“Open your eyes
& take a good look at what’s right in front of you.
These fields are
ripe. It’s harvest time!” (John 4:35)
over 30 years I have been studying and teaching the Bible, preaching and leading souls to
Jesus Christ. Barbara and I love to introduce people to Christ and teach them about their authority in Him.
is why we have developed the JHM Tuition-Free Online Bible
Training Centre, which is presently reaching and teaching Ministers and
Bible Students in nearly 170 nations of the world.
also why we desire the tents, trucks and equipment to drive across North America
like a giant spiritual combine reaping a soul harvest for Jesus.
There’s nothing more important to us than plundering Hell and
populating Heaven with souls - millions and millions of souls.
Christ's Coming is on the
horizon. But first, a great
spiritual awakening and a great harvest of souls!
patient, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. The husbandman (God) waits
for the precious fruit of the Earth (soul harvest), and has long patience
for it, until He receives the early and latter rain." (James 5:7)
photograph is a line up of custom wheat
harvesting equipment. If you live in the Midwestern
United States, this is a familiar scene to you. It is to me. Although from the Boston, Massachusetts area, while attending Bible School in Oklahoma
in the mid-eighties, I drove similar big rigs for the biggest independent wheat harvester in
that state. These custom harvesters
travel from harvest field to harvest field, moving quickly, bringing in the
ripened harvest for local farmers.
Jesus often used harvesting analogies when
teaching about the harvest of souls to be reaped in the Earth.
Natural harvesters travel from ripened field to ripened field, reaping on
behalf of local farmers. We will travel with our giant tents, trucks
and committed harvesting crew from ripened spiritual harvest field to ripened
spiritual harvest field, reaping on behalf of local Pastors throughout North
America. Wherever we reap, we will leave the spiritual harvest of
precious souls with the local Pastors who will nurture, teach and care for
them. We will then move quickly to the next ripened harvest field
where other local Pastors are waiting.
vision for Tent Evangelism has been in
my heart since I was Born-Again over thirty
When I was a child,
a fascination with circus tents was birthed within me that only grows
stronger as I get older. Since that time I have also had a
passion for big trucks. My grandfather owned a
Massachusetts-based trucking company
and I learned to drive semi-trucks as a teenager. As a young man I
went on to tour America, driving big rigs for entertainers such as
Marvin Gaye, Chicago, Andy Gibb, Tony Orlando and Wayne Newton.
that time while working for these entertainers, I had a supernatural encounter with
Almighty God. From then on I became
determined to obey Him and to use my experiences to introduce the multitudes to Him.
Giant tents and giant trucks were not
created to simply entertain the masses. They are a part of God’s
to win the masses to Christ. This brief probationary
period on Planet Earth is all about extending Almighty God's family and this is a very
crucial time in human history. We absolutely must make the most of
the days that remain. Every minute of every day is crucial.
Every prayer that you pray concerning the lost is crucial. Every seed
that you plant towards saving the lost is crucial. So crucial, in
fact, we believe God will bring you substantial increase for
every financial or material seed you plant towards the harvesting of human souls
through the use of giant tents and giant trucks.
are looking at
photographs of three “cupola” style circus tents belonging to Circus Pinder in
France. We are showing them to you because they are the style of tent,
although not the color or design, that
God has placed in our hearts. We will use a solid blue background with
yellow stars as illustrated on our logo at the top of this vision report.
a solid blue background?
In Jesus' day, Rabbis, including Jesus, would wear tassels on the hem of
their garments. Each tassel was comprised of 500 white threads with a
single blue thread in the center of the tassel. The white threads
represented God's Holiness. The
single blue thread represented the sky which was a constant reminder to look
upwards towards Heaven. Our solid blue tent will serve as a constant
reminder of our mission - plundering Hell to populate Heaven.
yellow stars symbolize those who partner with us in the soulwinning mission
of reminding lost humanity that there is a Hell
to shun and a Heaven to gain.
The Prophet Daniel spoke concerning the soulwinner's mission and reward when
he said, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the Earth shall
awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt
... and they that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars
forever." (Daniel 12:2-3)
style of tent is called a cupola tent
because it has a large cupola on the very top similar to what you see on top of old
American barns and some Colonial homes. In the left and center
photographs above the cupola is red. The cupola allows air to be drawn
up from the tent floor and out through the top for ventilation. With the
exception of the side curtains, all of the tent fabric is actually
connected directly to the cupola. You will see and understand why as you read
Barbara and I have literally
searched worldwide via the Internet studying the tents used by the circuses
of the world. I have communicated with circus tent-masters,
managers, employees, Italian and Mexican tent manufacturers, sales
representatives, tent specialists, owners and aficionados. We have learned much about what it takes to travel
and work with tents the style and size of these.
cupola style of tent is quite different from
those used in circuses and Evangelistic Crusades of the past. Those
older style canvas tents were called “Pole Tents” or “Bale Ring Tents.”
those days, steel spikes at the tops of the wooden poles would be pushed
through the steel bale rings in the canvas. Elephants, trucks or a
brigade of men and women would then drag the bottom of the slanting pole. This
would force the pole to stand upright, pushing the canvas upwards and supporting
the Big Top.
perfectly see this older system in the photos below of Evangelist A.A. Allen’s
1950's pole tent.
You can see quite easily in these
photographs the number of poles needed to hold up this older style canvas
tent system. In the aerial photograph, you can see how the center pole steel
spikes protrude through the bale rings in the center canvas top. These tents
were both fascinating and effective.
However, tent technology has
greatly improved. Most larger, modern tents no longer use wooden poles and bale
rings, nor are they constructed of canvas. Larger tents today use
aluminum framed “masts” in place of wooden center poles and the “fabric” is made of hi-tech vinyl
as opposed to canvas. Modern tents are now often referred to as “tensile
are photographs of one of Circus Pinder’s many cupola tents loaded on a customized drop frame trailer for
The red steel racks at the very top of the trailer are the main tent masts. Below them is the curved-top
yellow cupola. In the right photograph, underneath the
cupola you can actually see the Big Top fabric rolled and folded.
The stakes and rigging that hold the masts and the tent up are all stored in the boxes that
are built into the sides of the special drop frame trailer. It’s quite a modern, unique
system and is now used by circuses worldwide for transporting some of the
biggest tents in the world.
are changing circuses and countries in these next photographs. This cupola tent belongs to Circus Finlandia in
Finland. This photograph and those that follow give a very good visual of the tent “build
The hydraulic arm mounted to the tractor that pulls the trailer
is unloading the masts. In place of this hydraulic arm, we will use a
“Tag Along” portable forklift (pictured later) capable of
lifting the large aluminum framed masts. The
Tag Along will also be used to easily pull
the tent stakes out of the ground when it’s time for the “tear
down” or "blow off" as circus people refer to it.
build up the masts are laid out on the ground, bolted together, anchored to the ground on
steel plates with pivots and
cabled upright by hand jacks or portable electric motors.
closely you can
see the massive amount of tent fabric folded under the blue cupola in this
photograph. The tent masts are now upright and anchored all around the customized drop frame trailer.
Notice how the red cupola “arms” are extended outward. They are
attached to cables that are beginning to pull the cupola to the top of the
four masts. These cables can also be pulled upward by electric motors mounted
within the masts or by manually operated hand jacks.
Here the cupola continues its climb to
the top of the giant masts. Notice again how much Big Top
fabric is actually stored under the cupola while on the drop frame transport
trailer. Once the fabric is fully extended and the tent is fully
built up, the drop frame trailer is
removed to make room for the center ring of the circus. In our case,
we will leave our customized trailer inside the tent, placing an attractive
skirting all around it, with stairs. The trailer then becomes the
platform for the Preacher, pulpit, worship team, etc.
This photograph shows the cupola and fabric
fully extended and suspended from the masts. Once the seating is set
up inside the tent, the side curtains are hung and the tent is pretty much
operational. Large generators carried on another truck are used to produce electricity for lighting, sound system,
technical equipment, etc.
cupola tent is smaller than
that which we will have need of in our evangelistic outreach. However,
these sequential photographs perfectly illustrate the uniqueness of a
modern-day cupola tent build up.
This is a photograph of the inside of
Circus Finlandia’s cupola tent. Three of the four masts are visible,
as well as some of the “quarter poles.” You can see how the masts can
be used to mount the sound system, lighting and cameras for live-streaming
and recording services for
television production. Notice the light technician sitting up on one
of the masts.
The inside and the outside of our
Gospel tent(s) will be much different than that of a circus tent, but these
photographs give a very good idea of what the Lord has placed in our
hearts for the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - The Greatest Book
The preaching of the Gospel
of Jesus Christ is the most
important job on Earth. It must be done with excellence!
preaching of the Gospel is the most important message on Earth. It must be packaged
Therefore, we have asked the Lord for at least two
new Volvo 780 tractors with two customized trailers for transporting our
first Gospel tent. We have also
asked Him for a smaller equipment truck, as well as a motor home or a coach. We are unleashing faith for beautiful,
such as the Volvo 780 and Prevost coach pictured below.
A matching pair of
Volvo 780 tractors with customized
trailers, a Tag Along, a motor coach and a utility truck all color coordinated to match the giant
cupola tent will surely draw attention when they are positioned on the
properties of the local Churches and Pastors who bring us in to help reap the local
harvest of souls.
This is a
photograph of the type of “conventional 18-inch drop frame trailer” needed
for transporting the cupola tent fabric, masts, rigging and the Tag Along forklift. The upper deck will be customized to
extend out over the lower deck all the way to the rear. This creates
a level platform on top for transporting the cupola tent and for standing
on to preach inside the tent. This also creates a storage space
between the upper deck and lower deck for storing additional rigging, tent stakes,
other tools and equipment.
Removable upright racks will be customized
to carry the tent masts above the cupola while in transit. You can see how
Circus Pinder customized their trailer in exactly this way in photos
above. I have counseled with a steel fabricator and engineer who has
customized these trailers in similar ways. He is confident that our type of
customization is "a breeze.”
The custom trailers in these photographs
are called “Drop Frame Vans." You can see the way the trailer
directly behind the tractor tires. This is why it is called a “drop
frame.” Drop frame trailers result in a tremendous amount of
headroom. The headroom creates a place to hang lighting racks and
other large lightweight items, leaving the floor space open and available.
The floor space in
our drop frame van will carry the sound system, seating for thousands, road cases for both
technical equipment and musical
instruments, as well as a multitude of other things necessary for conducting
itinerate tent crusades. This type of trailer is also large enough to
carry a small automobile directly over the rear tires. Soul harvesters
have to run errands, too, you know!
Pontiac Racing Team and Hot Wheels exteriors illustrated above are examples of the type of
computerized graphics available today.
Simple, striking exterior graphics draw lots of attention. It is
reported that specialized tractor-trailer graphics turn the heads of over
ten million individuals annually.
Word. The Greatest Book on Earth
Harvest Tent Evangelism · Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ ·
The Greatest Book on Earth" being
boldly displayed with beautiful, hi-tech graphics on the sides of these
massive Gospel billboards as they roll down the highway.
Now that is a
modern-day, hi-tech, head-turning Gospel
As we said, our
cupola tent and all of our trucks and road equipment
will be graphic and color coordinated, creating a powerful visual package, all
calling attention to a powerful Savior. As stated earlier, the preaching of
the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important message on Earth and it
must be packaged with excellence!
The photograph to the left shows the
forklift mounted to the rear of a truck similar to the way we will carry
ours. Special slots will be cut and welded into the back of the
customized cupola tent trailer. The Tag Along operator simply pulls it up
slowly behind the trailer, directing the Tag Along forks into the trailer slots. Using the control to tell the forks to “drop”
will actually lift
the Tag Along off the ground. Special ratchet strapping keeps
the Tag Along in place as the truck moves down the road. The Tag Along
will also be color coordinated to match all the other World Harvest Tent
Evangelism road equipment.
you know what a Tag Along is, you will start seeing them everywhere. Let
them be a reminder of how you can partner with John Hamel Ministries and
World Harvest Tent Evangelism in plundering Hell and populating Heaven. Tag
Alongs, with all of the other wonderful equipment you have
seen here today, were created for such a time as this – Soul Harvest Time!
by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven and that are in Earth,
visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him: And
He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." (Colossians
Soul Won Credited to Your Heavenly Account
If the idea of using this giant
equipment to preach the Gospel is as exciting to you as it is to us, that’s
the Holy Spirit talking to you. We trust you’ll
respond to His leading and pray about becoming a partner with us. As you do, please keep the
following narrative from the Bible in
mind. It’s addressing you. It’s a Scriptural principle that
applies to all the men and women, boys and girls, who are
“called to send” those of us who are “called to go” with the Gospel of
Jesus Christ to the masses.
King David returned to his camp and
found that a band of Amalekite giants had plundered it.
The Amalekites carried away with
them all the women, children and material possessions. King David assigned
warriors to come with him to pursue the Amalekite giants and to rescue his
people. David assigned
others to stay behind and guard the camp and their gear from further
plundering. David's mighty men successfully rescued the
women and children along with their possessions, taking all the Amalekite’s
possessions as well.
their return to the camp, some of the warriors who accompanied David did not want to share the spoil with the warriors
David had assigned to stay behind as
the National Guard. King David became indignant over their pride and
selfishness. The following is what he
said in response.
“Who would ever listen to this kind of
talk? The share of the one who stays with the gear is the share of the one
who fights - equal shares. Share and share alike! From that day on, David made that the rule in
Israel - and it still is.” (1 Samuel 30:24-25,
Still today, those who are called to
stay and send will receive the same reward as those of us who are called to
go and preach. As a World Harvest Tent Evangelism partner and sender, you will
receive the exact same reward as we will at the Bema
Judgment Seat of Christ.
we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may
receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether
it be good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Every soul saved under the
World Harvest Tent Evangelism Big
Top will be credited to your Heavenly account.
because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your
account." (Philippians 4:17)
Jesus is coming and He’s coming
soon. This confused and frightened world is more ready to be evangelized and to hear about the
forgiveness, love, protection and provision of our good God than it ever has been at any other time in all of human history.
live in an extremely dangerous world and people both need and want to hear
that God is always their solution
and never their problem.
Possibly you have a burning desire to do
something unique and powerful for Christ and this vision report has stirred you in your spirit. You may have experience driving large
trucks or buses. You may have
experience as a tent-master, engineer, mechanic, circus roustabout, etc. You may have no experience in any of
these areas, but are interested in becoming part of our itinerate tent crew
in reaching North America for the Lord Jesus Christ.
would like to provide part of, or
an entire tent for us. Perhaps you’d like to provide one or more of
the trucks and trailers through leasing or purchase. Maybe you would like
to make a monthly contribution towards operating expenses. Or is it possible
that the Holy Spirit is telling you to underwrite the entire World Harvest
Tent Evangelism operation?
the Lord is leading you, simply go to our Contact Page
through the link at the very bottom of this page and let us hear from you. All involvement is necessary and significant,
large or small.
One way or another, we pray you
will join with us as we
go after the lost souls of our sin-suffering nation and the world – all of
“Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of
For the day of the Lord is near in the
Valley of Decision.”
“They that turn many to righteousness
shall shine as the stars forever.”
“…he that winneth souls is wise.”
Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
preach the Gospel to every creature."
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The Greatest Book on Earth
4 Circus Tent Build Up & Tear Down Videos
Early morning, 3˝ minute time-lapse build up of a small cupola
4˝ minute time-lapse build up of an even larger cupola
4 minute time-lapse build up &
'blow off' of the Nock Family Circus Big
minute circus clip showing elephant assisted old canvas tent build up.
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