GTS England and Ireland
January 2023 Recap
New Media Links
GTS England and Ireland – A GTS team of Mike Massey, Tom “Dr, Cue” Rossman, and Steve Lillis are scheduled to leave at the time of this writing to meet pro Blackball coach and GTS team manager Wayne Parker from South Africa in Coventry, England. Wayne is also working closely with GTS President Steve Lillis on other GTS projects worldwide. Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman is working on Artistic Blackball with Wayne as he also serves along with GTS partner Brian Pauley as cochairmen of the new WPA General Committee of Artistic Blackball. The GTS team will be competing in an IPA Pro Blackball event and do GTS Artistic Blackball shows in England and then move on to Ireland for more GTS Artistic Blackball shows hosted by Martin Kirwan the President of WPA Blackball International.
January 2023 Recap – The focus this past month has been on preparing for the England and Ireland GTS trips in February along with developing more media promotion for GTS and Artistic Blackball. Mike Massey, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, and Steve Lillis produced a highlight reel of about 40 Blackball trick shots that will be used for GTS and Artistic Blackball promotion. Another Gospel Trick Shot of the month #36 was published on AZBilliards.com in the Buzz billiard magazine. Mike, Tom, and Steve also published Christian articles on AZBilliards.com in the column entitled “Sharing the Light” working with GTS friend and former GTS board member Roger Long. Mike Massey also spoke at a New Canaan Society (NCS) gathering while both Mike and Steve did some GTS fundraising at some Mike Massey shows in Pennsylvania. Mike and Tom also did a GTS fundraising teaching clinic in South Jersey. At the time of this writing out in the Midwest in Southern Indiana GTS VP Michael Hewitt is leading a GTS team at the annual Derby City Classic in a Gospel Trick Shot RACK Team booth provided every year for the past six years by Diamond Billiard Products. You can go to our GTSRACKRooms Facebook page to see some of the postings as to what is happening! Thank you to all our GTS friends and sponsors!
New Media Links – The following links were edited and posted in January 2023:
This is a Gospel Trick Shot performed by Mike Massey in the GTS Artistic Blackball show in the main arena in the Hilton Hotel Ballroom in Tangier, Morocco in October 2022 at the Blackball International World Championships. https://youtu.be/YHyoV99mq5M
Mike Massey shares what he has learned in his life journey with the men of the New Canaan Society (NCS) at the Brick House Restaurant in Wyckoff, NJ on January 13, 2023. Mike is a former multi-time World Champion of Pool and Billiards, a Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Hall of Famer (2005), and considered by many as the greatest trick shot artist of all time! https://youtu.be/_ZaYKurMsMs
“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”.
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