Missionary Steve Puckett
He is at work and we are witnessing it firsthand! He is in the business of “exchanging”. He exchanges “beauty for ashes”, “gladness for mourning”, “praise for a faint spirit”, “shame for a double portion”, “dishonor for rejoicing”. Although we were once spiritually “naked” because of our sin, He has clothed us with the “garments of salvation” which is the “robe of righteousness,” that of Jesus Christ who was stripped naked, humiliated and suffered tremendous pain on the cross for our sake! I am confident that as we will follow his example and die to ourselves, that the church will be planted and grow, that “as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause “righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.” (Also from Isaiah 61)
We are continuing with our EE – Everyday Evangelism training. Four folks are being trained to share the gospel with others. I am encouraged to see their faithfulness. We had one profession of faith in our door-to-door outreach. Please pray that we will be able to continue our training and outreach.
Below is a list of some of the progress for the month: which includes those in EV2
- 92 – contacts
- 16 – Discipleship
- 51 – shared the gospel outside the four walls of the Church building.
- 5 – professions of faith
- 2 – rededication
Chris and two of our ladies attended the recent state WMA ladies meeting and presented details on the work here. Chris led in some music also. It sounds as if things went well at the meeting.
I was not able to attend the WMA meeting due to my mother-in-law’s death in Arizona. However, I was able to present the gospel in the funeral services. Arizona is not only a desert geographically, but also spiritually. I count it a privilege to have been able to share the gospel there.
Chris has had the opportunity to preach several times lately and is also continuing Guitar with a Purpose. Here is one of his recent stories:
Story of God Working:
Months ago somehow I was able to share the gospel with a man at Mission Norman who was visibly effected by drugs. He could barely sit still and I wondered how much he was paying attention to my words. But I saw him last week at McDonalds and I told him – “You look so great!” and he said “I am clean!” So praise the Lord! That He is bringing: “good news to the poor….proclaiming liberty to the captives…opening of the prison to those who are bound…..building up the ancient ruins…..raising up the former devastations…the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” (Isaiah 61)
Thank you for all of your support. Come and see us when you get a chance and please – pray for us and the work here in Norman.
Sunday School – 9:30 am
Morning Service – 10:30 am
Evening Bible Study – 5:00 pm
Evening Bible Study (Family Reunion) – 7:30 pm