News for July 2020

South Carolina Blitz

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I need to continually remind myself that for all of the chaos the pandemic has inflicted upon America, it has made folks more open to receive a witness about things eternal. Surely, lost people are concerned about meeting God, even if most of them would not say it out loud.

I have enjoyed passing out tracts to passersby. Occasionally, we’ve had extended witness with folks at the gas stations, restaurants, and with neighbors. I’ve gotten to meet many of them on my daily walks through the subdivision. Almost always, I get to direct the conversation to focus on Christ Jesus, and He deserves that. We live in hope that these confrontations will yield fruit in the Lord’s Vineyard. My dear Linda has had several good witnesses with our neighbor across the street. She invited her to our annual revival this month, and she agreed to come! Sadly, she reneged. She will continue to encourage her to be saved. Please do pray for Faye.

Our church held its annual Jubilee revival this month, beginning on Sunday, July 19, and ending on Friday, July 24th. On Monday through Friday, we had morning services, with preachers being called from the floor to preach. I was blessed to kick off the Wednesday morning session. It was the first time I had preached in quite some time, and I had wonderful liberty to do so. Many folks said afterward that they genuinely received  help from the message, which is always nice to hear.

Our six-day annual Rock of Ages national conference this year was to be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Greenville, SC, but the pandemic prevented that from happening. Instead, we had a two-day conference at Bible Baptist Church, in Rossville, GA. Attendance had to be somewhat limited, and we held only evening services, but it was great to get together with our colleagues. We had inspiring messages from Bro. Joe Arthur, Bro. Scott Caudill, and Bro. Ricky Gravley.

The two prison revivals scheduled for the first week in August in Florida were canceled due to a spike in the number of Coronavirus cases there. However, we received word that the South Caroline blitz is still scheduled for the first week in October. This is great news. If it happens, we will be in 8-10 prisons, with around 100 missionaries and volunteers! Please do make this a matter of prayer! We love you, and praise God for your faithfulness to our ministry. Be blessed, and keep looking up!

News for June 2020

All things work together for good

Prov 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Without controversy, God has allowed the coronavirus. He has allowed it to be modified by men. He has allowed it to escape (to give the benefit of the doubt) from a poorly run, highly dangerous bioweapons lab in China. God has allowed it to spread worldwide taking the lives of over 500,00 people. It has become political weapon in the hands of evil men. It is the first pandemic on record where our best medical minds have mandated that we quarantine the healthy,  thus crippling our economy. All of this God has allowed for His purposes. No one knows why, in my mind. I know, however, that God never makes a mistake, and nothing ever catches Him off guard. I wish I could say I know why God has allowed our prison work to be come to a virtual standstill. All I know is that Jesus had it right when He enjoined us to pray “… thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” One day we will know as we are known (1 Cor. 13:12), but until then we “… see through a glass darkly” (same verse). In the meantime, let us continue to walk with God, and love Him with all heart and soul. Psalm 119:128 expresses my attitude toward our God: “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”

Bro. Chuck C., one of our missionaries, had a great idea recently. He contacted a prison in Alabama, and negotiated an “at-the-fence” outdoor preaching service to be held shortly. The Rock of Ages team will be on the outside of the fence with the inmates sitting on the ground on the inside.

I decided to try that approach with Captain K. at a county jail in our area. At this point, his only negative comment was that if he allowed us to do that, he’d have to allow other groups to do the same. I asked that he talk it over with the administration, and give it due consideration. He promised that he would call me with their decision. Well, he didn’t say, “yes,” but he didn’t say, “no” either! Please do pray for a good outcome to the matter! We also have a good possibility of two three-day back-to-back prison revival meetings in Sneads, Florida, in the first week of August this year. This would be our first full-scale prison revival since mid-March! Please keep these meetings in your prayers as well.

We love you, and praise God for your faithfulness to our ministry. Be blessed, and keep looking up!