Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” The Bible also says in I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” God taught me the meaning of these verses this month. God knows what is best even if His will warrants an uncomfortable experience for us. Allow me to highlight what God did this past month.
It was truly a blessing to meet Pastor Scott Hanks of the Heritage Baptist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. It was really fun meeting him, his church family, and the college students he has attending their Bible college, Heritage Baptist College. Presenting our work there was amazing, but to me what was amazing was finding out that his church is the one that prints the “How to get to Heaven From____” tracts (the blank is meant for your particular state). It was really great to see Mercy and Truth’s print shop! The next leg of our journey was at Ambassador Baptist Church in Greenbrier, Arkansas, with Pastor Danny Allen. We were so blessed to attend their annual missions conference this year. They worked hard and sacrificed to meet some specific needs we had. We are very grateful to them. We were delightfully surprised to find out that they had already decided to take us all on for support before we ever got there. God sure is good.
This next story is told with permission from Pastor Jarrells. A few months ago, we had scheduled a meeting to be in Frisco City, Alabama, with Pastor Jarrells at Lighthouse Baptist Church, but it ended up having to be moved. I figured I knew best and thought that this was a bad thing; it was not according to my plan, but God knew best. Because that meeting was moved, I got to schedule more meetings, gain more support, and learn a very valuable lesson—God is in control every day in every way. Without boring you all with the intricate details of how it all played out, God gave us four additional meetings, one new supporting church, and many new friends. The rescheduling that I was so worked up over turned into a multiplied blessing. As of this moment, there are still other churches that are actively considering us for support from this situation. I love seeing God’s hand in our work and daily lives.
On the last Wednesday in March, we had the privilege of being able to present our work to Pastor Rusty Silvertooth and the good people of Fundamental Baptist Church in Livingston, Louisiana. We got to visit with my family for a little while, too, my favorite part being the crawfish dinner we had on the last night in town. On our last meeting in March, I had the privilege of leading a man named Shane to the Lord at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi. Pastor Weems is a good friend of our sending church; I now count him a friend of mine. I hope this month was evidence that your prayers are working. Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done in the meetings ahead.
Thanks to Calvary,