GTS News March 2020
Backwards and Forwards – Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman and I arrived at the home of Robert and Alice Tenny in Chapin, SC on February 11th for some much-needed rest in our non-stop trek to Florida to begin our “Woodstick Southeast” tour. On February 28th we arrived back in Chapin, South Carolina as a stop off before continuing our tour to Granite Falls, North Carolina for more. Alice was in the kitchen preparing food and asked us to share all that was happening. I remarked, where do you what us to begin? Alice replied, start “backwards.” We spent the next few hours sharing all that God did, “backwards.” After the backwards recap we ended up back at their house in the very beginning on February 11! Many Gospel Trick Shot shows and outreaches were added along the way in those 17 days as that part of the tour included 17 outreaches (out of 20 total) with a prison, 2 youth ranches, 3 billiard rooms, 3 community centers, an outdoor park for a Black Heritage Festival, one barber shop with a pool table, 2 churches, 2 full days of outreach on the campus of the University of Florida, and 2 “Building Bridges in the Middle East and Beyond” presentations for NCS Palm Beach and another for the students of Gator Christian Life.
As we left Robert and Alice on Saturday morning February 29 and headed out to Granite Falls, North Carolina. We had a scheduled Sunday night church show at the Dudley Shoals Baptist Church in Granite Falls and three more days left on our tour before Tom’s scheduled flight out of LaGuardia Airport in Queens, NY on Thursday March 5. On Saturday night our hosts invited us to a get together at the home of one of the church members. They shared with us about sending missionaries from their church to Astoria, Queens to plant a new church. Astoria, Queens was where my Daddy grew up and they certainly had my attention! The next day Sunday morning the Sunday School Class topic was from the Bible story of Job and Tom and I both knew that I had to do the “Ella” story on the pool table in the evening. In the morning service, Tom did a brief demonstration using his “witnessing tools” and I spoke briefly from the podium. That night after the show we found out about some tragic losses in the church as God confirmed doing the “Ella” story on the pool table that night. As we pack up the pool table, I said to Tom, this would be the last time we had to pack up in which Tom replied that I should not say that. That night at another get together after the show, a business owner asked if we could come the next morning which was Monday and do a show for his company of employees and we did. Additionally, we were also invited to meet the missionaries in Queens, NY and do something with them as well.
After the company show, we made a beeline for New Jersey and scheduled another outreach in Queens for Wednesday at the famous Steinway Billiards in Astoria, Queens. Tom did a special teaching lesson and one of the key regular patrons who I have known for years attended and was introduced to our new missionary friend from North Carolina. That night over dinner the missionary remarked that we introduced him to the “man of peace” at Steinway Billiards and that he now feels he can go there and make new relationships. Tom stayed with the missionaries that Wednesday night and flew out of Queens the next morning as LaGuardia Airport was only 10 minutes away. Looking backwards and forwards we can easily see the hand of God leading and arranging all the way! Praise the Lord!
Derby City Classic and Morocco - Back at the end of January we were at the Derby City Classic in Indiana with the GTS RACK Team of Brian “Superman” Pauley, Victor “Papa Hippo” Conte, Michael “The Man of the Simonis Cloth” Hewitt, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, Steve “Leapin” Lillis, and our Gospel Trick Shot booth with many faithful sponsors. It was a tremendous success and we will share more on that next month. Coming up is our Morocco trip in May as we look forward into launching a billiard café in Melilla. Plans are under way and more will be shared on that next month as well. Enjoy the photos as one is with Robert, Alice, Tom, and Steve, the other is some of our young people that will be going to Morocco, with the other picture taken in the GTS Booth at the Derby City Classic back in January. God is opening many doors and the ministry is in a growth spurt. Thank you all for your support and prayers as we look back with thankful hearts and look forward to what God will do! God bless you!
“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
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The right picture is the cover of the new book entitled: “But You Must! The Steve Lillis Story”.
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