GTS News July 2021
Gospel Trick Shot Goes Live in Person, Hybrid, and Online in June!!!
For the first time ever, GTS was running on all cylinders in the month of June. In the past we traditionally specialized with in person live shows with some video recording. Online has been around for years with the internet and expanded tremendously for GTS during the pandemic with hundreds of thousands of new viewers through our social media platforms and other online releases with publication like AZBilliards.com and SPM Magazine. GTS hybrid basically began with our GTSRACKRooms Live Facebook page spearheaded by Pastor Mike Hewitt our GTS Vice President in his basement with his GTS RACK room setup for recording. Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman our GTS RACK Team member and originator of RACK (Recreational Ambassadors for Christs Kingdom) partnered with Pastor Mike in many of the initial presentations.
This past month of June live presentations were booked in New Jersey, Ohio, and Indiana with Steve Lillis and GTS RACK Team member Walter Oppermann from New Jersey heading west to Indiana. Live GTS shows and outreaches were done over a period of two weeks in towns and cities like Oceanport, NJ, Youngstown, Warren, and London, OH, and Muncie and Marion, Indiana. GTS RACK Team helpers and members Rusty and Vicky Bernard, Brian Pauley, Mike and Kim Hewitt, World Champion Mike Massey, and Mike Martin all had a part in the outreach. The Hewitt boys Luke (13), Caleb (15), and Andrew (17) also participated in the GTS shows and spent 5 days of training with Steve Lillis in preparation for the BEF (Billiard Education Foundation) Junior National Championships in Las Vegas later this month. The boys will be going with their Father Pastor Mike Hewitt and their Grandfather Jerry Hewitt to Las Vegas. This is the fourth generation of pool (billiard) players in the Hewitt family as the boy’s great grandfather on their grandmother’s side of the family owned a billiard room in Maryland over 100 years ago. The boys are being sponsored by Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc., Dr. Cue Promotions, McDermott Cues, and their home church Rising Hope in Muncie, Indiana. The response to this recent Midwest trip went so well that GTS has invitations to come back to all locations visited with the portable pool table including extra stops in Kentucky and West Virginia.
Some of the highlights of this past month involved people who were touched by the Gospel. One young man named David age 13 was touched by the Gospel Trick Shots done by Steve Lillis and Luke Hewitt who also happens to be 13 as well. After the show his adoptive parents came over and explained privately that “this show was for David” who came out of abusive home situations and recently came to Christ two months ago and loves the game of pool. In yet another show, a young man named Brody just 12 also participated in the Gospel Trick Shot show and afterwards his parents were elated that the show demonstrated to their son a very positive side to pool and life. At our Monmouth Park GTS show outreach earlier in Oceanport, NJ, eight people raised their hands to receive the message of the Gospel for the first time. This GTS show was done as a part of the chaplaincy program at the Monmouth Park Racetrack with Chaplain Donny Christopher of Down the Stretch Ministries, Inc. These workers present at the GTS Show had come up for work at the racetrack from central America on work visas. GTS helper and Spanish translator Steve Lopez did an amazing job of translating and communicating the Gospel into the heart language of these Spanish speaking people.
Other major highlights of the month of June include hybrid platforms. On Sunday 6/27 Steve Lillis explained GTS ministry to the Rising Hope Church of Muncie, IN and commissioned Andrew, Caleb, and Luke to go as GTS RACK Team members to Las Vegas to reach young people for Christ through Bible studies and personal interactions while competing in tournament competition. This church service was broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook. Then after the service the church emptied out into the church community center across the street for a live GTS show with Steve Lillis and the Hewitt boys. Pastor Mike Hewitt and wife Kim were on the cameras broadcasting live to the Rising Hope Facebook page and the GTS_RACK_Rooms live Facebook page as well. Hundreds of people were able to attend both live and online. Then two nights later GTS RACK Team member Brian Pauley in London, OH over 100 miles away from Pastor Mike Hewitt in Muncie, IN coordinated efforts to broadcast a live Gospel Trick Shot show with Steve Lillis from Big Money Billiards Parlor in London, OH on Big Money’s Facebook page while it was also live streamed on the GTS_RACK_Rooms Live Facebook page as well. More people have now been reached with the Gospel using these GTS RACK hybrid models than ever before. Praise God!
Our GTS online ministry continues to thrive. Gospel Trick Shot #17 article by Steve Lillis with a video by GTS RACK team member Brian Pauley was published in the June issue of AZBilliards.com which is the largest online billiard publication in the world. Also, in AZBilliards.com another article by GTS helper and former GTS board member Roger Long was published in his “Sharing the Light” column on Christian pool player Robin Verner. Then the Albanian Snooker and Billiard Federation released in June 2021 a video of a live presentation by Steve Lillis from 2006 that was seen by millions live in Albania in 2006 on their network television station called Telesports. Steve went to Albania to train twelve professional pool players and twelve coaches on the Albanian National Team in Artistic Pool back in 2006. All of these recent online releases for June can be viewed below at the following links:
“The Christian Way” with Brian Pauley (one minute and 5 seconds) Gospel Trick Shot #17 featuring an Artistic Pool competition shot. https://youtu.be/JgN3908Apvo
AZBilliards.com article “Sharing the Light” with Rodger Long with an article on Christian pool player Robin Verner.
Video (52 minutes and 22 seconds) on Artistic Pool with a GTS show by Steve Lillis in 2006 telecast on live network television in Albania in 2006. Released by the Albania Billiard Federation in June 2021. https://youtu.be/6A_ogIAMJLU
“In Memory of Ella” by Steve Lillis
On October 12th our dear granddaughter Elizabeth “Ella” Rose Fuehring 2 1/2 years old went home to be with the Lord Jesus. My Mom Ellie Lillis Arntson 86 years old went home to be with the Lord in January of this year and today as I write this it is October 29th which would have been Mom’s 87th birthday. The picture that my niece Christina had in her mind was that Mom was holding Ella in her arms in heaven the day she departed earth. What a beautiful picture that all of us who know Christ will be reunited with loved ones.
From an earthly perspective the colliding of two buses with Ella, our daughter Sarah, and her friend Joanna crushed between them was a total disaster. Sarah will perhaps be six months before she can walk again and Joanna is about in the same condition having damage done to their hips and legs. We rejoice that our grandson Jayden six years old was lagging far enough behind that he was not stuck by the buses but did however see the whole thing including seeing his sister Ella lying on the ground having instantly departed from this world. Again from an earthly perspective this was a disaster! However knowing Christ we can be assured that God has a plan to cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28).
The good has already started as the past two days I was privileged to do my Gospel Trick Shot Shows at two locations with a new show entitled “In Memory of Ella”. I believe the Lord came to me in a dream on October 22nd at 4:30 am as I began to perform this show while dreaming of doing trick shots and speaking about Ella. I woke up half way through the dream and just sat up in my bed continuing to visualize shots and thinking about what I would say. On October 27th I went to the Players Billiards Café in Eatontown, NJ and did this show for about 25 men from a local church along with another 120 APA pool league players there that night to compete. The next night on October 28th I went to the Crossroads Ministry Center in Paterson, NJ to do the same show “In Memory of Ella” for about 25 young boys and leaders in a Royal Rangers church group with another five friends of mine in attendance. I performed this particular show last night in Paterson on the very table I started my ministry on some 18 years ago when I lived, worked, and ministered in Paterson, NJ. A friend of mine helped to repair the table back then and we both chipped in for the cost. And now here we are some 20 countries later, 30 states later, and over 1,000 Gospel Trick Shot Shows later, returning to Paterson with a new show entitled “In Memory of Ella”. Needless to say people were deeply moved as I shared and lives were touched by the Lord Jesus Christ as an invitation to join my Mom and Ella in heaven was given. God has put in my heart to continue to share this all over the world and by His grace I will. We have received four more invitations in the last 48 hours and we have a GTS board member Rob Boswell over in the Philippines now making plans for us to go back there. Please pray and give financially so that Gospel Trick Shot can go and share the story of Ella and more importantly share the story of Jesus! We appreciate you! God bless!
Gospel Trick Shot Relaunched! by Steve Lillis
New Book Release: “But You Must! The Steve Lillis Story”
The true story of Steve’s life and unimaginable 19 1/2 year separation and subsequent marital restoration to Camille in 2009 has been published by Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc. and is available for distribution. The story includes his childhood, turbulent years as a pool hustler, military experiences, and travels as a professional pool player in search of meaning and purpose. The book transitions to finding faith in God and his divine leading to become a college professor and founder of the worldwide ministry called Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc. The events and the people are real as the story was written to help and encourage those on life’s journey in search of true meaning and purpose. Co-author Devra Robledo adds the female touch to keep the story suspenseful yet sensitive to all people. Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman a world renowned professional trick shot artist and GTS RACK team member has written the forward to wet the reader’s appetite. In a recent note from a person who recently read the book here is what was said:
Steve, I just had to drop you a note saying that I loved your book. I won it at the New Jersey Expo Center while you were demonstrating. I am going through some of the same things you went through regarding my wife leaving me and my two young daughters in the middle. Your decision to put your trust in God is beyond inspiring. Thank you for your story. - John Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10
To order your book please send a donation of $15 or more to GTS, P.O. 313, Hawthorne, NJ 07507 and indicate that you want the book entitled “But You Must!” and Gospel Trick Shot will ship it to you postage paid. Please be sure to include your return address. If you are receiving a GTS newsletter and response card by USPS mail simply check off the appropriate box on the response card and enclose it with your gift. Thanks for your many prayers and support!
The right picture is the cover of the new book entitled: “But You Must! The Steve Lillis Story”.
Go to www.cbn.com/700club and click on the "Media Center" tab on the left side of homepage. Then when the "Media Center" page opens type in the white textbox area "Steve Lillis". Then click on the "video" button and enjoy the broadcast.
Please Click Here to see my page on McDermott Cue.