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Don’t Let What He Says Get Out!

Posted on| August 18, 2017 | 1 Response

By Lane Loman

listening-earWhile I was preaching at Mt. Olivet Holiness Camp earlier this summer, a woman noticed her ten-year-old son, Dean, had folded one of his ears over and was holding it with his hand. She asked him what he was doing. He replied, “I am listening to him, and he has not finished yet.”

“But why do you have your ear folded over?” she persisted.

Dean responded, “You always tell me that what you say to me goes in one ear and out the other. I don’t want what he says to get out!”

May we all be like Dean! I don’t want anything God says to me to “get out!”

Say “Yes” to the Lord

Posted on| August 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Say “Yes” to the Lord

By Bert L. Jones

I enjoyed preaching this summer at Bentleyville campmeeting for their 150th anniversary. One morning during prayer meeting as I was kneeling at the altar, I was reminded of the impact of the camp meetings and this particular camp in my own life.

My grandparents and parents were active serving in the camp, and when I was 14 years old an evangelist gave a challenge to the young people to serve the Lord in the ministry. My heart was stirred that night, and I answered the call to preach. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I went forward and knelt at this altar and prayed. I told the Lord I would go anywhere and do anything, anytime he wanted. Little did I know then, that starting there, the Lord would allow me to pastor seven different churches in five states, serve in three mission organizations that would allow me to preach the gospel in 29 different states and in 33 different countries on five different continents. He also has allowed me to help write three books.

God will take you places on your journey that you never dreamed possible if you will just say YES to his will. I’ve enjoyed kneeling at this altar again each morning this week, thanking God for his faithfulness in my life. God is good. It was meaningful to pray at that same altar this summer that I prayed at nearly 36 years ago. I’m still committed to that simple prayer: “Lord, I’ll go anywhere, to do anything you want, anytime you want it. I’m excited to still be on the journey and committed to challenging others to say “yes” to the Lord.

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The Camp Meeting Experience: We Need This!

Posted on| August 1, 2017 | Comments Off on The Camp Meeting Experience: We Need This!

By Hubert Harriman

As part of the Central Washington Holiness Association, Entiat Valley Family Camp in Washington state, like so many others across the country, has been a place of renewal for many lives over the years. Nestled in Entiat Valley on the more arid, eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, this camp not only has the beauty of location but also has been faithful to hold up the beauty of holiness for over 90 years. An “old timer” remembered when my own grandfather, Hubert Mardock, for whom I was named, was the evangelist there many years ago. And what is remembered most is how God has met with them over those years.

Kubas - WGM Japanese missionaries

The Kubas with Hubert Harriman

God graciously met with us again at this camp meeting (July 8–14). Children were ministered to by an excellent children’s worker, youth were challenged by committed youth leaders, hearts were moved by Brandon and Izumi Kuba’s (missionaries to Japan with WGM) presentations, and God’s word was readily received in Bible studies and preaching services. It had all the ingredients of a vital camp meeting experience, and I was struck with how important each of these are to Christian experience:

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Memories made: renewing

1. Memories
One cannot have a camp meeting time together without creating precious memories revolving around camp friends, camp fellowship, camp food, and camp fun—all loaded into one week of great activities. We need this!

 

Entiat Camp Fellowship 2017

Memories made: fellowship time

2. Messages
Camps like this are very purpose driven. They want an evangelist who will preach the Word of God to them and bear down on essential truths that make an eternal difference. We need this!

 

 

Entiat Camp Tabernacle

Entiat Camp Tabernacle

3. Markers
Camp meetings are places where people can find an altar that will mark them for the rest of their lives, becoming that marker that they will always go back to and say “God met me there!” We need this!

I Stand at the Door and Knock (Kenya)

Posted on| June 30, 2017 | Comments Off on I Stand at the Door and Knock (Kenya)

By Jerry Coleman

“I stand at the door and knock!” I asked my Kenyan hosts to haul an actual door and door frame into the middle of the street of a Nairobi slum – or Nairobi “estates” – as my hosts refer to the area of the city where we were conducting an evangelistic crusade. As I preached, I knocked on that door, illustrating how Jesus knocks on the doors of our hearts. Our prayer was to reach the hearts of these several hundred listening Kenyans who live in cramped and primitive spaces, who daily hope for food and water.

Jerry preaching in Africa

“But at the same time, sin and the Devil are crouching at your door!” (Genesis 4:7). I saw looks of understanding on their faces. Just walking through the slum, I could sense the influence of evil and the Devil’s work. One quarter of the “estates” had just recently been burned down by a flame dropped from a lady who was drunk. Thousands were displaced. I saw many children with their mothers but few fathers. Some beat away neighbors if they tried to get water from a storage tank on the other side of the “estates” when their water ran out. “Tell the Devil to get out in the name of Jesus! Out!” I encouraged all to shout with a kick of the foot.

Even though my hosts suggested I ask them to simply lift a hand to request prayer, I invited them to join me for prayer around the open door. “Yes, Jesus, come in!” I encouraged them to pray. Dozens gathered in a tight circle around that old door we dragged into the dirt street. I saw some smiles for the first time after an “Amen” and another rousing song.

Door illustration in Kenya

Thank you, Jesus, for knocking on the doors of our hearts and meeting us right where we are!

After this week of ministry in the “estates” and seeing over 100 make decisions for Jesus, John Adams and I provided training to 273 evangelists with the Africa Gospel Church in four different locations.

Guatemala Report (June 22-25, 2017)

Posted on| June 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Guatemala Report (June 22-25, 2017)

Guatemala City provided wonderful opportunities for sharing the good news.

The first meeting was at a church started by policemen for policemen. The Word went out not only in that church but also at a police station. What a joy to see ten men seek Christ!

Policemen

Two prisons also gave us unbelievable opportunities to proclaim the gospel of hope to hundred of inmates. One prison with 6,000 inmates has a vibrant church of 1,000. The joy of the Lord through their singing, with hands upraised for over an hour, set the stage for the Word. They were focused and listen intently to the message. Praise God for the 102 who sought him and were reconciled!

Prison inmates

At the youth rally, young people were challenged to make a total commitment to God and to live lives of sexual purity. What a blessing to see youth step forward for that purpose!

I am grateful to Jose, the trumpeter, who accompanied me and who beautifully fit in with the people. His music was well received. He remarked that his life will never be the same after being in Guatemala City.

Cesar, our coordinator and prison pastor, did an outstanding job in organizing the events. He has a real heart for God and prison inmates. He has hopes of opening a rehabilitation center for inmates who have been released.

Guatemala ministry team

Karol and I are grateful to each of you who believe whole-heartedly in this life-changing Word. Thank you for your gifts and prayers.

In His service,
Dave and Karol

David Harriman Ministries
PO Box 1063
Mandan, ND 58554
(701) 390-6674

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