Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:45pm-3:45pm CST
We are truly rejoicing over the way the Lord has been working throughout this campaign. Today the Lord led us to teach 13 souls and 5 of them gave their lives in baptism. There were also 2 restorations today so we had a total of 141 Bible studies, 65 baptisms and 3 restorations. It will take years to discover the true impact of this campaign. We do pray, however, that many who were baptized truly gave their lives to the Lord and we know that the churches were blessed by our coming. The reality is that we received just as great a blessing as they did. I understand that numbers do not necessarily tell the whole story but our Father is a God of numbers. He is the one who had His Spirit reveal 3,000 baptisms on the day of Pentecost; 5,000 men in Acts 4:4; multiplication in Acts 6 and so much more. Each of us who worked on this campaign understand that all the glory goes to God. We were but weak vessels that He was able to use.
The day began an hour earlier than usual because we had a long way to go and Bible class began at 9. We arrived promptly at 9:30. Of the entire team, we were the only ones late to Bible class but we had a valid excuse. If you had to ride on this road you might call in sick! I taught both the Bible class and sermon. It was really cool between the two as they had announcements. Roland did them and he needs to do all announcements in all congregations. He would introduce visitors and make them feel so loved. Then he called up the 3 converts from yesterday. We sang the song: We Love You With The Love of the Lord as everyone walked by and hugged them. Then they asked me to say a prayer for them. It was truly encouraging. We had 63 and you can see below that the building is not huge. After the worship, I began teaching and taught 4. Two of them were baptized and I have a picture of Matilda below who is our new sister. I was talking about her with Henry on the way home and he has known her for many years and is confident that she will grow in her faith. I had several more chiropractic adjustments today which is pretty cool since I don’t have to pay for them. We picked Jan on the way home and was at the hotel by 5:45. Supper was at 6 and it is a good thing there are no picky eaters in this bunch. Charlie Brown, the kid Linda babysits, is the pickiest eater I have ever seen. By now he would be skin and bones. I have been running right and left as the preparation to travel at the end of a campaign is very tiresome. I am not complaining because I love every aspect of this ministry. I thank God that He has given me strength and I would ask you to keep me in prayer that this work can continue for many years. Maybe someday a young girl can truly say I am 95! I will do most of my packing tonight but there are a few things I will have to do in the morning. We are loading at 6am so we can get to Douala as soon as possible. We know the traffic will hinder our time.
- The “Howdy” went immediately last night. I pray the same for today.
- I am going to get with an expert on Skype when I get back to get set up where we do not have problems again. I miss seeing my darling wife.
- We have been blessed with no power outages in Muyuka except for a couple of short times during daylight hours. I keep my flashlight in my pocket at all times but thus far have not needed it.
Lord willing, I will send two more Howdys. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for your prayers. Oh, Linda is still not feeling well so if you have the time, could you give her a call to cheer her up. The unknown of these tests is of concern to her and I hate to see her worried. She is such a blessing to me and the Kingdom.