Greetings from Temple Baptist Church in New Iberia, LA!! Today we started a Passing the Mantle Regional Conference in Cajun Country for Pastor Aaron Weido. Pastor Vernon Mghee of the Bible Baptist Church in Conway, AR will join the meeting tomorrow, and I’m sure that he will be a tremendous blessing as he always is.
Seventeen years ago I walked in the Bethel Baptist Church in Walls, MS as a twenty- two year old young man that Satan had a strong hold on. It was the church that loved me when I was not worth loving. It was the church that gave me the great message of salvation. It was the church that I was baptized in and became a member of. It was the church, at the old fashion altar where I made things right with my mama and daddy. It was the church, where I felt the call to preach and surrendered to that call. It was under the umbrella of that same church that has Tri- State Baptist College, where I sat in the classroom and learned the word of God, and learned to have fire in the pulpit with a tear in the eye. It was the church where I met my wonderful wife Nikita. It was the church, that for the last seven years has sent us out as her representatives in the field of evangelism. It was the church, where Ron Westmoreland has mounted the pulpit as pastor for the last twenty-six years. Bro Westmoreland has not only been my preacher and pastor, but also my spiritual father. Never one time have I ever heard Bro Westmoreland question the word of God, but quiet the contrary by dogmatically and confidentially standing on the Bible as Gods final authority. Everything about ministry, ethics, testimony in and out of the pulpit, and just simply loving people where they are at, I learned from Bro Westmoreland. I just want to thank God for my church and my pastor.
This week begins a new era and phase for Nikita and I, and the Sheepdog Ministries. As I hope, I got the message across in the previous paragraph; the church and pastor is a very big deal to us and the ministry in which God has called us in. This coming Sunday we will join the Calvary Baptist Church in Eufaula, OK where JR McDonald is the pastor. As many of you already know, Calvary Baptist Church is a great ministry and has a goodly heritage to say the least. It also is a unique ministry that has the Calvary Baptist Boys Ranch and City of Refuge program that reaches out to troubled teens and men that for whatever reason has got on the wrong path in life, and try to help them get on the path to God. Bro JR took over the pastorate and became the director of Calvary Baptist Ministries three years ago after his father and founder of the ministries went home to be the Lord. I first went to Calvary six years ago after an invitation from Bro JR to come and preach on a Wednesday night church service, and have been closely connected with the ministry for the last three years. I have spent countless hours with Bro JR in ministry related and non ministry related functions, and I can definitely say that he is a man of God that loves the old fashion way, and stands strong on the word of God. It is an honor and privilege for Nikita and I to call the Calvary Baptist Church our home and JR McDonald our pastor.
We will still travel full time in evangelism. We are not veering away from what God has called us into, but just adding to the ministry. Please pray that we can be a blessing to the ministry of Calvary, as they have been a tremendous blessing to us. We love each and everyone of you, and pray for you often.
Until He Comes,