Monday, November 7, 2011
I am amazed at the support we received from the churches that came. We had a total of 27 people representing four churches from the state of Indiana. These men gave up their Saturday to be a part of a filthy dirty demo job. We had a lot of fun though. It blesses my heart to see all these people supporting the work in Brownstown. I am even more excited to get moving forward, and can't wait to be preaching from the pulpit of New Life MBC in Brownstown Indiana.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
We had the opportunity to be with Brother Dan Dye and the members of Mt. Calvary MBC in Marion Ind. this weekend. It is exciting to see what God is doing there. They had 42 in attendance and baptised 2 in the morning service. This church has been looking for this type of revival to happen for a long time. God is answering their prayers.
We then headed to Faith Baptist Church in Greenwood Ind. to be with Brother Steve Maxie and his congregation to share the vision with them. Brother Steve Maxie is a man that is focused on mission work. They had exciting news from their faith promise commitments. They are prayerfully considering who God will have them support in the mission works.
One thing I have learned as a member of a church is that it is exciting to see what God is doing in Missions all over the world. As a member we get to see these exciting things happen when a missionary comes and shares their vision. I never really put two and two together until I became one of those missionaries and got to travel around and see what God is also doing in the churches. It is really exciting to see the churches on fire for serving our savior. I have often said if we want to set the world on fire for God then we, as children of God, must get our hearts on fire for him. I am thankful to see that this is what is going on in the churches we have visited. Their hearts are on fire for God and it is spreading to the people in their communities.
If you are ever wondering how much God thinks of just you, out of the millions of people in this world, think of Grains of sand. If you can't grasp how much that is, get a Ziploc bag full of sand, wet the tip of your finger, lightly touch the sand, and then count how many grains are on your finger. Almost impossible to number. Now think of all the grains of sand in the world, that is how much he thinks of you!!! Exciting isn't it!!!! Keep this thought in mind as you labor for your savior.
God Bless You
Monday, October 24, 2011
One of the biggest prayer request I had for the work in Brownstown was that we would be able to plant ourselves into the center of that town and be a light and help to the community. I can now say that God is opening that door for us to plant firmly into Brownstown. Last week I had an opportunity to talk with the chairman of the Brownstown revitalization committee. Their plan is to revitalize Brownstown's downtown area. The key area they are focusing in on is the city block where our building is located. Our hope is to get involved with this process and be able to add valid input to what is happening to the proprieties next to the building. In all of this discussion with this person it has become very clear that a few possible outcomes may happen. One outcome is that we may be able to purchase proprieties next to our buildings for less then asking price, and have grants from the city to be able to repair or rebuild. Second outcome is that we may be able to see an increase in the value of our building making it easier to attain a newer, larger building in the future. Third is that we may be able to receive grants to fix our building. But the most important outcome is that we are going to be able to build positive relationships with the members of the Brownstown Community.
On November 5th we are having a work day to clean and gut the inside of our building. We hope that you will be praying for us to get much accomplished. Also be praying for us to have enough hands to complete this work quickly.
Thank you for reading this. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Please keep praying for us as we travel and labor for the kingdom of God.
Monday, October 17, 2011
With the changing of the leaves it made for a beautiful weekend to travel. The temperatures were cool, the sun was shining, and the colors were bright and crisp. It just stands to remind me of God's wonderful creation. We traveled to Sheridan Indiana Saturday to be with Brother Alan Schoeff and the work there. They hosted the Fall festival of faith on Saturday where I was able to give a devotion and hear God's word preached by some dear friends of mine who pastor some of our sister Churches. This festival was an opportunity to hear what God is doing in the churches of Indiana. What an awesome time it was.
Sunday morning I had the chance to present what God is doing in Brownstown to the people of Sheridan. Then I had the opportunity to preach Gods word. After the preaching service we had the privilege of watching Brother Alan baptise a young man and he and his wife joined the work there in Sheridan. God is doing great things there. Please continue to pray for Brother Alan and the people of Sheridan as God has them labor there. Thank you Sheridan for your Love, prayers, and Love offering. I pray that God will bless you for all you have done in making this weekend awesome.
Well the deputation schedule keeps getting more and more filled up. We added two more stops in November. Praise God!!!!. We now have only one more Sunday left in November to schedule and November Sunday's will be booked. God is Good.
We are still preparing for the work day to gut and clean the building that has been provided for us. God is already providing workers to help in this task. I believe if enough people show up it will only take us a few hours to fully tear out all that needs to go. As this gets moving forward we are already going to be needing financial support to put everything back. I fully believe God has already provided everything needed to get the building ready. Please continue to pray for what God can use you to do in the way of financial support. Please pray for that support to start flowing in so that this work can continue moving forward.
Also continue to pray for us as we travel, that God will guide and lead us safely to each destination.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Well this past Sunday I kicked off deputation with the church that has been called home to my family and I for the last year and a half. Victory MBC has been a wonderful place to serve God. They have been prayerfully supporting my family and I for many years. This is the church that I surrendered to the full time Gospel ministry, and was ordained at. Pastor Kenny Roberson has been a wonderful support to me personally for some time. I am excited to see where God is leading Victory. Please pray for them as they continue to minister to the people of Seymour, Ind.
As I reflect on the past five to six years and what Victory MBC and I have been a part of, it has caused me to rejoice in what God has done through them to bring us to where we are today. It is exciting to see God move in many ways.
I had a strange thing happen to me this week. As I was getting ready to finish preperations on my sermon notes for Sunday morning, I turned on my computer and all my previous notes were gone, disappeared, vanished, no where to be found. I panicked as this was at 10:30 Saturday night. It left me wondering why this could have happened. I thought that maybe it was God trying to tell me that wasn't what he wanted me to preach. So I started a pot of coffee, set down and started to pray. After some time in prayer, I really felt that, that was the message that God wanted me to preach. So I started the notes all over again. I figured Satan didn't want me to preach that message because it was on people putting their faith into action through witnessing to others. I must say I am glad I stuck with that sermon. God truly blessed my heart, and used that message to challange me, and the people at Victory.
As I was preaching Sunday morning a lady that was visiting Victory stopped me in the middle of my sermon to ask me a question concerning my conviction about spreading God's word in the workplace. That was a first. I answered her question. At the end of service she came to me and wanted to know more about My convictions and asked that my wife and I pay her a visit to talk some more. She lives in Seymour but pray for her. I will be getting with her this week to share more.
This weekend I had the oppurtunity to spend some time with some very dear friends. These people have been a true blessing to my family and I. The Long family invited us to a cookout on Saturday and what a blessing it was. Their daughter Emily graduated last spring and this was an event to celebrate that occasion. It had been postponed 3 different times.
Through this event I was able to make a great contact for the work in Brownstown. There was a family of seven people there that I had the oppurtunity to talk to. They seem to be looking for a church in Brownstown that was grounded on God's word and not something to just make you feel good. God's timing is great. The father gave me his contact information and asked me to stay in touch with him. Pray for this family as they seek God's will.
Pray for us this week as we continue to make deputation appointments, and start making calls about the building renovations. Thanks for reading and may God Bless your work week!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I spent the greater part of my time last week working on my studies in school and getting accounts set up for the mission work. All the little details that need to take place just to get started on deputation can be tedious, but necessary.
I am starting to schedule deputation appointments for October, November and December. Our plan is to start Deputation by hitting Churches in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois first. I will be staying Bi-vocational for a little while. My plan is to visit as many as these churches up here in this area so I am not away from my Job. It is our hope and prayers that within the next year we can move onto the field. As plans unfold and God leads we will figure out a closer timeline. We hope to be meeting for service by July to August time frame 2012.
We have the first appointment set for Oct. 2 at Victory MBC in Seymour, Ind. This is the Church that has supported my family and I for the last several years. Pastor Kenny has been a great blessing to me. His knowledge and leadership have been immeasurable. It is only Fitting that I launch my first deputation stop with this Church. Thanks Victory!!!