The last day of August has arrived and it will soon be over as we are happily staring down Labor Day weekend. It’s once again time for me to chronicle our Mission USA activity and ministry highlights. Why? It’s my own little way of staying accountable to those who help support us in full-time ministry.
On Tuesday the 1st, I had my first official meeting with our newly elected General Superintendent, Bishop Charles Hanson. We anticipate a great working relationship as we continue working to strengthen and expand the Kingdom of God through our organization.
Sunday morning the 6th found me and Lisa on the road again. We drove over to Centre, Alabama to be with the Centre Congregational Holiness Church. In that morning worship service, I was blessed to present an Excellence Award for giving, to Pastor Tim Smith and this congregation. I thoroughly enjoyed preaching the morning message. After church, we were able to have lunch with Todd Dean and his father, Jimmy. Todd and I attended high school together and Jimmy was my high school principal. That evening, we arrived back at Mission Circle in time to have a late evening meal with Rev. Scotty Poole, our newly elected World Missions Superintendent.
On Tuesday the 8th, I had a lunch meeting with Central Georgia District Superintendent Rev. Hugh Smith. Shortly after lunch, Bishop Hanson and I left for Sopchoppy, Florida. We attended the evening Camp Meeting service there. Afterwards, we enjoyed a late night meal and some fellowship with Florida District Superintendent Rev. David Hodges and his family.
Sunday morning the 13th found me on the way to Porterdale, Georgia. I attended the morning worship service at Pathway Community Church. Afterwards, I enjoyed a good meal and time of fellowship with Pastors Daniel and Melissa Thompson. This young church plant is taking great action for God. That evening, our family attended the evening service at Living Waters Church with Pastor Don Sansbury. Their guest speaker for the day was Rev. Jamey Doss. Before he preached, his family ministered to the congregation with beautiful music.
On Thursday the 18th, Lisa and I took a road trip to Thomasville, Georgia. We met with church planters, Pastor Toby and Lynn Barfield. We had a productive and encouraging meeting about their new work (Well of Grace) in Crawfordville, Florida.
Sunday the 20th was a long day that began with an early trip to Shannon, Georgia (just outside of Rome). It was a blessing to worship in both services with Grace Fellowship. This congregation is currently in a pastoral search and I was able to preach both messages for the day. I tried hard to bring encouragement, healing, and unity through the Word of God and Holy Communion.
Friday the 25th was another day of meetings. I was able to meet with Jon Harrell of My Healthy Church and discuss our continued partnership with this publishing company. Then I was blessed to sit down with Pastor Tommy Smith as we discussed some details for the upcoming Pentecostal Ministerial Fellowship Camp Meeting.
On Saturday the 26th, I had to leave around two in the afternoon for Graniteville, South Carolina (I traveled solo for this weekend since Caleb was getting over a case of strep throat and Lisa needed to be at home with him). Once arriving, it was a treat to spend the evening meal in great conversation with Pastor Stephen Phillips. I was in attendance at both morning services of Christian Heritage Church for this last Sunday of the month. While there, I was able to thank them for their continued faithfulness in giving and present them with a Mission USA Excellence Award. Shortly after the last service, I enjoyed too much lunch, courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Phillips. Right after two in the afternoon, I had to get back on the road. My scheduled Sunday evening service was with New Haven Church in Gainesville, Georgia. Pastor Wayne Hicks and his staff were wonderful hosts. It was my privilege to present them with an Excellence Award and provide the evening sermon. I enjoyed a good many laughs over the evening meal before heading back to Mission Circle.
Family Worship Center has been in revival services with Rev. Justin Griffis and I was blessed to be in attendance for the Tuesday (the 29th) evening service. Pastor Jonathan English and his wife Jessica continue to provide good quality ministry to this congregation and community. As well, this small church has recently brought on new staff to help with their student ministries. Pastors Justin and Rebekah Inman started in June and have already made a great impact for the Kingdom.
Also this month, another edition of The Gospel Messenger has been approved and published. And this side of the electronic ministry blog has had its share of time too.
These are just the highlights and do not include all of the activities associated with our office hours, the after office hours communications, and many other meetings with pastors and ministry leaders.
What a privilege it is to stay busy for Jesus. I’m so glad that I get to serve Him by serving my world. Thank you for you continued prayers which help make our addiction to ministry possible.