January 2022 News by Steve Lillis
Recap of December 2021 – The GTS Spain Team including RACK Team members Mike Hewitt, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, and Marcell Kaiser with a total of 6 helpers toured the Iberian Peninsula doing GTS shows in Cadiz and Madrid while partnering with three churches. Last report a total of 16 people made first time decisions for Christ and are attending church under the leadership of Pastor Marcos of the Oleum Church in Cadiz. This truly was a team effort both here at home in the USA and abroad with all the logistics necessities and COVID restrictions. The trip was hybrid and was viewed live around the world on Facebook. The outreaches and church services are posted on our GTSRACK Rooms Facebook page for your viewing pleasure. Just prior to this GTS Spain trip Tom Rossman and Steve Lillis did two GTS shows here in New Jersey with one at the Bethel Ranch a shelter for homeless men and the other at Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway, NJ. Here is the link below to view the Rockaway Billiards Show: https://www.facebook.com/RockawayBilliardsNew/videos/400529955107793/
We had our second Africa Zoom meeting this past month as we are hoping to plant billiard cafes in 7 different Sub Saharan African countries with 9 different churches. Last month we had a Pakistani pastor share how he uses pool/billiard/snooker ministry in his home church in Pakistan. He set up a snooker tournament for the youth at a local club and then after the event shared the Gospel. Three young people came to Christ at that event (see the attached pictures).
The African churches came to GTS after Steve Lillis presented the Gospel Trick Shot billiard café vision at a (LMM) Legacy Minded Men’s conference with African pastors this past October. Pool/billiard/snooker ministry will help build the LMM groups who specialize in discipleship in their local churches. We also have two churches in North Africa with one in Morocco and another in Tunisia and two in Spain in Madrid and Cadiz interested as well. We need a total $15,000 to supply each participating church with a pool table and equipment.
At this recent meeting the African church pastors shared logistical billiard information and their ministry vision for their respective countries. Items like level of interest in pool, the price of pool tables and equipment, and how to do local outreach in their respective pool rooms and billiard cafes was discussed. Wayne Paker our GTS/RACK Team representative in South Africa invited an administrator of the All-Africa Pool Association (AAPA) to join us as he shared some helpful information. The pastors were also given teaching tools to learn how to play pool by Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman and how to do Gospel Trick Shots by Steve Lillis.
Finally, we had our GTS Annual Board Meeting on Zoom in December which included a recap of 2021. GTS was in shut down mode for the first half of the year because of COVID and slowly began to open back up during the summer. By September we were back in full swing with 20 volunteers helping around the country and overseas. We had a total of 41 salvations with discipleship in place at each venue.
Steve and Camille Lillis Holiday Family Update - Our daughter Amanda is back teaching public school here in New Jersey after six-month leave to have our newest grandchild Robert John DuMont and husband Tim is on two-month paternity leave from his job as a missionary with Shiloh Bible Camp here in New Jersey. Our other daughter Sarah and husband Gregg live nearby and are busy with our other grandchildren Jayden (13), Isabelle (6), and Chloe (4) and their dog walking 🐕 and doggy sitting business🐶. Camille and I are doing great in the Lord and continue serving with GTS by the grace of God! Thank you, Jesus! Blessings to your precious families and friends👋! Merry Christmas 🎄and a Happy and Blessed New Year!
Year End Giving – If you get your tax-deductible gift to GTS by 12/31/21 on PayPal or postmarked by 12/31/21 in the USPS mail your gift will be included on your tax-deductible year end statement that will be mailed next month from GTS. According to the CARES ACT of 2020 there are new tax deduction limits for the individual of 100% on your 2021 Adjusted Gross Income and 25% for corporations on their 2021 taxable income. Check with your accountant for more information. Thank you for your continued giving! May God prosper you and give you good health in New Year 2022!
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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
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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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