Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter
Dearly Beloved Friends in the Faith,
"We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you" (Colossians 1:3).
We rejoice in the Lord that He has been so good to us in allowing us to be His servants these many years in the Gospel ministry. What a privilege and honor to serve Him as His ambassadors and to be used of Him in the ministry of evangelism and revival work. I thank Him for every day He gives us, and for His sustaining hand upon Linda and I as we travel and minister in churches around the country. As I go to the Lord in prayer at the beginning of each day I am always reminded of Psalm 136 and the mercy and goodness of God extended to us.
"O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever" (Psalm 136:1). Truly God has been good to us!
We had a busy winter and spring this year with wonderful revival meetings here in California and the Pacific Northwest. We have had some very encouraging post-meeting reports from pastors and rejoice in all that God has done in the hearts and lives of His people. Praise God for the souls that have been saved in the meetings, folks who have been delivered from the bondage of all manner of sinful practices, marriages that were helped and strengthened, homes that were helped, and pastors who were encouraged and refreshed, all to the glory of God.
"This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes" (Psalm 118:23).
We have a busy summer and fall schedule that will take us through Thanksgiving. We will be with churches in California, the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Alaska, and on the east coast in Virginia. We are looking forward to each and every revival meeting and family conference with great spiritual anticipation, and appreciate your prayers for these endeavors.
I have been sending out a newsletter every quarter to our supporting churches and friends in addition to e-mailed ministry updates and reports on a more frequent basis. If you are not receiving the e-mailed reports, please let me know so that I can assure that you get them. If you are not receiving my e-mailed reports it is probably due to my not having your current e-mail address. If that is the case an update would be appreciated.
I have long had a heart for church planting, and thank God that He has allowed me to have a small part in that great endeavor. Churches plant churches as they reproduce themselves in new works. Church planting is an integral part of the Great Commission. It has been a blessing to see a fresh movement of church planting around the country. It has been on my heart to help where I can as these new works get established. We are excited about the new work planted out of our home church in Murietta, California. I have reported the good news about this new work commissioned as Grace and Truth Baptist Church. There were 106 in attendance at the inaugural service this past Sunday. To God be the glory!
Linda has been speaking to ladiesí groups for some time now and most recently spoke for the ladies from three or four Hispanic churches gathered together for a conference sponsored by Iglesia Bautista la Puerto Abierta (Open Door Baptist Church). She spoke on the subject of godly modesty using a PowerPoint presentation she has developed. Speaking through an interpreter, the presentation went well. This is a subject that needs to be addressed to women by a woman in a day where modesty is almost non-existent in American culture and society. Linda is available to make this timely presentation in your church upon request.
We continue to conduct family conferences from time-to-time, and have added several new subjects to our material. We have produced handouts for every topic covered as well as other printed material. I have long believed that when revival breaks out in the home and the home is helped and strengthened, the church is helped and strengthened as well.
We recently received notice that the RV park where we have lived for almost six years has tentatively been sold and we will have to move out by the end of the year. As there are no other RV parks where we can park our fifth-wheel trailer permanently, we have prayerfully made the decision to move into an apartment or other suitable accommodations. We have been living in our RV for many years now, and that has worked out well for us since discontinuing using the coach on the road in our ministry. It is been far more cost effective for us. Please pray for us as we make this transition. We will need to purchase furniture and other household items in order to set up housekeeping. The rents here in the San Diego area are quite high, so we are praying for Godís provisions of just the right place at just the right place. Surely He is Jehovah Jireh, and we trust Him to provide. He always has provided, and He always will!
I am just recovering from a rather painful case of the shingles. We were scheduled to be in the Midwest around the time that I contracted this unpleasant virus, but just prior to coming down with the shingles, our schedule was cancelled and we ended up not going to the Midwest this year. Praise the Lord that we were not on the road when I came down with this malady. God was so good in having His hand upon us in this matter.
Linda and I will celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary in just a few days (June 12th). Itís hard to believe that all of these years have passed by so quickly. I can still vividly remember our wedding day as if it were yesterday. It has been quite a journey together. God has been so good to us in giving us these many wonderful years together, to give us a wonderful daughter, son-in-law, five precious grandchildren, and now five little great-grandchildren. I am a blessed man! It has been a joy to serve the Lord side-by-side in the ministry with my best friend. We are truly partners in the work that God has given to us, and I am so thankful for my bride and her heart for the Lord. Next year, Lord willing, we will celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary. The plan is to go to Hawaii for this wonderful occasion. The institution of marriage is a wonderful gift from God, and how I thank God for it.
Thank you all for your faithful support of our ministry and for your prayers on our behalf. We love you all and cease not to pray for you.
Addicted to the Ministry of the Saints,
Paul and Linda Mershon