Friday: This morning I am flying to Buffalo NY and then driving up to Lockport. This will be what is I think my fourth visit to Faith Tabernacle. This will be my first time at Faith, though, under their new pastor, Craig Campbell. I’m looking forward to being with Craig, and hoping to maybe see Wayne Dent as well, the former pastor who still lives in the area.
Friday night service to which other churches have been invited.
Saturday morning breakfast meeting for the church family only.
Friday 1:30 pm: Already I have a story to tell. When I boarded the flight from KC to Detroit, I gave my jacket to the flight attendant. As we were landing she gave it back to me. I threw it on real fast as we were deplaning (everybody deplanes in a frenzy, as you know), and was down the concourse a consider piece when it occurred to me, these sleeves are long. It was the wrong jacket! Also a black leather jacket, but not mine. So I went to the Delta Club desk and presented my predicament to them. The gal looked at me like a deer in headlights. She didn’t seem to have a clue how to connect me with the other gentleman on the plane who now had my jacket. (He would be one of 12 passengers in the First Class cabin.) I left her to work on it. Then it occurred to me. The gentleman sitting next to me also was given a jacket, and he was large enough to fit the jacket I now had. So I went back and said to the agent, I wonder if the guy who was in seat 3B might have my jacket. Turns out, she had a way to look him up and send a text to him. And yes, he was the man! I don’t think he had awakened yet to the fact that he had the wrong jacket until he got her text. He’s at another place in the airport, and as I type this out to you, the agent is on her way to swap out our jackets. Big smile. Like I said, when it comes to travel, there’s ALWAYS something new to experience.
Saturday afternoon: So far we’ve had two excellent meetings. Those who have come have been eager and attentive, it’s a joy to minister to such excellent saints. They’re taking me out for pizza tonight (good NY pizza, can I hear an amen?), and then tomorrow morning is our concluding service.
Sunday 3:00 pm: Greetings from the Buffalo airport. We had a great time together this morning in the Lord’s house. Good spirit of worship, a healthy sense of family in the congregation, good anointing upon the word, good response at the altar afterwards. So I’m coming home with a heart full of thanksgiving. Craig and Jennie are doing a fabulous job of leading this congregation, they’re a young couple with much potential. Pray for them and for this church.
Tuesday night: A quick report on tonight. Had a great time with the Fire In The Night interns at IHOPKC. The session was strong in the Spirit, and I am trusting for eternal fruit.
Saturday: Hi from Salt Lake City. This morning I’m zipping over to Boise. I believe this will be my fourth visit to River Valley Church. I’ve struck a marvelous rapport with the pastoral leadership team, so I feel like I’m returning today to family. Just fabulous young men and women leading this work. The plan is for a Saturday evening and Sunday morning service.
Saturday afternoon: Greetings from beautiful Boise, where they have had copious amounts of snowfall this year. Today is cool but sunny and bright and gorgeous. My hotel has a lovely pool and whirlpool, and I had them all to myself this afternoon, smile. Leaving with my host in a few minutes for dinner and then the 6:30 pm meeting.
Sunday evening: I’m now at the Minneapolis airport, with a layover of almost 4 hours, I’ll get home late but am expectant to get home tonight, even if after midnight. The two services this weekend were graced strongly of the Lord. I struggled a bit with my voice, but the flow of the Spirit was sweet. Such warm responses. And fabulous people!
Tuesday afternoon: This morning’s session with the Intro to IHOPKC internship was very much graced of the Lord and precious. I spoke on the secret place, they soaked it in.
Friday: Good morning, prayer team! Today I’m flying to Pensacola, and then driving the 45 minutes to Robertsdale, AL. This will be my third time to be with my friends, Dave and Linda Kelso, and the family of believers at Faith Fellowship Church. Dave and I connected originally because he also suffered a severe voice loss. He has since recovered much of his vocal strength, but of course we continue to have that shared empathy in our journeys. It’s been nearly five years since I was with them, so this is feeling long overdue, smile.
Here’s the planned schedule: Saturday morning with the worship team; Saturday evening service; Sunday morning service.
Saturday midnight: We’ve had excellent meetings today, both this morning and evening. We had a good crowd for tonight’s Saturday meeting, an excellent spirit in the meeting, and everyone was very attentive to the word. Good ministry afterwards. And I’ve been having a great visit with my hosts, Dave and Linda Kelso. Dave even let me drive his Camaro to church tonight. It’s got 730 H.P., I’ve never driven such power in my life. Push the accelerator down, and in a couple seconds you go from 35 to 65 MPH. When you start it up, the thing snarls and growls at you. Rightly so, it’s mean.
Sunday afternoon: I’m on my way home now, after a marvelous meeting this morning. The baseball film at the close especially moved everyone. Good time of prayer and response afterwards. I’m coming home with a grateful heart for the privilege of partnering with the leadership team at Faith Fellowship Church. Thanks to Dave and Linda for hosting me so warmly and fabulously.
This Sunday I’m speaking at a small church that is located 90 minutes south of us. I’ll leave the house around 7:30 a.m., the service starts at 10 a.m. I’ll be driving it, and am planning on going just by myself.
Sunday evening: I had a blast! The worship was very heartfelt and sweet, the embrace of the people was warm, and the Lord enabled me to speak on identity.
Friday 10:30 pm: I’m just now back from speaking at Hope City, which is an inner city mission in Kansas City that is connected to IHOPKC. I spoke there last year this time, when my parents were in town. Tonight I returned to speak on an eye covenant. The group was very attentive to the message, and at the end when we provided opportunity for prayer ministry with anointing of oil, the entire room rushed the front of the sanctuary. What a delight to see such hungry, willing hearts!