Walking in the book of Acts.....
Dear Friend of Tommy Vinson Ministries,
I wept! I couldn’t help it. I finished preaching, saw the positive response to the gospel of many who had never known Christ, and I wept. I don’t know that in forty eight years of preaching that has ever happened to me like that before. I couldn’t seem to stop. It was almost embarrassing. But I remember that the Psalmist wrote: “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psm. 126:5,6) Some fifty people had gathered in the yard of this small village house to worship and listen to the gospel message on a Thursday afternoon. The house where we met was considered by the village to be haunted and a place where evil spirits hung out. In the crowd was a formerly demon possessed teen age boy who had recently been saved and was now exhibiting strong leadership qualities for the Kingdom. Also included in the crowd was a former priest of the unreached people group we were there to minister to. Approximately twenty of those fifty people in attendance indicated a commitment to Jesus as Lord at the end of the gospel message I preached. Later that afternoon Pastor Chuck was privileged to preach the gospel from the steps of an idol temple in the middle of that small town. A crowd of approximately two hundred gathered. We prayed for rain for that drought plagued village and saw a good number commit their lives to Jesus Christ. The elders and town leaders welcomed us with joy. That is a God thing! What incredible joy to see a former priest to idol worship out in the crowd on the temple yard where he formerly led idol worship now worshipping and praising Jesus Christ. He had a smile on his face and hope in his eyes which demon inspired idol worship can never provide. It was the former demon possessed teen ager on the microphone calling his neighbors to come and hear the gospel. Folks that is a God thing!
In another village I personally shared the gospel with a person who had never heard of Jesus Christ. This dear man sitting out on a rock in the sun was 102 years old. Through the interpreter I tried to tell him the gospel story. He was hard of hearing and couldn’t see well. In that situation you have to take time and give some back ground from creation, the fall, the need for sacrifice, repentance and faith. It is not like sharing with an American who had heard the gospel all their life. The Roman Road works well here, but there you must give more detail. Oh, how I pray he really understood. At the end he prayed with the interpreter to commit his life to Jesus. I hope to meet him in heaven.
On the way back to our hotel that evening about 9 P.M. we were asked to go by and pray for a family of four who were living in fear of the evil spirits who they said kept them awake at night. From 9 PM each night until early morning there was a banging on their door they could not explain. It was terrorizing them. Spiritual warfare in that part of the world is as normal as brushing your teeth is in our culture. All four of this family listened intently to a full gospel presentation from one of our team. They repented of their sin and committed their lives to the One who can remove the fear of the evil one. What a joy I had to pray for them and to inform them that “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4)
And that was just the first day… for six days I felt like I was walking in the book of Acts.
Thank you so much for praying. We saw a number of our unreached people group come to Christ. One lady from that group told us she was going home and removing all idols from her house. She did this knowing that she would be persecuted by her family for doing so.
Almost as exciting is the fact that we identified several potential spiritual leaders among that group, including one pastor. God is hearing and answering our prayers. My faith has been strengthened. The power of the gospel has never loomed as large in my heart and mind as it does now. If He can save a 102 year old man in a remote village in India who has never heard of Jesus, perhaps He can save our sophisticated but gospel ignorant friends and neighbors here in our own country.
I want to thank you again for your part in this mission. Without your support this could not happen. Your prayers, and as God leads, your financial support is greatly appreciated. One additional blessing was the joy of giving enough money from this ministry to buy a large number of Bibles for our unreached people group. During the six days of visiting the villages we gave out many Bibles. “The entrance of Thy Word gives light.” Who knows what God will do when His Word is unleashed!
I am scheduled to return to India to lead in two different Pastor Training Institues in late August and early September. What a joy to know that God has provided and continues to provide so that I can walk through these open doors. Thank you! Thank you! I am so desirous for you to know that whatever benefit to the Kingdom these trips provide, YOU are a vital part of it. As I think William Cary said when he went to India many years ago: “If you will hold the ropes, I will go down into the well.”
Our stateside opportunities continue to just blow my mind. Doors that I could not possibly pry open through human strategies are opening by God’s grace and providence. To him be glory! Please monitor our updated schedule on Tommyvinsonministries.com in order to pray for us as we preach from place to place and from week to week.
Please know you are loved and valued so much as friends of this ministry. I know that all are not able or led to give, but your prayers are equally valued. More and more, the older I get, I see the value and power in believing prayer. He indeed is able to “do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or think.” Eph. 3:20)
Because He lives,