Dear Ministry Friends,
Brenda and I hope you have been warm, blessed and healthy during the recent uncommon, winter weather. We are well, blessed and looking forward to another great year of evangelistic ministry. You are getting this brief letter early because we won’t be around to send it out at the usual time, around the first of the month. I’d rather be a little early than late.
The reason being, our son Brad has blessed us with a very special cruise for our 40th wedding anniversary and Brenda’s birthday. We leave out Sunday, January 21st and return February 6th. We’ll give you more details about our trip and upload a few pictures around the first of March, when we get back on schedule. Speaking of a schedule, we have a few dates already booked this year, but most of 2018 is wide open and available. This is typically the way our calendar fills each year. Anyone needing a certain date for revival or other events, take a look at our 2018 Schedule and shoot me an email, or call/text me at 601-832-2458.
January started off busy. Many of you know that my oldest brother, Wilburn (age 75), passed away on January 3rd. He had lived in a veteran’s home for many years at Lawton, Oklahoma. He wanted to be buried in the Ft. Sill National Veteran’s Cemetery, near Elgin, Oklahoma. My brother, Hal, and I made the 1,360 mile trip, and the funeral went as well as it could have. We took care of everything on Friday and made it safely home by late Saturday afternoon (January 6). I appreciate everyone’s calls, texts, prayers, cards and Gideon Bibles that were sent in Wilburn’s memory. I had never buried a sibling before, so your expressions of kindness meant more than you will ever know.
We were blessed to preach and sing the first two Sundays of January. I had to cancel a booking at First Baptist Church, Louisville, Mississippi, because of the funeral. However, when I got home I was needed at Springfield Baptist Church, Morton, Mississippi. Interim Pastor, Ken McClemore was not well, and invited me to preach both services for him on Sunday, January 7th. God has a way of providing in a way that we can never predict or explain. I’m glad Bro. Ken is back up to speed and doing well. We had a fine day at Springfield with great attendance.
Next, we started a revival at Liberty Baptist Church, Noxapater, Mississippi, on Sunday January 14th. Bro. Charles Rook, is the new Pastor at Liberty and invited me for a winter revival meeting. We had three great services and God was clearly moving in a powerful way. But on Monday night, church leaders wisely decided to postpone the meeting due to the dangerously cold weather. We will find a suitable Sunday in early Spring to finish the two remaining revival services. By the way, there is no better way for a church to start out a new year, than a good revival! Thanks to Bro. Charles, Doris and the Liberty family.
As we start our 19th year of revival ministry, we praise God first of all, for His unfailing provisions and opportunities. Then we are grateful for everyone of you who has joined with us and blessed us in so many ways across the years. You have held up our hands when we were weary and encouraged us in this marvelous journey. Your constant prayers and financial support means the world to us. Again, we say “thank you”. We love you and pray for you daily!
We should be back on our normal newsletter routine around the first of March. After we return on February 6, here is a look at our dates for the remainder of the month.
February 2018 . . .
4 (final vacation Sunday)
11 Hazel Baptist Church Lake, MS no pastor
16 High Hill Baptist Church Sebastopol, MS Don Cook, Pastor
18 Hazel Baptist Church Lake, MS no pastor
25 Hazel Baptist Church Lake, MS no pastor
Still Trusting Him,
Bro. Randall & Brenda
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10