“LO, I AM ABIDING WITH YOU ALWAYS AS YOU CARRY OUT THE GREAT COMMISSION!

Even as I was writing this newsletter, I received a phone call from Bro. Jim Jordan, (the Director of The Mission of Hope here in Mobile, AL). He testified to me that one of the men, whom I had the joy of preaching to on the previous day, had publicly proclaimed his conversion to Christ. Bro. Jim had recently invited me to preach the two services on Sunday at the Mission of Hope. This is a Bible based program, which ministers to men who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The Spirit of God was mightily manifesting His presence and awesome power’ throughout both services.

The approximately 60 men, who are presently in the program of the Mission of Hope, attended the 11 a.m. Gospel preaching. Then those men, plus a large number of their family members, attended the 2:30 p.m. service! The newly renovated sanctuary was literally packed with unconverted folks, who desperately need the Lord. Oh, precious friends, I am so thankful for the obvious ‘abiding presence of the Comforter’, who was energizing and enabling this needy preacher! God graced me to proclaim, “Christ and Him crucified”, in both services. And the Spirit of the Living God visited us and accomplished what no man can do. He applied the “Gospel” in a demonstration of His miraculous and supernatural power! There is no greater joy in all of this world, than to preach the glorious Gospel to the ears of men; and then become a living witness to the miraculous power of the Gospel to transform lives! These two evangelistic outreach services were only one of the five precious opportunities that I have been given to preach the Word of God to those men since our last newsletter. Please continue to pray for the ongoing ministry at the Mission of Hope. Also, please pray for our men’s class, (headed by Herb Fisher), who has the privilege of planting the Word of God in these men, every Wednesday night!

 

A LOCAL CHURCH PURPOSEFULLY AND PASSIONATELY ON MISSION WITH GOD!

By the year 2009, NOLA Baptist Church in Brookhaven, MS, appeared to be ready to close its doors. The Sunday morning congregation had gradually dwindled to only a small handful of attenders. However, our Lord was not finished with this country congregation. For in that very year, God called two precious disciples to pastor this local church, (Chris Sheppard and Keith Stovall). Over the following eight years, NOLA Baptist Church has continued to bear the ongoing fruit of a ‘reignited local church’; both in its quantity and quality of fruit-bearing believers! The Lord Jesus has been adding to the church, such as should be saved. He has also been drawing many young couples and families to serve the Lord at NOLA. Friends, I am a personal witness of the living reality of the ‘fire for evangelistic outreach’ which has permeated this congregation. For these two precious pastors invited me to preach an outreach meeting during the last week of April. And to my utter amazement and joy, these brothers and sisters at NOLA Baptist filled the pews with unconverted friends, relatives, workmates and acquaintances for the Sunday morning service! If that wasn’t incredible enough, the Sunday evening evangelistic outreach meeting was also absolutely filled to the brim, with even more folks! Not only did all of the church members return; also they brought a larger group of visitors. It has been a long time, since I have preached a 4-day crusade in which the believers courageously and consistently invited and brought unconverted sinners to hear the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the highlights of the week for me personally, was the tremendous privilege to witness to a young married man, (who had been attending the meeting), for nearly three hours in my hotel lobby! Brothers and sisters, I rejoice to testify to you that I have witnessed the rebirth of a church that had almost died! This country church is now “bearing much fruit” for the glory of the Lamb!