If you’re reading this then I want to thank you so very much for taking an interest in our ministry. If you are actively supporting us with your prayers or financial support, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It is only your prayers and financial support that has made Turn Again Ministries possible, however small that ministry may be. And, I don’t say any of these things because this is what I’m supposed to say, but because I really mean these things.
I want to say that God has healed me in amazing ways. I still struggle with memory issues and some other issues from the brain surgery, but I’ve made amazing steps and most people wouldn’t be able to tell that I struggle with anything. Concerning the shingles, they are at bay for now. I’m part of the 1% that has continual struggle with them, and to help keep them at bay, I am taking medication for an extended period of time. I want to praise the Lord that though both the brain tumor and thereafter the shingles threatened my ability to see, my vision has been saved. There is scarring on my eye from the shingles, but it’s affect on my vision has diminished quite a bit.
As I’ve indicated in past correspondence, the brain tumor completely wiped out our schedule for the ministry of revival in our local churches. As we look back, we stand beside ourselves for the amount of prayer, encouragement, and financial support the Lord has brought and still brings our way. When I got back on my feet again it was clear that we were starting our ministry over again. We are basically starting from square one in every way.
Back in October I was invited to a Missions Revival at Bible Baptist Church in Charlevoix to come as a missionary evangelist. This was a Missions Revival that I was originally supposed to preach at in its entirety, but this was one of the meetings that the brain surgery wiped out. I want to thank the Lord and Pastor Green for inviting me up to this conference. This was the 1st time preaching outside of my home church and I was encouraged by the Lord to be back in the saddle again. Praise the Lord! I was also blessed to be able to fill in for Pastor Green on the 7th of January. The Lord gave me the opportunity to preach a couple times to the kind folks at Bible Baptist and He gave me the opportunity to preach the gospel in 3 care homes in Charlevoix. It’s so good to be preaching again.
However, as I said before, this brain tumor has brought us to the point where we know that we are resetting or starting our ministry over. What does this mean? It means that though I am able to preach I have very little opportunities available. It means that since we are starting from square one I spent some time seeking the Lord as to how He would have me proceed. Of course, the mindset of many would be to question whether or not God has called us to this ministry if God hasn’t provided meetings. It is my heart to be in the ministry of revival even though it is a very hard ministry to break into. However, the core of my heart is to be an empty vessel to whatever the Lord would have us to do. Just the other week my wife was telling me how if I would have submitted to the fear of man’s opinion regarding our decision to leave China and then move into e vangelism – as no doubt there were some who thought we just quit – then it’s very possible that I would have had that brain tumor burst while in China. I don’t even want to think of what the end result would have been in that scenario. I say that to further affirm that it is my heart’s desire to be an empty vessel for whatever the Lord wants. And, though in man’s mind an evangelist with hardly any meetings is hardly an evangelist, I know that the ministry of revival in our local churches is the ministry the Lord wants us in and I will stay here, regardless of the circumstances and by the grace of God, for the rest of my life or until He moves His glory cloud to another place – this is Biblical and is the mindset every Christian ought to have.
This reset in the ministry also involves analyzing how the Lord wants us to proceed. For example, I don’t want to promote – for lack of a better word – our ministry unless God wants us to. I don’t want to send out emails, contact pastors, etc. unless the Lord would have us to do so. I don’t want to assume that just because it’s pragmatic and makes sense that that’s what I ought to do. That’s not walking with the Lord and that’s not a spirit filled ministry. With all of that being said I ask that you pray as we endeavor to reach out to pastors once again through email. We’ve had an ad in the Sword of the Lord newspaper for about a year now and the only reaction that we’ve received is from a man who wanted me to help him promote his book. In other words, it was a $1,000 investment that my home church provided, but hasn’t yet yielded any meetings. We ask that you pray the Lord would use this ad to bring us meetings. I trust that the Lord wanted us to place this ad in the Sword, but I hate the appearance of wasted money. So, I ask that you pray the Lord would bring us meetings through this advertisement, and that He would show us whether or not to continue with this advertisement.
Now, looking ahead I want to ask you to pray for the Christian School revival at my home church that I will conduct around Easter time. I also ask that you will pray as I will be preaching at the Christian School out of Immanuel Baptist in Corunna, MI., the following week. Pray that the Lord would keep Satan at bay who actively tries to discourage us.
“Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.”