Prayer Letter October 2016

October Surprise …

Once again, Linda and I were blessed to be in Vermont during the peak season for foliage. The surprise was that the leaf colors were stunning this year. Even the Vermonters were saying it! The Vermont natives call folks who come there to see the leaves “peepers.” Well, we were “peepers” there doing the Lord’s bidding.

I preached a Sunday through Wednesday (October 9-12) revival meeting at Northside Baptist Church in St. Albans, VT, which is just 18 miles from the Canadian border. I believe many of God’s people were blessed and challenged to lay hold on the wonderful provisions our Lord has given to us for success in the Christian life. One dear lady came to me on Sunday night after the service. Even after many years in church, she had some concerns about her salvation. I’m happy to report that she now professes her spiritual birthday as October 9, 2016! Pastor Patterson and his wife, Sharon, were wonderful hosts, and we enjoyed being with them. Church members had us over to their houses for meals each evening. It was a blessed meeting. We also were blessed to be with Pastor Ed and Lorraine Hart (Lighthouse Baptist Church) again on the following Sunday. I preached, and our old friend Norman Frink provided the special music. He has traveled all over America as a singing evangelist. We used to have him at our church in Fairfield, CT, years ago. We had a great time of fellowship and spiritual refreshment with them. Both churches were very gracious to us, and we left blessed of the Lord!

Richard P., Howard S., Keith J., and I held revival services at Montgomery State Prison, in Mt. Vernon, GA, on October 18-20. We had unusual liberty to preach the Word during the meetings. On the last night, all four of us preached 20 minute messages. It was obvious that the inmates were working hard to get their fellow inmates to attend the services. There was a total of 116 men in the services, and 7 men made public profession of faith in Christ as Savior. As we were coming into the prison on the last night, we met the chaplain as he was leaving. He had heard good reports of the meetings from the inmates, and he asked if we could come back the following week for another 3-day revival. So, on October 25-27, Richard P. and I held another revival there with 137 men attending in total, with 5 men making profession of faith in Christ. During one of the afternoons, we were allowed to go into Wheeler County Jail for ministry. There were only 4 men in the whole jail! One inmate didn’t want to talk to us, but we were able to witness to the others. No one made profession of faith, but we were able to plant some Gospel Seed.

Please pray for those inmates who are newly converted that they will thrive in Christ. Also, please pray for Linda’s cousin Judy and her remaining family and friends. Her husband, John, passed away on Saturday, October 31.

Prayer Letter September 2016

South Carolina Blitz …

I’m starting to get a complex from preaching in prison. The last two times I preached were at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, SC, at the South Carolina Blitz, and I cleared the room both times! The first time, just before I began preaching, an inmate came in and announced “medication call.” All the inmates except one left! Fifteen minutes later, however, they all came back, and 2 inmates made profession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. The final time, I had just announced my text to around 35 inmates, when an officer made all of them go back to their cells. Turns out an inmate went missing, and our service was destroyed. The devil never quits does he? So, pastor, if you ever need a preacher to clear the room for you, just give me a call!

The Blitz was hosted by Gannt Street Baptist Church, in Cayce, SC, from Tuesday-Friday, September,27th-30th. Each morning, services were held at the church for the Rock of Ages missionaries and volunteers, followed by lunch in the fellowship hall. Here are the statistics for the blitz:

  • 35 Rock of Ages missionaries
  • 52 volunteer workers
  • 7 prisons and 2 jails attended, along with the University of South Carolina campus
  • 1569 inmates attended services
  • 210 professions of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (many of these inmates were saved during personal soul winning times which were scheduled each day.

We also had a blessed time in Georgia at Baldwin State Prison with 4 inmates making profession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and at Baldwin County Jail where we held 4 services with 29 men stepping out to receive the Lord Jesus Christ.

I would that I could convey to you the wonderful way God opens the hearts of incarcerated men and women. Many have been brought to spiritual brokenness by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit of God, which makes them eager to hear and respond to the Gospel. I’m blessed beyond measure for the privilege of co-laboring with you dear folks and with our God in this great harvest field. Let’s pray for God to use these men and women in His Vineyard!