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Creatively Communicating Christ

Doug and Joyce are champion proclaimers. Their internal drive is to share God’s love in multiple forms, especially through Jesus honoring written word. Their Russian River Outreach is inspiring and eternal in it’s impact.

Following is today’s report from Doug and Joyce. Enjoy and give glory to God! ( I have edited out the names of those privately mentioned to me.)


Thank you for praying for this Russian River Outreach. It took a while for this outreach to come to pass but the timing today was God’s plan. Your prayers were timely and they did reach the throne room in Heaven on our behalf.

We (Joyce and I) handed out 93 Step Up To Life Bookmarks with a Russian River Fly taped on each one. Again this year the fishermen enjoyed picking out their colored fly of choice. When they are doing this we are silently praying for them as well.

The third person that asked me for a bookmark was one of the ferry boat workers. His name is ——-. He is from Mississippi. He came up to Alaska to get work. He told me in our conversation that he went to three different Bible schools. But he didn’t know the Lord. I went through the steps on the bookmark and he saw his need to repent and believe on the Lord to be saved. After he prayed he told me that he felt a peace that he never felt before and a heavy weight was lifted off of him. One of the first things he did was to go over where Joyce was praying and he told her what he just did. He wanted an extra bookmark to give out to someone today. He was rejoicing, the angels were rejoicing and we are rejoicing. :-)

The next person that I talked with was a fisherman from Anchorage. His name is ——–. He came fishing with is wife and his father. ——— to us looked like a hard one to share the bookmark with. But God had a plan for him. After going through the goodness test, he saw his need to repent and believe. One of his comments was that he knew he couldn’t commit his life to the Lord until he repented. I explained the importance of repentance and what he needed to repent of. Joyce said you could see the Holy Spirit working. He was ready to make his commitment. But he wanted his wife ———- to pray with him. He told us that she was after him and the family to make this kind of commitment. So there you have it. The angels rejoice over one sinner who repents and believes.

Many fishermen today were very interested in the bookmark. Joyce watched a man read his for a long time.