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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Carl Hatch - Soulwinner, God's Man

I had the great joy and privilege to visit a church across town on Monday night to hear Brother Carl Hatch preach. Brother Hatch has been an encouragement and inspiration for soulwinning to me and countless others. He was saved AND called to preach on the same day in 1955, and he has never stopped. His zeal for the Lord and love for souls is a testament to the greatness of our God and God's great love for us.

Carl Hatch believes in witnessing to everyone at every opportunity. Nothing will stop him. He "got over himself" a long time ago - never letting pride or selfishness get in his way. As a result, he has seen thousands upon thousands accept Christ as Saviour.

He has a host of health problems, and has suffered immensely for many years, but never lost his song (the joy of knowing the Lord and serving Him). In spite of the fact he wears oxygen, He still "hollers" when he preaches, and praise God for that. He gets the point across.

I can't believe that I was able to get my picture taken with one of my heroes.

Here he is with my best friend Doug Fugate - another fervent soulwinner who has taught me a lot and inspired me.

I thank the Lord for the privilege of knowing Brother Hatch, and I pray that God will give him many more years to preach, witness, and win souls for Him. That IS the main thing.

"Thank you LORD for Brother Hatch. Oh God, help me to be a better soulwinner."

Carl Hatch - Soulwinner, God's Man. He is a man in whom is the Spirit of the Living God.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Farewell to Pennsylvania My Precious Friends

Saying goodbye to friends who move away on job transfers is such a hard thing, especially when they are as precious to me as any family I have ever had.

Pennsylvania will proudly inherit one of the best soul-winning families that Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington has ever had. Their transfer creates new challenges for Quinn and Liz to face, but also opens up new opportunities at Trinity for others to step up and fill their shoes.
This family has meant more to me than I can share here, but rest assured the tears are flowing with their departure. And, I am relying on the comfort and provision of God to heal my aching heart and trust Him to fill the great void left by my precious friends.

May God bless them as they pursue His will for their life.

Roman 8:28

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Homeless Ministry - Special Blessing

Today on the streets with the homeless was quite an experience. After being threatened with physical violence by a Muslim who was offended that Jesus is the only way to heaven, an extra special blessing came our way.
We were joined on the street by some of the younger men from our church and Bible college. One such man is Joel Haynes, son of Mark Haynes, Missionary to the Navajo Nation. Joel is a man who believes the Bible and preaches it at every opportunity. He is a great joy to be around and has blessed our church by his love and zeal for the Lord.

Below is Joel as he begins his message of salvation.

You can see below the fire in his heart as he preaches. Joel knows the truth of the Scriptures, and the certainty of eternal Hell for all who do not accept Christ. He believes the verse that cries out, How shall they hear without a preacher?

Here he moves closer to give an invitation to men to accept Christ and be gloriously saved for all eternity.
In the photo below, Joel appears to be telling them exactly how many ways there are to heaven - only one of course.

Praise the Lord, we had eight gloriously saved today, and brought many to the Mission to hear the Word of God preached.

Joel Haynes is a man in whom is the Spirit of the Living God, and I rejoice that I have had the privilege to know him. May God bless his life and give him a long and fruitful ministry.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Carl Sheffield - Soulwinner - Now Home With The LORD

Brother Carl Sheffield was my friend. His cheerful expression and warm greeting were always a joy to see. His heart for people and desire to win souls for Christ were great blessings to me. I love him and I am so glad the Lord made him a part of my life.
I shall treasure his memory until I see him again, face to face.

Carl Sheffield

1936 - 2008
Carl Sheffield, 72, loving and beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to Trinity Baptist Church, in care of Global Church Planters, 2212 N. Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas 76012.
Carl was born Jan. 31, 1936, in San Augustine. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Arlington, where he served as a deacon, usher and soul winner.
Survivors: His wife of 51 years, Arlene; son, Rocky Lee; daughter, Lisa Bomkamp and husband, Robert; grandson, Sargent Samuel Layne; sister, Mary Bostwick and husband, Gene; brother, Preston and wife, Allie; and many friends.
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