40 Days of Prayer

March 15, 2017

Our church (Woodstock Church/Shallowford) is joining together in 40 Days of Prayer– leading up to Easter Sunday.   

Want to join us?  I am writing the guide in a very simple format-  Bible verse and prayer.

Join us any day you can by clicking here or bookmark the site.



Trip Update- 

February 10, 2017

Our trip to South Asia has gone extremely well. 

We have lots of new friends and are encouraged by the testimonies of their work. God has given us great physical strength- no problems from jet-lag, etc. 

I have led 4 worship sessions – teaching through 2 Timothy. We have had 1-on-1 meetings with many of the couples and God has used KK to encourage the ladies and love on their kids. 

We leave Monday night (local time) and arrive Atlanta late Tuesday night –

Thanks for your prayer support. We know you are praying and thank God for your partnership  





Thus Far….

February 5, 2017

John Newton reportedly unveiled his famous hymn (Amazing Grace) on Jan 1, 1773.  Verse three ends:

Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,  And grace will lead me home.

By God’s grace, I was among almost 4,000 people challenged in Southern California (Send Conference 2017)
By God’s grace, I will make it to Seattle tonight. By His grace, KK will meet me there tomorrow. 

By faith, we will board a plane to Southern Asia to share a week with Christian workers- totally dependent on His grace.

Will you pray with us? Will you pray for us? Will you pray for the workers we will serve? 

Grace has brought me safe thus far…..

Prayer Partner Update-overseas trip

February 2, 2017

In Southern California for a “Send Conference” then we leave for South Asia on Sunday.  

We are thankful for our adult children (Josh & Carmen) who are taking shifts with KK’s dad while we are gone. 

Pray for our travel and pray for God to use us to encourage workers and the work in South Asia. I will be teaching 2 Timothy in the worship sessions.  Why don’t you read it as you pray for us… I know God will use His Word in their lives and ours.  

Prayer Partner Update

January 18, 2017

We have a couple of special requests and we know you will join us in prayer.  

Woodstock Church/Shallowford:  A few months ago we stepped into leadership at a campus of FBC Woodstock.  This is a “bi-vocational” role (I continue my full-time ministry position at the North American Mission Board).   We are in a season of Re-Booting a struggling congregation of about 50 people.  Seeking a fresh start, we are praying that the Lord of the Harvest will send out laborers into this harvest field.  We need a core team of leaders to help with new vision.  Will you join us in praying for leaders?  

Trip to South Asia:  Next month KK and I will travel to Asia and serve a group of field workers. We will spend a week encouraging them and I will lead a study of 2 Timothy.  Pray that God will provide the finances, give us wisdom in lining up care for KK’s dad, and give us grace to walk through the spiritual warfare that goes with the territory. 

Thanks for joining us in prayer.  


Reflection and Anticipation

December 30, 2016

Yesterday I received a text– totally unexpected.  A friend sent a picture from long ago with a simple question:  “Remember this?”

When I showed the picture to KK she said: “Wow!  He must be in deep reflection if he’s looking at pictures taken that long ago.”

This is the time of year when a lot of us take some time to reflect and anticipate.  I am using these days to prepare for teaching 2 Timothy at a Leadership Retreat in February. In the quiet moments, I’m reflecting on the years of ministry and anticipating new ministries in the New Year. 

Time to reflect can remind us of God’s faithfulness and stir up gratitude for those who invested in us.  Paul reminded Timothy how others had invested in him  (see 2 Tim 1 ).   

These words from 2 Tim. 1:6 keep poking at my heart:  “Fan into flame”  (Keep ablaze, Kindle afresh, etc.)  Clear imagery of how a fire often needs stirring, how logs need turning, and how embers can burst into a new fresh flame. 

Looking forward to the ministry that lies ahead, I can’t afford to take a half-hearted, lukewarm approach.  I must cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s work in me and fan into flame the things God has entrusted to me.  

What about you?  

After you take some time to reflect, ask one simple question:  Is my heart on fire?  


When They Call Me “Pastor”

August 13, 2016

When I was kid, we usually called him “preacher.”   “Preacher Waterhouse” led me to Christ and baptized me. “Preacher Folsom” let me preach my first sermon as a teenager– and God used it to call me to preach. “Preacher McCullough” let me serve on his staff while I was in college…. sometimes I called him “Bro. Lavay.” Then in seminary I called my mentor “Bro. Paul.”  

Then, a small group of believers near Washington, D.C. contacted us.  We soon went to Northern Virginia to help them start a church –they called me “Pastor.”  When we were moving, I never thought what they would call me.  But, they are the ones who changed my name. And, now, for all of these years, my name is Pastor Al…. or Pastor Gilbert.

Tomorrow I am preaching at a friend’s church in Memphis and the title of the message is Pastor and People (1 People 5).  While preparing the sermon, I have been reminded how God has taught me through the people He has allowed me to serve. Every time I hear someone call me “pastor” I am reminded of the relationship and the responsibility. 

KK and I have been blessed to serve God’s People during these brief years on earth.  We stand on our tiptoes longing for the soon return of the Great Shepherd (Pastor) of our souls.