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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

Bolivia – April 2017

Posted on| May 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Bolivia – April 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

God richest blessings to each of you!

Bolivia is located in the heart of South America. And in that “heart” is the city of Santa Cruz (3 million people), where we spoke in the prisons (5,000 inmates), a rehabilitation center, and at an outdoor evangelistic music festival. What a joy to see 106 individuals seek Christ!

Also, a youth rally was held where crucial decisions were emphasized, along with commitment to sexual purity. Over 100 young people made a bold commitment to practice abstinence!

One of the highlights of this trip was speaking at a hotel church, where business people and their families gather. Many came forward for prayer.

My deepest thanks to John Schmid, a professional country gospel guitarist and singer, who accompanied me and impacted lives. Also, my heartfelt appreciation to the pastors and the teams who did a super job in organizing these events.

And how can we thank you enough for your prayers and support which makes this ministry possible? “Dios es bueno” (God is good).

Music Festival 1
Inmates
John Schmid
Music Festival 2
Youth Rally
Brothers and Mayoli - prison coordinator

In His service,

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

P.S.
What a delight to see two of my brothers who also are very much involved in ministry.

Dennis Kinlaw Stories

Posted on| April 12, 2017 | 23 Responses

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It seems that almost everyone who knew Dennis Kinlaw or sat under his ministry has a story to tell! Whether it was the words he shared, the look in his eyes, the hilarity of his laugh, or the wag of his finger, many of us want to share how his life impacted ours. We need to share these stories! This blog post is dedicated to that purpose. Let’s share our stories with each other. To tell your story, please enter a comment here. We look forward to reading them all!

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Faith and Football

Posted on| March 31, 2017 | 2 Responses

A Tribute to Mickey Marvin

Former Super Bowl champion and Tennessee player Mickey Marvin died on March 6, 2017, after a two-year battle with ALS. He was 61. Marvin was drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders in 1977, started at right guard from 1978-86 and was part of Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1980 and 1983 seasons. He played for the Volunteers from 1973-76 and helped them win the 1974 Liberty Bowl. Marvin was a native of Hendersonville, NC.

Mickey Marvin grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, played football at the University of Tennessee, played 11 years for the Oakland Raiders, and then worked as a scout for 29 years. He could carry a football, but he carried his faith as well. In an interview with The Francis Asbury Society during a renewal conference in 2003, Marvin said, “To God be the glory for the great things he did for my playing for the Raiders, giving me the talent to play. It was not something I came of by myself, but God gave me that talent to honor him.”

When his days as a player were done, Marvin thought he’d like to go into the ministry in some way. He was offered a job in college scouting with the suggestion that he could scout and do ministry, too. So, for 29 years, that’s what he did. Through his scouting, he stayed involved with the team, and through his speaking—in churches, schools, and jails and prisons—he had a vibrant ministry. “I think sports are a wonderful thing to be involved in, and I’ve been able to give a lot of witness for the Lord in that,” he said.

Marvin grew up in the holiness tradition as part of the Nazarene Church. He was saved when he was a little boy and then rededicated his life to Christ in 1980. In giving his testimony, Marvin stated:

I had never really understood entire sanctification, but I had heard it preached. I grew up under a preacher that was very much a pastor. He preached heaven and hell, and the Judgment and the Rapture. I used to sit on the front pew of that church and I was six years old and he used to scare me to death. And I thank God now that he did. I really do, but I just didn’t understand about sanctification.

One day as he was traveling for his scouting job, Marvin was struggling spiritually. Once he got settled in his hotel room, he pulled out a devotional book, Holiness, Our Heritage, written by Nelson Perdue, an evangelist in the Nazarene Church, a member of the Francis Asbury Society, and a very dear friend and mentor to Marvin. As he read Perdue’s devotional, Marvin would read the Scripture referenced, reread Perdue’s book, pray, and repeat the cycle—for hours.

At some point when I got finished with that book, I was praying, and I totally surrendered my life to God and he filled me with the Holy Spirit. I felt something in my heart that I know is the evidence that God had given me the Holy Spirit, that I had wholly surrendered my life to him.

Marvin was a long-time friend of The Francis Asbury Society and a strong proponent of holiness of heart and life. He purchased Dr. Kinlaw’s devotional, This Day with the Master, by the case, giving copies out to coaches and players and anyone else he met who he thought needed some spiritual encouragement. With all his traveling, he also enjoyed listening to sermons on tape, and after he listened to them, he’d often give them away so they could bless others. He wanted everyone to know about the relationship we can have with God.

What I’m learning more and more through Dr. Kinlaw’s ministry, through reading his books and listening to his tapes is that it’s all about relationship, about God restoring us to that relationship to him that he had with Adam and Eve in the garden. We don’t know how long it was there before the fall, but it’s about restoration, a restoration of relationship, and it’s through Jesus Christ and in salvation and full surrender and sanctification and letting the Holy Spirit have all of us.

Marvin was a note-taker, from his football plays to sermon notes, he recorded things that were important for him to remember. During one sermon, the preacher made two statements that Marvin wrote down: “Salvation showed me who I was without Jesus Christ. Sanctification showed me who I can be in Jesus Christ.” He explained, “That’s become my slogan. The journey has never been better; it’s never been richer. The Bible has just come alive to me and I’m so thankful for that.”

As Marvin concluded his interview in 2003, he mentioned the legacy of faith he’d been handed, particularly by his mother and grandmother. It seems a fitting way to end this article as well.

You know, I have two Super Bowl rings, and I was a world champion twice, and to God be the glory, great things he has done. He gave me my talent, and I’m thankful to have those memories and to have played professional football, but in the last few months the two things that I’m so aware of and that I’m more appreciative of than anything else are the prayers of my mother and grandmother. I know that my mother wet her pillow with tears praying for me. And I ask her every day, “Mom, are you still praying for me?” “Yes, I’m praying for you every day. I pray for you and Lisa and Jonathan and Paige.” My grandmother probably prayed for me more than anybody in the family. And those prayers are still being poured out, and praise God for that. So it’s such a heritage that I have. But as wonderful as that heritage is and as rich as it is, that heritage would mean nothing unless I embraced it myself. You know, I had to make it personal for me, and then pass it on to my children.

Marvin did make that heritage personal. And he passed it on, not only to his children but also to countless others with whom he worked and lived. Thank you, Mickey, for being such a strong witness for our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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