Wallace’s Missionary Winter Prayer Letter – January and February 2007
Pastors, Church Families, Friends & Family:
Proverbs 25:13 says, “As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him:…” Oh, how we as Christians need to be faithful messengers with the gospel for our Lord in this cold but harvest time.
The last few months have been a busy time for our family. As we have just begun our deputation ministry, we have had the blessing to be in some fine churches to present our ministry. What a great opportunity we have as we travel, to meet some good pastors and church members who are concerned for evangelizing souls and world missions. We are also thankful for the meetings we have lined up for this year. When we are not visiting other churches, we are busy about the gospel in other ways. We continue to help with the state prison revival meetings, as well as in our church, street preaching, etc.
We are thankful to be members of a good church that we are able to attend and be fed and encouraged when we are here. Praise the Lord! My pastor even allows me to occasionally preach for him in his absence when we are in town. We miss teaching our Sunday school classes but are glad to sing and help out there when we can.
One Saturday while door-knocking with my son, Stephen, the Lord taught me a lesson to look for souls. As we were going from house to house, we saw a van full of people leave a house just down from us. I told my son that we would probably just leave a tract because everyone appeared to had left that home. As we approached the porch anyway, the door opened and a 16 year-old girl named Alisha came out. After a short time talking with her and showing her scripture, she was gloriously saved. Glory to God! We were also glad recently to be able to help a pastor starting a new church a couple hours away do some door-knocking in efforts to reach those in his community.
We have had some good revival meetings in prison these winter months. At my favorite prison (a receiving prison), Lorain in Grafton, we saw 15 saved. We also covered the age spectrum by also holding meetings in the juvenile facility, Mohican, in Perrysville and the elderly facility, Hocking, in Nelsonville. We saw souls saved in both of these. Though we have been in more prisons than these lately, I think of one more that comes to mind. It is called Southeastern in Lancaster. This facility used to be the boys home that Bob Hope lived in many years ago growing up and is now a prison. Anyhow, last month I drove over three hours to get there (over 6 hours round trip) and when I arrived, there was confusion about approval and I was not able to get in. I was bothered a little, but I thought of a few things that helped me. I thought of the fact that prisons are not necessarily a safe place for visitors and the Lord may had just been protecting me that day. I thought also of the many times that things go right and the need to be thankful for them. Finally, I thought of how far Jesus came from Heaven to earth and the sad fact that many lost souls will not let Him into their hearts and lives.
One last blessing is that after continuing to witness to family members, we are slowly seeing some saved. My niece, Emily, trusted Christ last week. Amen! Never stop witnessing to your family members. The Lord is still in the redemption business.
Well, I must close for now. Please pray for us as we will for you.
Bro. Mike Wallace & Family