Blackball International and GTS in North Africa
Portable Pool Table Summer Outreach
Blackball International and GTS in North Africa – Blackball pool is one of the most popular cue sport games in the world and is very popular in the Arab world particularly in North Africa. It is very similar to American pool but because of subtle differences requires different style pool tables, cue sticks, and billiard balls. The World Blackball Pool Championships with 43 countries present will be held this October in Tangier, Morocco. The USA has never fielded a Blackball team to compete. Steve Lillis because of his experience has been selected to be the first President and Founder of the first USA Blackball Association and has been charged with the responsibility to assemble a USA Blackball Team. The USA team of five with a coach and manager has been selected and they are ready to go as a Blackball Training Workshop led by Coach Wayne Parker was completed last month. Co Captains of the USA team are Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Hall of Famers Mike Massey and Tom Rossman.
GTS is helping God at Work for Kids orphanage in Lusaka Zambia build Blackball pool tables to raise funds to buy farmland and livestock. The Zambian government has given a tax exemption to sell the tables! GTS has helped dig a water well and fix the roof. The workspace on their property is ready. They need a power table saw, power grinder, power jig saw, with initial raw materials for $7000 to start. We have raised $1000 to date with $6000 more needed. Wanye Parker and his partner in South Africa will oversee the project and purchase the tools.
Portable Pool Table Summer Outreach – GTS has had an amazing portable pool table outreach this summer with three GTS shows at the Solid Rock Day Camp in West Milford with over 500 young people in attendance, with two more shows at West Hampton Stables seen on video by over 1000 people, and more coming up in early August before Steve Lillis, Mike Massey, and Tom Rossman rendezvous in Los Angeles in the middle of August for a GTS outreach with the California USA Pool League. Please pray as more portable pool table invitations are coming in!
***Also please check out our exciting new website at www.gtsrackrooms.com with helpful and entertaining information on becoming a more devoted follower of Jesus Christ! God bless you!
Dear Gospel Trick Shot Friends:
Hope you enjoyed reading our exciting June recap and GTS projects report! Gospel Trick Shot continues to expand around the world and you can continue to be a part of it all by praying and giving! Please check our calendar items below to pray and thanks again for your continued prayers and support!
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“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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