Taking it to the streets.
Obadiah Franklin was like most ministers, in his three piece suit preaching from a pulpit, until about four years ago. He was instructed by God to leave the building and his suits and take up the cross to pray for entire cities. Known as “The man in reds,” Franklin has been to over 400 cities, most capitals, and has spread The Word at busy city intersections, bearing the cross and dressed from head to toe in red, signifying the blood of Christ. He looks like living sculpture when you drive past him on the streets. Those that actually stop to find out what he is doing hear the story of how he was led to this way of life preaching in “the church of the sidewalk, church of the highway.”
“Eighty percent of the people do not attend any church on a regular basis,” says Franklin. “Ninety-six percent of the pastors are only preaching to four percent of the people.” Busy intersections are the best place to reach the majority of people in a city. Sometimes, just driving by him has rekindled faith.
His presence was an affirmation of a miracle in the case of Elvis Wade, the most notable impersonator of Elvis Presley that was singing as “The King” long before Presley died.
Wade and his wife, Sandy Posey were on their way to an engagement and came upon a narrow, two lane, bridge at a high rate of speed. At the same time, a semi-tractor trailer carrying a wide FEMA trailer also entered the bridge. It was inevitable that they were about to be in a vary serious accident. Both would probably die with Wade likely decapitated. It was so fast, all they had time for was to cry out “God have mercy.” Miraculously they emerged on the other side of the bridge. The first thing they saw at the bottom of the bridge was a man dressed in red, kneeling, praying beneath a red cross. They knew they had just experienced a miracle.
Wade and Franklin became good friends and stay in touch. Wade is also a minister that testifies to his audiences.
According to Franklin’s website, “He has appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor”, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC Nightly News, Christianity Today, CTN, TBN, many live TV, Radio talk shows, and headlined in many newspapers that have interviewed him. He is often invited into churches, public and Christian schools both as a motivational speaker as well a minister.” Franklin has preached to churches as small as seven people and to crowds as large as 4,000.
Traveling the country, Franklin is homeless, he travels with the clothes on his back and his cross, in a truck that four churches got together and gave him recently. He lives in faith that God will provide his needs and plans on doing this the rest of his days unless God gives him other instructions.
A little over a year ago he says God burdened him with a task to pray for our area. He was instructed to, “pray for 27 cities in an area called the Golden Triangle.” For two and a half weeks, last year, Franklin would come to The Triangle in between other stops. This year, he has been traveling in and out of the Triangle for the last three months. Bridge City was number 26 on the list. Winnie finishes up the 27 cities. Saturday and Sunday, Franklin preached at South Liberty P.H.
He will be leaving Texas and heading to Tennessee to carry on his ministry.
If you would like to find out more about his ministry or would like to donate to his cause, visit his website: mapjesus.com.
You can reach Franklin 24 hours a day by cellular phone at 863-258-8570 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes he doesn’t hear it ring during the day at busy intersections, so please leave a message and he will call you back. He is a minister on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.