Merry Christmas! As we come to the end of 2018, I have just walked through one of my most unique ministry experiences. Since God called me to preach in 1990, many times I have prayed for the sick. Marvin’s story is unlike any other though. The family has given me permission to share. I think you will be encouraged by it. Marvin Revell died on November 21 at age 83, but his story began on September 30. On that I day I received an urgent call to come to the hospital. Marvin’s son, Dean, told me “They found internal bleeding and can’t get it stopped. There’s nothing they can do. We don’t know how long he has.” Dean is the Father-in-Law of our granddaughter, Jessica. When I arrived, I visited with the family learning more about Marvin’s condition. All his family had been contacted and people were planning to get there as soon as they could to see him before he died. I sat next to Marvin as he lay on his hospital bed. His skin had lost natural color and was as white as could be. His finger nails were yellow. His face was gaunt looking as he had experienced much weight loss. He was unresponsive. His eyes were closed, and his head would occasionally shift back and forth like he was uncomfortable or just restless. Even so, I began to talk with him. Up to that point, I had only met him once before. “Hi Marvin. I’m Clint Decker a minister in Clay Center. I’ve been told you’ve been going to church since you were a boy. That’s great to hear, but in a little while you might be entering eternity, and I want to be sure you are prepared to go.” In my time with him I read from Psalm 23, Psalm 46, John 11, explained the gospel, then prayed for him, praying for his healing and for him to turn to Jesus with all his heart. After I finished praying . . . – READ MORE FROM CLINT DECKER’S LETTER
In the spring of 1997 I was pastoring the Osawatomie Wesleyan Church in Osawatomie, Kansas, just 30 minutes outside the suburbs of Kansas City. One day I received a call from Pastor Dave Redmond. He was a friend and prayerfully contacted me to ask if I would be interested in coming on his staff to be the Assistant and Youth Pastor at the church he led. We set a time when I would come and interview with the church leadership and see the town. When the day came, I climbed in my little red Toyota Corolla and headed west. As I drove along I-70 I saw exit 313 to Manhattan, so I turned off and drove north a few miles on Highway 177 until I reached the city. It was a beautiful town, but I was just passing through on my way to Clay Center. I continued north out of Manhattan driving on Highway 24. As the miles passed I started to become concerned. All I could see were sprawling fields of crop land and pastures for cattle that sat underneath wide-open skies. I also saw old farm houses and new homes that dotted the landscape. In nearly 30 minutes I passed through only one tiny town that did not even have a stop light. As I drove on I remember saying to myself, “Where is this place? It’s out in the middle of nowhere.” Soon, in the distance I saw something that looked like a water tower. I thought, “Ah, the sign of a town!”. . .(Click on the thumbnail picture to read the full newsletter as it shares the vision for rural ministry and upcoming ministry activities this fall and winter.)
Do you attend, or are you a pastor or church leader of a rural or small church? If so, do you feel at times like your church is forgotten or overlooked because of its size or location? You’re not alone. The majority of churches in America are just your size. Click on the picture to begin learning about a new outreach to rural and small churches.
Pastor Grant Clay told the gathering of Kenyan Pastors, “I believe the Great Commission will be fulfilled through Africa!” Why did he say this? Because Africa is ablaze for Jesus! Clint Decker finished the complete report on his trip to Kenya. Click and read the encouraging report on what they saw God doing through these significant Pastor’s conferences with ELLS International.
June 11-25 we will be traveling to the nation of Kenya in East Africa to come alongside fellow ministers of the gospel and reach the lost. It is a land slightly smaller than the state of Texas and sits on the equator. The nation is bordered by five other countries; Somalia (northeast), Ethiopia (north), South Sudan (northwest), Tanzania (south) and to the east they have a beautiful tropical coastline that is connected to the Indian Ocean. Land wise, Kenya is diverse. The northern part is dessert like, the central is one of the most agriculturally productive locations in Africa, and the east is tropical. The famous Mount Kilimanjaro (29,314 ft) sits on Kenya’s southern border. Nearly 40 million people call Kenya their home, which is made up of 42 ethnic groups, each with their own language and culture. Even so, English and Swahili are their official languages . . . (Click on the picture to read the full newsletter as it shares more about the upcoming Kenya trip and the passing of Billy Graham)
Read the latest news in what God’s did through the ministry of Great Awakenings in 2017 and what’s planned for 2018. The letter features the passing of Clint's dad in November, Houston disaster relief work and more. . . (Click picture to read the Year End Letter)
Greetings in Christ! Like many believers, I was praying for those in the line of Hurricane Harvey’s fire when it came ashore. I was also praying for a practical way our ministry could help. After a few days God provided an open door . . . (Click picture to read the full Fall newsletter)
Recently, we hit a major milestone with the column, when God provided our circulation numbers to top 1,000,000 with 296 newspapers receiving the column. We were doing a lot of shouting in the office, because these numbers represent people, people that can be impact by the gospel message in each column. God has provided some tremendous breakthroughs in our radio broadcast too. He gave us our first two radio networks that bumped us from nine to 58 stations airing our show across six states . . . (Click picture to read the full newsletter)
As we walked up and down the rough terrain of mountainous roads and trails doing home visits with our Nicaraguan hosts, the Scripture in Isaiah came to mind, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news” (Is 52:7). In each home we listened to people’s stories and prayed for them, bringing the hope and peace of Jesus . . . (Click on picture to read more)
Dear Friend, Greetings in Christ! March 19-26 I will travel with a team from my home church to San Ramon, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is a Central American country with six million people (New York City has eight million). Though its main language is Spanish it is a multi-ethnic population with seven different recognized languages and five different ethnic groups where 5% are simply Indigenous. When Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19), He was not referring just too geographic countries. Rather He was speaking more of ethnicities, of which there are many in Nicaragua . . . (Click on picture to read more)