JANUARY/FEBRUARY REPORT

2013 A YEAR OF REVIVAL

 What an amazing year we enjoyed in 2012.  God allowed us to have sixty six (66) meetings and preach His Holy Word 198 times not counting funerals and other such private times.  We were blessed by many Fundamental churches that are standing for the truth of God’s Word.  These churches see a steady stream of precious souls coming to Christ.  I enjoyed the REVIVALS, the COUPLES RETREATS, the SPECIAL DAYS, the STEWARDSHIP, the MISSIONS, the SOUL WINNING and the STAFF AND WORKERS meetings.  The diversity really kept me on my toes.  There was a special blessing in working with church planters and their new churches from those just beginning to some two to three years old and growing.

I am believing God to give us a great YEAR OF REVIVAL in 2013.  We have gotten off to a great start with a full schedule through March.  There are about 50% of the remaining Sundays open through the rest of the year. (You can click on the calendar to see available dates).  If I can serve your church in any way, give me a call (502) 386-5521.

Doing the work of an Evangelist reminds me of when I first resigned IBM to enter the ministry with no guarantees and no reserves.  Nancy and I began a .  45 years later we have made a complete circle and once again are living by faith.  We are convinced that our great God will meet every need just as he has for the past 45 years.

 JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2013

JANUARY 6TH We spent the day in Bedford, KY with pastor Sam Epley teaching and preaching on missions.  God is blessing the ministry of Bro. Epley as the church experiences steady growth.

JANUARY 7TH AND 8TH We made it to Newnan, GA to be with Dr. Doug Anderson Pastor of Bible Baptist Church for a wonderful 2 day Sword of the Lord conference.  I had the honor of preaching with Dr. R. B. Ouellette.  I’m thankful for Dr. Shelton Smith and his faithful productive leadership of the Sword.  Dr. Anderson was a phenomenal host and the meeting was well attended including many area pastors.

JANUARY 9TH We had the opportunity to preach at King’s Way Baptist Church in Douglasville, GA on Wednesday evening where Dr. Bill Wininger is pastor.  This is one of the great churches in the Atlanta area.  They operate a great rescue ministry, three Christian radio stations, a large Christian School and an evening Bible College.  Pastor and Mrs. Wininger were wonderful hosts.

JANUARY 11TH AND 12TH We were back in Newnan, GA with Pastor and Mrs. Doug Anderson for a powerful  two day “MARRIAGE TUNE-UP.”  It was a powerful time with many of the couples from Bible Baptist church and some guests from neighboring churches.  From the responses I got, I believe God did a great work in several families.  In addition we had great food, sweet fellowship and lots and lots of laughs.  The Andersons are living examples of Christian hospitality.

JANUARY 13TH We spent the Sunday at Tri-County Baptist Church in Senoia, GA with Pastor Ron Whitlock.  This is one of the friendliest churches you will ever visit.  A real reflection of the servants spirit of the pastor and his wife.  It was a really good day.  Bro. and Mrs. Whitlock also participated along with some of their people at the Sword Conference and the Marriage Tune-Up.

JANUARY 20TH We got back close to home and had the opportunity to preach in Cynthiana, KY  where Bro. John Chamberlin is pastor.  Bro. Chamberlin was called as pastor at the death of his father Bro. Ray Chamberlin who was the churches founder.  Bro. John is continuing with the strong fundamental stand on which the church was built.  It is an exciting church with great music and a soul winning zeal.

JANUARY 30TH – FEBRUARY 4TH We had 6 wonderful days with Dr. Tim Rabon, his wife. Sharon and the good folks at Beacon Baptist Church: Wednesday a huge stewardship banquet… Thursday preaching to Middle and High School Chapel and a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for a Couples Retreat… Friday and Saturday an over the top Couples Retreat… Preaching at Beacon Baptist Church Sunday AM and PM… Monday two great sessions with Beacon Baptist Church staff.  Through it all great eating, shopping and fellowshipping with the Rabon’s and their family.

FEBRUARY 6TH We spent time at Emmanuel Baptist Church having enjoyed their Prophet’s Chamber for a couple of days.  I had the joy of preaching at this great church on Wednesday evening for Pastor Steve Rebert.  God has been using him in a mighty way in Winchester, VA.  God has given Emmanuel Baptist Church beautiful facilities and a pastor with a vision and a commitment to do God’s work God’s way.

FEBRUARY 9TH – 10TH We headed to the Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church of Oakland, MD.  Dr. Dennis Leatherman pastors this great church is doing an amazing job of leadership in a small city in a resort area.  He promotes a “Tract Month” every year.  Several churches now participate and multiple thousands of tracts are distributed.  The booklet he has put together with details of involving the entire church family is available.  If interested check out the web site at www.mlibc.org and click on Beacon Of Truth Gospel Tracts.  We had a great Sweetheart Banquet on Saturday evening and an all day Marriage Conference on Sunday.  I had the opportunity to speak seven (7) times in 24 hours. God was so good.  I thank Him for strength and His presence.

FEBRUARY 15TH Nancy and I drove to Akron, OH to attend the funeral services on Saturday the 16TH  of Dr. Rick Fox a great man of God that had served our Lord Jesus faithfully and built a strong church, First Baptist Church of Kenmore.  I was reminded of the brevity of life and challenged to be a more aggressive Soul Winner.  Please pray for 1st Baptist as they seek a pastor and for Bro. Fox’s family, especially his widow, Patty.  I had the honor to preach for him December 9th and see the strong work God has used him to build.  He will be greatly missed.

FEBRUARY 16TH – 17TH After the funeral we drove to Cincinnati to preach a Couples Banquet and stay over for Sunday services.  The Lord is raising up another amazing church under the leadership of one of our Shawnee Baptist College graduates.  Actually Pastor Nathan Lang and his wife Jenny are both graduates.  Lighthouse Baptist Church of Blue Ash, OH is off to a great start.  Now in their third year they are averaging 120+, seeing folks saved and baptized consistently and raising funds for a permanent location.  I am blessed every time I talk to Bro. Lang by his commitment as a young man to traditional fundamentalism.  By the way, Bro. Nathan and Jenny announced that Number 5 is on the way.

FEBRUARY 24TH The Lord willing we will finish February at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Taylorsville, KY.  Lighthouse is in its 11th year as a church.  We started the Lighthouse mission of Shawnee Baptist Church just a few years before.  They are in a pastor search now and I really enjoy serving and helping in a ministry that we helped get started years ago.  Praying that they will have a bright future.

Thank you for reading the report.  Please keep Nancy and I in your prayers. I thank the dear Lord for the numbers of people saved and the life changing decisions made among church members.  I challenge all of us to tell someone about Jesus today.

Lonnie Mattingly
John 15:8

SOUL-WINNING AND STEWARDSHIP

Pastor Richard Oldham

GLENDALE AND DR. RICHARD P. OLDHAM 

What an amazing weekend we had. It was a real privilege and honor to be with Pastor Richard Oldham and the people of Glendale Baptist Church.  It was a soul winning training weekend.  I had the privilege to teach and preach five (5) sessions.

Glendale has been a soul winning church for the 50+ years that Dr. Oldham has been pastor.  He is from the old school (the Bible school). You could call it church the way it used to be.  Church the way it ought to be.

This is the church where I first served the Lord in full time Christian service.  The church where Dr. R. G. Lee preached my ordination service.  I count it a joy to make an investment there training and motivating a new generation of Soul Winners.  God gave us a great meeting with dozens of folks committing themselves to share their faith in Christ with others.

The SOUL WINNING COURSE workbook was a real blessing.  I will be glad to send one to any pastor who would like one with the answer keys if any one would like.  The course is based on the evangelism course I taught on several occasions at Shawnee Baptist College.

RAISING FUNDS TEACHING STEWARDSHIP AT LIGHTHOUSE BAPTIST CHURCH

 PASTOR NATHAN LANG  put together a great weekend.  Beginning with a Sweetheart Banquet where Dr. Ed and Mrs. Sheila Snider brought their famous skit and lecture

Dr. Ed Snider & Sheila

“WHAT WERE YOU THINKING” teaching the difference in the way men and women think.  It was followed by a brief but pointed and helpful message by Bro. ED.

Sunday was a great stewardship emphasis day speaking on Joyful GivingCommitment and 4 Reasons Not To Give. When the day ended and Bro. Lang took the commitments we were all amazed that they had gone over their victory goal in money given that night.  Then there was the 2 year commitments that would bring in additional thousands of dollars of funds.  More pledges and commitments will be taken over the next week or so.  I commend Bro. Nathan Lang and his dear wife Jenny along with many good helpers in the church for a job well done that included many weeks of pre-planning and hard work.

Pray for Pastor Lang and Lighthouse Baptist Church.  This young church has seen amazing growth and need a permanent facility to meet in.  They will be using the funds raised to help in this project.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.