Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Greetings from Guyana!

WOW! What A Day!

We were supposed to leave the hotel at 8:30 am but due to a communication problem we didn't leave until 10. We were dismayed that it seemed that we had lost precious visiting and witnessing time. God's timing is perfect.

Reyburn and the pastor's wife, Merle, visited a lady and Reyburn led her to Jesus.

Bob and young local visited a barber who had lived in Houston a while. He had a customer but Bob will take Reyburn and me to visit him tomorrow or the next so that we can see him in Houston when he visits the States in the future.

I went with Pastor Steve and his daughter, Lydia, across the street to visit a man who had attended churches but was not saved. The Lord had the man heavy on the pastor's heart.

We stood at his padlocked gate and called for him for 10 minutes. I was ready to conclude that he wasn't home. Then he opened his gate and let us in. We sat with him, I shared my testimony and he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior!

He promised to be at Wednesday night's service.

After lunch we rested @ the hotel for an hour or so and returned. I studied for my sermon while Reyburn, Bob and Pastor Cedric took a taxi to visit someone. They turned out to not be home.

There is a man directly across from the church. He is demonized, disruptive and disrespectful and only wears shorts. No other clothes.

The Lord put it on my heart to confront him the next time he wandered into the church's yard to disrupt us. So, I did.

I spoke to him and the order of the Lord fell. I didn't even realize it until later when the others pointed out that when I called him over to where I was sitting on the porch he literally sat at my feet.

I asked if he heard voices in his head which he denied. He asked if I thought he was crazy. I said, "no, I think you are tormented" and I offered to pray for him.
He refused prayer but promised to be at the church building that night to hear me preach. I looked him in the eye, shook his hand and said, "I love you."

I preached tonight. Frankly, I am amazed at the boldness which with I preached. I don't "preach", per se, but tonight the Lord preached through me with great simplicity, clarity, passion and power.

I was stunned. Team member Bob (78) wept uncontrollably and there were three who prayed to receive Jesus as Lord. Thank you for your prayers and to God be the praise!

Oh! The Man from across the street was there! Wearng pants! And a dress shirt! And shoes!!! He sat alone in the back and after I thanked him for being there he hung around and was one of the last to bid us goodnight as our ride took us back to our hotel. Ain't God good?

So far I think 6 have been saved and 4 have re-dedicated their lives since Sunday night just in this one little church.

Some prayer concerns:

1) Pastor Steve is an active cancer patient who is blind due to the cancer. Tonight his wife rushed him home after the service. He was in great pain tonight and it wiped him out (he's ALWAYS in pain and walking 2 blocks today really stretched him.)

2) Bob, our I.C. team member, was sitting in an office chair Sunday afternoon and it collapsed. He hit his head on a table and that is ok but he has a knot in the muscles in his shoulder that is causing him discomfort.

3) Reyburn is preaching tomorrow night. Pray for boldness, power and for tender hearts. He is well received here and we are hoping for God to touch souls through him tomorrow night about 7 pm CST

Again, thank you for your prayers

In His service,
Bob, Reyburn and MIKE(!)

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