Pause and Reflect January 2015

Just before I was to hit the send button, I received word that Ed Dauzy went to his home in Heaven. He was 89. Pray for his family. We have known Ed and Ione for years. They were faithful supporters of our ministry. Ed mentored me when I was a young leader at First Baptist Trenton.  His walk matched his faith.  

We received 98% of our financial goal for 2014. God provided 100% of our needs. This should be no surprise. I hope my faith is greater than the 2% difference. God is always faithful. Reading in Genesis today, I was reminded about God’s faithfulness. “Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age; at the appointed time God had told him. (Genesis 21:2) He was 100. She was 90.

MTI_TitleSlide_MTI_NEXT_copy This time last year, I was given the task to research the needs and opportunities to expand the gospel in four key areas: Evangelism, Education, Poverty and Medical Care. After traveling to the 24 counties identified with the Middle Tennessee Initiative, described by our pastor in this 2 minute video, I submitted my findings to our church.  Last Sunday, our pastor challenged us with the work ahead. He cast the vision for every believer to be engaged in sharing the gospel of Christ to the lost around us. Over 1.2 million out of 2 million have no religious affiliation in the Nashville metropolitan area.

In my research, I’ve seen the need for many churches to overcome the challenges they face due to changing communities or congregations. This March I plan to attend a conference in Kansas City, MO. dealing with church revitalization. I will be able to use this information to help smaller churches in our surrounding counties. Pray for wisdom and guidance as I pursue this new initiative.

Choose Who You will Serve

Praise the Lord! Tom found a job in Michigan over the Christmas Holiday. One year ago

We traveled for 17 hours, driving 600 miles @ 50 mph. Not once did Priscilla need to say, "Watch your speed!"

We traveled for 17 hours, driving 600 miles @ 50 mph. Not once did Priscilla need to say, “Watch your speed!”

he successfully completed parole in Michigan after serving 25 years in prison. He desperately wanted to reconnect with his family in Tennessee. But they challenged and ridiculed his faith.

For 11 month’s he tried to reach out to them, only to be rejected. He made the wise decision to move. We helped Tom move back to Michigan. God blessed him with a job in

less than a week. Pray that Tom grow in his faith. be rejected. He made the wise decision to move. We helped Tom move back to Michigan. God blessed him with a job in less than a week. Pray that Tom will grow in his faith.

Planning for the Future

Pray for Lynn. He is doing well in the exceptional school located close to where he lives. If he stays on track, he will graduate this May.

Lynn lives with a group of men with mental health issues. Pray that we help Lynn find the best path forward beyond high school. Lynn has no available family. His sister and her family who live in DC were here to visit her adopted family. We got together for lunch one Saturday. Only his sister was able to convince him that he desperately needed a haircut; right then after lunch. Her husband did the task.

Lynn sharing lunch with his sister Candace while her family was visiting in TN.

Lynn sharing lunch with his sister Candace while her family was visiting in TN.

Lynn after his brother-in-law gave him a haircut "ordered" by his sister Candace

Lynn after his brother-in-law gave him a haircut “ordered” by his sister Candace

He grew up at the Children’s Home where we met him. He is getting involved with a group who work with teenagers who have special needs.

Pray that he begins to think about how he may support himself after high school.

 

Looking Back and Forward

Five years ago we launched Mobile Mission Ministry.

I’m looking forward to what God has planned for 2015. We all must be ready in season and out of season to tell our story to others. We can find ways to show kindness in the name of Jesus, and to help the hurting. Pray that Priscilla and I will wisely make good use of our time for the opportunities that present themselves.

Thank you for supporting us financially. Thank you for your prayers. We intend to be the hands and  feet of Jesus as we try to help meet the needs of those who desperately need a touch from God.

“For He will deliver the needy  when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper. Psalm 72:12. We want to be the helper to those who have no helper

 

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Pause and Reflect November 2014

I got nothing accomplished….

Well, it seemed like nothing was accomplished last month. I spent a lot of computer screen time analyzing and assimilating information for others at Brentwood Baptist to help determine the next steps in our Middle Tennessee Initiative. My focus was exploring needs and discovering opportunities for our church to minister to others in the counties most adjacent to ours. In one county, discussions on advancing Hispanic work are already underway.

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Jesus told His disciples to let the children come to Him. We were privileged to participate in a Mission Fair / Rally where 150 children attended. Our display was to be interactive. With the help of my wife and my mother’s, I created a couple of displays to demonstrate how we help those in need. It was FUN. We used a Lincoln Log set and created a “Baptist” version of Bingo to teach missions.

 

 

question-markPray for clear direction for involvement with a new initiative by a ministry in Nashville who is considering expanding their reach to men in crisis.

Soon I will be working with Hope Clinic, a ministry to women in crisis. Priscilla and I will be helping with events. Also, I will be developing friendship-mentoring relationships with men who are boyfriends and husbands of the women being served by Hope Clinic.

Pray for Steven, Tim, Ronnie (Lynn), and Tom. They struggle daily facing the challenges of life. I can listen and I can give them sound advice. But they must make good choices. Pray they develop good habits. Pray they become consistently involved with a local church family.

The Ebola crisis has exposed the fear that Americans are living in today. I’ll share just one anecdote. I received a call from a very good friend who asked me to help find a place for his family to stay for 21 days. His wife and 2 teenage daughters were returning from Uganda with zero cases of Ebola, and 1500 miles east of the countries with Ebola. Their small town in Georgia wanted them quarantined for 21 days. They were able to find a place for their family.

SpaceCenter We had a blast visiting the Space Museum in Huntsville when our grand-kids visited us for a few days last month.

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