Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June Ministry Report

Hello Partners in Ministry:

June has traditionally been a slow month for teaching as are the rest of the summer months. We will have gone 5 weeks between MAD Live Events. I was blessed to preach at the Everett Hills Baptist Church in Maryville, TN this month. Later in the month I did my only MAD Live Event in June. We were privileged to partner with “106.7 The Light”, Billy Graham’s other radio station in Knoxville, TN to do the event. 105 people showed up and we praise God that 3 more people gave their lives to Jesus Christ!

After the MAD Live Event, we packed up and headed west to Colorado and stopped to see my brother Doug and his wife Diane. They just moved into their new home in Breckenridge. What a beautiful house and view of the Rockies! From there we left and completed the journey to Utah to host this year’s Ultimate Adventure trip. We have participants from PA, NJ, and NY, 10 in all. More info on the trip will be on our Facebook page and in the July report.

I did have a number of opportunities to share the Gospel with individuals this month. One of my favorite ones was when we had some landscapers come to remove some intrusive bushes that were growing behind and into our electric service and siding. They did great work and I had a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel with them. I used the Way of the Master to show them their sin and need for a Savior and gave them Gospels of John to read. They were very attentive and asked a number of questions. Based on the expressions on their faces and questions they asked I am certain the Holy Spirit was at work in their hearts. Marty is a US Army veteran and a Native American. Chris is from the Bayou. I gave them my card and asked them to call me with questions. Chris told me he would read the entire Gospel tonight when he went home. Please pray for them as they come to mind.

“Hey Don and Cathy! Today was a great time to read your ministry report as I have the opportunity in a couple of hours to share the gospel with the man who is coming to fix my car in a couple hours. Your prayer request that God would continue to help you recognize and take advantage of the divine appointments really applies to me recently. I´m waking up from another stagnant season, and thrilled to see God answering my prayer for a witnessing buddy. Being on Nantucket (I came to listen to Don in Brewster, MA last Summer) is a totally different and intimidating culture for me. What a spiritual battle! Praying for Matt who was mentioned in the testimony and praying for your leg, Don. Can´t wait to meet you someday Cathy! Keep up the good work friends!”

JULY - SEPTEMBER SCHEDULES

• July 1-7 - Ultimate Adventure trip to Utah

• July 16 - MAD Live Event - Mountain View Community Church, Culpeper, VA

• July 20-23 - Present 3 mini MAD seminars and have a booth display - Kingdom Bound Christian Music Festival, Darien Lake, NY

• July 28 – Arthroscopic surgery to repair the completely torn Meniscus in my left knee

• July 30 - MAD Live Event with Pillar College, Somerset, NJ

• July 31 - MAD Live Event - Crossroads Community Church, Indian Mills, NJ

• August 6 - Walk thru the Bible Old Testament seminar - Cape Community Church, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• August 6 - Preach at Saturday evening worship service - The Lighthouse Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• August 7 - Preach at both Sunday morning worship services - The Lighthouse Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• August 20 - MAD Live Event - Crestview Baptist Church, Canton, NC

• August 28 - Preach 3 times at Sunday morning worship services - Valley Forge Baptist Temple, Valley Forge, PA

• Sept 6 - Walk thru the Bible Old Testament Seminar - Cape Community Church, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• Sept 6 - Preach at the Saturday Evening Service - Lighthouse Church of the C&MA, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• Sept 7 - Preach at both Morning Services - Lighthouse Church of the C&MA, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• Sept 20 - MAD Live Event - Crestview Baptist Church, Canton, NC

• Sept 28 - Preach at both Morning Services and the Evening Service at Valley Forge Baptist Temple, Valley Forge, PA

PRAYER REQUESTS

• For safe travels for Cathy, me, my granddaughter Maya, and those attending the 2016 Ultimate Adventure trip to Utah. Due to the impending surgery on my knee, I will not be able to lead most of the trip. More importantly, we have a family of 4 who are coming who don’t know the Lord. Please pray that the truth of God’s word will take root in their hearts and salvations will occur.

• We are really in need of your prayers AND help filling the schedule for the fall. It amazes me that it progressively gets harder and harder to get commitments, and even return calls from pastors. I struggle with frustration over the lack of interest and response.

• For us to be faithful with the Divine appointments God brings us each day

• I would like to start a Bible study in our neighborhood. Please pray that we will find receptive hearts willing to come and learn.

Love in Christ,

Cathy and Don

Saturday, June 18, 2016

MAD Live Event in TN

Today I completed MAD Live Event #470 in Maryville, TN. 106.7 the Light helped put this on and Pastor Doug at Everett Hills Baptist hosted it. We praise the Lord for 105 in attendance and for the three souls that were saved today.

Divine Appointment

I am in Maryville, TN for a MAD Live Event tomorrow with Billy Graham’s radio station, “106.7 The Light”. I had plans to go to Ryan’s for dinner upon arriving here. As I pulled up to the restaurant, to my surprise, it was closed! Ryan’s was no longer in business here..ugggh. So I selected another restaurant nearby and got a very nice waitress named Kirsten. As I usually do I offered to pray for her when I asked God’s blessing on my meal. Her eyes welled up in tears and told me I was going to make her cry. She said she has worked in this restaurant for the past year and a half, and I was only the second one who ever offered to pray for her. I told her that I teach people how to this and share their faith with people. She asked some questions and told me that she is off tomorrow and would like to come. She asked if she could bring her boyfriend and I said, “Absolutely!” She told me her Dad had just been transferred to the Middle East for 6 months. He is a civilian and flies drones. He will be located just outside the Syrian border. Bothe she and her Mom are concerned for his safety, so I told Kirsten that I would pray for her Father’s safety and for comfort for her Mom (April) and her. As Kirsten gave me my bill she asked me to write down the name and address of the church. I also took her through the turn-by-turn directions and she was confident she could find it. Pray she comes tomorrow and that the Lord works in her heart! 387 people reached

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Divine Appointment today

We had some landscapers come today to remove some intrusive bushes that were growing behind and into our electric service and siding. They did great work and I had a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel with them. I used the Way of the Master and gave them Gospels of John to read. They were very attentive and asked a number of questions. Based on the expressions on their faces and questions they asked I am certain the Holy Spirit was at work in their hearts. Marty is a US Army veteran and a native American. Chris is from the Bayou. I gave them my card and asked them to call me with questions. Chris told me he would read the entire Gospel tonight when he went home. Please pray for them as they come to mind.

Friday, June 3, 2016

How the Lord Used Us in May of 2016

Hello Partners in Ministry:

May was a very slow month in terms of bookings. Summer is typically very slow, but it started early this year. As you’ll see below, we rejoice that God has provided us with a good schedule the rest of the summer months.

In May we completed 3 MAD Live Events. We praise God for 2 people who professed to be born again at the end of the seminars. God blessed me with many opportunities to share the love of Christ one on one this month, but the following was one of my favorites. “Early this month I returned the rental car I had used over the weekend to travel to and from PA. A young salesman named Matt drove me home from the Enterprise agency. In the 20 minutes we rode together, the Lord opened the doors for a spiritual discussion. He had been in church his whole life until he went off to college. Then he lost interest, but still thought he was OK for all of eternity. I shared the Gospel in detail with him and he was VERY concerned about going to hell. When we reached my home, I asked if I could pray for him and he excitedly said, “Yes”. I put my hand on his shoulder and prayed for the Father to continue to draw Him and that he would give his life to Christ in repentance and faith. I reminded him that he had my number in their computer system and if he had questions he should call me. He said he would. Pray for Matt if this Divine appointment comes to mind.”

About 6 weeks ago I woke up after a night’s rest and I had a pain in the back of my left knee. You know you’re getting old when you hurt yourself sleeping ☺. It got worse as time passed and I received a number of weekly treatments to hopefully correct the problem. As it wasn’t getting better I was referred to an Orthopaedic surgeon for an MRI. I found a local Christian Orthopedic group and was X-rayed and examined by a Doctor and brother in the Lord. He probed and pressed and the pain never materialized where he tested, except when he bent my knee back. The joint was full of fluid and swollen. He told me he would give me a cortisone cocktail of sorts to help with the healing process and if it wasn’t significantly better by Monday, the 23rd, to give him a call and he would order an MRI. I had the MRI today, and the Doc will read the results on Monday. The good news is that I was able to present the MAD Live Events that were scheduled during May, even though I had to occupy a stool during some of the Live Event, but it will be difficult for me for to lead all of the adventures on our trip to Utah in late June. Please pray this thing heals before then. I have been anointed and prayed for once. Also, brothers and sisters in the Lord have laid hands on me two other times and prayed for healing, but God has chosen for His own purposes, not to heal it supernaturally so far. Thanks for your prayers!

JUNE - AUGUST SCHEDULES

• June 5 - Preach - Everett Hills Baptist Church, Maryville, TN

• June 18 - MAD Live Event - Sponsored by Billy Graham’s station “106.7 The Light” (Knoxville, TN) at Everett Hills Baptist Church, Maryville, TN

• June 28 - First Day of the 2016 Ultimate Adventure Trip to Utah

• July 1-7 - Ultimate Adventure trip to Utah

• July 16 - MAD Live Event - Mountain View Community Church, Culpeper, VA

• July 20-23 - Present 3 mini MAD seminars and have a booth display - Kingdom Bound Christian Music Festival, Darien Lake, NY

• July 30 - MAD Live Event with Pillar College, Somerset, NJ

• July 31 - MAD Live Event - Crossroads Community Church, Indian Mills, NJ

• August 6 - Walk thru the Bible Old Testament seminar - Cape Community Church, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• August 6 - Preach at Saturday evening worship service - The Lighthouse Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• August 7 - Preach at both Sunday morning worship services - The Lighthouse Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

• August 20 - MAD Live Event - Crestview Baptist Church, Canton, NC

• August 28 - Preach 3 times at Sunday morning worship services - Valley Forge Baptist Temple, Valley Forge, PA

PRAYER REQUESTS

• For safe travels for Cathy, me, my granddaughter Maya, and those attending the 2016 Ultimate Adventure trip to Utah. Also pray for safety while we engage in the planned adventures - ATV riding (to over 12,000 feet above sea level, whitewater rafting, horseback riding into Bryce Canyon, hiking in the Zion Narrows (a river flowing through the largest slot canyon in the world), canyoneering (rappelling and down climbing into slot canyons), Jeeping in Moab. We have a family of 4 who are coming who don’t know the Lord. Please pray that the truth of God’s word will take root in their hearts and salvations will occur.

• For complete healing of my left knee so I can lead all of the adventures in Utah.

• For our fall schedule to fill – that our phone would begin ringing as pastors CALL US to be booked. That would be a huge change.

• For us to be faithful with the Divine appointments God brings us each day

• I would like to start a Bible study in our neighborhood. Please pray that we will find receptive hearts willing to come and learn.

Love in Christ,

Cathy and Don

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Divine Appointments today

Last night I refilled my Gospel literature bag on the Indian and “for some reason” I put a bunch of Gospels of John with the Camo cover in as well. Today I rode the motorcycle to Maryville to get some knee treatments. In Alcoa, I stopped at the Chuck-fil-A for a drink. 12 US Air Force personnel walked in and order lunch. NOW I know why the Lord had me put the Camp Gospels in the bag! I walked over to the men who were seated a couple of tables and thanked them for their service and sacrifices for our country and for me personally. I told them how much I appreciated what they do for us. They each shook my hand and I gave each one a Gospel, explaining what they would find inside as they read it. I then offered to pray for them as a group and the agreed. So I asked God’s blessing, safety, and protection on them and their families. They kept trying to thank me, but I assured them that they were the ones who needed to be thanked.

I also sold a trash can on Craig’s list today. The guy came to pick it up and saw the Indian in the garage and wanted to look it over and ask questions. We talked motorcycles for a while and then I got to share the Gospel with him and I gave him a Gospel of John to take hone and read.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MAD Live Event completed in E-Town, PA

We had a small group attend today's MAD Live Event in Elizabethtown, PA.