One Encouraging Church. Sanctuary Baptist Church in Atlanta is one of our faithful supporting churches. They baptized 20 people a few weeks ago! I was impressed, so I asked the pastor, Rodney Hall, to tell me how that happened. It is a beautiful story. (Background: I have been friends with Rodney for over 20 years. Our friendship began when our daughter Whitney became friends with his niece April in school in Dacula.) We both concluded that the reason their church has seen so many come to faith in Christ was because 1) they wanted it; 2) they sincerely loved unbelievers; and 3) they shared the gospel whenever possible. We also agreed that the underlying reason was that God loves those who are lost and He puts His love for others in our hearts when we yield to Him. It is believed that Jesus Christ walked 6 miles to be baptized by John the Baptist. Inspired by their Savior’s example, a group of these new believers also walked 6 miles that Sunday morning to get baptized. One of them, Rodney’s son-in-law, Zack, left his house at 6 am and walked 14 miles carrying a pack. Zack arrived shortly after 10 am to make his public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. Inspiring lives!
Southeast Pastors and Wives Conference Danelle and I enjoyed sweet fellowship with the pastors and their wives last weekend at our annual conference. John and Sandy Hopler encouraged us about marriage. We also discussed plans, discipleship, and God’s sovereignty and free will.
1) Pray for several unbelievers we are sharing the gospel with to get saved.
2) Pray for new groups to be started here in Atlanta.
3) Pray for wisdom to build and train others in the Southeast who are in house churches.
4) Pray for peace in Ukraine as fighting has renewed and people are dying and suffering.
Thank you for your prayers and loving support of our lives and work!
Steve and Danelle