December 2015 – March 2016
Spring is officially here and it sure is good to see the sunshine and warm weather returning.
We had a busy and exciting Winter season of revival meetings all over the country. From December to February we were on the west coast from Alaska to Arizona and all points between. Our annual Alaska trip was a real blessing. We got to spend a few days with my mother and the kids really enjoyed the “Grandma time.” We were also able to spend a week in Fairbanks and preach at our home church before holding a revival meeting at Bible Baptist Church in Chugiak.
When we left Alaska, we had several weeks of meetings in California. We needed a little time to “thaw out!” We had a great revival meeting at Bible Baptist Church in Vallejo with Pastor Richard Scudder and then headed south to Grace Baptist Church in Corona. Pastor Tim Shanks hosts an annual Bible Conference at Grace Baptist and I believe this year was one of the best in which we have been privileged to be a part.
After the Bible Conference we went north again to Tabernacle Baptist in Concord, CA. Pastor Newhouse has been faithful there in Concord and the Lord is blessing the work.
As we left California we made our way to Mesa, Arizona for a weekend meeting at East Mesa Baptist Church where Fidel Hughes is the pastor. We always have a great time at East Mesa. It is truly a unique ministry and God has used it to be a blessing to multitudes of people. I was able to lead a man to the Lord Saturday morning after the men’s prayer breakfast. He was from Mexico and had come to visit his family in Arizona. As he left that day we loaded up his car with provisions from the food bank, but the best thing he took home with him was a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ!
When we left Arizona we headed all the way across the country to Toledo, Ohio. We did get to spend one night at our house in Kentucky on our way to Ohio. That was a wonderful blessing, especially since we had not been there since the first week of December! We had the opportunity to preach and sing for the 37th anniversary meeting at Hope Baptist Church. Pastor Rick Sowell went to Toledo thirty-seven years ago and planted a church that stands unapologetically for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Word of God. It still works - praise the Lord!
March started out with meetings at Mt. Zion Baptist in Prospect, Pennsylvania, Cleveland Baptist in Cleveland, Ohio and Bible Baptist in Lancaster, Ohio. All three were great meetings and we saw excellent response to the preaching every night.
We also had the privilege of preaching two nights of the annual missions conference at Faith Baptist Church, right next to our house in Franklin, Kentucky. The folks at Faith have a real burden for missions and give sacrificially to support missionaries around the world.
This week we are at Victory Baptist Church in Eustis, Florida. We have had a great revival meeting this week with people saved and good decisions made. What a blessing to be able to dedicate our lives to preaching and singing the Gospel.
Just yesterday we heard about another terrorist attack in Belgium and it seems the world is in turmoil.
I have been watching the news and following the presidential primaries and our country is in turmoil.
Who would have guessed that we could ever have a man who openly espouses Socialism run in the primary of a major political party and win in several states? Who would guess that we could ever have a man run for the highest office in the land who, when asked who he consults regarding foreign policy issues, admitted that he consults himself because, “I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things”?
From a human perspective there is simply no hope. But there is good news — our hope is in the God of Heaven! I’m looking forward to the “blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
Whatever comes next, we know that God is in control and we can rest in Him.
We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months. Keep looking up!
God bless you,