Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Furniture Need for Local Family

A local family of 6 in Creedmoor is in need of living room furniture and dressers.  They recently moved out of the Durham Rescue Mission into a home in Creedmoor.  They have a kitchen table and beds, but they do not have anything to sit on or use in the living room.  They also do not have dressers for their clothes.

There are 4 children in this family....a set of 1 year old twins and two older children.

If you can help - please get in touch with us ASAP!



CHRISTmas is Coming!

CHRISTmas is coming - are you getting excited?  We surely are!  It's one way we get to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Every day is a day to celebrate Him - but this season allows us to share it with others even more!

There is an elderly apartment complex in Butner that we have been out ministering in before.  We love to visit with the elderly....talk with them....love on them....and just bless them with goodies.  I would like to make baskets for each of the residents for Christmas.  A lady that helps with our ministry regularly has agreed to make up the baskets all nice and fancy once I've gotten all of the items together.  I am thinking of putting some goodies, fruits, lotions, soaps, gloves, socks, etc. in the baskets.  I will start shopping for items soon - so if you have some things that could be donated for this project - let me know and we'll meet up!  I believe there are 24 residents in this complex.

When we last checked in with you, we were doing a service project at Heather's house.  The situation was not good when we got there and we found lots of mold and mildew and damage all throughout her trailer....due to old wood and leaky windows and roof.  We are working on finding some assistance for her.  She is staying with her mom right now so that they are not living in this hazardous environment.  I am hoping that we will be able to help her find another place to live altogether - unless the landlord agrees that the problem is partially his and agrees to come in and make wall, floor and roof repairs.

We were able to get her yard cleanup done and we pressure washed the trailer.  A big thanks to Antioch Baptist Church youth and members for joining with us and helping out.

Since then we have been able to join forces with them to help out two of their church members with yard/garage clean up.  We had a great time and hope to be able to join up with them again soon!

We have been doing many food deliveries to needy families in the area.  God has really blessed us with some food access lately and we are sure to praise Him every time we receive the means to meet a need.  Our food pantry is always in need of non-perishable items, so please let me know if you have some things you'd like to donate.  I can set up a time to meet you.

We have also received many baby/kids donations recently - so we will be sorting clothes and toys and finding good homes for all of these items.  Thank you to all that have donated!  We greatly appreciate them all and really appreciate your trust in us.  (If you would like to help me sort and organize one day - please let me know!!  I would love to have you over for a couple of hours.)

I found a ministry that ministers to the homeless in downtown Durham on Wednesdays.  They serve a hot meal and a great message from the Word of God.  It has been a huge blessing to be able to serve with them for the past few weeks and I hope to be able to continue.  This is the perfect mid-week lunch break and is an excellent refresher in the middle of a work week.  I have already started forming bonds with these folks and have enjoyed being able to share the love of Jesus with them.  We have been able to provide shoes, blankets, coats and Bibles so far.  Thank you to those who have donated items for this also.

Dean has continued his crosswalking and is loving every minute he gets to spend on the streets sharing about Jesus.  He has had some wonderfully interesting encounters and conversations and has even spoken at a couple different places about his endeavors.  My husband has an evangelistic heart and would love to go out witnessing and sharing Jesus every day of his life if he could.

He also tagged along with Pastor Terry (Bull City Outreach) to jail ministry last Tuesday.  He really loved that too and will be starting that regularly, Lord willing :)

Prayer night continues at our house each week and we would love to have you join us!  We do rotate days of the week - so if you're interested, let me know and we can keep you informed of the day for that week.

I am starting the Love Sex and Lasting Relationships study again....lol.  The date has been changed several times....but we are officially starting this Saturday at 1pm at Bethel Christian Center on Rose of Sharon Road in Durham.  This study is for girls of all ages.  It is free of charge and will be very informative and lots of fun.  We would love to have you there and you can email or call for more details on that.

I hope I have covered everything and I'm sorry it has taken so long for us to update the blog.

Loving Radically Through Christ,


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Update On Urgent Need

We posted about an urgent need for a lady named Heather.  A big shout out to Kyle and Beverly Mulholland of Antioch Baptist Church for stepping up immediately and offering to help out. 

Dean called to touch base with Heather today to see when he and Kyle could come over to make a list of necessary supplies, and Heather was able to report that her previously unresponsive landlord came over and got the repair done! 

Praise the Lord!

(She was in a rent-to-own situation with this mobile home and her two year maintenance agreement with him had literally just expired.)

We will probably go by sometime this weekend to check out the repair and see what else is needed for this single mom of 4 kids.

We do know that only one burner on her stove is working, and the oven doesn't work at all.  So if you have a working stove that you would be willing to donate or sell for cheap, please contact us immediately.

We will probably be setting up a date soon to go over and help her with yard work, roof sealant, and any other minor repairs and cleaning that she would like to do.

We would love to have any fellow brothers and sisters join us and show the love of Christ to this family.  This also makes a great youth group project!!

Loving Radically Through Christ,


Wednesday, October 31, 2012


URGENT NEED:  Heather, single mother of four kids, has a issue with the floors in her mobile home. Moisture seems to be the problem. The floor in her living room is buckling up from moisture damage, and in some areas the sub floor is rotting and falling in.  She doesn't have the money to repair it.  They are having to stay with her mother because mold and mildew from the moisture is causing them to be sick.  If anyone is willing to help us out please contact us via email at radicallifeoutreach@yahoo.com or either call (919) 665-8997

Thanks and God Bless!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Love Sex and Lasting Relationships Study

I will be starting a 10 series DVD/study workbook lesson on Love, Sex and Lasting Relationships.  The series is done by Chip Ingram.


I really felt led to do a study that related to this area, because as a teenager and young woman, I struggled immensely in this area.

This series will deal with what society, the media and Hollywood think about love, sex and relationships - and then it will more importantly turn it around and tell us what God and the Bible say about these issues.

This will be a great study for moms/teenage daughters and also young women (or women of ANY age) that still find themselves lacking in this area and want to know what God's Truth has to say about it.

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions about the study.

I believe it will begin next Wednesday night at 7pm at Bethel Christian Center in Durham.  You do not have to be a member of Bethel Christian Center to attend this study. 

Loving Radically Through Christ,


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dean's Account of the NC Pride Parade in Durham

The skies gave way to rain as I walked toward the Gay Pride Festival near Duke's East Campus. I was on somewhat familiar ground, as I was here last year to share the Gospel. I could hear music in the distance, and as I drew closer suddenly a man shouted out to me, "Dean!" I turned to see who it was. It was an ex-member of my church that had left his wife and children for a man. I did not speak. I just walked on by.

Now some of you may think that I was being rude, but I would like to point something out to you on why I took this stance. This man proclaims to be a Christian, yet he is living in a sinful homosexual relationship. God's word tells us in

1 Corinthians 5:11 - But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

We must obey God and not worry about what man thinks.

I continued walking down Ninth street, and a group of teenagers came up to me and asked for a picture.They were obviously there supporting the parade. They had on their rainbow colored clothes and had rainbow tattoos displayed on their faces. I was obviously there supporting Jesus, in my robe and a cross on my shoulder. I told them about Jesus, but they were more interested in the parade that was about to start. I would find out later that they were actually there to march in the parade.

As I continued down Ninth Street I got the usual stares and laughs, and snickers and jaw dropping responses that I usually get.

I turned around and headed towards Duke's East Campus area. People would grin as I walked down the sidewalk. I could tell some people thought I was crazy.....or just plain stupid. (A girl actually told me that she thought it was stupid to carry a cross around with a wheel on it.)

Good thing I'm not working for her or I would have been really discouraged. But when you know God has sent you, nothing falters your faith. As a believer, if we're running from persecution, then we are running from the very thing that will open up the blessings of God for not only us, but those who think what you're doing is foolish.

1 Corinthians 1:27 - But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

I walked to where the parade floats were all lined up. I had decided to get amongst the people this year and try and engage in conversation with them. I didn't want to make myself unapproachable. Many came up to me asking for pictures of course, but also curious about what I was doing. I explained God's Word to many of them without compromise. I shared how I was there to share the real Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how He came and redeemed us. I shared how homosexuality was a sin, but that so was lying, stealing, fornication, murder, and etc.. Jesus died for those sins, and if we believe in His sacrifice for sin, we will be a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

I decided to stand by the brick wall that was near the road. I stood there looking at the people and felt compassion for them. I pondered on what road had brought them to this place in their life. Then I noticed a man with a camera looking at me. He asked if it was okay if he took my picture. I nodded my head yes, and he began snapping pictures. He then approached me and asked me what I was doing. I begin to tell him about Jesus, and what my mission was, and he listened intently as I talked. He asked me if I was uncomfortable being out there at the parade. I told him, "No, I don't. Jesus would do the same. He hung out with prostitutes, and other sinners and expressed His love for them by showing them the truth." I thought that was the last time I would see or talk to this man, but days later after the Parade he contacted me by e-mail. This is what he said and I quote...

Hi Dean,

I have been thinking about our conversation last Saturday at Duke East Campus...

I got two or three shots of you, and I stole your insights from your website to post a few lines to support this one picture here... (bilingual).

Off the record - and although I am not a man of faith - I think I might have met Jesus twice in this country - especially during tough times for me.

And there might not be a third time, I am afraid.

Best regards,

**Name Withheld**

The parade started and the crowd begin cheering as each float would roll by. Wave after wave of human indecency would parade itself...from men dressed as women, blasphemous signs about God, people yelling obscenities...then to my shock, women walking around totally topless bearing their breasts with little children looking on. Even more shocking is the fact that the authorities saw this and continued to let them walk around nude.

The Bible speaks of a generation of people like this in the last days.

2 Timothy 3 - But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

This is what has become of this society and nation. Children are drowning in the ocean of this society's self indulgences, and men and women are blinded to it. But these little ones have their eyes wide open, they are taking it all in and it is molding them into what they will become.

Mark 9:42 - “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

Repentance is the only answer. Turn from sin by excepting Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, Jesus said in

John 14:6 - “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

God has made a way for humanity.


He is the savior of the world and for all that will believe in Him they will not be put to shame.

Soon the parade was over and once again I picked up my cross and walked toward Ninth Street. The paraders, still marching, began to chant a phrase they had memorized to express how they felt about all those that opposed them and their beliefs. It was the same one they chanted last year. As I continued to walk several people kicked my cross as I passed by. As I drew closer to Ninth Street a man approached me and said mockingly, "I would have thought Jesus' second coming would have been more exciting!" He became very angry when I didn't acknowledge him or respond to him at all. Many people want a fight, but I was not there to fight. I was already victorious. When you have already won the battle, no fight is necessary.

We have to realize our battle is not with human beings, but with the devil.

Ephesians 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The devil knows that if can get us in the flesh, so that we get angry at the person, He has won a great battle. If you get in the flesh you will never be effective in reaching the lost. Besides, if you are a living a godly life in Christ, you signed up for this.

2 Timothy 3:12 - Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

I was approaching the last store front on Ninth Street when a photographer from The News and Observer begin snapping pictures of me. He took about three pictures of me, then he asked me what my purpose was. I told him that I was there to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how He died, so that we could be free from all sins. I hear homosexuals say they were born that way, and I'm not totally opposed to that. The Bible says that we were all born into sin. But we have to be born again...

John 3:16-17 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Some of you may wonder why I allow people to take pictures of me. I do that so I can tell them about Jesus. If I tell them "no" to a picture, sometimes they will not even let me talk to them. Plus, when they show someone else the pictures I believe it will invoke conversation about their meeting with me. So then they become a preacher too, because in turn they may tell them the message I gave them about the Gospel.

To God be all the glory for what was accomplished at the parade. I believe the Word of God is powerful and will not come back void. It will accomplish His will.

Please pray for our ministry that God will continue to give us boldness and compassion and a fervent desire to reach the lost!

Living Radical For Jesus


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This past weekend we were blessed by Bull City Outreach Ministries with shoe donations.  Thank you so much to Terry and Angie for your donation to our ministry!  Brothers and sisters in Christ working together - out of love for the people!  AMEN :)

These were brand new shoes that we knew we could give out to needy kids/families in our area.

We were able to venture out last night to a familiar neighborhood in Butner and visit with some boys that we have grown to love over the last couple of years.

They were very excited to get the shoes, and we were excited to be able to remind them again that we love them because Jesus loves them.

There are 4 boys in the pictures.  We were also able to give the mom a pair and Dean will be heading back over there tonight to give the dad a pair.

They did manage to make me squeal like a little baby when they brought out the snapping turtles....but hey, that's what a house full of boys gets you - right?

Loving Radically Through Christ,


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crosswalking in Raleigh

I felt God leading us to Raleigh to do a cross walk. My mom (Marcia Rowland) and our sister in Christ, Deborah Reliford, joined me on the walk. We began our walk on Capital Blvd. We started walking from the McDonalds and made our way to a shopping center when a lady pulled up in a van beside us. She just looked at me without saying a word and it appeared as though she had seen a ghost. As we began to talk I soon discovered that she used to be close to God, and that she had strayed from Him. She said that she had a lot of guilt from her past mistakes.

I took as an opportunity to share my own story about how God delivered me from my past guilt. Tears begin to pour from her eyes. She said that she didn't know how to get back to God and she has tried but keeps failing. I explained to her that we can't do anything within ourselves, but we have to rely on Him and He will give us those desires if we ask. Sometimes just admitting to God our weakness is what He wants us to do. The Bible says in James 4:6 - But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

God gives grace (His strength and favor) to those who humble themselves. All pride and human abilities leave when we realize that God works through our weaknesses.

Pride says, "I can do it myself" while being humble cries, "I need your help God!"

I asked mom and Deborah if they would pray for her. As they prayed, a great joy came over this lady and she began to sing from her heart. She had a beautiful singing voice, and I noticed her countenance started to change. God really blessed this lady, as well as us.

After we prayed three teenagers came up to me and asked what I was doing. I told them I was preaching the gospel, and then I asked them how their relationship was with Jesus. They said "Okay" but they knew they were not doing everything they should be doing. So I told them that we have to come to God by humbling ourselves, and I squatted down and asked them to squat down with me. I told them that we have to humble ourselves by bringing ourselves lower and letting go of our pride and repent of our sins and God would do a work in our lives. They seemed to devour every word. I could tell that they had never heard anything like that before.

We continued our walk down Capital when all of the sudden the lady that we first met in the van comes running after us. She ends up walking with us the rest of the day, singing and praising God along the way.  We were not expecting that at all. Praise God for His many blessings!!

I talked to many people about Jesus this day. It always amazes me how people respond to this visual.

I want all our readers to know that I ONLY do this for God's glory. I even have had many opportunities to receive money from people, but I refuse to use this as a money thing! I want to give the Gospel to people free of charge. The scripture says in Matthew 10: 7-8 - And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Now I know there is nothing wrong with receiving money from people, because the scripture goes on to say a worker is worthy of his food...

1 Corinthians 9:12-15 - Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel. But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.  

I believe that not taking peoples money in a society driven by money and greed will only help to further the validity of the gospel.

I went back a few days later to Capital Blvd. Two teenagers chased me down for about a quarter of a mile to talk to me and get a picture. Also a great couple pulled up and asked me what I was doing this for. I talked to them for probably thirty or forty minutes about my testimony and what God was doing with the crosswalk. Then the man offered a prayer for me. He asked that God would strengthen me and continue  to use me in this way for His glory.

I also talked to four people at the Food Lion. I could tell by the way they talked that they were Christians. I challenged them to go even deeper in their walk with God, and to listen to His Spirit to use them to step out and do something "out of the box" for Him.

Yet another day in Raleigh we went downtown. As I walked through town you could sense that people were caught up in life. I believe that if Jesus himself were to return and walk down some of our streets in America He would just be overlooked.

We have heard the name Jesus so long in our country that it has become just another name to us. That name has lost its power in our lives because of our love for money, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. The Bible even says in Matthew 24:36-44 - “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

It will come as a thief to those who aren't interested or those who are caught up with this life. If you are a Christian and you spend most of your time on worldly affairs, then you are missing the mark. It's not just the real bad sins that we think of either that hold us back. It said they were eating, drinking, and getting married. These are just everyday things that we do. These things are not bad in themselves but when they become our God then we have missed the boat.

I talked to two young girls who said that they were saved. As I begin to talk, one of them walked away, but the other one stayed. I asked her if she was sharing her faith with anyone, and talking to God in prayer, and she said "Not like I should." I asked her what her husband would think if she got up in the morning, got dressed, drank her coffee, fixed her hair, and then walked out the door without speaking to him. She said her husband would probably think she was mad at him. I told her this is what we do to God everyday, but we don't think about it because He is not the most important thing in our lives.

Jesus gave His life for us; He left His throne to become a servant for us. The least we can do is acknowledge Him and thank Him, and share what He has done for us. She agreed, and I gave her a practical way she could start honoring God. I told her that first thing in the morning, before she does anything, to get on her knees and thank God for the day and worship Him. Her eyes got real big when I said that. I think it sounded different to her....almost alien!

Praise God for all that He has done and continues to do with Radical Life Outreach Ministries! Thanks to all of you that have supported us and still support us with your prayers and gifts.

To God be all the glory and to Jesus Christ our savior,

To be continued……



I'd like to take a moment to also recognize and thank Freedom Baptist Church of Durham.  We were asked to come and speak to them about our ministry on Sunday the 9th.  At first I didn't know how we'd take up an entire hour of time, but as Pastor Ronnie Bell told Dean at one point "She's on a roll now".....wow :)  It came easy as we just talked about the ways that God is working in our lives and our community.

We were then able to team up and help out a little with their Fall Festival the following Saturday.  Ronnie Bell is the new pastor at this church and really just wants to see the Word and Spirit of God grow exponentially in the surrounding community. 

Thanks again Ronnie and LuAnn!  We can't wait to work together with you again.

I also want to take this time to say a big "Thank You" to everyone who has sent me cards, notes, messages, scriptures, or prayers in the passing of my cousin Melanie.  It has been a rough two weeks for me at times, but God is good - ALWAYS - and He has brought me through the worst part.  There were moments when I knew I was being spiritually attacked and tormented, but I am just so thankful for my loving, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled husband who came along-side and helped me get back on track at just the right moment.

Until next time....Loving Radically Through Christ,


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Am I Lukewarm and Loving It?

This is a hard message but it's truth.

I hope you will take the time to listen to it like we did. 

Yes it's almost 40 minutes long - but it's well worth it.

You cannot leave the same.....well, you can.....but you can't leave without at least having the knowledge.




Monday, September 3, 2012

Other Ministry Endeavors

We've been out and about so much lately that I haven't been posting on the other great things God is doing in our lives.

Last Saturday we were able to join with Open Arms Fellowship (Creedmoor) to do a FREE clothing and school supply outreach at Twin Circles Mobile Home Park in Butner.  This is the same mobile home park that we have been out to many, many times delivering food, hanging out with the kids, having dinner with families, ministering the Word and doing the mobile VBS.  We love the folks in this community and love to spend time with them helping out in any way possible.  Some pictures from that outreach are below.

We have also been able to attend and help out with Friday Night Street Church in Durham at MacDougald Terrace Housing.  These people are the passion of Pastor Terry Shuff of Bull City Outreach Ministries.  He goes out to these neighborhoods daily....relentlessly....giving food and clothes and many other things, but more importantly he brings them the Word!  This Friday night street church was a wonderful experience, and for the past 2 Friday nights Dean has been able to preach to the residents that attend.  We get the Jesus music going, bring out the folding chairs, and just begin to have church right there where the people live....in the middle of the apartment complex.  This past Friday night Terry and Angie were out of town - but the show went on!  Dean and I, Jeff and Kem Shuler, William and Deborah Reliford, Michael Perra, Chris Hull, Kelly Gordon, and a handful of other people that I can't remember names for, came out had church.  It was a great experience, as always, and we look forward to next Friday night and every Friday night, as long as the Lord keeps this going.

Yes it's dark outside....yes it's late....yes it's a rough neighborhood....yes there is gang activity, drug deals, senseless murders, addictions of all sorts, children running around without parents who care....but we care and love these people because Jesus loves them.  Let us not forget that He died for us while we were still sinners....His love for us was made perfect in His sacrifice unto death.  But that is not all folks!!!  He gives us NEW LIFE....a CHANGED LIFE!  If we will agree to give Him our whole life....our whole heart....our entire beings....He will mold us and change us and rejuvinate us!

Hallelujah!!  He did it for me, He did it for Dean, He did it for Pastor Terry, and many others.  If He can do it for us, He can do it for you and He can do it for the people of MacDougald!

We have also had lots of calls lately for people needing food.  So we have done many deliveries.  We have a shelf in our home dedicated to non-perishables and also have a deep freezer for meats and baked goods.  If you would ever like to donate to this, we would be very appreciative!  Just give us a call or shoot us an email and we will be happy to meet up with you!

As always, thank you for helping us serve people in our community all in the name of Jesus.

Loving Radically Through Christ,


Sunday, September 2, 2012

More Crosswalking Stories!!

We have sooooo many crosswalking stories to tell that we just can't get them all typed up and posted!  So sorry!!!  We are getting quite a few requests for an updated post of Dean's most recent endeavors.  I'll start by saying that it is virtually impossible to recount EVERY story, however we're going to detail a few of them below and include some pictures.  Please feel free to share this blog post with your friends and family.  It's very encouraging to see that so many people are interested in hearing about our gospel sharing ventures! 

Last Sunday Dean went crosswalking through the Butner-Creedmoor area.  This past Friday he took the day off work and went back to Downtown Durham, South Square and Southpoint areas and also Chapel Hill.  Then on Saturday he went to Oxford and Henderson.

This is the most effective and powerful ministry tool yet because people are so interested in what he's doing and will stop and listen to what he has to say.  It's one thing for us to bring free stuff to people....of course they hang around and chat.  But it's a whole different story for people to approach you and become genuinely engaged in conversation about the gospel.  It's just amazing!

These were the first people we came into contact with in Henderson.

I met Pastor Lashun Mitchell and his children (pictured above) in Oxford.  He said he had been hearing about me at work for about 2 weeks and had said that he would like to meet me.  And then we ran into each other on Saturday.  He said that he would like to go crosswalking with me sometime soon.  He is currently pastoring a church in Chapel Hill but has just recently moved to Oxford and is looking for a building here.  Hopefully when he finds a local place I will go and speak to the congregation.

This is the manager and a couple of wait staff at Golden Corral in Henderson.  Before we left I got to pray with our waitress.
Across the street from the Golden Corral in Henderson is a car dealership.  A group of about 10 people gathered around to see what I was doing.  Of course I explained it to them, and when they wanted pictures, I took the opportunity to share the gospel with all of them.  One of the people in the group was a car salesman.  After seeing me and hearing about what I was doing, he tried to pull out his wallet and offer money to me.  However I explained to him that I would not take the money because my job was not to come out and collect money from people....it's to come out and share the Good News of Jesus Christ!
I was also at a Food Lion parking lot in Henderson and I was sitting on a bench and sharing with 3 or 4 of the employees when a few other people came up.  I was able to share my personal testimony and also the vision that God had given me about doing this type of ministry.
Everywhere I go people are in shock and awe....they're amazed to see someone doing something like this.  Some people are a little hesitant at first, and that's understandable.  But once they realize that I'm out only to share the gospel they are usually joyful and excited and encouraging.
I also get a lot of people that follow me.....whether it be following me on their moped, or walking behind me for a while, or seeing me pass them by and following me in their car until I stop and they get a chance to ask what I'm up to.  One particular person was a man on a moped who followed me for a bit and took some pictures.  When I got the chance to talk to him, it was encouraging because he was currently heading up a Celebrate Recovery program in his area....a Christ-based addictions recovery program, kind of like AA, but all based on freedom from hurts, habits and hangups through Jesus Christ.

A man approached me in the Roses parking lot in Oxford.  He asked if he could get a picture and I asked him how his relationship with Jesus was.  He pulled up the sleeve of his shirt to reveal a tattoo of Jesus' face on his upper arm.  I said "Yeah but is he in your heart?"  And he said that he was....that he had been there a long time. 

Now I don't know the true condition of this man's relationship with the Lord, but I do know that this brings up a great point for professing Christians today.  Lots of us have Him on our shirts....around our necks....even permanently tattooed on our body somewhere.  But none of that is what makes us a Christian.  If we're going to wear Him as body art, or proudly display His name on our bumper stickers, then we need to make sure we have embraced His claim on our life. 

Jesus Himself says in Luke 6:46 - “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?"

And in speaking to the Pharisees in Matthew 23 (people claiming to be the representatives of God), Jesus says - "You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness."

THIS is why we need to rely on His Spirit daily....because in ourselves we don't have the power.  His sacrifice and His righteousness is what provides the means and access.

In Butner as I walked down a side street, about 8 or 9 people came out to the road to greet me and starting shouting in amazement "Jesus is walking down the street....It's Jesus!"  Now let me make something abundantly clear here to everyone that may be reading......I do NOT think, nor do I profess to people, that I'm the real Jesus.  I don't want people to think I've lost my bearings.  I'm just obeying what God has told me to do.  I am just a common man saved by an uncommon, mighty, amazing, merciful God!

At one point while in Butner I came to a park and sat down under a large shelter because it was very hot out.  I sat there with my eyes closed and prayed.  As I was praying, I could hear footsteps coming up behind me.  A man came up and said "That's a mighty big message you are carrying there.  What are you doing it for?"  I told him that I'm a street minister and that I use this to get people's attention so that I can preach the gospel to them.  Then he asked me if I needed any help.  I asked him what he meant by that, and he said that if I needed him to drive me anywhere he would load up the cross on his truck and take me wherever I needed to go.  I declined the offer but thanked him for his kindness.  He then went back to his truck and got some bottled water for me.  Afterwards I got back to business....not too far away at a laundromat parking lot.  I could hear people giggling behind me, so I turned around to find four teenagers looking and talking amongst themselves.  They asked if they could get a picture, and of course you know I never pass up a picture because that opens the door for God's Word to be preached.  Cars then began to pull up left and right until I had a crowd of fourteen or fifteen around me.  What do you think happened next?  I talked to them about Jesus!  What greater message is there but Jesus and what He's done for us.  Afterwards many thanked me and hugged me, and some have even friend requested me on Facebook so they can follow the ministry.

Let me give you another statement from the mouth of Jesus....out of the book of Luke.  "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

We hear this and know this, but isn't it amazing when it actually happens for someone?  I decided to go near I-85 exit where it is the busiest.  I walked along the main road and into the Butner Food Lion shopping center parking lot.  I walked by every shop with the cross in hand.  As I got to the end of the strip mall a car pulls up beside me.  The girl asked if I could pray for her.  I said yes and told her to park and come over.  The young lady comes up with her mother and her daughter and begins to tell me her story.  She said that she didn't go to church, but today she had decided to go.  The pastor had been talking about Jesus and she prayed that if Jesus was real, would He please reveal Himself to her.

This is a familiar position to take, because sometimes it's hard for us to believe in something that we can't see or feel.  We ask God to reveal Himself....to just prove Himself to us.  Imagine this girl's surprise when the very one she wanted to be revealed to her was standing right in front of her face in a tangible form just hours after she had asked.

I told her that today was her day and that God was going to transform her life.  Right there in the parking lot this young girl and her mother made a confession of faith and vowed to start living their lives for the Lord.  I explained some things in the gospel and then we prayed.  I gave them my card and told them to stay in touch with so me that I could continue to help them and support them on their journey.

I always try and get people's contact information or give mine to them.  I want to be able to follow up with them, help them out, disciple and counsel them in any way that's needed.  I have made lots of new Facebook friends in the process, and I look forward to the many more I will make in the future.

Below are some additional photos that have been taken during the crosswalks.

This is the man in the last blog post that approached me in the KFC parking lot and prayed The Lords Prayer over me.

Through all of this I have thought about how awesome these days have been....how God has moved....how He is blessing and transforming lives.  I can't help but get emotional about how good our Savior is and how when we were sinners Christ died for us.  He showed His love for us even when we didn't give Him a second thought. 
When you realize the magnitude of His love for you, you can't help but desire it for others.
Until next time....
Living Radically For Christ,

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

School Supply Thanks

I recently posted a blog about Dean's brother losing his job and the need for his 5th grade son's school supplies.

I had 3 people eagerly respond....and I know those 3 people will not let me thank them publicly, but they read the blog....so they know who they are.

THANK YOU!  From us and directly from Dean's brother's family.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy.

We also purchased him a book bag and gave some money for required school agenda and vocabulary book.

Dean's brother is still looking for work as of yesterday, so if you have a lead for him (experienced painter) or feel led to donate to help with a specific utility bill, please give us a call or send us an email.

Loving Radically Through Jesus,


Monday, August 27, 2012

Saturday Crosswalk

This past Saturday I set my sights on Downtown Durham again.  My mother (Marcia Rowland) and my son (Dillon Padgett) joined me in the walk.

When we immediately began the walk, a couple ran up to us and asked us for a picture.  They were Christians and told us about how God had touched their lives.  Isn't it great that He started our journey out with encouragement?

After that we were on our way to the mission field.  As we continued down Mangum Street, an SUV pulled up beside us.  It was a guy that I had met the prior Friday during my first crosswalk in Downtown Durham.  I had asked him last week if he would be willing to walk with me sometimes and take pictures, and he said yes, but I wasn't sure if he was serious or not. 

Well he obviously was serious!!  And he was there to take pictures. 

We approached Main Street and I saw people outside eating.  As I passed by one place, a lady asked if she could take a picture of me.  Eager to start preaching I told her "yes".  As her camera snapped the photo I said "Now I get to preach."  She said "No I really don't want you to."  And I replied that I let her get the picture, so she should allow me to preach in return.  She explained that she was an atheist and didn't believe Jesus existed.  I had talked with a professing atheist last week too.  I asked her what she thought happens when you die, and she just said that we die and that's it.  I asked her if she ever wondered if there was more to life than just this.  She said that it didn't bother her.  I noticed that she had cigarettes and wine on the table and I said "If this is all the life you will have, I see that you are speeding up the process of ending it with those."  With that they just laughed.  I began to tell her what Jesus could do for her and she insisted again on not having this conversation.  She started to become agitated, and the more I talked, the more angry she became.  She didn't want to let go of her lifestyle and her views and I was just cramping it.  When I saw that she wasn't responding at all to the Word, I gathered up my cross and continued with the walk.

We walked down a little further and a man standing outside of a shop said "Hey Jesus....Hey.....Jesus didn't have wheels on his cross."  The Holy Spirit immediately put a word on my lips, which I will be using in the future, since many people like to criticize with this point.  I said "You know, so many people focus on the insignificant things so that they don't have to focus on the cross."  And he replied with "You're right."

As we began to talk to him, a small crowd gathered.  A lady came up behind me and started telling me about how she had been raped and all the things her and her sister had been through in life.  She poured her heart out to me and I just listened and took it all in.  She was attached to me like glue and would not part from me.  My son, Dillon, was witnessing to the guy we first talked to, and my mom said Dillon had a glow on his face as he told the man about Jesus!

We talked to another lady standing in the crowd and I asked her how her relationship with Jesus was.  She said it was good, as do most people.  I asked her if she was living right and she stated "halfway."  So I asked her, "Look, if you were applying for a job and you called and asked them if you had the job and they told you 'halfway', would you be secure with that answer?"  She said "no" and I said "We can't live halfway for Jesus either.  He wants our whole heart."  So I asked her if she was living in sin and she replied that she was....she was living with a man that she wasn't married to.  I asked her if they were having sex and she admitted that they were.  Then I asked her if she thought she would go to heaven if she died right now and she replied that she thought she would because she was nice to people and tried to do good.  I told her what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  DO NOT BE DECEIVED!  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you.  But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

I said "According to what you have told me, you are living in fornication.  Do you still think you would go to heaven now that you know what the Scripture says about it?"  She replied "Probably not, I guess."  I told her that I didn't want her to be deceived.  Then I told her the Good News.  "Now that you understand what sin can do, let me tell you what Jesus can do.  When you believe on Jesus, you are accepting his sacrifice for sin.  In other words, He took the penalty of sin for you.  Jesus died so that you could be forgiven and free, and all you have to is repent of your sins, allow Jesus to be the Lord of your life, and He will help you overcome that sin that leads to death.  Apart from God we can do nothing.  We need His transforming power to change us so we no longer have the desire to practice sin."  She told me that it was her plan to do things right and get married and she thanked us for talking with her. 

By her standards, this lady thought she was good.  But we can't live by our own standards!  We have to live by the standards God tells us in His Word!  There are so many people deceived in this way.  I see it over and over again.  It is important that we tell them the truth and not toy with them on this matter.  It could mean the difference between life and death! 

At this point, my mother and son went to get something to drink, so I went a little further down Main Street.  As I was walking a teenage girl came up behind me and asked for a picture.  She had two other young ladies with her.  Then I saw two young men get out of their car and come over to where we were.   I let them take a picture and afterwards I got to share the gospel with them.  The two young men, Derrik and Patrick, were really under conviction.  I noticed that one of them had a lot of scars on him....like scars from a knife.  I asked him about the scars and also asked him if he was waiting for death to submit his life to God.  He replied "You're right.  I've been running and I need to get things right."  I told him that God wanted to use him in a mighty way and that it was not a hard thing to give his life to God.  I gave him Romans 10:8-10 - "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says 'Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For 'whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'"  Then we prayed together and both young men gave me their phone numbers.  I told them that if they were serious, I would contact them and help them go all the way with God.

After that I headed down the other side of Main Street and continued to talk to people about the Gospel.

We decided to also venture to Roxboro Road and the traffic was pretty heavy.  There were lots of people out and about.  I walked for a while and didn't talk to anyone.  But I finally came upon a church where a small group of people had stopped and waited for me to come by.  When I approached, they asked for a picture, and you know the drill by now....they get a picture if I get to preach.  They agreed and I did what I love to do....share the gospel of Jesus Christ and what He's done for me!  I continued down Roxboro Road towards a shopping center and my mom followed behind me in the Jeep.  People were turning around to look and coming out of their shops to catch a glimpse and get a picture.  A police officer came over to where we were and walked up to me.  I was a bit worried at first that he might be trying to stop what we were doing, but it turned out that he just wanted a picture like everyone else.

I told my mom that I would meet her at the Roses, so she drove ahead and I set out walking again with the cross.  As I got near the shopping center, I approached a little grassy area.  All of a sudden there was a crowd of twenty or more people gathered around me on the grassy area.  They all stood there and listened as I preached the life-saving gospel of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! 

Hallelujah!  God's presence was mighty for sure!

By this time we were getting a little hungry and thirsty and we decided to go into KFC for dinner.  I propped my cross up against the building and went inside and grabbed a seat.  As I sat there people began to stare.  I mean....it's not everyday that you see Jesus at KFC, right?  (Disclaimer folks....I know that I am NOT the real Jesus.)  As I began to eat a family of four came up to me.  They were excited and said "We saw you walking down the road and we followed you here.  We just wanted to know what you were doing."  So I told them to go and get their food and come sit down and we'd talk.  They explained that they actually weren't coming to eat, but just to talk to me.  So I told them about how God had given me a vision in my mind....about how it would look if Jesus were to carry a cross through our cities.  I told them that God wanted people to become aware that Jesus is coming again soon, and that this would be a sign to many to prepare themselves for His return.  He told me it would shock people and even convict people of their sins.

As we ended the day, I loaded the cross onto the Jeep and a man came over from the bus stop.  He told me that he wanted to pray for me.  I could tell that he had some mental problems, but he prayed The Lords Prayer over me and it was a beautiful sound in my ears, as I'm sure it was to God.

I would like to encourage all believers who may be reading this blog post.  If you've ever desired to be a witness for the Lord, but have been afraid to step out because of fear or lack of self-assurance, don't be!  Let me tell you from my own experience, and my family can confirm, I am shy in crowds and I don't like speaking up in front of people.  I get very nervous when I do anything like that.  But you have to kick down those barriers by faith, and step out in obedience.  Then, and only then, will God reward you.  He will give you SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS to perform His will.  You will begin to be so bold you won't even recognize yourself.

Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

God Bless All Of His Saints!

Stay tuned for more!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Anyone Interested In Joining Dean?

Dean wants to go out cross-walking and witnessing again this Saturday around lunch time.  It will probably be in Durham again, and will be for a couple of hours.

He wanted me to post and see if anyone was interested in joining him?  Even if you feel like you can't be a "speaker", he really needs someone to help him take pictures and pray and give out contact cards to people who stop him.

I will doing a clothing outreach and a ladies study during that time and can't go with him :(

Please pray about coming out to help him and give him a call at 919-665-8997 if you're interested!

Loving Radically Through Christ,


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Current Families In Need

We have a couple of families that have recently request school supplies that they cannot afford to purchase for their children going back to school next week.  If you have any that you would like to donate, please let us know.  We will definitely get them in the hands of some children who need them!!

Also, Dean's brother went to get his check on Friday and was told then that he was being laid off right then for lack of work.  He has been doing painting for a local company.  If you know of anywhere hiring for that type of work, please let us know.

They also have a son going into the fifth grade next week at Butner Stem Elementary School.  We would like to be able to help them out with his school supplies so they will not stress and worry about this.  I plan to go this weekend and get most/all of the supplies.  If you would like to donate a WalMart gift card to help out with this, or join me at WalMart this weekend to help out, we would be most appreciative :)

Fifth Grade Supply List
·      Small index cards
·      Dry erase markers
·      10 notebooks
·      Highlighter
·      Pencils
·      1 inch binder
·      Colored pencils
·      Dividers
·      Loose-leaf notebook paper
·      Tissues
·      Sandwich size Ziploc bags
·      Clorox wipes
·      Headphones
·      1 3-pronged folder
·      $9.00 for vocabulary word study book

Optional: Markers, Crayons

Lastly we have a family that is in need of diapers (sizes 5 and 6) and two toddler beds.

As always, thanks in advance for helping out!

Loving Radically Through Christ,


Monday, August 20, 2012


About a year ago a vision popped into my mind. I imagined what it would look like if Jesus were to walk down the streets of our city, bearing a cross on His shoulders. I had played with the idea for a while, but really never did anything with it. Then an opportunity presented itself last year at the Durham Gay Pride Parade. I dressed up in full Jesus outfit, bearing a rather large cross on my back, as a visual witness there. My presence, or rather the visual presence of Jesus, was not a very welcomed sight at this event. The people mocked, laughed, and even cursed at me.

But it wasn't me they were angry with...it was who I represented that angered them.

Of course they had their Jesus in the parade and rolling around on skates, but they didn't have a problem with him because he represented their cause. That was a great experience, and I believe it did some good.

When God gives you a vision, His purpose will always succeed if you step out in faith.

That was almost  a year ago, and I haven't thought about it much until recently. This past Friday I felt strongly that I should pull out the Jesus outfit again, and carry the cross through downtown Durham. So I loaded up the Jeep and headed to Durham. When I arrived, I parked at a local church that I had attended once.  I opened my truck door, and in full Jesus garb I pulled the cross out of the back of the Jeep.  Suddenly I noticed that people were already staring.  They didn't say anything, they just stared. Then I hoisted the cross up on my shoulders and began walking towards the downtown area.  It only took just a few steps and then it started.  People begin to yell, "JESUS", and some were laughing and snickering.  The closer I got to my destination, the more the onslaught would build.  Many people looked shocked and didn't know what to think or say.  Then as the steady stream of traffic zoomed by, people would yell out of their car windows, "HEY JESUS!"

Finally I arrived at Main Street.  As I continued walking down the sidewalk of the city, I could see and feel people gawking at me. 

I guess so, it's not everyday you see Jesus walking down Main Street, or any street for that matter.

As I pressed forward I saw a man and woman standing outside of one of the shops.  The man yelled out, "HEY DIDN'T I SEE YOU IN A ROCK BAND ONCE?".  I didn't acknowledge him at all and kept my pace.  Then as I passed he shouted, "OH YOU THINK YOU'RE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE!"  I still did not respond, but kept my stride.

Then I approached a girl probably in her early twenties.  She asked, "What are you doing ?" and I told her that I was being a witness for Jesus.  Then I stopped and set down my cross and begin talking with her.  I asked her where she was with her relationship with Jesus.  She said she was an atheist and didn't believe in Jesus.  Not only that, she didn't believe Jesus ever existed.  I asked her why she didn't believe he existed even though there is historical facts that say he did.  She tried to explain her mind set on the matter, but other people were starting to come up to me.

People were wanting to take a picture with me, so I agreed, but only if I could preach to them.  They agreed, took a picture with me, and I preached.

People driving by in their cars would hold up traffic just to take pictures of me.  The response to what I was doing was overwhelming, and this was just the beginning.
I would meet up with many other people. One particular lady stuck out in my mind.  She walked up to me and looked me up and down, with her mouth gaping open. I asked, "Are you okay? " She responded, "I'm a little weirded out."  I asked her if she needed prayer for anything and she said she needed a job and she also needed prayer for her menopause.  I prayed with her, and the presence of God was mighty on her, she said, "OH I FEEL SOMETHING, OHHHHH WHEEEW!"  I could feel God's presence too, and I told her before I left, "If you want all these things, seek first the kingdom of God."  I went further down Main Street, when a hot dog vendor yell out to me, "JESUS, HEY JESUS, COME OVER HERE AND BLESS MY CART!"  I thought he was mocking, but turns out he was an awesome brother in the Lord.  I stopped and talked with him for about thirty minutes, and we had prayer and worshipped God with uplifted hands right there next to the hot dogs!  Then another brother saw us from across the street and ran over to join us.  We had an awesome time ministering to one another.

After that, a young guy on a bicycle rode up next to me and asked what I was doing, in a sour tone of course.  I told him that I was being a witness for the Lord and asked "WHY, have you come  to criticize me?"  He said, "No, I'm just real skeptical of people like you, because I have seen it done the wrong way."  I responded, "I know what you mean...people that tell you you're going to hell, but don't offer any hope in the process right?" "Yes!" he said.  "That's exactly it, amongst other things!"  I told him that I wasn't there to condemn anyone, but only to share the good news of the gospel. Then about that time a curious woman came up to us, and together he and I witnessed to her, and explained to her how to be saved.  Afterwards the man on the bike shook my hand and thanked me for what I was doing, then rode away.

I decided I would go to another location, so I headed back to my Jeep, but before I could make it a man and woman walked from behind a building and asked for a picture. I said, "Okay, but I get to preach to you."  They agreed, we took a picture, and then I preached.  After I preached to them for a little while the man wanted to know how he could get in contact with me so that I could come to his church and speak.  He said, "I will talk to my pastor about it."  So I gave him our web address and my name.  He recently friend requested me on facebook.

I loaded the cross back onto the Jeep and headed to Ninth Street. When I arrived there were just a few people out walking. So I unloaded again and was on my way.  I got the usual stares, and double takes, and a few people actually would turn to go another way.  My cross has wheels on it so I can pull it, and as I passed by a bar, a drunk yelled out, "JESUS DIDN'T HAVE WHEELS!" and everyone erupted with laughter and continued shouting as I rolled away.  One guy called me the Anti-Christ...not sure what he meant by that.  I continued around the block, and people continued to point and laugh.  I was back at the Jeep and off to my next destination

I decided to conclude my walk on Hillsborough Road.  Before I went down Hillsborough Road I went down LaSalle Street and stood in front of the MAXX-X pornographic movie store.  I stood right at the exit to the store, so that as they drove out of the parking lot the first thing they saw was a visual of a cross and a man dressed up like Jesus.  After that I made my way down Hillsborough Road.  Many people were pulling over in their cars trying to get a picture on their cell phones.  I saw people looking out the windows of the stores to catch a glimpse of the cross-wielding Jesus.  Some people would pull up next to me in their cars asking what I was doing, while others would pull over, get out of their cars and run over to get a picture.  I told them my usual stipulation for pictures, they would have to let me preach to them.  I got to share the gospel to many, many people! 

To end the day on a high note, a group of teenagers pulled over and asked if they could take a picture with me.  They said they had been following me around.  So right there on Hillsborough Road I preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to five teenagers.  They listened intently and hung on every word I believe the Spirit of God was saying to them.

Praise God!

Jesus be glorified for the great things He did that day!

We are called to share the gospel, and if we listen to the Spirit, He will give us unique and effective ways to do it.

I have no doubt in my mind that Jesus was lifted up THIS DAY!

As Christians we don't have to bear the cross that Jesus did, but we can put wheels on one and carry our own.


Radical For Jesus,