Rose Parade outreach yields results
Abi, a young Hispanic woman, was one of thousands of people camped out on East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Eve, waiting to see the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade. She was unaware that the best news she would hear that day would have nothing to do with the parade.
Loren Phippen, an Intentional Community Evangelism (ICE) team member, approached Abi and began to share the gospel with her. He is evangelism director for the Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association in Kansas.
As Phippen used an illustration tool called an EvangeCube to tell Abi about Jesus, he noticed that she was receptive. As he was about to invite her to pray, Abi asked him to sit down in a chair beside her because she wanted to ask him a serious question.
“What does the Bible say about homosexuality, Loren?” Abi asked.
“The Bible has a lot to say about homosexuality,” he answered.
Abi admitted to being in a homosexual relationship and said she wanted a way out. Phippen knew the conversation was a divine appointment, and he shared with her what God says about homosexuality in His Word.
With tears streaming down her face, Abi said she wanted to leave her life of homosexuality behind and trust Christ as her Savior.
Phippen was one of eight ICE team members and 152 volunteers from California and churches across the country that converged in Pasadena for the annual Rose Parade outreach.