Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” Over and over this past month, God has been reminding me through His actions the truth of this passage. It has been a very busy month with many blessings. First of all, we were able to stay most of the month in the same state, Kentucky. Though it is the goal to stay as local as possible with our meetings, as many of my missionary friends know, it is tough to do. The only meeting we had in October that was not in Kentucky was our last meeting in West Virginia.
We have been all the way from the Ohio River in Western Kentucky to the horse lands of Central Kentucky and all the way to the Eastern Kentucky mountains. We ended the month of October in the panhandle of West Virginia—what a countryside, with hills and mountains that seem to roll on forever! We were in three missions conferences, several individual meetings, and a few drop-in meetings. In each church, whether we were there for a conference, individual meeting, or a drop-in meeting, we have made many new friends. God’s people have been so good to us in making us feel at home in their churches. The challenge of deputation is keeping a proper spirit, and there have been times where we struggled in that area this past month for sure, yet God has such a way of turning our hearts from
being down to being overwhelmed with His goodness through the warmth of His people.
Our ministry of deputation marches on. We are seeking to be a blessing wherever we go, encouraging pastors and churches to keep pressing on for the Lord. Everywhere we go, we are spreading Gospel seed by giving out Gospel tracts. Our tract supply is actually dwindling down! We are praying that each individual who has taken one of our tracts at rest stops, gas stations, and motels will get saved and then get involved in a local church. It is heartbreaking to see so many people who have no idea what it means to be saved. I have been praying for the Lord to send lost souls our way who would receive the Gospel; and, though none have trusted Christ on door-to-door visitation or while we were handing out tracts, God did allow me to step in and lead a man to Christ at the altar during one of our conferences. I am also glad to report that we got verbal confirmation that three of the churches we visited this month would like to pick us up for support!
Please continue to pray for our support level to grow. I am praying for 50% by the end of this year! I know from God’s Word that nothing is impossible with God and that we lack sometime because we don’t ask, so please join me in asking for God to give us the meetings and support we need. Pray that souls will be saved in our travels and that churches will be planted in areas throughout this country and the world where there is little or no Gospel witness.
His servant and yours,