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.