November 5, 2013
First, let me thank all of you for praying for us last month when we received the sudden and unexpected news of the death of my 63 yr. sister. God poured out great grace on us and on her family. Keep praying for her husband, 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren.
Now, Novemember. A new month with new opportunities and new challenges.
We don’t want to do this without prayer partners. This update may seem simple but we really need friends who will join us praying for the work.
Psalm 90:16-17 has always been a favorite of mine and I came across it the other day in my morning time with the Lord:
Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
We continue to pray for our children and grandchildren to know the glorious power of God—as He works in ways that can only be explained as a work of God.
We also ask God to let His favor rest on us as He establishes the work of our hands. This month’s work includes:
- Trip to Chicago to work with inner-city church to consider ways to multiply their ministry. (Nov 6)
- Visit with Church Planter (Nov 10)
- Trip to Baltimore to meet with a Korean pastor who is helping to lead a Task Force for the SBC. (Nov 13)
- Meeting of the Evangelistic Impact and Declining Baptisms Task Force (Nov 15)
- Meeting with Small Groups at FBC Woodstock to talk about national impact of LoveLoud (Nov 17)
- Winter Meeting of State Directors of Evangelism in San Diego (Nov 19-20)
- Preach morning Services at FBC Woodstock, GA (Nov 24)
In addition to these special meetings, I need prayer partners to intercede for two major initiatives that I am leading with Ed Stetzer (LifeWay)
- Evangelistic Impact and Declining Baptisms Task Force
- Writing of a Tool Kit for equipping in personal evangelism
As I post this I am thanking God for you. Many of you have been involved in churches we were honored to serve. Thanks for your continued investment in our ministry through prayer.
September 7, 2013
The busy Summer has come to an end—and the busy Fall has begun!
We are thankful for family and friends who continue to pray for us and encourage us. This update recognizes our desperate need for God to do His work and acknowledges that without Him we can do nothing!
A quick look at the calendar:
-September 8th Crossroads Church, Dunwoody, GA
Celebration service for a New Church
September 13th Charlotte, NC Training Conference
September 15th Nashville, TN IMB/NAMB Prayer/Planning
September 16-17 Nashville, TN Exec Comm of the SBC
September 18th Nashville, TN EvangelismTask Force
September 19-20 Baltimore, MD Crossover 2014 workgroup
September 23-25 Atlanta, GA Evangelism Leadership Retreat
October 3-7 Toronto NAMB Leadership
October 7-9 Toronto NAMB Trustee Mtg
October 15 Huntsville, AL
October 20 Baltimore, MD
October 21 Tampa, FL
June 9, 2013
Thank you Prayer Partners for joining us during this last month.
We have seen the Hand and provision of God. We know how desperately we need God’s presence and power at work in our lives. I am so glad He did not leave us to ourselves—but sent His Spirit to indwell us and live His Life in and through us!
Answers to Prayer
Oklahoma and… The SB Disaster Relief Team continues to serve Southern Baptists. Our staff continues to serve when the media moves on to other things. Disaster Relief teams are serving in at seven states as you read this update! Pray for those who are meeting needs and sharing Christ.
Chicagoland On the way to our meeting with Convention leaders– we spent the afternoon with a couple of pastors who are serving the inner city of Chicago. These men have given their lives in service and I am challenged by their walk and attitude. They are living out Philippians 2:17.
Loving Houston/Crossover Houston: I have been in Houston the last few days. Thousands have been on the streets serving and hundreds have come to know Christ. Pray for the churches as they follow up on what God has done.
SBC: KK is joining me for the Convention. We look forward to this time of encouraging pastors, church planters and other missionaries.
Family Time: After the convention we enter into a season of seeing kids and grandkids (they are coming to Atlanta) and at the end of the month we take a big Anniversary Trip—KK has put with me for a long time! I am grateful for frequent flyer miles and the opportunity to slip away!
Thanks for being a part of our prayer team.
May 25, 2013
Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.
We remember those daily exchanges as we walked with many you—we consistently were encouraged as you told us of your prayers (Heb. 3.13). Now, although we don’t see you in our daily paths, we are encouraged as you tell us of your prayers for us. Keep praying for us!
Summer is Here! Here’s what we’re up to….
Moore, Oklahoma: I am privileged to serve the SB Disaster Relief Team. We continue to help Southern Baptists communicate and mobilize to serve these hurting people with help and Hope in Christ.
Chicagoland (May 29-30) A couple of days meeting with leaders from the Mid-West. Pray for clarity of mission and unity—these are great folks.
Katy’s Birthday (May 30) Our daughter Katy celebrates another year of life as she serves Christ in the Middle East. We always wish we could see her but we’re glad she’s serving Christ. Pray her friends make it a special day.
Loving Houston/Crossover Houston (June 1-8): There are many layers of serving and sharing Christ during these days that lead up to the SBC. Pray for Loving Houston, Evangelism Training for Seminarians, Crossover Saturday — lots of people on the streets of Houston representing Christ!
We have days set aside for Grandparent Camp and an Anniversary Trip. During these days kids and grandkids will weave in and out of our home and we will continue to take baby steps in the remodeling of our house.
There’s a lot happening the next few weeks and we anticipate great family time—thanks for being a part of our prayer team.
April 19, 2013
Thanks for being a part of our prayer network.
During the last few weeks I have preached in churches in GA and TX, traveled to WVA, and hosted meetings here in Atlanta. We had great family time as 9 of our 11 grandkids visited during Spring Break.
We continue to see the hand of God at work and recognize that without Him we can do nothing! Here are the prayer requests for the next few weeks:
Birthdays are special in our family. This month we are thanking God for:
- Josh – his birthday is April 20th
- KK’s dad (Big D) — he has his 90th birthday April 24th
- Castle Hills BC in San Antonio, TX (April 21st)
- Boston, MA (April 26-29)
>LoveLoud Weekend New Hamphshire (April 26-28)
>Meet with Boston Area Church planters (April 28)
>Meeting with Convention Leaders (April 29)
March 13, 2013
First, KK is doing well. Thanks for praying for her during time in the hospital a couple of weeks ago. They ruled out heart problems and released her. Then last week the out-patient MRI revealed changes in the upper back/neck interacting with nerves–explaining the sudden pain she experienced. She will see other specialists soon; so, at this point we have a partial diagnosis and hope to have a treatment plan soon.
Daughter Katy has her permanent visa and God has opened many doors for her to share the Good News! She wrote today that she had given a Bible to a lady who had never seen one.
Tomorrow I head to the Alabama coast to meet with 50 pastors and a few convention leaders. We will be talking about 2014 and how their churches can serve their cities, meet significant needs while sharing Christ.
Palm Sunday/ Easter Sunday
Recently the pastor of FBC Covington, GA accepted a call to a church in Birmingham. They asked me to preach for a couple of Sundays. This church (near East Atlanta) has seen significant growth the last few years and I am praying God will use me to encourage them during this time of transition. They will combine their 3 morning services on Easter Sunday for a special service at a local stadium. Pray for this evangelistic meeting that many will find new Life in the resurrected Christ!
February 7, 2013
It is always encouraging to go to our website and see how many prayer partners have visited the site. The daily hits are not that impressive – and I understand no need to keep reading the same blog post you’ve seen days before. But when I post an update — a bunch of you hit the site and I am really encouraged hoping that some of you are actually praying for us!
Yesterday the Trustees voted to remove the “interim” from my title and I am now serving as V.P. for Evangelism. We have a great group of our guys leading our 6 teams (GPS/Networks; LoveLoud; Disaster Relief; Chaplaincy; Collegiate; Revitalization) and it is my honor to serve them as they serve Southern Baptists in North America.
When I was pastoring I felt the weight of Heb. 13:17 knowing that I would give an account for the souls of those I served. As I officially accept this new position of service, I am feeling the weight of our collective assignment. We are called to see the multitudes of those who are lost in North America and work together to find ways to share the Good News of Jesus. I know I will give an account for this stewardship.
Pray for us.