Missionary Ministry: Doing it Right …
1Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Our verse gives us God’s inspired definition of godliness: “God was manifest in the flesh …”. This is a marvelous verse to show forth the deity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. It further shows us the right way for doing missionary ministry (or any other Christian ministry for that matter). The way is to let the indwelling Christ show out through our bodies. That Jesus each day may live through my yielded-up body is my great desire. I want to do it right, as I’m sure you do as well.
My first trip this month took me to Albany, GA. Richard P. and I held a three day revival meeting at Dougherty County Jail there. This jail is as large as some state prisons, with a maximum capacity of 1230 inmates. Each day, Richard and I would split up, and conduct services in the men’s dormitories every morning and afternoon. Each dorm has a small activity room where we set up chairs and preach the Word. All totaled, after preaching in over 12 dormitories, we saw 48 men hopefully receive the Lord Jesus Christ into their spirits. While there, I went by the former location of Albany Baptist Church. They had been so kind as to allow us to stay in their missions apartments in the past, but the building was destroyed in late January by a tornado. I met Pastor Eron White at the site with a crew of volunteers who were working hard to clear the debris in preparation to rebuild. Please pray for the church to be strong during this time, and for God to raise up a new building for them to His glory.
From there, we were off to Autry State Prison for a two night revival meeting, with a preaching service each night in the chapel. There was a good spirit in the meetings, and 17 men professed Christ as personal Savior. After returning home for a few days, I was back with Richard for a two day revival at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, GA. These men were very open to the preaching, and 14 sinners hopefully became saints when they responded to the invitations. After coming home for two days, I traveled to Crestview, FL, to conduct a 3 day revival at Okaloosa Correctional Institution with Bro. Tim M.. I preached the first night at the Work Camp to around 20 men. No one responded to the invitation, but we believe most of the men were already saved. The next night, after going through security checks, and arriving at the chapel, we were told that due to a shortage of officers, there would be no service. By noon the next day, the chaplain let us know that there would be no service that night. This happens on occasion, but thankfully not that often! Pray for us, please.