November 2021 News by Steve Lillis

 

GTS RACK Team Across America and Beyond!

 

We have much to be thankful for at GTS as the ministry continues to expand not only online but in person as well.  This past month a GTS RACK Team of twelve was actively involved in person across the country in multiple locations with live streams and videos posted during and after as well.  Hybrid missions is now a big part of Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc.  Please look at the video presentation below entitled “Hybrid Missions” that Steve Lillis did one year ago for the Hawthorne Gospel Church.  In that presentation Steve talked about the future of missions operating both in person and online and often at the same time. 

 

This past month of October was a stunning example of what God can do with “Hybrid Missions.”  A fourth and final GTS Show of the season was done at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ the end of September and then the video of that presentation was posted online in early October.  A total of twenty-five people accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in person over the summer with countless more perhaps online in October as the invitation was clearly given by Steve Lillis during his GTS presentation and can be viewed below. 

 

The GTS RACK Team of twelve hit the road for the entire month of October and ministered on both sides of the USA in person and to countless others online around the world.  In the first week Steve Lillis and Mike Martin participated in a Joss 9-Ball event at East Ridge Billiards in Rochester, NY and had many witnessing opportunities.  In the second week Tom Rossman, Brian Pauley, and Jason Lynch put on a GTS show that was live streamed at the 2021 National Artistic Pool Championships at The Clubhouse Billiards in Lynchburg, VA.  Tom was the color commentator for the live stream while Jason and Brian finished third and fourth in the competition.  Congratulations guys!  GTS and Dr. Cue Promotions were the featured sponsors of the event.  Special thanks to Brian Pauley who promoted the event and serves as Chairman of the WPA Artistic Pool Division.   

 

A team of eight GTS RACK Team members including Steve Lillis, Mike Hewitt, Mike Martin, Walter Oppermann, Mike Massey, Mohammad Ali Berjaoui, Tommy Kennedy, and Roger Long all had a part in some of the professional events held in the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia the last two weeks of October.  The competitions included the annual 2021 U.S. Open 14.1 Straight Pool Championships at Q-Master Billiards in Virginia Beach, VA, and the International One Pocket, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, and Junior 9-Ball Championships at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, VA.  Some of the highlights included a GTS Booth with literature and Mike Massey doing a trick shot show in the main arena while handing out during the week his new CD with all of his country Gospel billiard songs.  Mohammad Ali Berjaoui won three matches playing in his first U.S. Open 14.1 Straight Pool Championship.  Good job brother!  Also, Pastor Mike Hewitt played in his first professional one pocket tournament and even though he did not win a match he held his own and made it close against the very best players in the world.  Good try Pastor Mike!  And finally, Roger Long who has a column on AZBilliards.com called “Sharing the Light” was on hand with Tommy Kennedy who is one of the many players featured in his Christian column.  

 

While the team of eight were ministering in Chesapeake, VA on the other end of the country in Las Vegas, NV much was going on with three other GTS RACK Team members present.  Tom Rossman, Jason Lynch, and Larry Nicholson all had their own booths at the largest gathering of amateur pool players ever assembled at the American Pool-Players Association (APA) World Championships with estimates of upward of 15,000 players.  Tom did his famous Dr. Cue Show with life lessons and spiritual anecdotes.  Jason the number two ranked Artistic Pool player in the world displayed his talents and his vast experience in the industry while representing a billiard company.  Larry a certified Professional Billiard Instructors Association (PBIA) billiard instructor represented them well as he is one of our featured performers on the AZBilliards.com “Buzz” Magazine “Gospel Trick Shot” page.  

 

And finally on October 26th nine members of the Spain/North Africa team from the Hawthorne Gospel Church came together to pray for the upcoming trip to Spain with the GTS Team of Steve Lillis, Tom Rossman, Mike Hewitt, and Dean Meyers.  The goals of this trip include opening billiard cafes in three different churches in Cadiz, Seville, and Madrid and to do GTS outreach shows into the communities those churches serve.  There will be more prayer meetings in November for this outreach.  Please pray for us as this will be a big undertaking!  Thanks, and have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and may God bless you and your loved ones!     

 

Videos and Photos:

  1. "Hybrid Missions" video by Steve Lillis.  This is an edited version of the presentation on 11/21/20 for Serving Hands at the Hawthorne Gospel Church on Hybrid Missions.  Steve Lillis discusses the future of missions using technology and more.  https://youtu.be/Q501iCMzNOo 

  2. This is the last GTS show by Steve Lillis in a series of four during the 2021 racetrack season at Monmouth Park. People present were migrant workers and staff who are jockeys, groomers, hot walkers, and stable hands. Chaplain Donny Christopher leads Down the Stretch Ministries and has ministered at this racetrack for many years.
    https://youtu.be/kKmafByoQ5I  

  3. The photos below are from the Norfolk outreach including some of the GTS RACK Team from left to right Mike Hewitt, Walter Oppermann, Steve Lillis, and Mike Martin with U.S. Navy ships in the background as Steve Lillis served in the U. S. Navy in the 1970’s and the GTS portable pool table being delivered by Walter Oppermann and Steve Lillis inside the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel where GTS had a booth and where many of the International billiard competitions were held.

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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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