I hope you remember the different articles I’ve written about Jonathan Moore. Almost two years ago now, he surrendered his will to God’s will, received the gift of salvation, and began to study the Bible and grow in the Lord. He got a job and moved into an apartment but he still came by to visit us several times a week.
When the riots began in Baltimore, he prayed for God to intervene in the situation and bring others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ that they might come to enjoy the peace and love of God and help put an end to the rioting. As he prayed one day, God put it in his heart to go to Baltimore and share the joy of Jesus. He talked with Bro. June who told him to be sure he was hearing from God and then simply obey, trusting God to provide what he would need.
His employer agreed to let him have leave from work and Jonathan made his plans to go. The day before he was to board the bus, a college student agreed to assume Jonathan’s lease on the apartment he was living in and all was ready for his departure.
He called us when he arrived and has posted some of his adventures on Facebook. He is staying in a Christian homeless shelter which serves two meals a day and charges $20.00 a week. He must take care of washing his own clothing but there is a laundromat just a few blocks away.
If you recall, Jonathan became a bit of a local “celebrity” waving a sign and dancing (to Christian music) in front of a Nacogdoches restaurant. Since then he made his own sign about Jesus and spends his day dancing joyfully and telling anyone who will listen how God has changed his life for the better. He definitely attracts attention! One man told him he was not interested in God. During their conversation, Jonathan found out the man was waiting for his Social Security to begin but it was taking a long time. Jonathan told him he would pray that God would speed up the process. The man came back the next day to report that his Social Security had arrived and was willing to listen to Jonathan tell him about the love and salvation of Jesus.
Later, Jonathan contacted us saying he needed some Bibles so he and another Christian he had met there could start holding Bible studies in the park. We shipped a case to him the next morning with prayers that God would guide and bless their efforts. We also thanked God for His promise that His Word would not return void but would accomplish its purpose.
Please keep Jonathan in your prayers. He is in a very troubled part of Baltimore.
Mineral Wells Gideon Camp
In April, Bro. June was the guest testimony speaker at a Pastor Appreciation Banquet in Mineral Wells, TX. We were pleased and blessed that the rains let up long enough for us to drive the five hours to get there. They housed us in a new motel just across from the place the banquet was held.
Some of you may remember that June was saved in a jail cell after having God speak to him from a Gideon-placed Bible. We love the Gideon ministry and we are always blessed and revived spiritually after attending one of these meetings.
Royce Oliver, the Mission Director at the Nacogdoches mission had been dropping hints along the way for months but the last week of April he introduced us to his fiancé, Miss Amber Osage. We were very surprised. They were married at the Nacogdoches Mission in early May, and after a one-day trip to see family in Arkansas, returned to reside here. Royce’s niece Vicki, from Oregon, had come down for a visit and helped get Royce’s bachelor quarters ready for his bride. She is a lovely young lady and worked wonders in that apartment. Now Amber has picked up where Vicki left off making clever adjustments and additions. Royce is still on the job—he just seems to be smiling more these days.
Barnum Baptist Visits
The second Thursday of May our Livingston Mission had a visit from many of the members of Barnum Baptist Church in Chester, TX. They served a variety of delicious dishes and stayed for a very welcomed visit with our staff and residents. The love of Jesus radiated from these precious people and are very thankful for their encouraging and delicious visit. We hope they come back soon.
Easter Hats by Pegi
The month before Easter, or as I prefer to call it, Resurrection Day, June’s sister, Pegi began to craft adorable hats to give to each of our women residents to wear that Sunday. After the Good Friday Stonecroft Bible Study at her house she led us to her craft room and let us choose a hat. It was great fun and we all enjoyed “playing dressup” for our “Easter Parade.” Thanks, Peg. (If you are interested in how they looked I can email you the photos we took. Just send the request via e-mail to email@example.com)
— Nancy Gentry
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