WATCH 2:15 mark – Carl Lewis & Frank Shelton talk about Olympics Outreach – London 2012
July is a special month for me. By God’s grace, I was saved in July 1979 (age seven) and was married in July. It is hard to believe a week from today (LORD WILLING) I will board a plane and fly to London, England to minister with Lay Witnesses For Christ International duing the 2012 Summer Olympics. Nearly two years ago, Dr Sam Mings graciously tapped me the Evangelism Director for this outreach. Lay Witnesses For Christ has done every Olympics since the 1984 games in Los Angeles and has seen scores trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Just over a year ago, Dr Mings called me and shared that our International Evangelism Chairman, Dr. David Allbritton had been ill and died of a brain tumor and went to be with the Lord. After meeting Dr Mings in Dallas, TX alongside “Olympian of the Century” Carl Lewis they overwhelmed me and asked me to fill the role as International Evangelism Chairman for this evangelistic outreach during the XXX Olympiad. No one can fill Dr. Allbritton shoes but I am honored to follow his footsteps as he walked so closely with Christ.
The irony is exactly next week it will be nearly thirty years to the date (July 1982) that I had such a burden for my friends whom didn’t know Christ that I couldn’t sleep (age 10). We had a Vacation Bible School and had a friendly contest in Brandywine, MD – whoever brought the most friends to church would win a prize. It hit me like lightening that the Prize was Christ and everyone needed to know Him. God allowed me to realize early on that what He thought of me trumped what others thought of me and I knew that sharing my faith may cause some conflict. Friends may tease me, mock me, ridicule me and even defriend me but I knew in love I had to share my faith in Christ because Jesus is not a way to Heaven but the only way to Heaven. So I elected in my mind that win or lose, sink or swim, popular or un-popular and even live or die I was going to go down LIFTING JESUS UP. That week (thirty years ago) God used me to bring 22 friends to church. Go God! We won the prize! He that winneth souls is WISE. God only knows how many came to Christ that week but I do know the Lord allowed me a front row seat to watch 23,000 trust Christ in Jamaica last year on Praisefest Cruise With a Cause. In the words of Dr Johnny Hunt – I can relate: “I can honestly say I have never got over being saved.” AMEN!!
Only God could write this script because exactly three decades later (July 2012) – God in His grace is now allowing me to minister with Olympic greats from the past to minister to world champions today plus preach to fans from around the globe. The Bible is clear – “if we are faithful in small we will be faithful in larger matters.” It was five years ago on July 27, 2007, I stepped out in obedience and left my Capitol Hill job and forfeited a secure salary, retirement, 401K and health insurance and left BY FAITH “to do the work of an evangelist.” Ironically, I left Washington, DC on July 27, 2007 but next Thursday on July 26, 2012 (nearly five years to the date) I am scheduled to board a plane from Washington, DC and fly to Heathrow Airport in London, England to be present for 12 days while the whole world watches the Olympics serving side by side with Dr Mings, nine time gold medalist Carl Lewis and other friends. As most are cheering for others to win gold – it is my prayer and privilege to point people to God.
THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP. As you know, it takes money to pay the bills and the cost of this trip is $3,000 (not counting the two weeks I will be ministering) that I will not receive a dime for my contribution. Would you prayerfully consider making a one time gift today to help make this outreach possible. Some Preach, others Teach but all of us can REACH others for God’s Kingdom. Today, you can make a one time or monthly donation on my website under the DONATE link on www.FrankShelton.com Kindly, pay on a secure server with PAY PAL or write a check to Frank Shelton, PO Box 742, Waldorf, MD 20604. We are TOTALLY trusting God to make this possible. The Lord has not failed yet and He won’t now. Our entire journey is BY FAITH and no amount you give is too big or too small.
Please keep us in prayer and during the 12 nights I am overseas. By God’s grace and Dr Ming’s leadership I’m scheduled to speak 15 times in less than two weeks (not counting my day to day duties). On opening night, Dr Sam Mings asked me to be the MC at the largest evangelical church in London and they have over 23,000 people attend weekly. As I am ministering abroad your gift will help minister to my family at home. Thanks for your prayers and we treasure your faith and friendship. This is not a sight-seeing trip but a soul saving opportunity to usher many into God’s saving grace. We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us and thanks to Calvary and an empty tomb this trip overseas is MISSION POSSIBLE. God bless you as we go with God.
Frank Shelton @ FOX NEWS LIVE on Capitol Hill w/ Lauren Green in NY
Frank speaking to 1,300 @ LWFCI TX Christian Athlete of Year Award in Dallas w/ Carl Lewis
CHECK OUT Olympic chaplain Alex DeMateo in El Paso, TX shout out to Frank on Channel 9 NEWS