“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and a hope.“ Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
I am firmly convinced that God has placed into all our lives a divine calling, and should we move away from it, life itself begins to grow vague and dim.
I never dreamed that I would leave California, the state where I was basically raised and served in ministry; however, after many positive indicators began to appear, I decided to uproot my family in August of 1976 and accept a church about which I knew very little, over 1,500 miles away in East Texas. God blessed our simple act of obedience and twenty-six wonderful years later this small congregation, which had originally consisted of about 75 people, had grown into one of the strongest churches within our denomination.
I am thoroughly convinced that any city can be won to Christ when we discover the piece of the puzzle that is missing. The foundation of my program has remained the same; however, the way in which each church has been structured has varied according to the personality and spiritual climate of the community. The silver lining that you will see consistently throughout my ministry has been the simple act of finding a need within a community and then finding a way to fill it.