The beautiful autumn season is upon us and it is a special time of year for those of us who love to see the hand of God in nature as the seasons change. The smell of fallen leaves and the crunch of them under your feet as you walk is special. The evenings and mornings have cooled down, which makes for some incredible sleeping weather. The stars are on full display on these cool mornings and the sighting of the constellation Orion, signals a nearing of the hunting season. I love this time of year!
For those who have been asking, “Buddy” is our newest family member. He was graciously given to us by a kennel in Sunbury, PA, thanks to a referral from a pastor friend named Doug. Cathy has been staying home with him completing his housebreaking. Isn’t he cute? He is an awesome little guy and a great addition to our family.
We had a great September of ministry, completing 5 MAD Live Events and hitting another milestone….our 400th MAD Live Event! We are excited to report that 19 more people came to faith in Christ at our events in September! How great is our God! Thanks to the generosity of Rick Dean and his daughter Kendall’s Cabinwood Productions, the 400th event was professionally recorded and streamed live over the Internet. Unfortunately, due to some last minute tech issues, the first 10-15 minutes of the streamed event did not happen. Sadly, we probably lost some viewers at that time. However, God is still sovereign and in control of all of life’s issues and we rest in that. Cabinwood will be providing us with a professionally edited DVD set of the training, which we’ll be able to use as we see fit. Also, we’ll have a website where church leaders of prospective churches can check out the entire training before making a commitment to have us come.
New opportunities to pray about - I had a meeting with the leadership of Word FM, a Christian radio network that has coverage from WV to Scranton, PA about partnering with them to do some MAD Live Events across their vast listening area. They have never done anything like this before, but what an opportunity to expand the impact of both of our ministries! I have also been in contact with the leadership of Kingdom Bound, a Christian music festival in Darien Lake, NY about doing something with them at their August festival. We’ll see what doors the Lord opens!
Here are some testimonies to encourage you:
“I gave these gospels of John to family members, friends and even people I don't know. I was at a restaurant with my wife and her aunt one morning, and we had the same waitress as the time before when we went. In between my two visits to this restaurant, I went to Mr. Sunshine's seminar. When i returned the second time, I had talked with her about my experience and what I had heard from him. Then as I finished my meal and was leaving a tip, I wrote in the front cover of the pocket gospel saying to keep her head held high and the Lord will take care of her. I watched through the window as she read the note, and a smile grew in her face. She came outside to thank me and i asked if I could pray with her. Cathy teared up as I finished the prayer and we gave each other a hug.”
“I never knew the Pocket Testament League existed until Don Sunshine came to my home church. His training at my church inspired me greatly to become a member of the Pocket Testament League in order to share our salvation with others using the Gospels of John. More pointedly, my fiancé runs an imports page on Facebook where he sets up car meets for everyone to come out and hangout. Hundreds of cars come to these events and I think it is the perfect setting to share the love of Christ. I am in need of a sponsor because I am still currently in College. I graduated with my BS in May and I am currently working on my MA in Human Services Counseling. That along with not being able to find a job is becoming a financial strain on me and my family. I would be honored to receive sponsorship in order to share the love of Christ with others. Thank you for what you all are doing,”
Two testimonies from John, who attended one of the Live Events:
“Hi Don, this is John from Shamokin I took your class yesterday at Calvery Bible! The Lord just gave me my first connection a woman named Cheryl! She said she wanted a new life so I talked with her and gave her the gospel of John booklet! Praise God! I wanted you to know! Thank you brother!”
“It's John again, Our Lord just gave me another contact. Talk about being unprepared. I only took 1 booklet this morning. So I shared the gospel message using the story of George Wilson. The man’s name is Ed. I asked to pray with him but he said not now and that he would think about his pardon in Jesus Christ and let me know later so I went to my truck and prayed for him! Praise the Lord for his kindness using a sinner like me! Thanks again Don! I will be praying for you and your family!”
Have you noticed that the world is falling apart? Things are getting crazier every day. There is an increasing sense of urgency to bring others into the Kingdom because time is short! Our Lord’s return can happen any time. Our ministry of motivating and equipping the church to do what Christ left us here to do is more important than ever! Please help us get the word out. We are so blessed to do what we do, and to see how the Lord uses it for His purposes and the growth of His Kingdom. We wouldn’t be able to do this without your faithful prayer and financial support, so THANK YOU!
• Oct 4 - MAD Live Event - Garrett Miller Center, Millerton, PA
• Oct 5 - MAD Live Event - Morgantown Community Church, Elverson, PA
• Oct 12 - MAD Live Event - Flat Mountain Baptist Church, Dunlap, TN
• Oct 19 - MAD Live Event - Living Faith Lutheran Church, Boyertown, PA
• Oct 25 - Speak and display at the Buffalo area Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference
• As usual, continued prayers are requested for our schedule in 2015. It is still very light and the task of filling the schedule literally gets harder each month. I know you’re probably tired of hearing that, but it is true. In addition to praying, please speak with any pastors and church leadership you know and ask them to check us out.
• The national motorcycle ministry that I mentioned last month has added an agenda item to discuss the possibility of doing “something” with us to equip their people. We’d love to see this happen. Their board meeting is sometime in October.
• For Word FM to partner with us on a MAD Live Event to see the impact of it
• For Kingdom Bound to allow us to do some kind of a MAD Live Event, whether the full 4 hours or an abbreviated version of it at next year’s Kingdom Bound.
Love in Christ,
Cathy and Don