THOMAS' TRAVELS - December, 2008

USA

New York

Since mid-October I have been on the move in the US. Together with PJ Meduri, I met with pastors in Waverley, Owego, and Vestal, New York. I was very much encouraged. We spent time discussing and praying for simultaneous campaigns in their area for June 2010. The spiritual and social needs of these small towns are really pressing: drugs, alcohol, occult practices, and unemployment. Do pray that God will bring the spiritual unity necessary for a great outreach.

Kansas City, KS

Judson Baptist Church, where John Clark is the pastor, was the scene of a week of revival meetings. We started on Sunday, and continued through the following Friday. Il was a time of renewal for the church. I did not have time to conduct Friendship Evangelism classes. We would have liked to have seen more non-believers in attendance. Although we had some rainy weather, half of the church members came each night. One redeeming factor was that all the meetings were recorded on DVD, so that people can purchase them for home showings and continue the outreach.
While at Judson, I met with a dozen pastors from nearby towns. One of them asked me if I would plan to return to the area next spring and conduct Friendship Evangelism and church growth seminars for the churches in his cluster. The chairman of evangelism at Judson wants to have me return there as well.

After Judson, I had a very inspiring Sunday at the 2000 member church, the Kansas City Baptist Temple, where Jeff Adams is the senior pastor. I had met Jeff in Madrid, Spain. I preached at the two Sunday morning services. What a wonderful experience. The young people are "on fire for the Lord." They are planning a mission's conference for next March for the whole church. I might be in on it.
God willing, I plan to be in Vermont next March, so it might be feasible to honor these invitations.
My good friend, Dr. Phil Roberts, President of Midwestern Baptist Seminary, had me to speak on campus. This was my next stop. There are 1000 students enrolled in the various programs, on and off campus. It was a joy to share my experiences with these students. One session was recorded on DVD, to be used online later. l also spoke in the chapel service. It too was recorded, to be put on the Seminary's Web site.
Before leaving Missouri, I spent a Sunday at Caney Baptist. This small town near the Oklahoma border has a population of 3000. The church has selected me to be their missionary of the month for March 2009. The pastor, Dan Dewitt, wants me to consider holding a campaign in the area.

Seguin, Texas

As I write this, I am in the midst of meetings in Seguin. Most of those attending the meetings are "from the streets" - former drug dealers, ex-convicts, etc., who are trying to get their lives straightened out. We are seeing a good response every night, and also praying for the sick.
In my next letter, I will say more about the rest of my time in the US, and then in Colombia, and also include some photos.
Please keep me and my ministry in your prayers. These are very difficult days for everyone, especially economically. But God is still on the throne.
I have only 50 or 60 copies of my book left. So if you want one, you must let me know right away!

Blessings,

Bill Thomas


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