When Moses delivered his parting words to the nation of Israel before they entered the promised land he said “And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee” (Deut. 7:22). God could have given the entire land to Israel all at once, but He chose not to. Had He done so, Israel could not have handled the land. I prefer to have a full schedule in evangelism, but God has chosen not to fill up our schedule – maybe because we couldn’t handle it in a way that would be pleasing to Him if He did. These are times of pruning for us. Though I would prefer to enter into our promised land all at once, I am content to enter little by little “lest the beasts of the field increase upon” us.
Though we have not had a full schedule, we have been busy about the ministry. I was able to preach a service in Ohio, and fill in for a pastor in one of our supporting churches. Bethany was able to teach twice at Loomis Park Baptist Church: once at a lady’s missionary breakfast, and once at their youth conference. She also sang at a mother-daughter banquet and has been busy with teaching children in our local church on Wednesday nights. Just this past week we were involved with our church’s Bible school. Bethany presented the gospel to the children twice: God has greatly gifted her in teaching children and young ladies! I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the 5th & 6th graders during Bible school and also got to preach the gospel. This week may have been the greatest harvest of souls in the history of Fellowship Baptist Bible schools! As often as I’m able to be in town, I am leading our Thursday night soul winning. Each night before we go out I teach a soul winning seminar. My hope is that they will learn a plan so that they can be more effectively used of God in soul winning. We intend to make video tutorials and put them up online so that they will be available for anyone to see. Please pray for the production of these videos.
We are excited for what God has in store for us in the coming months. In a few weeks we will be going to the National Sword of the Lord Conference in NC. There we will have a table displayed. Please be in earnest prayer that we will make meaningful connections and that we will be able to schedule meetings with pastors while at the Sword Conference. In the beginning of August we will be heading to northern Michigan for our annual teen girls camping trip through our local church. Bethany will be very much involved in teaching, mentoring & planning: the importance of this week cannot be stressed enough. Please pray for Bethany that she would be what God needs her to be for these teen girls.
About a month ago a pastor contacted me to schedule a 4 day revival in October. This really brought my spirits up in a discouraging time. Please pray for this revival as well as the other meetings we have scheduled in Florida in October. Please pray that the Lord would give us wisdom, encouragement, and spiritual growth. Thank you for your prayers and support! I’m trying to keep this on one page so I will end this with a simple….AMEN!