February 27, 2018 - Lemlem, Ethiopia
We are in recovery mode after a great trip to Ethiopia. This year's Harvest Revival was in Lemlem and we had a wonderful time. I am not saying it was easy, it wasn't but it was wonderful just the same. There was civil unrest in the country when we arrived and the road to Lemlem was blocked. No one could get out of Addis Ababa. It really looked like the crusade would have to be cancelled. I called for an army of prayer warriors on Facebook and literally thousands of people were praying. God heard and answered. We missed the first night and first full day of the crusade, but were able to start on Thursday night. Heaven came down.
We had an excellent team joining us from Texas, Alaska, California and Florida. Of course, Per Akvist and his Ethiopia team had every thing prepared for us. Everyone pulled together to see glorious results. We had between 60,000 and 70,000 in attendance. I wish you could be there and see the sea of people. There were 6,207 registered salvations. To God be the glory!
We saw many miracles. Let me share just one. Some of our team members prayed for this boy in the prayer tent. He was in a horrible condition. He had not eaten in days. His body was not functioning. His parents had a tongue depressor in his mouth to keep him from swallowing his tongue. He was barely breathing. As Pastor Tracy Hodges prayed for him, he actually thought the boy had died. He was in a desperate condition. That night, the boy stood on the stage with his mother and testified that God had healed him. Can you just imagine how happy his parents were to have their son restored to life? I don't know that I have ever seen a greater miracle. God is so good.
I am so happy to have my beautiful wife by my side as I minister this gospel. This was a tough trip. We traveled half way across the globe, then had an 11 hour bus journey on one of the worst roads I have ever seen. Our accomodations were primitive to say the least--no hot water (no water much of the time), a bad bed and a really dirty bathroom. Yet, my sweetheart endured it all without a whimper. Thank God for sending me such a wonderful helpmate.
February 10, 2018 - Closer to Home
After Alaska, we preached in Duncan, OK; Deer Park, Texas and Odessa, Texas. We thank God for the moving of the Holy Spirit in each of these churches. I love to see people in the altars, repenting of their sins and seeking more of God.
January 20, 2018 - North to Alaska
Our 2018 ministry began in the great state of Alaska. Since I was only there for a few days it didn't seem cost effective for Lynda to make this trip, plus she has earned a few days of rest and catch-up in Houston. I preached at Summit Community Church in Wasilla and shared in a Holy Spirit Conference at Muldoon Christian Assembly in Anchorage. Ishared the pulpit with to great men, Dr. Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwestern University and Pastor Scott Erickson from Salem, Oregon. My most gracious hosts were Pastor Kent Redfearn and Alaska District Superintendent Bill Welch. I have know Bill since he was a boy, when I preached for his dad in Fairfield, TX. It was great to see many old friends and meet a host of new ones.
January 12, 2018 - End of a Season
After months of traveling back and forth and working long hours, we finally finished at our house in Pensacola. The house is for sale. I had a wonderful eighteen years in the seaside city, but the season has definitely ended. On our last Sunday in town, we visited Brownsville for the first time in a long time. The memories are precious but I look forward to an even greater tomorrow. My times and my seasons are in his hands. I must say a big thank you to Lynda for all the cleaning, painting and prepping she did at the house. I don's think I know a harder working woman. She wore me out. lol. There is still a large container full of books in Pensacola but that is another story for another time.
January 4, 2018 - Acts 6:4
We started the year at the Acts 6:4 Conference in Texarkana, TX. This is the premier Pentecostal conference in America. It was great to fellowship with friends and enjoy a few days of being ministered to. You should attend this great conference.