Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tonight is the last night of the Campaign at the Field House. Last night more than 1,200 attended and a young lady was baptized. I preached on the topic of "Why You Should Be a Christian!" Joe Wells has been presenting his Christ and Culture lectures at the Campaign, and Chris Walker has done an outstanding job leading the singing. Both of these men are fellow soldiers in the Lord's work and a blessing to the church. We thank God for them.
To date, thirteen congregations have contributed workers and money to this campaign. We are grateful to them all! These include:
Camden Ave., Parkersburg
Grand Central, Vienna, WV
Hopewell, Washington, WV
North End, Parkersburg
36th St., Vienna, WV
New Matamoras, OH
Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN
Mt. Juliet, TN
During the campaign, 198 workers from several states knocked 24,147 doors. We have had 14 baptisms so far. There are scores of bible studies yet to be held, and workers will make numerous callbacks on those who are interested. The SEARCH program has played an integral part in this campaign, since churches of Christ in the area support it and a majority of the people throughout the area have watched it! (Bob Reed estimated as many as 85% of the people in the Parkersburg area knew about the SEARCH program and the campaign.
Our greatest concern throughout the campaign has been the long-term growth of the local churches, and we pray we have lit a fire to spread throughout the nation.
We have learned to love the people of Parkersburg, who showed us such hospitality, respect and kindness. I have never worked in a campaign where the people were so kind and open. May the Lord bless this community and especially all who have labored in the heat to do the Lord's will.
With great appreciation,
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This is the end of my first full day at the Parkersburg and there have already been seven baptisms! I am including some pictures of a couple of baptisms at North End in Parkersburg, where about 50 workers went out to sow the seed. It is about 90 degrees here and quite humid. Everyone is thankful for the water provided for us. The meals have been delicious, and some businesses have donated the food. God has been blessing us.
Incredibly, everyone here has seen the commercials for the Campaign. They have been shown many, many times and will continue to the end of the Campaign on July 30. I am almost embarrassed to tell this, but the group has been opening doors by asking people if they know Mack Lyon and/or me. The people of Parkersburg know In Search of the Lord's Way quite well. Many have viewed us for years. WTAP interviewed me this morning at 6 am and showed the interview on their news broadcasts.
We visited a lady who is 103 years old today. She was a delightful Christian, a member of the Lord's church, whose daughter requested we visit her. She was baptized twelve years ago at age 91. When I walked near her, she pointed her finger at me and said, "I know you!" She had viewed Mack and me for years and longed to meet one of us. I was so blessed to visit with her.
We were knocking doors offering an eternity of blessing through the blood of Christ. Some were glad we came. One man did not want to talk to anyone. Another said he was an agnostic but showed some interest. Still another said he was not religious. One man who had had some bad experiences at church was not interested at first but later said he would come to the Campaign next week.
Opportunity.... how it comes and how people accept or reject it is interesting! Seven have accepted the opportunity, and we pray many more will. Tomorrow I will go to 36th St in Vienna to continue the campaign with brethren there. On Saturday I'll be at Camden Ave. On Saturday night the entire group will come together for a dinner on the Ohio Valley University campus. Hundreds of workers! They come from these states: West Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Georgia, Alabama, and Kentucky! I have probably missed some from other states. There are four churches working as rallying points with this campaign: North End, 36th St., Camden Ave., and Belpre (across the Ohio River).
Each day we are getting more and more excited about the Campaign. We hope to see thousands attending next week. Jackie will join me Saturday. Joe Wells comes in Friday with his family. Chris Walker will also come in Saturday.
God is already blessing us, and I will keep you informed with the details each day of this campaign. We thank God for all He does for us to make this campaign a reality.
because of a cross,
Friday, July 16, 2010
The churches of Mid-Ohio Valley are preparing for a huge campaign in their high school field house. Partnering with SEARCH, which appears each Sunday morning on WTAP, the broadcast station of Parkersburg. SEARCH has much loyalty among the churches of this area, and we are grateful to go there.
Only July 22 hundreds of Christian workers will begin knocking 47,000 doors in the Mid-Ohio area around Parkersburg WV and Belpre OH. We are expecting crowds exceeding 2,000 people. This is the biggest event in WV in many years.
We ask that you pray fervently for this effort. Workers knocking doors are already beginning to see a positive response, recognizing pictures of Mack and me. One has already responded to the gospel invitation.
Alan Stephens of Brentwood, TN, has worked ceaselessly for many months promoting this effort. Church leaders in WV and OH have met monthly for a year! Robert Reed, a deacon in Parkersburg has worked hard coordinating this effort. The campaign has had signs in the city and 200 commercials on television. Workers will be coming in from Tennessee and Texas as well as other states. More than twenty churches are involved. We thank God for all of them!!