As missionaries here in a new (to us) mission field, Donna Kay and I are learning the area, the churches, and the people. We are so excited that the Lord has brought us to this place, a place we did not choose, a place of which we were not aware, a place unaware of us. But God knew us and God knew you. He is the one who put us together.
I dropped by the Daisetta Mayhaw Festival last month while Donna Kay was in Houston helping with our new grandson, Elijah Paul Williams. I bought a jar of Mayhaw jelly for myself and a locally made piece of jewelry for my wife. I even took a tour of the G.W. Pounds house which was open that day. I did not, however, get a chance to view the Sinkhole de Mayo, another local site on my “must see” list.
Seeing the crowd gathered on the courthouse steps to pray May 1 was a great encouragement to me. In many communities such events have become so pluralized or secularized that Christians are expected to refrain from mentioning the name of Jesus. That is not the case here and I am glad. We should never do anything that keeps others from exercising their own religions, but the best way we can protect religious freedom for everyone is to make sure that we exercise our own religious freedom as often and as boldly as possible.
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Marysee invited me to preach during their May 18-21 revival services, calling for us to focus on Jesus. It was great to be with that church for several days in a row and begin to get to know some of the wonderful people there. Thomas Watson, their music minister, did a terrific job in leading the music at each service. The Lord blessed and we saw several youth and children come forward to trust Christ during the final service.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve with you, to watch to see where God is working and to join Him in His work. May the Lord bless you and your church.
Focusing on Jesus,