News for October 2020

Missions Trip

Acts 11:1-4 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, 3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. 4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,

The setting here was a dispute between Peter and the Hebrew saints, who were upset that Peter had mixed with the Gentiles (v. 3). They ignored the most important event – the Gentiles had received the word of God! Let’s focus on the major things and minimize the lesser things! At any rate, Peter gave a report to the saints when he returned from his missions trip. I would like to do likewise for our missions trip this month to Michigan and Ohio.

Harvest Baptist Church of Grass Lake, MI, a supporting church, hosted Linda and me for a Sunday through Wednesday missions conference with two other missionary families. I was blessed to teach Sunday School, and preach the Sunday evening sermon. During the Tuesday night service, I was allowed to give a report of our ministry. We were received well by the saints, and thoroughly blessed with their fellowship. The two foreign missionary families didn’t know each other before the conference, but through fellowship during the week, they found out they were both going to be in the same missions conference the following week in New York State. What are the chances of that happening! We were glad to spend a couple of days with our son, Jerry, and his wife. We also got to spoil our great grand-daughter, Sophia!

On the following Sunday morning, I presented our work, and preached at Heritage Baptist Church, in Toledo, OH. This was our first time there, and following the invitation, they took us on for monthly support right there in the service. That was so unexpected! Then we were off to First Baptist Church of Ashland, OH. They had me in for the Sunday night service of their missions emphasis month. The message was received well, and several commented that they had a clearer understanding of faith promise missions afterward. One dear lady indicated that she was going to double her commitment this year, to the glory of God. This, too, is a supporting church, and it was great to spend some time with their new pastor, Bro. Matt Stollings. Our last meeting of the trip was back in Ionia, MI, with Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church for their midweek service. Once again, I had liberty to preach, and I believe the folks received us well. The following morning, we left for Georgia, and made it home the following day.

News for September 2020

At Long Last

Isa 40:29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

I found v. 31 to be experientially true in my life this month. Since mid-March I have been “… waiting upon the LORD …” to give me a revival meeting among the imprisoned. He moved powerfully upon born-again Sheriff Mixon, of Haralson County, Georgia, to allow my colleague Richard P., and me to preach a one night only, outdoor service at the local jail. Security was high that night; the sheriff called in seven additional officers, because the whole jail population was invited to come. 108 inmates, male and female, signed up to come, and 90 showed up; the largest crowd I’ve ever preached to there! This was the first time I’ve ever held a preaching service at a jail or prison where male and female inmates were allowed to attend! The ladies were all seated together separate from the men. They had a shortage of chairs, so many inmates were supplied with army blankets to sit on.

Much prayer went into this meeting, and I feel it was a tremendous success. I preached the first message. The Spirit of God gave me great liberty to preach. Richard P. then brought a convicting message, gave the invitation, with 19 men and women responding in repentance and faith to trust Jesus as Savior. This harvest of souls was all-the-more remarkable because of all the officers who were there; a dozen officers, Sheriff Mixon, and Captain Kirby were in attendance. Usually when officers are standing around in a service, the inmates are reluctant to make a public profession of faith, for fear of persecution. So I thank you for praying for this meeting. It’s unclear if we will be allowed another one, but I can tell you that the sheriff was very pleased with the results. Please pray for those who made profession of faith, that they will act in accordance with their new birth.

I was blessed to preach one night this month at Atlanta Baptist Rescue Mission with our church. There were around 30 men in attendance, and three men came forward during the invitation, and called upon Christ in repentance and faith for salvation. Only God can do these things!