Prayer Letter January 2017

Ablation again …

On Thursday, January 5th, I was having a wonderful conversation with my anesthesiologist. He didn’t have much to do, because I was wide awake during the surgery. During surgery prep, he asked me what genre of music I’d like to listen to. So I picked Gospel! He seemed quite happy with the choice, and I soon found out he was saved. At some point, however, he put me out as the surgeon burned off the cells in my heart causing PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions). For those of you who are car mechanics, the best way I can describe the effect of those PVC’s is to liken it unto an engine’s spark plug firing while the piston is near the bottom of the cylinder instead of at the top. Following the surgery, the PVC’s have stopped, thank the Lord.

In Panama City, Florida, Bro. Tim M., Bro. Keith J., and I held a three day revival at Bay Correctional Institution. This was the first time Rock of Ages has done so there. I’m happy to say that we were well received by the chaplain and inmates there. We saw 6 inmates make profession faith during the meetings. Each morning, we taught “Character under Construction” lessons, using PowerPoint presentations, with student handouts. In the afternoons, we did bunk-to-bunk visitation in dorms, and conducted preaching services each night. Bruce was one of the inmates that made profession of faith on the last night’s service. I had witnessed to him “in the yard” that afternoon, but he said he was not ready to be saved. Within the next hour, I was witnessing to him again in his dorm. I think he was shocked to see me again! Still, he said he was not ready to be saved. I urged him to come to the service to be held that night. He came. At the invitation, I made eye contact with him, and beckoned him to come and pray with me. He refused. After that, I led another man to Christ. When I got done, I saw that he came forward, and that Bro. Keith was dealing with him. I joined them, and had the privilege of seeing him make profession of faith in the Lord Jesus! Some plant, some water, but God gives the increase!

Bro. Richard P. and I held a Sunday-only meeting at Hall County Correctional Institution in Gainesville, GA. It was the first time we have ever been there, as well. We had a two hour teaching session during the afternoon, again using PowerPoint presentations and student handouts. We returned that evening for a preaching service. Richard and I both preached short messages. Mine was designed to help those who were already saved, while Richard followed up with a salvation message. Three men stepped out during the invitation to receive Christ as personal Savior.

Living in the vicinity of Georgia? Would you consider taking a certification class so that you could occasionally go with us to a prison revival? If so, please contact me for more information. Certification classes for Georgia are held at various venues. I would be happy to try to find one near you. We need volunteers to help us!

Prayer Letter December 2016

Divine Appointments …

His name is Sam. After initially witnessing to him a couple of months ago, I told him I didn’t think he was ready to be saved. Life seemed to be all about him and the raw deal he was receiving. Today (the 30th), while taking my daily walk, I again prayed that God would put him in my pathway. A minute or so later, he pulled his truck out onto the road, rolled down the window, and stopped in the road! After a short witness, he took my name and phone number so that he could call me later. What a mighty God we serve!

Our missionary journey in Georgia this month started at Georgia State Prison, where we had 4 days of services, with 99 men attending in all, and 3 days of cell-to-cell visitation in the lock-down areas. In all, 15 of those men stepped out from their peers, and hopefully received the Lord Jesus Christ, making them sons of God. Three other Rock of Ages missionaries were laboring with me: Richard P. (our coordinator), Johnny N., and Keith J.. As I have often said, we have no way of knowing for sure how many of these men were genuinely converted to Christ, nor do we know for sure how many professions made in our churches result in son-ship with the Father. We can only look for signs of salvation showing up in them over time. This we know, that real conversion does lead to sanctification, and sanctification shunned by the convert is never a good thing. A few days later, Linda and I had the privilege of being in a 2 day, services-only revival meeting at Emanuel Women’s Prison, in Swainsboro, Georgia. Richard P. and his wife, Janna were with us, and once again, the Lord gave us excellent services, with a total of 327 ladies attending. Of those, 47 ladies responded to the invitation, hopefully receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There were also many ladies who came forward to meet with their Lord for various needs. A sweet spirit permeated the whole revival meeting! Richard P., Keith J., and I then held a revival at the Paulding County Probation Detention Center, with 2 days of visitation and 2 days of preaching services. There were 14 men who professed to receive Christ as Savior.

The missionary journey then picked up in Florida. There, I was with Bro. Tim M., at Apalachee West Correctional Institution in Florida for a 3 day revival, with 6 men professedly receiving Christ as personal Savior. We held “Character under Construction” teaching sessions in the mornings, and preaching services each afternoon. This prison would not allow us to take a laptop computer into the facility, so we could not do the Powerpoint version of the lessons (“Self,” “Hope,”, and “Truth”) The lessons were well received anyway.

Please pray for these inmates that they will grow in grace, and for me as I have another heart ablation surgery on January 5th. We love you folks for standing with us in the Vineyard! Happy New Year.