Emphasis On Training Gospel Trick Shot Artists In 2013
For the past few years GTS has had a major shift from introducing the ministry around the world to training the next generation of Gospel Trick Shot artists to pick their cues and share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Coming up this month will be the annual Artistic Cup in Indianapolis, IN which will be event number six.
This six-year old event is produced and directed by Tom "Dr. Cue" and Marty "Ms. Cue" Rossman. They are the pioneers of the modern artistic pool movement and have partnered with GTS for many years. The format of their event consists of 40 artistic pool shots which exhibit all the key strokes encountered when trying to execute artistic pool and trick shots.
This event has become a major training tool for future Gospel Trick Shot artists. Current next generation GTS artists like Jason "The Michigan Kid" Lynch, Rodney "Triple P" Fontaine, Rob "The Hurricane" Peacock, Wayne Parker, Curtis Robertson, and Brian Pauley have cut their teeth on these shots and now have their own Gospel Trick Shot Shows.
Wayne Parker is scheduled to lead a team to Nairobi, Kenya this month where another group of young GTS artist are waiting to be further trained. As we had reported earlier, Jason Lynch and Steve Lillis founded a team in Nairobi in 2010 and had a pool table shipped from the USA to our GTS headquarter church which is located in the Kariobangi North section of Nairobi.
This church under the leadership of Pastor Kennedy Salano and two pool playing ministers have brought in another twelve pool players from the area who now want to be part of the Gospel Trick Shot team to reach out to other areas in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Please pray for Wayne, Pastor Kennedy and the team as they travel to this very dangerous and volatile area of the world.
Steve Lillis has a new book coming out in 2013 which is a testimony to what God has done in his life and includes the story of the founding of Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc. Please pray that God would use this book to help inspire the next generation to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The book has been coauthored by Devra Robledo from Los Angeles who owns Source Enterprises and BobbleBall.com and is a dear friend and helper of Gospel Trick Shots.
Husband Fred Robledo is putting the finishing touches on a portable pool table in their wood carving factory that will be shipped back east to Steve and GTS hopefully in time for an outreach event with Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman and Mike Massey in late March 2013.
In April the annual Allen Hopkins Expo and the Artistic Pool Masters Championship, which is a pro artistic pool event, serves as a reunion for Gospel Trick Shot artists. It was here about ten years ago that Steve Lillis helped secure the venue for not only the artistic pool competition while serving as the Chairman of World Artistic Pool, but introduced the billiard community on the East Coast to Gospel Trick Shot Shows with the help of World Artistic Pool Champions Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman and Mike Massey, along with female World Champions Robin Dodson and Loree Jon Jones Hassan.
This is the time for the next generation of GTS artists to be further trained and sent around the world to preach Christ on pool tables on all continents.
GTS Calendar 2012-2013:
>11/29/12 - 12/2/12 - Artistic Cup VI in Indianapolis, IN produced and directed by Dr. Cue Promotions. Top artistic players in competition with a Sunday morning RACK Room service at 8 A.M. led by GTS Board Member and Artistic Pool Chaplain Rodney "Triple P" Fontaine. Please go to DrCuePromotions.com for more details.
>12/13/12- 12/24/12 - GTS RACK Team led by Wayne Parker of South Africa returns to Nairobi, Kenya in Africa to train GTS Africa Team in Kariobangi with Pastor Kennedy Salano.
>12/27/12 - 12/31/12 (TBD) - Urbana 2012 in St. Louis, MO with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship students and leaders.
>Winter 2012-13 (TBD) - GTS Show at the Jericho Road Men's Shelter in Paterson, NJ.
>1/9/13-1/10/13 (TBD) - Gospel Trick Shot shows and testimonies at a local pool room and the Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City, Florida with members of the GTS RACK Team led by Rodney "Triple P" Fontaine.
>1/10/13 - 1/13/13 - Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour semiannual Turning Stone event in Verona, New York with top players from all over the USA.
>1/14/13 - First day of classes at William Paterson and Kean Universities.
>1/25/13 - Steve will speaking at the Serving Hands fellowship at the Hawthorne Gospel Church in Hawthorne, NJ at 10:30 A.M.
>2/19/13-2/20/13 - School billiard tournament and Gospel Trick Shot Show at Southern Illinois University with Mike Massey and Steve Lillis working with SIU Chi Alpha Campus Ministries.
>4/4/13 - 4/7/13 - Hopkins Expo in the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison, NJ with possible GTS Booth, GTS Shows and Bible studies.
>Spring 2013 (TBD) - Gospel Trick Shot Shows in New Jersey at Kean University game room of the student center in Union working with Campus Crusade for Christ; William Paterson University in Wayne; Farleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck; Rutgers University in New Brunswick in the game rooms working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF).
>Spring 2013 (TBD) - Gospel Trick Shot Shows in the university section of Newark, NJ at ECC, NJIT, and Newark Rutgers working in conjunction with various campus ministries and World Impact Ministries of Newark, NJ.
>June 2013 (TBD) - Philippines, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula GTS World Tour to revisit ministries and areas for GTS follow-up.