Psalm 118:8 "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."
This verse truly has been a blessing to me!! This is the verse the Lord used to help me with this thing of us going into missions out of pastoring.
I told you that I would update you all on our deputation and I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is to have the peace of God. When we are in the center of His will there is so much peace and assurance. I know I struggled with this thing of going into missions...but now I look back on it and am ashamed that I did. I should have trusted the Lord more. But the truth is....my trust was misplaced. I was putting my trust in my husband and in the church. My trust was in man. But man is not our source....God is!!
We have been in 9 independent baptist churches and 5 of them have taken us on for support. We are currently at 15% of our support that we need to be full-time in this ministry that God has us in. My hubby is enjoying the opportunities to go into the prisons and preach to those men. He has seen souls saved. How many you might ask? As many as trusted Christ and repented of their sins. So many have made comments to us about jail-house religion. My husband said something that was oh so true. It is no different than church-house religion. Both will send a person to Hell. But only God knows their hearts. We can only do as God commands...tell them about Christ and let the Holy Spirit do His work in their hearts and lives. We feel so honored and privileged to be chosen by God to do this new ministry He has put us in. I will be grading the discipleship lessons that the men will be doing by correspondence through the mail. I'm excited to get involved and do what I can do for this ministry. I can't go into the prisons but I can do what I can. These men receive monthly lessons that they study and do and receive a certificate for each one they complete and pass. At the end of one year they receive a diploma that is the equivalent of one year's bible college. What an opportunity for these men!!
We are enjoying going in to these different churches and meeting other brothers and sisters in Christ and having opportunity to fellowship with them while we are there. Each church has been a blessing!!
Thank you for your prayers for us!! God is truly blessing us and it excites our hearts to see Him working and providing. We know there will be tough times ahead and my prayer is that I will always trust Him and not man. Please continue to pray for our youngest daughter. Things have not changed where she is concerned. But God is working!!
We also joined Bro. Joe Arthur's church Harvest Baptist Tabernacle on May 4th. We are having opportunity to get involved already and are very excited about that as well. We already feel so much at home there. We feel like we are part of a new family...and that is how we should all feel at our church....like we are part of a family!! If you don't feel that way about your church then I feel sorry for you and you should pray about finding the church that God wants you in so you can enjoy that blessing.
Please continue to pray for us as we do what God has us doing in service for Him.