Dear Friends and Supporters,
Brenda and I thank you for taking a minute to look at last month’s events that God provided for us, and what’s on our upcoming November Schedule. October has been one of the busiest months of this whole year. God allowed us the privilege to preach and sing in 11 different churches. We are always grateful for the way God opens doors and keeps us busy. We are not worthy of all the opportunities he affords us. He’s been so faithful to provide for us during these 18+ years of evangelistic and revival ministry. We thank you all again for your love, prayers and support. God has used our friends and supporters to help us fulfill the call He has placed on our lives. As I typically do, let me now let me say a word about our upcoming 2017 and 2018 Schedules.
This year has almost completely filled, except for a couple of Wednesdays. As always, I have a keen eye on 2018, because it will be here before we realize it. We are excited about a little downtime in January and into February. Our son, Brad, is sending us on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation for our 40th wedding anniversary (28) and Brenda’s birthday (Feb 3)! The first of each year these two special dates are about a week apart. But after that, we hope to begin another full and fruitful year of ministry. To those who book church events, I am ready as always. Give me a call or text to: 601-832-2458, or an email.
The first Sunday of October (1st) took us to New Prospect Baptist Church, near Conehatta, Mississippi. The church is seeking their next pastor and we were grateful to be back there again. October 1st was the church’s annual homecoming service, and Brenda enjoyed playing the piano for the worship service. The service was well-attended, and we enjoyed a great meal with the church family. Thanks to Wayne Wilson for booking us at New Prospect.
The following Wednesday night (Oct 4th) was my part in four Wednesday nights of revival at Pine Grove Baptist Church, near Union, Mississippi. The Pastor is Bro. Rusty Walton, who has served there for seven years. God is blessing Bro. Rusty, wife Paige, and the Pine Grove church family. Attendance was great and the Holy Spirit blessed us with a good service. The revival music was provided by Ricky, Tanya and Aislin Boler, who blessed us with some good, old gospel singing. Thanks to Bro. Rusty for another invitation to Pine Grove Baptist Church.
The next Sunday (Oct 8th) was filled at Steam Mill Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which is near Sebastopol, Mississippi. This church is presently without a Pastor. Thanks to Bro. Jimmy Wilson, who was persistent in finding a Sunday that we could be there. The Lord is blessing this church, and it is filled with younger couples and kids everywhere. I told them they were definitely obedient to the Lord’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:22). It was a wonderful day of worship at Steam Mill and we are grateful for the privilege of ministering there.
On the following Wednesday night (Oct 11th) I preached at Hazel Baptist Church in Lake, Mississippi. The Lord willing, we are scheduled to fill several future dates there also. Please pray for the church as they seek God’s will as they begin the search for their next Pastor.
Our next engagement (Oct 15-17) was at Thomastown, Mississippi. Our good friend and Pastor, Bro. Travis Watkins booked us for a Fall Revival at Thomastown Baptist Church. We’ve been going to Thomastown since 2010, but there was a sense of excitement we’ve not seen all these years. Bro. Travis and the members invested some serious time in revival preparation. I was reminded anew, that God really does bless and reward all the time and effort we put into revival meetings. We get out of it what we put into it, plain and simple.
God showed up and manifested His power with a clear demonstration of what He longs to do in churches who still believe we need a revival. There are clear, unmistakable benefits of when God passes through and breathes fresh, new life into a church. It is a blessed thing to be a part of. When we get right with God and each other, people get saved and there is joy, gladness and a renewed sense of why God left us here. Our lives are not without purpose and meaning when we walk with and obey Jesus. Well I better move on, but we will always cherish the week we had at Thomastown
On October 18th we preached another night at Hazel Baptist Church near Lake, Mississippi. As always, its an honor to preach and worship at Hazel.
Sunday Oct 22nd was filled at two churches. I preached again at Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church, near Sebastopol, Mississippi for the morning service. Then on Sunday night we started an Associational Wide Revival in Winston County Mississippi, which is the Louisville area. I preached in four churches in the Winston Association, beginning with Shiloh Baptist Church. Bro. Jay Murphy is Pastor at Shiloh and we got off to a good start with good attendance. Monday night’s revival was at Good Hope Baptist Church, where Bro. Jason Gross serves as Pastor. Tuesday night took us back into town at West End Baptist Church, with Pastor, Bro. Jimmy Dempsey. We finished up on Wednesday night at Oak Grove Baptist Church, where Bro. Gary Caudill is Pastor. We had some great music at every service led by Mason Joy, who is Pastor of East Louisville Baptist Church. We are grateful to the Winston County Baptists and AMD, Dr. Paul Blanchard, for his faithfulness to book us for Winston County events.
On October 28th I traveled to north Mississippi, and FBC Steens, for a Bible Preaching Conference. The host Pastor was Bro. Greg Renfrow. I was honored to preach, but I got to hear some good preaching, because I hear me all the time. I need to sit and listen when I can. The conference was good, but the best part is that I was able to spend the day with my Pastor, Bro. Billy Henry, (FBC Edinburg, MS). We rode to Steens together and enjoyed a good time together and good fellowship. I am thankful that my Pastor is one of the dearest friends I’ve ever had. And we are blessed to be a part of a loving and supportive church family at Edinburg. The last Sunday (Oct 29th) of October was filled at Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church again.
During October, I was called on to preach a funeral service, and hopefully ministered to a dear, bereaving family. Then on October 31st, Brenda and a life-long friend, traveled to Atlanta and visited with our son Brad, for 3 days. God blessed them with a safe trip to Atlanta, and I’m glad to say they returned home safely as well. Brenda has learned to fight that Atlanta traffic and make it to Brad’s house. Then she use the Uber app on her phone to safely and easily go anywhere in Atlanta she wants to. She thinks she is bad to the bone now!
Brenda and I never want to fail in thanking all of you again for your prayers and financial gifts. Through you all, God keeps us on the road, singing and preaching the blessed old Book. We will be eternally grateful your love and support. We love you all who read this and pray for you daily.
Thanks for your prayers for us as we travel and follow His call. I think often of the blessed hymn, “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go”. The Lord willing, here is a look at where we will GO next month.
NOVEMBER 2017 . . .
1 Hazel BC Lake, MS No Pastor
5-8 Cherry Valley BC Cherry Valley, AR Ray Files, Pastor
12 (am) Trinity BC Vicksburg, MS Charlie Harris, Pastor
12 (pm) Clifton BC Forest, MS Kenny Lang, Pastor
13-15 Unity BC Ripley, MS Dr. Ronnie Barefield, Pastor
19 Hazel BC Lake, MS No Pastor
26 Hazel BC Lake, MS No Pastor
29 Taylor Machine Chapel Service, Louisville, MS., Jay Murphy, Host Pastor
Wherever He Leads,
Randall & Brenda Creel
“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