Today I will travel to the Frio River and the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment to meet with pastors and leaders from the Frio River Baptist Association. I have been asked to lead them in a prayer retreat as they begin 2010.
For a number of years now, I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with this Association of churches. They are in towns like Pleasanton, Poteet, Devine, Jourdanton, Lytle, and many other small communities and cities near San Antonio. This relationship began when Crestview partnered for several years with Hosanna Baptist Church in Poteet. We helped that great Hispanic church by upgrading their facilities, doing field evangelism, and assisting them with church planting in the area. Their pastor, Juan Florez, came and preached in Georgetown at the beginning of our large ministry to Hispanics here at our church. I have preached at two evangelism meetings, led a pastor’s seminar, spoken at a building dedication, and corresponded with leaders there for years.
Pastors need encouragement. They need to hear spiritual counsel. I need this also. God uses a number of faithful people to speak to my heart from time to time. Because I am an avid reader, I am constantly encouraged by the written testimonies of great theologians of the past and present as well as countless Christian leaders and authors. I am certain that God wants to bless each of these ministers during this retreat. If you are reading this will you take a moment to pray for them. Pray that they may hear the Lord’s voice and not merely my own. Pray that the Holy Spirit will take what I say and breathe the life of God into it so that in turn new life will be imparted to each of these servants of God.