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End of the Year Newsletter 2015



“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalms 139:23-24).

“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”
(Psalms 85:6).

Dear Supporting Churches and Praying Friends,

As we reflect back upon 2015, we praise and thank God for the momentous, spiritually profitable year that He has given to us. To Him, and Him alone, belongs all the glory! We rejoice that God has allowed us to serve Him for yet another year, and we look forward, with great spiritual anticipation, to what He has for us in 2016. What a joy, blessing, and privilege it is to serve the Master! It humbles me to think that He uses old sinners saved by grace like me. I am grateful for every opportunity to stand in the sacred desk. It is an awesome responsibility that I do not take lightly nor take for granted. I am thankful for the good and godly pastors I work with, and for our many friends in churches around the country. What a great joy it is to be a servant of the King! I am blessed beyond what mere words could ever express. 

This was a busy travel year preaching in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Alaska, the East Coast, the Southwest, and throughout California. When in Canada, I had the privilege of preaching at the British Columbia Baptist College, a ministry of Grace Baptist Church where Brother Steve White Serves as Pastor. British Columbia Baptist College is a satellite of West Coast Baptist College. God has opened the door for us to be in a number of churches for revival meetings, family camps, family conferences, and a conference on prayer and fasting. There have been many highlights that stand out, but all-in-all, every meeting has been a blessing. We thank God for souls that were saved, believers revived, pastors encouraged, and fellowship enjoyed. To God be the glory!

We are thankful for God’s wonderful mercy and protection as we travel the highways and byways of America and Canada. God has consistently had His hand of mercy upon us, for which we are so thankful. No question, He has given His angels charge over us. When I think of God's mercy I am reminded of Psalm 136, a blessed Psalm where the word "mercy" appears in each and every verse. "O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." Our home church prays much for us when we are on the road, and we know many of you do as well, for which we are thankful. Your prayers are sensed and appreciated.  

We continue to discuss the need for Filipino mission works in Alaska. There are many Filipino people living and working in Alaska, and their numbers are growing every year. These dear people need to be reached with the Gospel. Many live on Kodiak Island, some now in Dutch Harbor, with many in the Anchorage area. Recently I spoke with some of our Filipino pastors at a fellowship meeting held here in the San Diego area. Those men I spoke with are interested in getting behind a missionary church planting effort in Alaska. Some have expressed a desire to visit the state in the future. I have indicated a willingness to accompany any men wanting to go on a survey trip whenever they wish to go. We would coordinate with independent Baptist churches of which I am familiar in Alaska. We continue to seek the Lord about this great need. Please pray with us about this.

God has continued to bless us with good health. Though I am approaching 70, God has been so good to me in preserving my energy level and has kept me young at heart. Linda continues to manage her celiac disease (an incurable auto-immune condition), and has done well out on the road. The severe damage done to her small intestine is now arrested, and she is doing so much better. As you know, I do not travel without her and take no meetings unless she is with me. She is on an extremely restrictive diet that does not allow her to eat in restaurants, etc. She must prepare her own meals, so she takes whatever is needed with her on the road, purchases what she needs when we arrive for revival meetings, and has done a yeoman job in managing her dietary needs. I am so thankful for her love for the ministry God has given to us. She does not allow her condition to be a hindrance in any way. I am so very thankful for my partner in life and service to the King.

Linda has continued with her ministry to ladies, speaking to the gals in some of the churches where I am conducting revival meetings. She speaks in ladies breakout sessions during family conferences, for ladies retreats and other special ladies conferences and luncheons when she is invited. This is a ministry that she loves and I am glad that she has been enabled of the Lord to do it.

As most of you know, and as I have previously reported, Linda and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in June of this year. It was a blessing to be in Alaska at our daughter and son-in-laws’s home for this special time in our lives. Jenny and Bill hosted a dinner for us with family and friends in attendance. Our pastor son-in-law presided over the re-confirmation of our wedding vows as well, and that was special for us, too.

God increased our family in 2015 with the arrival of two new great-grandchildren, numbers 6 and 7. Number 8 is due in January. Praise the Lord! We are blessed to be the great-grandparents of Silas, Lucas, Solomon, Colin, Tobias, Elayna, and Brooklyn. God blessed us with the one child, Jennifer, and she has had 5 precious children, and now she is a grandmother to 7 little ones. Wow! My baby is a grandmother! "Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers" (Proverbs 17:6). Now for me, it’s “children’s children’s children!”

Finally, Pastor, if you have used us in the past, it would be a blessing to help you with your revival meetings needs this coming year. I still have revival meeting dates open. Please let me know if you wish to schedule a meeting with us. If we have been with you for a revival meeting endeavor, or other special meetings, and have been a help to you and your people, it would appreciate your recommending us to your pastor friends. That would be such a help to me as it is my heart for the Lord to enlarge our coasts even more in the days ahead. Thank you for your help.

Thank you all so very much for your faithful support of our ministry. We are grateful and thank God for His provision for our every need at the hand of His people. By partnering together with us you help us to minister to smaller churches that ordinarily would not be able to have an evangelist come to minister to them. We come by faith requiring nothing up front. Many churches cannot help us with our travel expenses, so your support enables us to stay on the road. We work with young churches, young pastors, newer church plants, and churches that have experienced difficulties and just need encouragement. Beloved, our greatest desire is that you would have fruit that may abound to your account (Philippians 4:17).

We love you all and thank God for you.

Addicted to the Ministry of the Saints,

Paul and Linda Mershon

 

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