and he got made and started to jump up and said he wasn't going to tell us twice. We graciously left, praising God we were not still lost and wretched because that man would have been hurting. We were all the same as this angry man when we were in sin and without Christ so the way he was acting was understandable. He is a pagan, acting like pagans do.
Yoshi tried to give a biker who was sitting in the parking lot a gospel tract and the biker said if he touched his bike with the tract he was going to break his hands. Loving guy.
In the walking mall, a group of girls went off on Brent because they hated Jesus. They railed at him non stop. I tried to talk some logic into the girl but she was so illogical that she believed that her beliefs determined what reality was. We left and they openly mocked us and clapped their hands at us.
Brent talked with angry kids who also reviled him most of the time. This is the way that sinners that hate Jesus Christ act and we are used to it and take comfort in Jesus who said:
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I had a good conversation with a 26 year old man who ruined his life and was now an alcoholic. We talked for a long time about the Bible, law, and gospel. He was suicidal and had no hope and wanted to be dead. I shared the hope in Christ and told him to seek God and confirm what I was saying by reading the gospel of John.
Praise God for the great night!