April GTS RACK Team Recap
Online Activity Around the World
Steve Lillis Health Update
April GTS RACK Team Recap – Some of our Gospel Trick Shot RACK Team members were busy representing Jesus in April in different ways and in different places around the USA. In Pennsylvania at the Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, Brian “Superman” Pauley worked in the McDermott Booth for our GTS cue sponsor McDermott Cues while Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman and Victor “Papa Hippo” Conte ran the 4t5 Booth at the Expo. The pool game 4t5 along with another pool game called Bobble Ball is used in our Gospel Trick Shot booths at different venues to encourage fellowship around the pool table. Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman also teamed up with our dear brother Dominic “The Drill Sergent” Esposito and another new brother in Christ in Florida to hold teaching clinics on the game and life lessons as they shared the love of Jesus with others along the way. Tom continues to meet with his 3-cushion billiard friends weekly in Indianapolis, IN and even had them come to hear him speak awhile back at a local church.
GTS RACK team member Mike Massey is currently stationed in Sebring, Florida and is partnering with GTS team members Rusty Bernard, Rob “The Hurricane” Peacock, and Walter Oppermann. Gospel Trick Shot shows with Mike and Rob have been done in both Sebring and Lakes Wales this past month working in conjunction with our new partner churches Tower Lakes Chapel with Pastor John and His For Life Ministries with Pastor Jason. Three Bible studies that were planted back in February when Tom and Steve did a GTS tour of Florida are still up and running.
One of those Bible studies in a mobile home park in Sebring, Florida reports 13 people recently attended. This Bible study was started back in February after Tom Rossman and Steve Lillis did a Gospel Trick Shot show and prayed with the local residents of the mobile home park for God to send a pastor to their community to lead a Bible study. The following night in a local Sebring pool room, Tom and Steve did another Gospel Trick Shot and a local pastor was in attendance. After the show Steve asked the pastor if he would be willing to go lead a Bible study at the mobile home park. The pastor answered by saying he was just asking God a few nights before for exactly that! That Bible study has gone from 0 to 13 in two months! What an amazing God we serve!
On the local front here in New Jersey Steve Lillis, GTS partner Phil Ball, and others from the Hawthorne Gospel Church are in the process of planting two billiard cafes in and around Paterson, NJ in local churches to be used as outreach and training centers for young people and others using the game of billiards. Two professional Brunswick 9-foot pool tables have already been donated and are currently being put together by the GTS team. Please pray for this local effort to be completed in month of May!
Online Activity Around the World – After almost two years of online work and meetings with GTS Vice President Pastor Mike Hewitt, Tom Rossman, Steve Lillis, Brian Pauley, and other GTS friends and helpers, the GTS RACK Rooms website located at www.gtsrackrooms.com was finally launched this past month! Praise God! The GTS RACK Rooms live Facebook page continues to broadcast live shows to hundreds of people around the world weekly. The online billiard publication AZBilliards.com continues to publish the Gospel Trick Shot of the Month (May will have Gospel Trick Shot #27) in the Buzz Magazine with thousands of people viewing each month around the world. Former GTS board member, friend, and partner Roger Long also publishes a Christian billiard column in AZBilliards.com each month featuring Christian professional pool players sharing their thoughts and opinions from a Biblical perspective. All of these online features are available on the new GTS RACK Rooms website as well!
Steve Lillis Health Update - On April 8 and 12 Steve Lillis had three stents put in two main arteries of his heart. According to the doctors, there was no heart damage as they caught it just in time! Praise God! Steve is now in recovery and starts two months of Cardio Rehab the first week in May. He is currently walking two miles a day with some dear friends from the Hawthorne Gospel Church, Steve’s home church, and is feeling great and encouraged! Gospel Trick Shot shows are already lined up locally for Steve in July and August. He is also signed up to compete once again in the 2022 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Atlantic City, NJ in September with GTS partner Mike Martin planning to be there with him as well. Please pray as Steve spends the next two months doing administrative work for Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc. and prepares to return physically in due time by the grace of God!
“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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