Sunday, January 31, 2016

MAD Live Event in Avoca today

I completed the last MAD Live Event of the month today at the First Baptist Church of Avoca. 2 people were saved at the event. PTL! I got some absolutely amazing testimonies form some of the people in attendance. I asked them to type them up and send them to me. I'll post them when they come in. Also, a sister in the Lord named Kimi actually headed up an effort and built a MAD Live Event Jr. Version for the little kids and they taught it today. It went very well from what I understand. We are excited to see how we can incorporate this into our ministry offerings.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What an amazing day of ministry!!!

What an amazing day of ministry we had today! I was at Bethesda full Gospel Tabernacle in Tonawanda, New York for a Mad Live Event today. We had about 100 people attend and 11 people indicated on their evaluation forms that they gave their lives to Jesus Christ at the Event! Praise God!

I then headed to Bath, NY, and as I was going to be in the area, I arranged to have dinner with the chairman of the board of our ministry, Pastor Ron. Ron missed a text message from me and as a result, he was going to be about a half hour late to meet me for dinner. He suggested I check in at the hotel and he would meet me at the hotel. At the desk I was greeted by the manager, a young lady named Arion, and she asked me if I was in the area visiting family. I explained to her that I was here to teach at a church in Avoca tomorrow. She asked me what I taught, and I told her I teach lifestyle evangelism. She asked what that was and we discussed here beliefs about God and Christ. She is correct in her understanding, but when I asked her if she was “born again”, she didn’t understand what that meant. We ended up in a lengthy discussion about church and the plan of salvation. I also took her through the Way of the Master material and she told me she was very frightened of the thought of going to Hell. She currently doesn’t attend church because her job keeps her busy 60 hours a week. I shared the Gospel very clearly with her and gave her a “One Second After You Die” booklet and a Gospel of John to read. She asked for my contact info in case she had questions. I then asked if she was off tomorrow and she said, “yes”. I suggested she come to the training at Avoca Baptist Church. Arion said she knew where it was and that she would come if she didn’t get sick. Apparently a coworker has been sick with the flu for a week and she was starting to feel sick. I asked if I could pray for her and she excitedly said, “Yes!”. She told me if she was feeling well in the morning she would come to the Live Event. Ron then arrived and as he walked in she told me that had he been on time and we went to dinner, I never would have met her as she was due to leave soon. She recognized that this was a “God thing” that we met and got to talk. Pray that she get rest and shows up tomorrow for the Live Event!

We also got to pray for our waitress, a young lady named Felicia tonight. We left her a generous tip and a Gospel of John to read. I am excited to be back at Avoca Baptist for the third time to share the latest rendition of the MAD Live Event!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lehigh Valley CareNet

I had a nice meeting this morning with the Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley CareNet. I was honored that she asked me to be the speaker for their 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser in September. I get to follow the previous year's speakers including Alan Keyes, Alveda King, and Cal Thomas. No pressure!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Men's Breakfast Speaker

My first speaking event of the new calendar year was at an inaugural Men's Breakfast at Abundant Life in Birdsboro, PA. 28 men attended. A man named John came up to me afterwards to talk. He is retired Navy man who was an alcoholic and drug addict for many years. He told me he has been clean for 3 years now. And most importantly, he told me that he gave his life to Jesus Christ at the breakfast!! PTL! After he left, I shared the news with the Pastor. Apparently he attends sporadically, and he has liver cancer. Talk about a Divine appointment. PTL! Again!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Merry Christmas! December Ministry Report

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end.” Isaiah 9:6-7

Merry Christmas!

We pray that the Lord grants you a blessed Christmas with family and friends, and we wish His blessings on you for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

We held our annual ministry board meeting this weekend. I gave my Executive Director’s report and what a blessing it was to review the year and see how the Lord used us in 2015 to impact lives and eternities. Here’s a summary of what God did through the ministry in 2015:

• MAD Live Events - 41 (we have completed 451 overall)

• Attendance - 2,182 (overall attendance is 24,368)

• Decisions for Christ at MAD Live Event - 95 (overall decisions for Christ - 1,287)

• Decisions for Christ at other events - 22

• Walk thru the Bible Old Testament Seminars - 4

• Chapel Speaker - 2

• Men’s Breakfasts - 1

• Camp Speaker - 1

• Teen Retreat Speaker - 1

• Other speaking engagements - 5

• Total Pocket Testament League Members recruited - 6,311

• Gospels of John ordered by these members - 120,839

In December, I completed one MAD Live Event and preached at a Sunday morning service. We continue to receive testimonies from people who have put into practice what we’ve taught at the MAD Live Event. Here are a few to bless and encourage you:

“Hi Don - It was GREAT to read your newsletter and see how people are being inspired to share the gospel. How wonderful to read the accounts of God speaking to people through His powerful Word Amen! I'm happy because I was able to give out a lot of "little books" this week too. Yesterday to a waitress at Perkins and then to the drive thru worker at Dunkin Donuts. Today to a Hindu cashier at an Office Depot and also to a gas station attendant. My friend Joe from church asked if I would get him some gospels to give out too, so cool. A group of us are going Christmas caroling mid December and we are going to hand them out.”

“I was sitting in a deli with a friend of mine, an older man with a white beard. Next to was a mom with her two daughters, ages about 8 and 10. When they got up to leave the mom said to my friend, "I have to tell you, my daughters think you are Santa Clause!" I'm not sure if she was serious or kidding! We had a laugh together. Then I said, "Now that we are talking about Christmas, can I give your daughters this gift? It's a book with very important stories in it." The mom said, "Yes they love to read!" I said, "They'll love these stories!!" "Thank you very much!" she said. That's how we got the Word of God with the Gospels of John into the hands of a family sitting next to us at the deli. Harry”

2016 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE TRIP TO UTAH

It is time for us to make reservations for lodging for our 2016 Ultimate Adventure trip to Utah. No experience necessary. A short video is on my website if you’d like to check out what we’ll be doing. It is difficult to make lodging decisions when we don’t know how many people are coming and what the mix is: how many couples, how many individual men, individual women, family members etc…and believe it or not, the lodging fills up well in advance. If you have interest in coming, I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW. We need at least 3 more people to do the trip. Please contact me if interested.

JANUARY & FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

• Jan 3 - MAD Live Event - Park United Methodist Church, Sinclairville, NY

• Jan 10 – Speak at a Men’s Breakfast - Abundant Life Church - Birdsboro, PA

• Jan 14 - MAD Live Event for the staff of Light 106.9, Black Mountain, NC

• Jan 16 - MAD Live Event - First Baptist Church of Kingston, TN

• Jan 17 - Preach - First Baptist Church of Kingston, TN

• Jan 23 - MAD Live Event - Christ Chapel, Hickory, NC - Sponsored by Light 106.9 (The Billy Graham station)

• Thursday, Jan 28 - MAD Live Event (Part 1) - Jesus Book & Gift Store, Green Brook, NJ (Part 2 a week later, same night - Thursday)

• Jan 30 - MAD Live Event - Bethesda Full Gospel Tabernacle - Tonawanda, NY

• Jan 31 - MAD Live Event - Avoca Baptist Church, Avoca, NY

• Feb 3 - Share the Power - Lehigh Valley Pastor Luncheon

• Feb 4 - MAD Live Event (Part 2) - Jesus Book & Gift Store, Green Brook, NJ

• Feb 20 - MAD Live Event - (Sponsored by Mars Hill Radio Network)

• Feb 20 - Speak at Wild Game Dinner - Albion Alliance Church, Albion, NY

• Feb 21 - MAD Live Event - Albion Alliance Church, Albion, NY

• Feb 27 - Speak at Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference, Fredericksburg, VA

• Feb 28 - Speak at both services - Valley Forge Baptist Temple, Valley Forge, PA

PRAYER REQUESTS

• We ask for continued prayers for good health and safety as we travel and minister, and that hearts will be open to the Holy Spirit’s moving.

• For God to fill our 2016 Schedule

Love in Christ,

Cathy and Don

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Prayers for today

Today is the annual board meeting of our ministry for Christ. We would appreciate your prayers for safe travels, and that God would grant the members wisdom as we make decisions for next year.

Friday, November 27, 2015

How the Lord Used Us In November of 2015

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

We completed 3 MAD Live Events this month, all in Pennsylvania. We praise God for the 4 people who surrendered their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in repentance and faith. I received these testimonies from a Pastor in western PA after doing the training in his church this month. These should bless your heart and illustrate how the Lord is using the Live Event.

“After the seminar I was eagerly looking for my opportunity to hand out my Gospels of John. I missed my first chance, but because of your teaching I immediately knew it. I realized when the opening came and how I had missed it. I was ready the next time. I was visiting Ed in the hospital. He lived across the street from the church and as far as I knew, never went to church. We had talked several times in the past so I felt compelled to visit him. During my visit I gave him a Gospel of John. I talked to his wife a couple weeks later and she said Ed asked her to read "the little book" to him every day. The next time I visited, Ed was distinctly different. He shared with me that Jesus was now his Savior. It was all due to his faithful wife and that "little book." About six weeks later Ed went to be with his Lord, after knowing Him for only a couple months. Don, your message at the seminar was so true. It is not our words, but God's Word that is powerful enough to save.”

“After this latest seminar at our church 10 days ago, many of our people were sharing openings they had to hand out their "little books." The most revealing was one woman, Deb who was able to give one to her mother in a nursing home. Her mother never wanted to hear talk about 'God.' A week after receiving her "little book" she told Deb that she had read the whole book. She went on to say, "I want what you have." Deb was able to pray with her and she told Deb that she had Jesus as her Savior now. After years of her mother lying to her Deb is now watching for the evidence to be sure her confession is real. If Deb is not sure she is planning to followup with her mom in the weeks to come. (Don my hope is that Deb may write to you and share this story herself.)”

Here’s another testimony I received from a MAD Grad:

“I was able to share the gospel of John with a patient who I had long conversations with about God and Jesus. She was always laughing how I could believe such stories. I explained she would have to come to terms who Jesus really was and I gave her a pocket testament to read, a week later she accepted Christ as Savior, please pray for her. Also I have been able to share the Spanish version also. It is a great way to reach our Mexican families in the area.”

2016 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE TRIP TO UTAH

It is time for us to make reservations for lodging for our 2016 Ultimate Adventure trip to Utah. No experience necessary. A short video is on my website if you’d like to check out what we’ll be doing. It is difficult to make lodging decisions when we don’t know how many people are coming and what the mix is: how many couples, how many individual men, individual women, family members etc…and believe it or not, the lodging fills up well in advance. If you have interest in coming, I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW. Please contact me if interested.

DECEMBER AND JANUARY SCHEDULE

• Dec 2 - Lehigh Valley Pastor/Pizza luncheon

• Dec 5 - MAD Live Event - Maranatha Family Christian Fellowship, Nazareth, PA

• Dec 6 - Preach at the Alliance Church in Port Allegany, PA

• Dec 7 - Present to the Outreach Committee of Life Church in Bethlehem

• Dec 12 - Annual Board Meeting of Don Sunshine Ministries

• Jan 3 - MAD Live Event - Park United Methodist Church, Sinclairville, NY

• Jan 14 - MAD Live Event for the staff of Light 106.9, Black Mountain, NC

• Jan 16 - MAD Live Event - First Baptist Church of Kingston, TN

• Jan 23 - MAD Live Event - Christ Chapel, Hickory, NC - Sponsored by Light 106.9 (The Billy Graham station)

• Thursday, Jan 28 - MAD Live Event (Part 1) - Jesus Book & Gift Store, Green Brook, NJ (Part 2 a week later, same night - Thursday)

• Jan 30 - MAD Live Event - Bethesda Full Gospel Tabernacle - Tonawanda, NY

• Jan 31 - MAD Live Event - Avoca Baptist Church, Avoca, NY

PRAYER REQUESTS

• Our Annual Board of Directors meeting is Dec 12th. Please pray for God’s wisdom, guidance, and direction as the Board meets and makes decisions.

• We have an incredible January schedule, but filling the months following continues to be a struggle. Please pray for our calendar to fill. Your help with pastoral contacts and prayers for next year are truly appreciated!

• We ask for continued prayers for good health and safety as we travel and minister, and that hearts will be open to the Holy Spirit’s moving.

Love in Christ,

Cathy and Don