December 2013 Newsletter
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
(2 Corinthians 9:15)
Dear Supporting Churches and Friends,
We are fast approaching the end of yet another year as 2013 draws rapidly to a close. As we look forward to 2014 and what the Lord has for us in this, the 14th year of the twenty-first century, I am reminded that we are nearing the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own at the trump and the shout. I often close my correspondence with the last prayer recorded in the Bible. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20c). As I study prophecy and watch the unfolding of world events day-by-day, there is little doubt in my mind that indeed Jesus is coming soon. No man knows the hour, but we can surely see and sense that the out-taking of the saints must be coming soon. In the meantime, we must be found redeeming the time and serving the Master with whatever time we have remaining as the night will one day come when no man can work. Let us be found laboring in God's vineyard while the fields are yet white unto harvest.
God has given us a wonderful year, for which we thank and praise Him. As I have said many times in my e-mail updates, 2013 has been one of our busiest years in evangelism and revival work over the course of the past few years. I had the joy and privilege of conducting revival meetings in the mid-south, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, Montana, Idaho, northern California, central California, southern California, western Canada, as well as preaching opportunities in Alaska and our home church. In 2014 we will return to the east coast for meetings, something we truly look forward to as we do not have many opportunities to minister on the eastern seaboard.
In addition to revival meetings, God has allowed us to engage in a ministry of church helps as well as assisting with a church plant. We are happy to report that the work in the Logan Heights section of San Diego is going well. It has been a great personal joy for us to assist Pastor Crescencio Diaz in the establishment of Iglesia Bautista la Puerto Abierta.
We rejoice in the souls that have been saved and the saints experiencing revival and spiritual renewal in the revival meeting endeavors. This past year we have seen a powerful moving of the Spirit of God in revival in a few churches. Though it is always a blessing to see even one child of God experience a genuine moving of revival in their hearts and lives, we did see a couple of church-wide revivals take place, one in particular standing out in my memory. It is always such a joy to be in town when God shows up! Such was the case in Modesto, California, this past fall. In addition to an outbreak of revival, we witnessed one of the most unusual conversions of a man, an ex-convict, I have ever seen. It occurred on the final day of an 8-day revival meeting, and it was, as the young folks like to say, awesome! The church will long remember that service, as will we.
Your intercessory prayers for us as we travel are never taken for granted. We always sense the prayers of God’s people for us. Along with your prayers, we are so thankful for the faithful prayer-support of our home church, and know that our fellow church members lift us up before the Throne of Grace often while we are gone in meetings. God has been merciful to us in providing us with safety over the thousands of road miles we travel, sometimes in very bad and dangerous weather conditions, giving His angels charge over us. As I have said for years, we thank God for the things that don’t happen! We have been spared hurt on the road because of the prayers of God’s people. Thank you all so much for your intercession on our behalf.
Linda and I both have some health issues, but that is to be expected as we are now growing a bit older. We both strive to stay as fit as possible with a proper diet and exercise. We have asked the Lord for strength for the journey, and are constantly reminded that when we do suffer those physical setbacks, God’s strength is made perfect through our weakness. But we are reminded that, “ . . . .our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
We want you to know that we love and appreciate you all, and thank God for you. Your friendship and fellowship in the faith is precious to us. We are thankful for your financial support and the love with which that support is given. May it abound to your account at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Thank you for your confidence in our ministry, and for partnering with us as we travel in the revival ministry.
We sincerely trust that you and yours have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year in which to labor for the Master in His vineyard.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Addicted to the Ministry of the Saints,
Paul and Linda Mershon