Posted on | April 25, 2012 | Comments Off
by Jim Harriman
Dear Friends and Family,
What a privilege to travel to Guyana and minister in churches with my brother, David, and Ron Smith, Executive Director for the Francis Asbury Society. Each of us was placed in different churches throughout the week (April 1–5). Every morning we held pastor/leadership conferences and every evening we spoke in evangelistic services. One service in particular stands out in my mind. It was the last night there for me. The sermon title was “Guarding the Heart.” Some young men came forward to pray. One had seriously contemplated suicide the day before but gave himself to Christ that night! Another man’s marriage is dissolving, but he dedicated his life to Jesus.
The reports that came back from David’s and Ron’s services were wonderful. There were many conversions and re-dedications to the Lord Jesus! Many people walked into those services burdened with sin but left with forgiveness and freedom in their hearts! I praise the Lord for that, for His faithfulness and for your prayers!
On April 5, I traveled back to Miami so I could catch a plane to Azerbaijan, a small country that borders Iran and Russia. I had been invited by an English-speaking church there to bring the Easter morning message. They paid my round-trip airfare just so I could deliver one Easter sermon! I think I can honestly say it was the most expensive message I have ever delivered, but what an honor! I spoke to a congregation of approximately 400 people representing 30 different nationalities! I felt the Lord helped in the delivery to challenge and encourage those who love Him on the other side of the world.
While there, I was able to visit my nephew, Peter, and his family. It was so good to see them, to stay in their home, and to get reacquainted. The Lord is good, and He has a way of bringing these extra blessings along the way.
There are two meetings on the horizon for me. First, the Evangelical Methodist Church’s Eastern Conference is coming up May 1–3 in Asheville, NC. Then, May 4–6, I will travel to Wilmington, NC, to speak to a gathering of Hispanics. Please pray for these services and for the fellow in the pulpit (me) delivering the messages.
When I ask for your prayers, it is not a cliché. I am convinced it is prayer that makes the presentation of the gospel effective. So, thank you! Thank you for praying! I am so grateful for you, your prayers, and your continued financial support.
Blessings on you!