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Tuttle-tidbits for June

Epic Evangelistic Encounters


Nearly everyday I've been having epic gospel conversations with people out on the streets here in Watsonville California.  Yesterday I had a great evangelistic encounter with a guy named "Jonathan".  I asked him if I could interview him on camera and he was more than willing to do so. As we talked he said he's been in and out of jail, had many near-death experiences and is wondering why he's even on this planet.  He was "all ears" when I told him that God has some great reason for protecting him and preserving his life up to this point.  I told him that true meaning and purpose in life can only be found in Jesus who "jealously desires the spirit that He has made to dwell in us." (James 4:5).  Soon we began to talk about sin, righteousness and the judgment to come.  He was very thankful for the conversation and said that he was going to start reading his bible...... I'm always amazed at how ripe the harvest for souls is!  People everywhere are searching for answers and want to talk about spiritual things if you come to them in sincerity and humility and a willingness to listen to them. 
     

Javen's Graduation

One major event for us last month was Javen's graduation from college.  We drove from Watsonville California to Dubuque Iowa to see our oldest son graduate from Emmaus with a double major.  His degrees are in Christian Counseling and Biblical Studies.  We couldn't be more proud!  Javen is such a fine young man that loves the Lord and is using his many gifts to serve Jesus.  He preaches from time to time at his local church in Dubuque, he is sharing his faith at work where he is a package handler for Fed-Ex and now he hopes to be a light for Christ as a Christian psychologist. Please pray for him as he starts to pursue this career.  We look forward to seeing how the Lord will use him in the years to come!       


Wisconsin Youth Rally


In mid-May I had the privilege of preaching at a few meetings to a church full of young people at a Wisconsin youth rally near Milwaukee. When the intense weekend of ministry was over, two of our boys and a friend (Cullen and Josiah and Juanes) decided to gather up a van full of guys and drive around the country preaching and praying and singing and encouraging the assembly youth all over middle America.  They went from Milwaukee to Des Moines to Wichita to Oklahoma City to Lubbock to Dallas to Kansas City to Cedar Falls to Dubuque.  The Lord blessed them and used them and provided for them in each place!  What a life!  It is sooo encouraging to see our kids growing in the Lord and serving Him!   
  

Family Camping Trip

When we finally arrived back in California, after our whirlwind trip to the midwest, our long-time friends Steve and Patti Shimpf took us on an awesome camping trip near Mount Shasta! We had a blast fishing and boating and doing campfires and eating and playing games! Ellia caught lots of fish, Josiah spent lots of time rowing a boat around the lake, Mya did lots of reading, Bria did lots of hiking, and Amy and I and Steve and Patti did lots of talking :) We thank the Lord for this short break and the time together as a family.  Theres nothing like getting away into the wilderness!   


Another Divine Appointment!

The other day I started shooting hoops with an 18 year-old guy named Josh.  As we shot around we talked about where he was from and what he's studying and the career he wants to pursue.  After a while I said: "You've got a bible name... You ever read the Bible before?"  He said: "No, I've never even really been to church."  I replied: "Oh, thats okay... Sometimes I like to ask people questions about spiritual things and hear their perspective... Can I ask you few?"  Josh said that he had never really given any thought to religion before but he'd like to hear my questions.... so I said: 

The first question is:  "If you were God and you wanted to communicate with human beings how would you do it?"  Josh thought about it for a few seconds and then replied: "I guess I'd write a letter and then I'd send messengers to take that letter to everyone everywhere."  

I said: "Man, that's a great idea.... So how would you convince people that this was really your letter and your messengers sent to communicate it."  Josh thought again and then said: "Well, I'd have my messengers do some miracles and then I'd do some special signs in the sky or something like that."

I replied: "What if the people still didn't believe the letter?" Then Josh said: "I think I myself would come down and I'd do a bunch of miracles and tell them my message with my own mouth." 

I said: "What if they didn't like it and they killed you?" Josh said: "Well, forget them! I'd just destroy everything!" 

I said: "Are you sure you've never read the bible before?"  He said: "Never"  I said: "You really should read it.... You'd be surprised at its message."     

Missions Quote For The Day: "We do not truly understand the gospel if we spend all of our time preaching it to Christians.  The gospel is a missionary gospel.  It is the communication of Good news to people who are lost in sin and darkness."

Micah for the Tuttle's


Tuttle-tidbits going into May

In mid April we left our Travel Trailer and the campground and Watsonville California which has been our home-base for the last year or so and we set out on what will be an intense couple of months of travel and ministry.  Our travels will take us to Oregon, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Utah, Missouri and then back to California again.  Please pray for us!     

After driving to Portland, I left Amy and the kids with our families and I flew to Lubbock Texas to teach through the book of Revelation at the Discipleship Intern Training Program. I had a fantastic time with the students going through the Word and seeking the Lord together!  Every hour was put to good use and even when I wasn't in the classroom I was able to do quite a bit of shepherding and council and evangelism.  One of those days we went to the Texas Tech campus and set up a white board on which we had written the question: "How do you think the world will end?" There was amazing interest from almost everyone we talked to!  There were many great individual conversations and some of our team even started a little evangelistic bible study to which several people came and engaged in excellent, and friendly conversation. 


When my week in Lubbock was done I flew to Des Moines, IA where I preached on Sunday morning and then awaited Amy and the kids who were driving from Portland Oregon to meet me there..... Little did I know the saga of Mechanical problems that the van would have along the way.... Our van has served us so well for the last four years as we've driven it all around the country (about 120,000 miles) without any problems. But on this trip it finally broke down with a transmission problem.  Amy and the kids ended up being stuck in Salt Lake City Utah for six days.... but the Lord was in control and provided for our needs in every way!  A friend of a friend of a friend graciously opened their home to Amy and the kids and fed them and gave them beds to sleep in and helped direct them to a good mechanic.  We are thanking the Lord for the body of Christ! What a blessing!  It took a while but now we are back on the road!        

There are always evangelistic encounters to be had along the way!  The other day I walked into the bank to deposit a check and when the clerk saw my name, she asked:  "How do you pronounce your name?" I pronounced it for her and then I said: "It's a name from the Bible..... I'm sure you read your Bible every morning... right?".... She hesitated and then said: "No, I don't really read the bible too much."  I replied: "Oh, well I'm sure you probably read it in the evenings then, right?"..... She was very interested and said: "No, I don't read in the evenings either but I've actually been thinking that I should start." I replied: "Oh, yeah, you really got to begin today!.... but back to my name, I'm named after the prophet Micah... He comes right after Jonah in the O.T..... you know the story about the big fish?".... She said that she wasn't familiar with that story and then she put on a sad face and said: "I do know that some guy died though.... Can't remember his name" .... I said: "Are you talking about Jesus?" She replied:  "YES!  That's his name."  ...... At this point there was a line building up behind me and everyone in the bank was listening intently to our conversation.... I said: "I know that you need to attend to these people in line but just let me tell you that Jesus didn't stay dead...  Did you ever hear that part of the story?"  She said: "What!?.... No, I don't really know anything about this"... I replied: "When you get done with work you need to go home and start reading, but let me just leave you with this statement:  "We see the death of death in the death of Christ because death couldn't hold Him."  She looked rather perplexed but repeated that statement slowly, thoughtfully and kinda loudly.... You could see the wheels were spinning. I said: "Jesus loves you.... start reading THE BOOK today."  I turned around and gave fist bumps to everyone in line and then left the bank, happy for another chance to scatter some gospel seeds.     

Missions quote for the day by George Peters: "Our God is a God of missions.  He wills missions.  He commands missions.  He demands missions.  He made missions possible through the death and resurrection His Son. He made missions actual through the sending of His Holy Spirit."

Micah for the Tuttle's

Tuttle-tidbits for April

Here in Watsonville California our team is committed to daily prayer meetings.  We really feel that if we are going to see a fresh work of God in these last days we will need to seek Him in prayer.  We pray that our great God would do great things for His great name and His great cause.  Some days our prayer meetings are in one of our homes, some days they are through zoom and on Fridays they are in the park.  It's amazing how praying in the park opens up doors to share the gospel with people that are passing by and wondering what we are doing.  After about 30 minutes of prayer in the park I usually leave the group and go sit by someone on a bench at the playground and say: "You see those people over there gathered in a circle with their heads bowed?..... I'm with them and we are just praying for our community.... I was wondering if you had any specific prayer requests that we could pray for?"  That almost always leads to an awesome gospel conversation.        

One of those great evangelistic conversations took place a few Fridays ago when I went over to a guy named Daniel who was shooting baskets at the BB court adjacent to where we were praying.  He had a big back-brace strapped around his waist and chest and spine.  I had tried to talk to Daniel before but he was always distant and didn't really respond to spiritual conversation.... until this day.  

I asked him my question about what we might be able to pray for and he told me that two weeks ago he had heard voices in his head telling him to jump off a high roof top and kill himself..... It was a long story but in the end he woke up in a hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses.  He said that immediately he knew that God had spared his life for a reason, that he had been given a second chance and that he was hoping "Micah" would come back to talk to him more about the Jesus whom he had previously ignored..... For the next couple of days we met together and talked through the gospel for long periods of time.  It is amazing to see how God has really shaken him into reality and now he's "all ears".        

Another person who is "all ears" here is a woman named "Ernestina".  She is a Mexican who makes a living picking strawberries in the fields around Wastsonville.  Since the first day we arrived here in California she has been a good friend that Amy has poured into.  She is not a believer yet but she seems to be very close.  About two weeks ago Ernestina made a big dinner for 30 people at her house and when she gave a speech (which Amy translated) it was evident that the Lord is really working on her, even in the midst of some difficult circumstances.  She has been struggling with some health problems, she is dealing with a few rebellious kids and to top it off her estranged husband recently died... Tough stuff!  People need the Lord!    

One of the best things that we can do in our ministry is to have a strong marriage.  I love my wife!  God has entrusted me with a certain daughter of His and I want to do my best to love and nurture and take care of her.  We want to be continually working on our marriage and building our family.  One of the ways that we want to invest in our relationship is to attend marriage retreats or conferences from time to time.  Last weekend Amy and I went to a Focus On The Family marriage retreat in Branson Missouri.  It was a great time to get away together and learn some tools that will help us communicate and work together better.  I believe that a strong marriage and family life is one of the greatest evangelistic tools that we can have and it should reflect to the world the love that Christ has for His church.  


Missions quote for the day by Robbert Moffat:  "Oh that I had a thousand lives and bodies!  All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ to these degraded, despised, yet beloved mortals."  

Micah for the Tuttle's














Many of you know that during our epic jungle trip in Peru last month I tested positive for COVID.  After quarantining for 10 days and finally getting a negative test we were able to travel back to California.... but for some reason my fevers persisted.....  The day after we landed in Los Angeles I went into my third round of high fevers and we soon found out that I had malaria.  At temperatures of 104F I was miserable and we were about to cancel a speaking engagement in Iowa that was scheduled for five days after our arrival in the USA.  But before canceling, a doctor friend in Kansas helped Amy get my case figured out and they were able to get me some hydroxychloroquine.  I took the first dosage that night and then went to bed feeling like death.... When I woke up in the morning I felt WAY better so I decided to take my flight to Cedar Falls and attempt great things for our great God at the Iowa youth rally.

As the weekend in Cedar Falls progressed I slowly came out of my head-fog and I regained my strength.  Im not sure how, but it seems that everyone at the youth rally could understand my rambling messages :) It ended up being a fantastic time and the Lord really seemed to use it in the life of many that were there.  Whenever I preach at these kinds of meetings I'm filled with a sense of urgency and passion to be used of God as a useful instrument in His hands.  The weight of responsibility to preach Gods word to His image bearers is always crushing. The prophet Amos called the message a burden... It is indeed a burden.... one that I happily bear.  But oh, the relief when that burden has been unloaded and left in the hands of the only One that can truly transform lives.          

After the meetings in Iowa I arrived back in Watsonville California just in time for Michaels baptism.  Michael is the guy that I've referenced before about how the Lord has recently saved him out of a life of drugs and debauchery.  He began attending our house church about a year ago and is now reaching out to his friends that are seriously interested in the changes they see in him.  Many of his friends came to the baptism and listened intently as I preached a solid 40 minutes on the forgiveness that Christ offers us.  It has been awesome to see how Jesus is transforming Michael and setting him free in so many areas! 

Missions quote for the day by Dr. Moffat Gautrey: “The gospel is not an “old, old story, freshly told…. No, rather it's a fire in the soul, fed by the flame of Immortal love, and woe unto us, if through our negligence, that fire burns low and we refuse to stir up the the gift of God that He has put within us.” 


 
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One of the best things that I can do for the church leaders in the jungles of Peru is provide them with Bibles and study materials. Burt Elliot taught me many years ago that the brothers will value it much more if it costs them something.  So I charge a pretty steep price :)  One brother paid me with a turtle (which Ellia loves). Another traded me a baby chicken for his bible (a second pet for Ellia).  Yet another brother gave me a bag of beans for a systematic theology.... Ellia didn't really care about the beans but the brother sure loves his new book!

Many of us have whole libraries of bibles and commentaries and study materials but most of these jungle preachers have a New Testament and nothing more.  I love to see the look on their face when they get their hands on a whole bible.... complete with study notes, definitions, maps, cross-references and a lengthy concordance.  Yes, the look on their face and sometimes the tears in their eyes .... those are golden moments for me.  

It was great to go from village to village these last few weeks and try to encourage the saints in each of the churches.  Some of the churches were doing really well and others were really struggling.  In my observation the spiritual health of the church is directly tied to the leadership there.  If we can raise up healthy and mature spiritual leaders we will usually end up with healthy and mature church congregations.  Last month was full of invaluable meetings with those church leaders as I tried to encourage them in word and deed and by getting them some helpful study materials.  As we went from village to village doing this we made many lasting memories.  

The following story is one of those unforgettable experiences that left a lasting sense of urgency in my bones:  .... Upon arrival in Ricardo Palma we could hear great wailing and bitter lamentation.... A man had died... He had passed just minutes before we got there. The deceased along with his whole family were know to be vehemently opposed to the gospel but when we came with a financial gift for the burial they listened intently to my message from Psalm 91. As I prayed there were loud and uncontrollable sobs from the many family members that had crowded into the house. What a sobering reminder of the hopelessness of finishing this life without Christ.  This lifeless body whose spirit had just departed served as an urgent reminder that people need the gospel now.... not tomorrow... NOW!

When we stepped outside there was a smoldering fire that was slowly consuming some tripas next to the hut.... Beside the fire stood a little piglet. He was very close to the fire and seemed to be gazing into the flames.  The vivid illustration hit hard.... Jesus said that hell is a place where their worm does not die and their fire is not quenched.  So many souls that stand at the precipice of hell and don't even know that they need to be saved from the wrath to come!

C.T Studd famously said: "Put your ear down to your bible and hear God bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire that they ares stepping into. Put your ear down to the burdened agonized heart of humanity and listen to its pitiful wail for help.  Go stand by the gates of hell and hear the damned entreat you to go to their fathers house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there.  Then look Christ in the face whose mercy you profess to obey and tell him weather you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world." 

Filled with a great sense of urgency we took the gospel hut to hut, spent time investing in the leaders, held children's meetings, pleaded with souls and then that night we preached our hearts out in the open air to a pitiful and precious and needy crowd of villagers.  

Micah for the Tuttle's

We just wrapped up an epic jungle trip along the Huallaga river!  The DITP institute from Lubbock Texas joined us as we visited 6 villages in 9 days.  Our long week was filled with children's meetings, hut to hut evangelism, plentiful feasting and open air preaching. We suffered thousands of bug bites, a few sunburns, three swollen ankles, two cases of Covid, two poisonous snake encounters and some general exhaustion, but besides that we ended the trip in pretty good shape :)

The second half of our journey required a sixteen mile hike to get from one set of villages to the next... it took us 11 hours.... We crossed two rivers and numerous smaller creeks. The terrain was steep and the trails were extremely muddy.  In order to keep hydrated we had to stop and filter water several times out of the sediment clouded streams.  Of course the jungle is always hot and the humidity is oppressive, so after hiking for hours on end with heavy backpacks your energy levels really start to drop.  We were thankful for a big rainstorm which came at about midday and brought the temperature down while giving us a good soaking. 

Cullen and Josiah were way ahead trailblazing the way for everyone else. Amy and Bria carried their own 40lb packs the entire way.  Mya gave her backpack to the pack-animal about halfway through, but persevered on her own two legs to the end.   Ellia, our seven year old daughter, went on horseback for most of the way until the animal took a scary fall and slipped down a muddy bank into a creek.  The horse somehow avoided crushing Elia and she was okay but pretty shook up.... We thank the Lord for His protection!!! 

Finally, after about ten hours of slogging down the trail we arrived at the Toasapa river where some brothers were waiting for us with canoes to take us the rest of the way to the village of Vista Alegre.  If they hadn't come we would have been walking in the dark..... which is something that you should definitely avoid in the rainforest! 

An hour later we came to shore at the village port there were many people eagerly awaiting our arrival. We were greeted with a lot of hugs and backslaps and hearty handshakes. One brother had slaughtered a pig for us and we had a real feast waiting on the table. That night the whole village came out to the open air meeting.  Cullen preached the gospel, Percy gave his testimony and I preached on the return of Christ.  The Lord really seemed to use it and there was a great response. But I must say that after eight days of preaching at the top of my lungs my head was hurting and my vocal cords were shredded.  

At about 3:00 am the next morning one of the villagers went to the pastors house and woke him up, wanting to get right with the Lord. He said that he couldn't sleep all night because he was thinking about Christ's return and how he wasn't ready. At breakfast we ended up having an epic meeting to address the mans concerns.  The house was totally packed out and after a message from Revelation 1:6 two people made decisions for Christ. Shortly afterward everyone made their way down to the river where I baptized three new believers. It was a powerful time and very exciting to see the Lord work!

                                        
After the baptisms we prayed with the believers, said some heartbreaking goodbyes and then walked a few miles down the trail to "Sanango".  This was the first time I had ever been to this village and no one there knew us.  I had heard that there was a small group of believers there and I had tried to send a message a few weeks before that we would be coming to visit them but somehow they never got the memo.  When twenty of us arrived they were quite surprised and said they had no idea that we were coming.  

It was amazing to see the few brothers and sisters in this village spring into action as they quickly prepared a meal for us and then found a place for us to set up our tents.  In no time at all the brothers were announcing on the loudspeaker that the gringos would be preaching within the hour at the main square and that everyone was invited to come. Several guys from our team immediately decided to started the meeting with a soccer match between us and the young men from the village..... This really got the people to come out!  The villagers always love it if they can beat the "gringos".

After a 4-4 tie I ran out on the cement court, jumped up on a table and started preaching.  When I had grabbed everyones attention I gave it over to the team.... (All week long and in every village I delegated responsibilities to our team-members about who would be preaching, who would be singing, who would be giving a testimony, who would be working with kids and who would be doing a skit).... Soon villagers were all around the square straining to hear every word that we were preaching.  Three different brothers from the team gave short messages while another gave his testimony. After about an hour and a half of preaching, singing and pleading with souls we left it in the Lord's hands and then went to speak with individuals about what they had just heard. We had some great conversations that lasted late into the night.  What a life! 

Missions quote for the day by J. Howard Edington: "People who don't believe in missions have not read the New Testament. Right from the beginning Jesus said the field is the world. The early church took him at His word and went East, West, North and South."

Micah for the Tuttle's         


   

  

Today we landed at our home in Tarapoto Peru!  We are beyond excited to be here with the brethren for the next several weeks and there are many ministry events on the schedule that I will be reporting about in the next blog.  But for now let me just say that it took many minor miracles to get here! There were so many hoops and obstacles to go through it was unbelievable.  We had to have the right face-masks and the right documents to go on the right flight with the right Covid tests, taken within the right time frame and, of course, all for the right price :/ ..... Yet, it all came together!  We are praising the Lord!     

I have let too much time go by without a blogpost/news-update and so many things have happened in these last two months that I cannot relate them all here. Exciting evangelistic encounters seem to be a regular occurrence wherever I go and there are many stories I could tell but let me focus on the one that is having the most multiplying effect.  This is just a short testimony about what the Lord has done in the life of a man in Watsonville named Michael.   

About a year ago one of our team members (Micah Williams) invited Michael to visit our little house church.  At the time Michael was growing and selling marijuana and dabbling in Hinduism, and was really searching for spiritual answers.  Fast-forward several months and he is now growing in a different way..... He is growing leaps and bounds in Christ!   I've been teaching Michael how I read the bible and how I take notes each morning and he's really putting it into practice.  He sends me a screenshot nearly every morning of all his notes from the 12 chapters he reads each day!  He's been reading his bible with reckless abandon and soaking up everything he's taught!  One of the other guys at our house church gave Michael a book on holiness which he immediately devoured and then yet another brother has been meeting with Michael and teaching him how to pray.  

When Michael learned from Dave Reeve how to lead a bible study he started asking some of his old marijuana friends to read the scriptures with him and they were so curious as to what had happened to their friend that they actually came .... and with great interest!  Michael invited Ceasar who, in turn invited Julian.  Michael also invited Tony who invited his friend Jonathan and now they are all quite excited about what they are finding as the read through the gospel of John.  All of these guys are pretty rough around the edges but precious in Gods eyes! 

A bible study with unbelievers is quite different than your typical "church cell group".  While doing the study the other night I was offered pot more than once, the F-word was quite commonly used to express joy over what they were discovering, there were plenty of cigarettes on the table and one guy even slipped into an off-colored joke.... but then caught himself and apologized.  But it was within that kind of context that there were actually some really good questions and some really good discussions about evil the world and suffering and the judgement to come.  A couple of times there were tears of joy but mixed with a trembling in fear of God.  There was no religiosity, no pretending to be something that they aren't, just a genuine interest and an honest searching of the scriptures.  We spent four hours in the first chapter of John that night and there were some amazing discussions about the person and work of Christ.  That particular  study was one of those awesome God-ordained moments that I will always remember.  Please pray for Michael as he continues to reach out to his friends!          

Missions quote for the day by Lawrence Tribble: "One man wakes, awakens another, second one wakes his next door brother. Three awake can rouse a town and turn the whole place upside down. Many awake will cause such a fuss, it will awake all of us. One man wakes with dawn in his eyes, surely then it multiplies."   

Micah for the Tuttle's

December Tuttle-tidbits

Last Monday Amy and I celebrated 25 years of marriage.  It's hard to grasp how fast those years have gone by.  The Lord has been so good to us and helped us at every point along the way.  He has blessed us with six kids that all love Him and it was a huge joy to have each one of them with us over our anniversary week.  Javen and Cullen and our Colombian "hijo" Juanes came from Iowa and we had a good mix of ministry and fun while they were here in California.  On one occasion we went surfing at the beach and then later that afternoon we held an open air meeting in the main square.  Another time we did prayer in the park followed by a visit to the golden gate bridge.  It was a great couple of days filled with campfires and singing and evangelism and beaches and Bible readings.  We thank the Lord for His many blessings!  


One Sunday afternoon Juanes and I went out to play some park basketball.... The courts were crowded with several teams waiting to play.  The winning team always stays on the blacktop and you have to bet at least $5 to participate.... Juanes and I weren't willing to bet so it was difficult to get in the game.  Finally after about an hour of waiting and getting to know some of the guys, one of the teams needed some extra players and they put the money in the pot for us.  We got kinda lucky, and our team ripped off six games straight and we held court until it was dark.  As soon as the last game ended they started giving out the money for our winnings.  I quickly called everyone over and as they gathered around I preached a short gospel message. About 30 guys listened intently..... and then they were shocked as we tried to distribute our winnings amongst them..... No one wanted to take it... It was a great opportunity to preach on how God offers a free gift of eternal life to each one of us but you have to RECEIVE IT!  I took my money and I put it in the hands of one of the guys and I said: "Please accept this free gift as if from Jesus Himself.  He loves you."  Juanes then preached a short thought on how, he and I "had gotten into the game with a debt so to speak... much like how we all have a spiritual debt before God that we cannot pay and now the big question is: Will you receive or reject what Christ has done on your behalf?"  

One of the guys responded: "We've never had this kinda thing happen at our court before... Could you guys come back every Sunday and play with us and share something from the Bible?" When our mini gospel-meeting ended we had some fantastic conversations with several individuals.  We thank the Lord for these great opportunities!                       

Missions quote for the day by Kurt Von Schleicher: "Our God of grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop."

Micah for the Tuttle's


The fishing is good!

John Westley said: "You have nothing to do but to save souls, therefore spend and be spent in this work." That statement has been ringing in my ears this month..... and lately, each time I've gone out to the streets to work with souls I've found...... that the fishing is really good! 

When doing some personal evangelism in the main square of Wastonville the other day I ran into a guy named Enrique. He had never heard the gospel before and he had never owned a Bible....  We talked for about a half an hour and he was full of really great questions.  He was interested in coming to church and starting a bible study together.....  I'm having epic conversations almost every day now and it seems as if the whole world has become increasingly interested in spiritual things.  Nothing like soul winning in these last days! ...... 

"The twelfth Imam is coming".... That's what the Muslim guy sitting next to me said when I asked him how he would interpret the crazy times in which we live.... We were in the San Jose California airport and we had begun a fantastic and very friendly conversation about the contrast between Christianity and Islam.  He told me that he's a medical doctor from Sudan and he teaches from time to time in one of the Bay Area universities.  

As I talked about the love and grace of Jesus, he talked about the exploits of Mahmud.  Soon people around us started turning their heads to look at us and listen in.  When he explained that Muslims are waiting for the twelfth Imam to reveal himself and become the ruler of the world, I showed him that the Imam he was describing seemed to correlate to the antichrist of Revelation.  He agreed and was fascinated at the thought that both religions share a similar eschatology, but from opposite sides of the coin.  After a great discussion about this he suddenly got up and said: "I'm sorry, I have to go"..... I was left by myself thinking that I had really messed up the conversation, but then after a few moments he came back and said: "Sorry about that, I just realized that I had to print off my boarding pass.... But I want to know more about Jesus." 

I immediately asked him what his opinion was about the Christian view of Jesus being God.... He said: "Well, we believe that Jesus is one of the prophets but not that he's God. Why would you come to the conclusion that Jesus is God?"  I answered: "Well, I'm glad you asked:)....  

"#1-Look at all the radical miracles that He did.  #2-Look at all the radical things that He said. #3-Look at His radical resurrection from the dead.  #4-Look at the radical birth and growth of the early church.  #5-Look at the horrific martyrdoms that the apostles were willing to die because they really believed that Jesus had risen from the grave." #6-Look at what some of the secular historians of the first centuries (Josephus, Tacitus, Lucian) wrote about Jesus." 

At this point we were being called to board the plane and my new friend asked: "Do you have a Bible? I'd like to learn more." .....

This last month I was able to preach in Oregon, Washington, New York and Texas.  All of these opportunities were great and the Lord seemed to use each one, but my highlight for September was a week of prayer with 17 men in Seattle.  These men traveled from several different places around the North America to meet at an Air B&B and pray.  JUST PRAY!  We spent a couple of days praying for souls.  We prayed for churches to be awakened. We prayed for personal holiness. We prayed for new life. We simply prayed that God would begin to do great things in our lives and in our nation.  It was an amazing time as God fanned the flames of revival in our own hearts!    

After our time of prayer in Seattle eight of us drove south to pray for and spy out the land of Portland. When we got to the main square downtown we split up and did some personal evangelism. I went around asking people the question: "What do you think the solution is to our nations problems?" 

I talked with an Antifa guy who was decked out in tactical gear, replete with a bulletproof vest and about ten loaded guns. He said that he and his buddies were there to ensure peace and safety and bring happiness back to the streets through militia-type force...... Oh the Irony!!!   

Then I talked with a group of teenagers that were part of a march to protest the causes of climate change. They said that the answer to our problems is to end world-wide pollution and stop the coronavirus pandemic... I asked about how to stop the sin pandemic... They just laughed......  Oh the darkness!!!

I talked to the leader of a homeless camp who said that there is no answer to our problems, so he just escapes through heroine.....  Oh the death!!!!

I talked to a right wing political activist who had set up several signs that described how our country is degenerating into socialism and losing its cherished freedoms.  I agreed with this guy on a lot of things but his view was totally devoid of God and devoid of love for our fellow man.  He thought it ridiculous that I believed in a real Jesus who is raised from the dead and returning soon.  He said that he was an atheist and that morality is relative to each individual's preferences.... At the same time he believed it was his mission to show people what the coming consequences of our nations impending social, religious, economic and political meltdown will look like if we continue down this path..... Oh the disconnection!!! 

At one point a fight broke out right behind me and one of the guys pulled a gun on the other.  After a few terrifying moments the altercation ended, thankfully no shots were fired.... 

Conclusion: This world has a whole lot of darkness and death and disconnection.  When you turn from God's light you get darkness.  When you turn from God's love you get disconnection.  When you turn from God's life you get death.  Politics wont solve the problem. Addressing climate change wont solve the problem. Drugs wont solve the problem. Antifa wont solve the problem. According to the Bible the only thing that will save this broken world is the gospel of Jesus Christ that radically transforms a person from the inside out... Jesus, who is the embodiment of light and life and love is the only hope for this world!

Missions quote for the day: "If you're not fishing, it might be because you're not following." .... Jesus said: "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men."   

Micah for the Tuttle's





Tuttle-tidbits from August

Last month there was a whole lot of driving that came with the ministry that God has set before us. We drove through Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. Presently Amy and I and the kids are in Portland Oregon where we have been able to see friends and family and also preach Gods word in several different contexts. While August was a really full month for us, we still have quite a bit on the schedule before we can really turn all of our focus to the work in Freedom California. The month of September is also going to be very busy as it involves trips to Lubbock TX, Buffalo NY, Jefferson City MO, Dubuque IA, Seattle WA, Portland OR and then finally back to California.  Please pray for us and all the great ministry opportunities we will have in each of these places. 


One of the highlights from August took place at Lakeside Bible Camp on Whidbey island near Seattle Washington. It was family camp two for the year and I preached on the first 7 chapters of the book of Acts. The Lord really seemed to be working in the hearts of many people and we were encouraged to see a hunger for God and a passion to live for him in these last days.  We had a great time and we thank the Lord for these unique opportunities to encourage and challenge our fellow believers in Christ. At the beginning of the week we didn't know a single person and by the end of the week we felt like everyone there was a long time friend. There's nothing quite like the body of Christ!


The Lord has blessed our family in many ways!  The blessings start with Amy.  She does all things well but probably the most notable thing is that she is an absolutely amazing mom and wife that has invested immeasurably in us as a family.  Javen and Cullen are working and living in Dubuque IA where they are both very involved in their local churches while finishing up at Emmaus Bible College.  Bria is done with high-school and will be taking a gap year in her studies while working a humanities job in Freedom as soon as we get back there.  Josiah is entering the eleventh grade as a homeschooler and he will be balancing his studies with a lifeguarding job at the YMCA and surfing whenever he can :)   Mya will turn 14 in just a few days and is a social butterfly who loves to talk with friends, read books and write letters. Ellia is the little sister that's not so little anymore... she's also the one that has the whole family wrapped around her pinky finger.  We thank the Lord for our kids and its fun to see them grow up following Jesus while developing their gifts and abilities for His glory.         

While in Freedom for the first half of August I was able to do some follow up work with many of the key contacts that we have met during our time there.  Ernestina who is a Mexican that works as a strawberry picker invited us to her house for an unbelievable authentic Mexican lunch! In spite of her poverty she really blessed us with this gesture of love and hospitality. The next day she opened her house for a food distribution where hundreds of low income families received rations of basic food staples. Please pray for Ernestina to respond to the gospel as we keep sharing it with her.


After open air preaching in the park last month I had several great conversations with interested individuals that gave me their phone numbers and asked for follow up Bible studies. One morning I randomly called one of those guys and he was surprisingly available and anxious to get together. He basically knows nothing about the bible but within 20 minutes of our phone call we were seated in a coffee shop discussing John 1:1-14.  All I did was ask questions: (Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?) And at one point he said: "Its crazy, that this 'Word' person seems to be God and yet he became a human being... Imagine that!...." Please pray for Fransisco.  He's really searching!    



Missions quote for the day by Lenard Ravenhill: “But have we Holy Ghost power? Power that restricts the devils power? Power that pulls down strongholds and obtains promises? What has hell to fear other than a God anointed, prayer-powered church?”  ……. “The early church was married to poverty, prisons, and persecutions. Today the church is married to prosperity, personality and popularity.” ….. “The church right now has more fashion than passion,is more pathetic than prophetic and is more superficial than supernatural.”  The church used to be a lifeboat rescuing those who are perishing.  Now she's more like a cruise ship recruiting those who just want entertainment.”


Micah for the Tuttle's

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