Winter 2018-19 Update
I write from my desk in Tennessee on a cool, sunny day in January. It has been a blessing to be here at home throughout this winter after a busy and fruitful fall schedule with repeat visits to some of our most beloved churches, which feel like “second home.” To be honest, being home is not necessarily the first or desired status when you are an evangelist as livelihood and the normal work ministry depends on being “out” somewhere.
Our weekly online Bible classes through The Potter’s School have grown to an enrollment of 80 students this year in 19 countries around the world. Far more important than the level of participation has been the fruitfulness of this. The testimonies of students and parents from week to week witness to the work of Jesus Christ and the power of His Word in their lives. It has been greatly encouraging to see and hear as these young people are getting into the Word in their own lives, and I believe it will yield lifelong fruit. This is part of the main work I give myself to in these days at home (continuing to do classes when we are at a church somewhere) as I study the material and create the PowerPoint presentations for classes, not to mention the five weekly 90-minute class sessions themselves as well as grading work. In addition to all this, I remain in extensive correspondence and communication with as many people as possible for the sake of encouragement and future planning. Not the least blessing of these days is being able to continue in the study of John 17. This month I will be concluding that study and moving on to the next “chapter” in life with a study in 2 Timothy chapter 2. I have been deeply impacted by John 17 and am excited for what is ahead with 2 Timothy.
As we continue to look ahead, the spring revival schedule with begin soon, starting with our trip to Clearwater, FL in February. We prayerfully hope to produce a new book on John 17 for this summer. There are also some new teaching opportunities that may be on the horizon and which I can share more about as they become more firm. We are also prayerfully looking at the possibility of Mark Strickland and I traveling to SE Asia for two weeks of pastoral training and teaching this summer. Discussions are currently taking place with leaders there. We would appreciate your prayer for all of these opportunities and whatever the Lord may have in mind.
Most of all, I would appreciate your prayer for us, as we do for you, that we would know Jesus more deeply and fully in these days. And as we watch the calendar in these upcoming months and listen for news of where God will direct Carey, it is good to know that Jesus “is before all things, and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:17).” He is our provision, our peace, and our “glue” in this transition and in every other. All praise to Him, and we pray that you will know the same of Him in these days and in all of your transitions.
1/18/2019 05:47:44 pm
May God bless you and your family and all the good works that you do. I will pray for you and yours and hope that all will go well with whatever God leads your son to do.
1/30/2019 09:00:18 pm
Dearest John, Trina, Chaili, and Carey: As always, you are in my prayers daily for all of your ministries and for God's Direction in your lives each step and every moment. Have had Carey as a special prayer focus since this past summer. You are in my heart and thoughts, and "I thank My God upon every remembrance of you."
2/1/2019 03:00:41 pm
Lane, we thank you so very much for your sacrifice of prayer for our family in this time of God revealing His will and plan. You are special to our family and we look forward to seeing you this summer!
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