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Send Michael to Evangelism Training

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Hi, friends!

You may know that I have a passion for making Jesus known to others through local missions and ministry. While I continue to serve God in different ways today, it's been a while since I've engaged in street evangelism -- sharing the Gospel with complete strangers.

My wife and I engaged in street evangelism early in our relationship (2009-2010), handing out tracts and witnessing everywhere we could -- from the streets of Washington, DC  to the mountains of West Virginia . We've experienced few things in our lives that gave us as much joy as being used by God to deliver the good news of Jesus Christ to others.

Today, we're seeking to impact our new home city of Charlotte, North Carolina with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through various ministries near and dear to our hearts (such as anti-human trafficking and pro-life ministries). However, the obstacles we face today are much more daunting, antagonistic, and dangerous than ones we've faced before.

We need your prayers.

I am also seeking your help to help fund additional evangelism training for me through Living Waters' 3-day Ambassadors' Academy  in Huntington Beach, California this July.


We love Living Waters ' ministry. They help equip Christians to share the Gospel with anyone and everyone through a system called The Way of the Master  (based on Jesus' examples of evangelism in the Gospels). We used The Way of the Master training materials to equip young adults in the DC area to become evangelists. We use Living Waters' gospel tracts to hand out during our outreaches. They are a legit ministry endorsed by folks like John MacArthur and Ravi Zacharias.

Not only will the Ambassadors' Academy provide me with support, encouragement and confidence to engage in street evangelism again, but it will also provide training and experience conducting open air preaching on the streets of Huntington Beach and Hollywood!

My hope is that I can take this experience and confidence home with me to Charlotte for use in our current ministry work, or to open up new opportunities for street evangelism ministry in Charlotte.

But I don't want this to just be something I want to do -- pushing it through under my own power -- without God's leading and support. I want to know if this is something God wants me to do.

I figure, if God wants me to pursue this training, He will raise up the funds and make His calling obvious. So, I'm asking for your financial support to send me.

I'm asking only for the funds to cover my airfare and Academy fees (which include hotel). I will cover everything else (food, transportation).

Cost Breakdown:
 - Ambassadors' Academy = $795
 - Airfare from Charlotte to Los Angeles = $500

If I somehow exceed my fundraising goal, I'll use the extra funds to pay for transportation, food and additional evangelism materials, while in L.A.

Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting me in this endeavor.

May God bless you and your household.

Sincerely,
Michael Tolosa
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Greetings, once again!

I finally got around to editing the video footage I took during the Ambassadors' Academy and wanted to share the finished video with you all.

Thank you, again, for your generous donations and sending me to this training. Since returning home, I've been engaged in several evangelism outreaches in Charlotte with my wife and father. Just last Saturday, we had a booth at a local Christian music festival, and I personally shared the Gospel 1-on-1 with at least 50 people. Soli deo gloria!

Sincerely,
Michael
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This was the final day of the Ambassadors’ Academy, and boy was it exhausting! In total, we spent 6 1/2 hours open-air preaching in Santa Monica — first in the promenade, then on the pier.

During our first stop, we encountered a heckler with a bullhorn, which caused all sorts of mixed emotions on my part. On one hand, a heckler helps draw a crowd, on the other hand, one with a bullhorn makes everyone annoyed. Instead of getting frustrated, a saddled up next to a young man watching the train wreck and asked him what he thought of all this. He said he wasn’t sure what they were talking about, so I told him and easily transitioned to the Way of the Master (a series of questions based on the method Jesus used to share the Gospel).

I did this several times when the other guys were preaching. One time, I went and got a drink and muffin from Starbucks, then sat outside and watched from a distance. After I was done with my muffin, I turned to the guy next to me and asked him what he thought of the preachers. He said he was a Catholic, who believed anyone can believe what they want. I followed up with the Way of the Master.

Standing around in the background allowed me to see who stopped to listen, then engage them when they walked away. I asked two girls if they were offended by what one guy was preaching. They said no and we’re very appreciative when I gave them tracts to take home and read.

When I finally got up to preach, I decided to wing it and add more to the typical WotM presentation. I told the people listening that I would answer the biggest objection to Christianity for them: If a loving, all-powerful God exists, then why is there evil in this world? (If you want the answer, let me know. The words can fluidly out of my mouth, and I articulated the answer more coherently that I’ve even thought them prior. It was definitely the Holy Spirit speaking through me.

After lunch, our group moved to the pier, where I was able to preach two more times — both times just walking a person through the good person test (or WotM). One man, Patterson, expressed his gratitude, and we took a selfie.

After the outreach, we headed back to a church in Huntington Beach for dinner and the closing ceremony. And after that, we went back to the hotel for a final team debrief.

Thus ends the evangelism training in L.A. Now it’s time to take what I’ve learned and bring it back to Charlotte!
Open-air preaching in Santa Monica.
The pier at Santa Monica.
Me and Patterson.
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Greetings from L.A.!

After two days of speakers and evangelism training, we finally hit the sidewalks of Huntington Beach and shared the Gospel with strangers!

Following the final speaker this morning, we visited the Living Waters headquarters for lunch and a tour.

After that, we went to Huntington Beach.

My main goal for attending the Ambassadors’ Academy is to try open-air preaching for the first time and see if it’s something I’d like to do in Charlotte.

After watching Living Waters’ Ray Comfort, E.Z., and Mark Spence preach from the soapbox and draw a crowd, it was the students‘ turn. While I waited patiently for my turn to preach, I stood around the speaker circle and helped draw and keep the crowd. Because we were a bunch of beginners, we usually ended up with a very paltry crowd.

The hardest part, it turns out, was finding a willing volunteer to stand on the other box to receive the Gospel message.

When my turn arrived, I quickly encouraged a young man to take the box and went through the good person quiz with him (which concludes with the Gospel message).

I wasn’t nervous, and for the most part, I spoke clearly, loudly (this is important), and confidently.

Ultimately, it’s not my eloquence that has the power to save, but rather the Gospel itself. Pray that God will make the seed I planted today in Mario’s heart (and in the hearts of those listening) grow.

Tomorrow, we head to Santa Monica for a full day of outreach.
Me preaching in Huntington Beach.
At Living Waters headquarters with Allen
On the new set of The Way of the Master
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Well, the time has come. I’m heading to L.A.! As I await my flight at the Charlotte airport, I’m reminded of how much God has already done to get me to this point.

First, He provided this opportunity at just the right time in my life. As He was helping me strip away the distractions that take my focus off prayer, Scripture reading, service and evangelism, He drew my attention to this evangelism training I have long wanted to attend.

But I didn’t have the funds.

That’s when my wife suggested I do a fundraiser. If it was God’s will for me to go, He would supply the funds. He did that through you all. Thank you!

In the past week, I’ve been through a gauntlet of physical attacks. A week ago, I was in bed with a fever. The two days after, I had a severely sore throat and could barely swallow. Then two days ago, I suffered a gout attack in my ankle. Just last night, I was mentally preparing to cancel my trip. I could barely walk.

I asked for prayer.

This morning, the pain in my ankle was nearly gone, and I could walk with a cane! The pain was now in my wrist, but at least I could travel!

So, here I am, awaiting my flight, excited at what God has in store for me this weekend.

Please pray for me. The devil doesn’t want me to go. I’m sure the other attendees are going through the same thing. Pray for us.

Pray that the pain in my wrist would go away.

Thank you for all of your support. May God bless you.

Sincerely,
Michael

When I am weak, He is strong.
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