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Alabama LFTL Steak Wagon Tour Sets Record

The Light for the Lost Steak Wagon Tour in the Alabama District resulted in record-breaking pledges being made.
“The Lord is really stirring the hearts of people . . . and they’re responding to what they felt the Holy Spirit prompted in their hearts.”

That’s the explanation David Strahan, the Alabama District Missions and Men’s Ministries director, had when the pledges from the Light for the Lost (LFTL) Steak Wagon fundraising tour resulted in $460,000 in faith promises, doubling last year’s $230,000 and breaking the previous Alabama district LFTL record by $180,000.

“We’ve done the steak wagon tour for decades — 40-plus years,” Strahan says. “We take the steak wagon teams into every single section where we grill a great Light for the Lost meal, invite pastors and their wives to come join us, and present missionaries’ needs.”

There are 15 sections in Alabama and the state has five steak wagon teams. This year, they visited every section in the month of November and, in a display of commitment, LFTL Director Rick Allen spoke at all 15 stops in addition to the missionary speakers.

“Our Superintendent Ken Draughon, host churches, and sectional presbyters were a big part of this,” Strahan says. “They promoted and shared the Light for the Lost vision leading up to the events. And then Rick Allen really knocked it out of the park. He was really sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit — each event was different — and God really used him.”

Strahan says that Allen, in addition to ministering at the 15 stops, was also leading the district in the Acts 2 Journey. “We worked Rick almost every day while in Alabama,” Strahan says with a laugh. “He didn’t get much free time at all.”

“The Alabama tour was one of the highlights of my year,” Allen states. “To see how the Holy Spirit moved each night, to see the people respond by releasing their faith for greater giving, and to watch God move during our Acts 2 weekends was amazing.”

The tour was also bathed in prayer. Strahan explains that even though the faith promises given this year was unprecedented in Alabama, they’ve been praying, “If God will get the funds to us, He can get it through us.”

Strahan says he believes Light for the Lost is playing a crucial part in fulfilling Scripture’s promise (Matthew 24:14) of once the gospel is shared with every nation, it will lead to the return of Christ.

“Light for the Lost funds are used for evangelism through print, audio, video, technology and media resources. Some of those resources are placed into the hands of missionaries who use it to share the gospel where we cannot physically place a missionary,” Strahan says. “We’re using Light for the Lost in ways we never dreamed about and we’re seeing the gospel spreading throughout the world — into every nation.”

Dan Van Veen

Dan Van Veen is news editor of AG News. Prior to transitioning to AG News in 2001, Van Veen served as managing editor of AG U.S. Missions American Horizon magazine for five years. He attends Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri, where he and his wife, Lori, teach preschool Sunday School and 4- and 5-year-old Rainbows boys and girls on Wednesdays.