We are so blessed to have crossed many state borders in 28 days of travel in our Good News Toyota RV without dealing with restrictions, violence, or breakdowns. Yes, this Summer, we ministered in several states, crossing physical borders, social borders, and religious borders. Everywhere we went, from the Mountains of Kentucky, to the towns of Michigan, to the cities of Wisconsin, we preached Christ, nurtured believers, and encouraged pastors.
Enjoy this Testimony from a Church-Planter we visited on our month-long U.S.A. Mission Trip this summer (2014):
Hi, I’m Pastor James Burke, and I’d like to share with you a first-hand testimony of the blessing Brother Dwight, his wife Ann and their family are to a struggling church. I have known Brother Dwight for a quarter of a century, and I am impressed with his consistency, both in his personal walk with Christ and in his ministry.
We began to plant Menominee Grace Church in June, 2012, with a clear vision of reaching those who have no connection to Christ at all. To our people, seeing the Bible as real and relevant to modern life is a brand new experience. We asked the Haynes family to come and share our first anniversary with us. One of the things I appreciate about Dwight is his open vision and heart for the lost. Throughout the week, we went all over town, wherever people were gathering, and he set up his easel and presented the Gospel boldly, clearly and in brilliant color.
When Dwight preached our anniversary service, God used him to open the eyes of our baby believers to see the possibilities of what they could be in Christ. In the second year of our church, we faced some very painful challenges, and many of us, myself chiefly, became discouraged. The Haynes family once again came and spent a week with us, ministering to me, my family, our people and our community.
The greatest challenge I face as a church planter far from my home base is the lack of fellowship. Proverbs 27:17 tells us, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” I had gotten pretty dull. Dwight listened with compassion, counseled with wisdom, and challenged me to focus on Christ and not on circumstances. He reminded me of the whitened fields by talking with me, praying for me, and taking me back out to see my community with fresh eyes. Once again, we went where the people are, set up and preached Christ. His family spent time with my people, eating with them, listening to them and reminding them to look at what we had gained rather than what had been lost.
Our Sunday service with the Haynes family was joyous and refreshing. Dwight and Ann skillfully shared God-honoring music, and Dwight preached a sound expositional message colorfully illustrated in chalk. God used this ministry to rebuild and reignite a flickering fire.
I strongly recommend Good News Chalk Talks to your ministry and for your missions support! Feel free to contact me for more information. – Pastor James Burke, email@example.com
This is one of ways we ministered this year. Our schedule remains full of God’s appointments well into December of this year. This summer, we ministered in Bible Camps, VBS outreaches, and Evangelistic Block Parties and saw many souls saved!!!
Serving in full-time evangelism, we have been asking churches to provide our travel expenses, feed us, and take a love offering. The past two summers, we have raised additional support to travel more extensively and assist missionaries like the Burke family. Please pray about how the Lord may lead you to support our ministry.
You may invest in us to encourage struggling churches that need the ministry of an evangelist. We live frugally, serve whole-heartedly, and only desire for God to expand our outreach and ministry while we are able to serve with great energy. Thank you for praying as God opens doors for our family to preach Christ, nurture believers, and encourage pastors. Thank you for giving one time or on a regular basis—it sure made a difference for Pastor Burke and his family this summer! Joy in Christ,