November 2019 News
Trick or Treat and Overcoming Obstacles - by Steve Lillis
After a busy and successful "Woodstick" tour that ran into October, GTS was not ready for the unexpected Halloween or Harvest season that was about to unfold! “Woodstick” GTS/RACK Tour with the portable pool table included multiple stops working with various churches, an elementary school, the House of Hope rehab, Grafton, OH Correctional Facility working with Prison Fellowship Ministries, Indiana Wesleyan, Ball State University, and Big Shots Sports Pub in Muncie, IN. Tom “Dr, Cue” Rossman, Brian Pauley, Michael Hewitt, GTS helper Walter Oppermann and myself, helped to bring the GTS/RACK visions to the Midwest. Practically speaking all went as planned.
After a successful Hawthorne Gospel Church Global Partners Conference in mid October, which included sharing with the youth of the church and the seniors in a Sunday School Class and as the Halloween season was fast approaching, plans began to unravel for the upcoming late October Southern tour to Virginia with the portable pool table. The college shows were postponed in Virginia while Steve received news from two information sources that many college campus ministries are involved in legal battles to keep their student led ministries active. Then, at the two professional billiard events that I was about to attend with partners, more bad news arrived. Civil unrest broke out in Lebanon and Steve's roommate and travel partner from Lebanon could not get out of the country while another friend of Gospel Trick Shot was stuck in the country of Albania unable to get a visa to leave. On top of all that, Steve suffered a hamstring injury the week before the trip and was under the care of a doctor.
What appeared to be an awful trick by the evil one turned out to be a major treat from our wonderful God! The Lord was right on time in supplying the wonderful people of the Menchville Baptist Church in Newport News, VA to step up and fill all needs. They helped to provide housing, food, and partnership along with giving me the opportunity to speak three times at their services and meetings. I even got to do one of the morning services on the portable pool table. Another member helped with some minor repairs on the pool table.
This all came about through yet another connection from the Hawthorne Gospel Church. I taught a Bible Study at the home of Harry and Marie Van Lentin in Clifton, NJ some 25 years ago. They were members of the church and the Bible study was under the authority of the church. This Bible Study group of about 25 folks became a vital part of my initial support base for Gospel Trick Shot. Marie is home with the Lord and Harry is in an assisted living home here in Newport News, VA. Their son Mark who lives in Newport News has been the point man to help make all of this happen. One of my Gospel Trick Shots listed in the new book "What's That in Your Hand?" is called "Obstacles." This time the preacher had to live out his own message and I did by the grace of God! Praise the Lord!
“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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