It is my joy to write this letter of encouragement in order to build you up in your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For over 55 years, I have been blessed to serve the Lord in ministry here in the USA and around the world, for which I give all the glory to Him. I was saved at the age of 9; called to preach at age 14; became a pastor at 19; continued pastoring churches for 25 years; have ministered as an apostle servant for an additional 30 years, which now makes me 73 years of age.
Now, the Lord has given me a fresh vision of a “new season” in my life in which He has projected seven additional years into the future that I along with a team of co-laborers will be equipping young servant leaders like you in every major region of the world:
(All dates and locations below are subject to change by the Holy Spirit.)
2010 – Equip servant leaders from North America
(Mexico, US & Canada) here in Texas.
2010 – Africa
2011 – Asia
2012 – Middle East
2013 – Europe
2014 – Old Soviet Union Block Nations & Russia
2015 – Caribbean Islands, Central & South America
2016 – Islands of the Seas including Australia, New
2017 – “Uttermost parts of the earth…”
Projecting these seven years this into the future, will make me 80 years old when completed. My wife, Laurel, reminded me that Moses did not begin to lead the children of Israel until his 80th birthday. So, perhaps the next 7 years will just be a practice run for yet another “season” of equipping ministry.
There are three passages of Scripture the Lord has given me over the years that have had a tremendous impact upon me and His ministry through me to the nations:
Psalms 71:9, 17-18 “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grey-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.”
Malachi 4:5-6 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
II Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou(Timothy)hast heard of me(Paul)among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men(3rd generation), who shall be able to teach others(4th generation)also.”
Finally, allow me to share a dream I had many years ago. I saw myself cutting a passage way through a jungle with a machete. I encountered snakes, spiders and vines choking me. Then the Lord told me to turn around and when I did, I saw young servants/sons like you, peering into the dark passage way I had cut in the jungle.
The look on your faces was that of wondering whether or not you should walk into the dark path. Then the Lord had me to cry out to you, “Come on, sons, it’s alright, for God is faithful. Follow me as I follow Jesus!”
Thus my challenge to you is to “follow me as I follow Jesus”! I pray that the Lord will encourage you as sons to continue to mature in your faith to become future spiritual fathers in order to equip the future generations for the work of the Kingdom.
In His love and grace,
From “a hired house”(Acts 28:30-31)
Winnsboro, Texas USA