September - October 2001
Fall is here, and Winter is right around the corner! It still amazes me how quickly time goes by. September marked the fifth anniversary of this ministry and though I have said it before, I need to say again: I am greatly indebted to all of you who have been such an important part of it. Your continual prayer support and words of encouragement are invaluable. Thank you!
When I first went on the road full-time in 1996, I did not ask for monthly support from churches; however, there were several that asked if they could help out in that way. I will not take the space to list those churches (they know who they are), but they have been a special encouragement over the last five years and I am deeply grateful for their kindness. I would also like to say a special "Thank You" to my Pastor, Doug Duffett, and the folks at my home church, especially to the ladies in the office who do so much to keep me organized. I could not ask for a better church to be a part of and to work out of.
The last few months have been very exciting, with some great services and revivals all around the country. I was able to be in Dubuque, Iowa, once again with Bro. Bob Mace at Asbury Baptist Church. They are planning a new building, and it will be exciting to see what the Lord does there in Dubuque.
From Iowa, I went over to be with Dr. Keith Gomez at Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, Illinois. This is a great church and the Lord is blessing the ministry there in a tremendous way.
I finished out the month of August by preaching at First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio. It had been quite some time since I had been there, and it was good to see some old friends and to meet some new ones.
I was able to be back with Dr. David Smith at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Long Beach, California, once again for Labor Day weekend. We had excellent services Sunday morning and then went out to the park for the evening service. It is truly a multi-cultural ministry and it is always exciting to see how God is working among the people there.
After being in Long Beach, I stopped for services in Arizona and Kentucky on the way to Pennsylvania for the anniversary revival of Fellowship Baptist Church in Emlenton. We began that meeting on Wednesday, September 12th, just one day after the horrible terrorist attacks on our country. It was a very sobering time, but I believe the Lord was able to use those horrible events to turn hearts to Himself.
From Emlenton, I went up to preach a revival in Tioga, Pennsylvania, and then over to Lee's Summit, Missouri, for the annual "World Outreach Conference." Brother Fred Allen and the folks at Lee's Summit Baptist Temple have a tremendous heart for reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We started the conference by having a concert on Saturday night, where I was privileged to have their very talented choir sing with me. It was a pleasure to work with them once again.
October has been one of those months in which I have covered a lot of miles. From Lee's Summit, I went East to Frederick, Maryland, for a meeting at Frederick Baptist Temple. Pastor Jeff Bowersock has been there for a little over a year now and is doing a great job. When I left Maryland, I headed right back to Missouri to be with Pastor Gary Williams at Bible Baptist Temple in St. Joseph, then down to Desert View Baptist Church in Sahuarita, Arizona, with Pastor Ron Carter. Bro. Carter is a former resident of Fairbanks and was on staff at my home church several years before I went there. We had a great revival meeting that week and a good time "catching up" on our common experiences of Alaska.
As I write this today, I am in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, with Pastor Marvin Smith at Harvest Baptist Church for their annual missions conference. I believe now is the time to focus on missions, both at home and abroad. With our country and the rest of the world in turmoil, it is important to remember that the answer for our problems, the REAL answer, is not religion. Perverted religion is what caused terrorists to murder thousands of Americans on September 11th. The answer is to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our own country and around the world. We have been reminded in the past few weeks of the terrible consequences of spiritual darkness and the depths to which men can sink when they are in bondage to false gods. Now is the time to increase our efforts to spread the Gospel like never before.
God bless you,