It’s almost Christmas. Pete and I hope you are enjoying each moment of this wonderful time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior and King Jesus Christ.
We hope you enjoy this little Christmas story, written about five years ago and updated for this post.
Making his way down a path of forgotten luminaries, the man’s anticipation grows with each step. He removes a crumpled paper from his pocket. “Corner of Third and Homes Lane,” he reads the address out loud. “I’m almost there.”
It’s the man’s birthday, and he can’t wait to celebrate with his precious family and friends. There’ll be food and over-the-top decorations, gifts with the largest bows, silly birthday cards, and best of all, the children’s laughter as they chase each other around the house.
Oh how I love the children’s voices. Every single thought overflows with anticipation.
At last he stands at the door ready to celebrate with those he loves. He could walk in without knocking, but because he is a gentleman, he knocks. When no one answers, he knocks again, this time a little louder. Still no answer.
Strange they don’t hear. He stumbles over the bushes that run along the front of the house. I can hear their voices just fine. Why aren’t they inviting me in? He knocks on the picture window and waves both arms, trying to gain their attention.
Still no answer.
The man’s attention is drawn to the gifts that have been piled high under a beautifully lit tree and the boy who stands close, eyeing the gifts. “Can I open just one?” The boy picks up a box and shakes it. “I think I know what it is.”
“After we eat.” A young man with a beard gently leads the boy away from the gifts. “And if you touch it again, you may never know what’s inside that box.”
He has no other choice but to fist-tap the window, a little harder this time. Certainly, they wouldn’t celebrate without me. He taps again. It’s my birthday, don’t forget.
His shoulders droop. Not one person looks his way as those he loves move toward the dining room.
Aromas from his birthday dinner travel through an open window, reminding him of a feast to come. He watches as his loved ones gather around a table set with fine dishes and green napkins folded in the shape of pine trees. The grandpa, who he has known for over fifty years, sets the turkey in the center of the crowded table. Endless laughter and chatter circles the table.
But not one person notices who is missing.
As he looks closer, he notices that even though it is his birthday, there isn’t an empty spot for him at the table. These are the people he loves and they are celebrating his birthday without a mention of his name or a birthday greeting.
Happy birthday, Jesus.
That’s all he longs to hear. A tear rolls down his cheek. Maybe next year they’ll remember to invite me, he assures himself as he finds a spot to sit and wait.
May we all remember to invite Jesus to his birthday celebration this year.
Starting with the Manatee Festival, we are looking forward to a busy January. After that, the Fellowship of Christian Farmers will spend a week volunteering at ECHO. Both Pete and I are thrilled to return to ECHO, a ministry we dearly love.
Here are a few pictures of what’s been going on in our lives as we look forward to our Savior’s birth.
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support this year.
How many times have you read the Christmas story as recorded in Luke? If you are like us, probably more times than you can count.
I read the story again this morning and noticed something I have never noticed before.
Time is important to God.
I counted thirty-one references to time in the Christmas story, words and phrases like in the days of…while…before…until the day…sixth month…now…from generation to generation…the time came. But the reference to time that drew my attention above all the others was:
He (Jesus) will reign over the house of Jacobforever and of his kingdom there will be no end.
WhenIthink of the forever of eternity, I cannot comprehend it, no matter how hard I try.
But this I know: What I do with the time given me while I am on this earth determines my eternity .
The defining question is: “Was I too busy spending my time on the wood, hay, and stubble of this world to take time to respond to Christ’s invitation to receive him as my Lord and Savior?”
Most of us take time for Christmas. We decorate, bake cookies, buy gifts, and sing carols. At the end of the day we are so exhausted that we barely have enough energy left in us to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie .
We take time for Christmas, but do we take time for Christ?
Two fairly recent conversations have me asking that question. One conversation I had with our Bethlehem guide on our trip to Israel last year.
Our knowledgeable Bethlehem guide lives his life centered around Christmas. He spends his days sharing the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. He is so well known in the tiny town of Bethlehem that all he has to do is slip a bit of money into an official’s hand and those he is guiding through Bethlehem are ushered through a back door, avoiding the slow-moving line of folks waiting to visit the place of Christ’s birth.
The heartbreaking part of this man’s story is he does not believe who Jesus is. He’s taken the test, knows enough facts to be a sought-after guide, but sadly has no interest in moving that knowledge from his head to his heart. When we talked to him about faith, he argued that peace will not come until we all understand that there are many ways to heaven and Jesus is just one of many ways.
Contrary to our guide’s belief, Jesus left no doubt when he said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
The second conversation took place just a couple weeks ago in Winter Haven at the Christmas Craft Fair.
The lovely downtown park had been transformed into a Christmas shoppers’ paradise with craft vendors of every skill selling their creations. Even with the passing rain and wind storms, it was a wonderful day. We gave out over 300 walking sticks. Twelve souls prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We were able to pray with many more for assurance of their salvation and encourage believers to use their walking sticks to share the Gospel with others.
I remember a conversation with one man in particular. His arms were so loaded with gift bags that he could barely grasp the free walking stick I had given him. As I told him the story of the beads, he followed carefully. He told me he wanted to go to heaven, but did not know if he was good enough. As we talked, I could tell that the Holy Spirit was speaking to him, drawing him to salvation. Sadly, when asked if he wanted to pray, he refused. “I don’t have time today,” he said. “I still have to pick up another gift.”
Sadly, this man, like so many others, has plenty of time for Christmas, but no time for Christ.He has plenty of room in his arms for gifts but, like Bethlehem’s innkeeper, no room for Jesus.
Since the day I spoke with that man, one verse has played over and over in my mind every day:
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2Corinthians 6:2b
Since joining the ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers, I’ve found myself looking at people in a different way. Sure, I still see their hair and clothes, I still notice their tattoos and nose rings and wonder how in the world they can blow their noses with jewelry pieces hanging from their nostrils, but all that is not important. The inside is what really matters. I want to know if they have the peace and joy, the security that only comes with a saving relationship with Jesus. I not only want to know, I care if they have taken time to say yes to Jesus.
And I want to use my time in a way that will lead others to Jesus Christ, just like the little girl Pete met at our event in Winter Haven.
She was about twelve years old with a heart wide open to the gospel. After Pete spoke with her, she returned three times, each time bringing a different family member to hear the story of the beads. “Tell him the story too,” she said each time she brought a new family member. By the end of the day we were calling her “The Little Evangelist.”
Since our next event isn’t until after Christmas, last Saturday Pete and I followed up on a suggestion from a friend at church who recommended we check out the Farmers Market in Punta Gorda.
All we can say is WOW.
The market is held each and every Saturday, eight till noon, and features block after block of fresh produce, dining, all kinds of crafts, and live music. It looks like the perfect spot to set up our Fellowship of Christian Farmers tent on the weekends we have nothing else booked.
Would you be willing to pray for two things pertaining to this:
1. They will accept our vendor application. The person I spoke with seemed a little concerned when he asked me, “How religious are you?”
2. God will provide the funds to pay for an ongoing event like this.
We are immensely grateful for all your prayers.
Our prayer for you and your family this Christmas season is that in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, you will find time for Christ. It’s the best gift you can give yourself. Pete and I pray every night for all who support us with their prayers and financial gifts. We would not have made it through this difficult year without you. Your support makes you part of a ministry that reaches beyond time and into eternity. And we praise Jesus for each of you.
Please continue to keep us in prayer.
Pray for those who received Jesus as their Lord and Savior at the Winter Haven event, that they will grow in Christ.
This season’s upcoming events, that God will prepare our hearts for ministry and prepare the hearts of those we will speak with.
Punta Gorda Farmers’ Market–God’s will and provision.
More open doors for ministry.
Our neighbors. We are building relationships with many and are praying for opportunities to witness.
Continued financial provision for ministry.
Relationships with Bible believing churches, churches who will love and disciple new believers.
Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support throughout 2020. We are humbled by your friendship and support.
If the Lord is leading you to support this ministry, please click on the giving page. All gifts are tax-deductible. If you give by check, please note on the check’s memo that the gift of for Pete and Sandy Singer.
Many folks look for ministries to support with their end of the year gifts. We’d greatly appreciate if you would prayerfully consider a gift to The Fellowship of Christian Farmers. Please note Pete and Sandy Singer on all gifts. Thank you.
Ongoing throughout winter season: Shell Factory Flea Market, if God wills we will be at the Punta Gorda Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
Manatee Festival Crystal River, Florida.
Swamp Cabbage Festival, LaBelle
Pioneer Days, Wauchula
Strawberry Festival, Floral City
Pioneer Days, Arcadia
Flowerton Festival, Summerville, South Carolina.
If you are in the area, please stop by to say hello.
If this year has taught us anything it is that we are not as strong and as self-reliant as we believed ourselves to be.
As Pete and I enter this fall and winter season ministering with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, we readily admit that we are weak. The horrible coronavirus greatly impacted our ministry calendar last spring, and to a lesser degree this fall. We continue to be prayerful that the virus will touch fewer lives as we enter another winter season. On top of the virus, Pete is recovering from rotator cuff surgery and problems with his neck which leaves him unable to do a lot of the heavy lifting necessary to set up for a festival. At the same time, Sandy recently learned she has early stage skin cancer, which should be easily removed.
Yes, we are weakpeople, but we are weak people with the most amazing promises.
2 Corinthians 12:9 and 10 promises this:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I am thrilled to report that over the last two weekends, we’ve had our first two Fellowship of Christian Farmer events of this fall and winter season. With each event, God has been faithful to his promises in amazing ways.
With Pete having the use of only one arm, we weren’t sure how we could load and unload all the things we needed for the Rock Calvary Chapel Anniversary Celebration. But God provided just the help we needed. We are especially grateful that God sent our young neighbor Aaron. He saved the day with his strong arms and willingness to help.
Proverbs 11:20 reminds us that even a child makes himself known by his acts.
We are also grateful that once we arrived at The Rock in Punta Gorda, several folks stepped up to help carry things from our vehicles to our ministry location. These folks even set up the tent and offered any help we might need.
Long lunch lines passed right in front of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers tent, giving us the perfect opportunity to chat with folks and give out the walking sticks.
In all, we were able to share with about a hundred adults, hand out over a hundred walking sticks, and share the Gospel with many precious children.
Even though the majority of adults we met and spoke with at the Rock event already had a relationship with the LORD, they were thrilled to receive the walking sticks, telling us that they were anxious to share the simple message of salvation in Jesus Christ with family members and friends.
God even provided joyful volunteers to help spread the Gospel.
Despite our weakness, the Rock Calvary Chapel event was a great success. God was with us, providing more than we thought possible.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen
It was wonderful ministering once again with Bill and Kathy Brown the following weekend in High Springs Florida at a large city-wide garage sale on October 31. Set up started early–7:00 a.m. to be exact!
I remind myself frequently that every person we meet is someone God loves and died for.
One young woman I met in High Springs touched my heart in a special way. I pray for her several times a day as God brings her to mind.She was young and pretty in a very sweet way, a chemist wearing a wide brimmed hat and flowing skirt.
When she accepted the walking stick she told me it was something she would give to her sister, “because she believes all these things about God and will really like it.” While she did not accept the message of salvation, I sensed a very open and soft spirit. She told me she had grown up in the church, but really couldn’t believe all the teachings about heaven and hell. She was a chemist, after all, and very logical in her thinking, needing proof before accepting something as truth. I requested permission to ask her a couple questions, explaining it was not to argue, but to understand.
As I listened to her without interruption, she explained her beliefs without belittling mine, concluding her remarks with, “But I don’t know.” She tapped her fists against her heart. “There’s just something, a spot that needs to be filled.”
I told her I understood. “I know you are a very intelligent person,” I said. “You need to research all the facts before making a decision.” She nodded in agreement. “May I ask you a favor?” I took a small book from our literature table. “This is the Gospel of John. Would you be willing to read it before you make any conclusions about the reality of heaven and hell?”
She accepted the book and earnestly promised she would read it. Then, before she walked away, she tried to return the walking stick. “I’m sure, since I don’t believe what you believe, you don’t want me to keep this,” she said.
When I placed the walking stick back in her hand, tears seeped into the corners of her eyes. “That doesn’t matter,” I said. “I want you to keep the stick.”
I don’t know what God has in mind for this sweet young woman, but he knows.And I believe that one day she will bow before him, callinghim her Savior and Lord. I believe that because when we witness to others, it is not our words that convince a person to accept Jesus, and it certainly is not our power. It is the power of the Holy Spirit and the powerful living Word of God.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
After this weekend, the tiny town of High Springs, Florida will never be the same. Twelve folks prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior on October 31, and many more are thrilled to share their walking sticks and literature with family and friends.
Our October events have made us excited to see how God will use us, a very weak couple, during the remainder of this fall and into the winter and spring.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
We continue to work on our schedule for this fall, winter, and spring. As soon as we have it finalized, I will post details. Until then, here is our schedule as it sits now:
Winter Haven, Florida November 21-22, North Ft. Myers Flea Market on select Saturdays
North Ft. Myers Flea Market on select Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Florida, North Ft Myers Flea Market
Swamp Cabbage Festival in LaBelle, Florida, Pioneer Days in Wauchula, Florida, North Ft. Myers Flea Market
Strawberry Festival in Floral City, Florida, Pioneer Days in Arcadia, Florida, North Ft. Myers Flea Market
Flowerton Festival in Summerville, South Carolina, North Ft Myers Flea Market.
We will let you know when more events are added to our schedule. Pete begins physical therapy this week and as soon as his therapy schedule is set, we will know exact days we will be ministering at the Shell Factory Flea Market in North Ft. Myers. As things sit now, our next scheduled event is the weekend of November 21 in Winter Haven, Florida.If you are in the area, please stop by. We have a walking stick waiting just for you!
As Thanksgiving approaches, we thank God for you! We also want to personally thank each person who keeps us in prayer and all those who so generously support us. This ministry would not be possible without your financial support and prayers.Please join us in prayer for the following:
Open doors this season.
God will use us to lead folks to him.
Karen, the young chemist, please pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to her as she reads through the Gospel of John.
Those who prayed for salvation this weekend that they will grow and become part of a good church where they will be discipled.
God will prepare the hearts of those we will speak to during the weekend of November 21.
Pete’s recovery and successful physical therapy on rotator cuff and healing on his neck.
Sandy’s surgery on November 16 to remove the cancerous spot.
Our continuing ministry expenses will be met.
Wisdom in all we do and say.
Thank you once again to all who support the ministry with your prayers and gifts.
If God is leading you to financially support the ministry, please click on Give at the top of the page. If you give by check, please be sure to write Pete and Sandy Singer in the memo.Thank you!
Pete and I wish you all a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.
In His Grip,
Pete and Sandy Singer
The Story We Share
The gold bead reminds us of heaven. The Bible tells us that the streets of heaven are pure gold (Revelation 21:21). We all want to spend eternity there. John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
The dark bead represents sin. Sin separates us from God and prevents us from going to heaven. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The red bead represents the blood of Christ. Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Isaiah 53:6 also reminds us that we have all sinned and our sin is on us (our responsibility) but when Jesus Christ hung on the cross this happened: “and the LORD has laid on him (Jesus Christ) the iniquity of us all.”
The white bead tells us that when we accept Christ as our Savior our sins are forgiven. Our sinful hearts are washed whiter than snow. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
The green bead reminds us that once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we should grow spiritually. 2Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
God’s gift of forgiveness, eternal life, is free and is received by faith. Simply talk to God, telling him this: Lord, I know I am a sinner in need of your forgiveness. I know I can’t earn my way into heaven. I believe you died on the cross and rose again. Please forgive my sins. I want to turn from my sin and receive you as my Savior. Come into my heart and become Lord of my life. In Jesus name, Amen.”
If you prayed that prayed that prayer, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to celebrate your decision with you and see if there is anything we can do to help you grow as a new believer.
All of us with children and grandchildren are familiar with the question, “Are we home yet?” Most children long for the safety and comfort of home with its routines, comfortable bed, familiar food, and place at the table.
Adults aren’t much different.
After spending three months in Minnesota, we were happy to make it safely back to Florida on September 12th.
It didn’t take long for Pete to meet with an orthopedic surgeon who scheduled his rotator cuff surgery for October 6.
Despite spending the first couple days after surgery in an enormous amount of pain, we are grateful that the doctor believes the surgery was a success. Pete has a few weeks of physical therapy ahead of him before surgery on the other shoulder. We are very grateful for your prayers as we “shoulder” through this time.
We also praise God that our trip back to Florida was safe and we encountered no problems with the car or RV. Where would we be without your faithful prayers?
On our way home we traveled directly to Florida, making far fewer stops than on our way north in May. But at each stop God faithfully gave us opportunities to share the walking sticks and gospel with gas station employees on break, restaurant workers, the folks who helped fill our propane…
And a family that appeared out of the blue, as if they’d been sent by God.
Too exhausted to keep driving, we pulled off the road about two hours before planned. “We’ll make up the time lost by getting on our way early tomorrow,” we assured each other as we pulled the RV into one of Cracker Barrel’s RV spots. After ordering food, we ate and closed up the RV for the night with firm plans to get an early start the next day. But schedules aren’t always kept. The next morning we woke later than planned. “We’re going to have to put in some extra hours today,” Pete said as he googled maps. “Maybe an extra three.”
I hurriedly made coffee and we got ourselves ready for a long day on the road. But when Pete opened the drapes, he was surprised to see a car parked in the spot next to us. “They have an entire parking lot.” Pete took a drink of coffee. “Why would they park out here, next to us?”
After coffee, we took Bella for a quick walk. As we passed the car we noticed that it was occupied. Without much thought, we waved and smiled as if the occupants were our neighbors. They returned the greeting. “Strange,” I said. “Why do you think they’re just sitting in the car?”
By the time we returned from Bella’s walk, a second car was parked next to the first one. The car door was open, allowing an elderly man to remain inside while placing his feet on the ground. Even though we were in a hurry to get back on the road, we took a minute to enjoy watching as the car people hugged and lovingly clung to each other.
It was as if they hadn’t seen each other in years and the back parking lot of the Cracker Barrel was the venue for their reunion.
We were just about to leave when we noticed them taking pictures. “I know we’re running late, but don’t you think we should offer to take a picture so all their family can be in it.” I stepped out of the RV. Within minutes, Pete followed carrying an armful of walking sticks.
That’s when the reason this family parked next to us dawned on us.
It was part of God’s plan for them…and for us.
Praise God! Pete was able to share the Gospel with the family, giving each of them the Fellowship of Christian Farmers walking sticks and written material.
Pete and I were reminded that we should never put anything, especially our schedules and plans, ahead of God’s call to love people and share the good news with them.
Every person we meet is a traveler along the road of life. We have no idea when our road will come to an end, no idea when anyone’s road will stop.
But we do know what happens next depends on one thing.
What we did with Jesus.
Did I accept him as my Lord and Savior, or did I reject him?
Those who receive Christ Jesus have a home waiting for them, a home built by Jesus. That is his promise to all who receive him.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:1-6
Even with Pete’s surgery and the Corona virus, we look forward to many open doors this winter and spring. As soon as Pete is strong enough, we will be setting up our Fellowship of Christian Farmers tent each week at the Shell Factory flea market on Highway 41 in North Ft Myers. If you are in the area, come out and see us. We’ll be there on Tuesdays and Saturdays. If God wills and provides financially, we will also set up at Flea Masters in Ft Myers.
Please pray for Pete. He longs to join a group of men from Christian Farmers on November 15-21 in Louisiana as they help to rebuild following the devastating hurricanes that his this season.
On October 31 we will be at a new venue in northern Florida, handing out walking sticks and sharing the gospel.
We rejoice that at this time, none of our winter festivals and fairs have been cancelled! I will update our calendar of events within the next couple weeks.
And God has given us opportunity to minister here to our neighbors.
Our seven-year-old neighbor came for a visit, carrying a tiny basket with the gift of a bright red apple inside, her pink purse, and Candyland game. When we finished our game, I shared the story of the beads with her, making sure she understood each bead and what they represent. While, for safety reasons, we don’t generally give the sticks to children, I allowed her to have the walking stick. I love seeing her walk around the RV park with her walking stick, explaining the beads to anyone who asks. God is using this little ambassador for Christ in amazing ways. As far as I know, she has not clubbed her older brothers even once with her stick!
One day each one of us will see our last sunset.
We will pick up our last sea shell.
We will give our last hug and hand out our last walking stick.
And then we will ask the same question we have heard so many times.
“Are we home yet?”
And Jesus will answer, “Yes, come see the home I have prepared for you.” What a day that will be!
Pete and I want to thank each and everyone of you who pray for us and the Ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers. Thank you to everyone who gives so generously. We don’t have words to express how grateful we are for each gift. Despite all that’s going on in this world and especially our nation, we are excited about the year ahead. Jesus is the answer. He always has been, always will be, and we are passionate to share him in this troubled world.
Thank you for your continued prayers. Please continue to pray for those who have recently prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and those we have shared the story with and are still undecided. Pray also for:
Pete’s complete and rapid recovery from his two shoulder surgeries. Less pain.
Pete will be recovered enough to travel to Louisiana.
That God would slow or stop the advancement of Pete’s Parkinson’s so he can continue to share the Gospel and minister.
Upcoming events will not be cancelled.
More open doors.
Connections with churches that will welcome new believers and help disciple them.
The flea market ministry we are embarking on.
God’s perfect will in the upcoming election and that there will be peace following the election and continued freedom to witness.
That God will continue to provide for our financial needs.
Thank you! If God leads you to give a gift, simply click on the Give page. Be certain to write “Pete and Sandy Singer” on the memo of your check.
May God continue to bless each one of you as you follow and serve him. We love you! Pete and Sandy Singer.
Everything on this earth–every good time, every day of sorrow, every opportunity, every life–has an end.
While we have been in Minnesota two precious friends have passed away, reminding us once again that life here on earth is short.
Responding yes to Christ’s offer of salvation is the most important decision wemake, because it determines where we will spend eternity when our lives here on earth come to an end.What a wonderful blessing it is to know for surethat one day I will go to heaven. That’s why we have the Bible.These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31).
For now, our lives on this earth are a series of ends and beginnings. There are times we are happy to see the end and times we long for a time to last just a little longer. Our days in Minnesota have almost come to an end. We long to get home to family, friends, and warm sunny days, but at the same time we hate to leave our Minnesota family and friends (the weather, that’s another story). It’s hard to believe that in two days we will be heading south, back home to Florida.
Despite the all the event cancellations in Minnesota (due to coronavirus and rioting), we have amazing news to share.
God gave us opportunity to hand out almost 700 walking sticks over the last 90 days!
Yes, 700! To God goes all glory!
In addition to that, we met and enjoyed fellowship with our campground neighbor Kathy who plans to join us next summer as we hand out walking sticks and share the gospel at Minnesota festivals and events.
We cannot comprehend God’s goodness. A couple days ago, while at my mother’s house a neighbor that mom has been praying for stopped by. During her visit, God opened the door for me to present the gospel and she prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. What a blessing this was for my mom to have this happen in her home after many years of prayer. Tomorrow Pete and I will drop off the Christian Farmer material and a Bible so she has tools to help her with assurance and growth. This woman was severely abused as a child and never saw herself as someone worthy of love. We praise God that today she was born into a new family, with a Father who loves her and is preparing a wonderful home for her in heaven. I’m amazed that this happened on one of our last days in Minnesota.
Welove to tell others about Jesus and are humbled and grateful for every opportunity God gave us this summer, every person he sent our way, every seed that was planted. And every person who now knows for sure that when their time here on earth comes to an end, they will live forever in the presence of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As summer comes to an end and the leaves of autumn begin to show their splendor,we look back over the summer with enormous gratitude. On a personal note, we were able to be present as our granddaughter Cassie and Eric, a wonderful Christian man, were united in marriage.
The foot washing was an especially powerful and beautiful part of the ceremony.
We were so excited that Tia was able to fly in from Florida for Cassie’s big day.
It was also a joy to have our granddaughter Emily spend a couple nights with us at the campground and I was able to spend precious time with my sister, Diane, and my mom. Pete was also able to spend time with his family.
What a gift to spend time relaxing with Pete and Chris at their cabin in the tranquil beauty of northern Minnesota.
Tomorrow we will celebrate our great grandson Jesse’s second birthday.
Through God’s amazing grace, Pete made it through the difficulties of his two torn rotator cuffs and an emergency hospitalization due to one of his extreme migraines.
Most important, we made contacts with several leaders of summer festivals and events that will open doors for us next summer.
And in our spare time, Pete and I prepared our ministry budget for 2021.
As we end our time in Minnesota, coronavirus is still taking lives, racial tensions continue to flare, crime is on the increase, hate seems to overshadow love, and respect for others has turned to scorn.
Perhaps you are like us. Your heart breaks every time you click on an online news source or turn on the evening news. You ponder portions of Scripture such as Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation and wonder how long it will be before God proclaims that he’s had enough of man’s wickedness and pride.
This world seems to have spun out of control.
But it has not.
God is still in control. He is still calling folks to enter into a relationship with him.
And he will until the very endof time.
Because he loves us each one of us.
John 3:16 says it best. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
For Pete and myself, we feel a real urgency of the end. Over and over we ask how much longer God will put up with this world.
That is why we have a passion to do what we do, why we are so grateful for your prayers and gifts that allow us to keep going, and why we are grateful for The Fellowship of Christian Farmers who have provided an understandable and easy way to share the gospel.
Our needs are great but God is greater.
More than ever, your prayers for us and the ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers are needed and appreciated. Please pray for:
Denise (Sandy’s mom’s neighbor) that she will find a church home and grow in her Christian walk.
Our young neighbor at the campground, Owen, that he will make a decision for Jesus.
Brooke, the young drug addict we met on our way north, that she will turn back to the Lord.
Safe travel as we return to Florida.
No mechanical problems with the car or RV. We did have some issues yesterday which has set us back a bit.
The Lord will lead us to people who need to hear the gospel as we travel south.
Pete’s upcoming doctor appointments and planned shoulder surgerywhen we return to Florida.
That coronavirus comes under control and we will be able to set up at all our winter and spring events in Florida. Open doors and open hearts.
Our financial needs, that God will provide the finances to meet our 2021 ministry budget.
Pete and I will build bridges with local churches who will support this ministry with prayer and open doors to disciple new believers.
If the Lord leads you to give financially to support this ministry, please click on “Giving.”All gifts are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. If you write a check, please be sure to write Pete and Sandy Singer in the memo.
Without your prayers and financial support, this ministry would not be possible.There aren’t enough ways to thank each of you who keep us in prayer and financial supportof the ministry.
In addition to this month’s normal blog, we would like to share the information that we share with those God brings our way. If you already know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, feel free to adopt any of this as you speak to unsaved friends and loved ones. If you are in doubt about your relationship with the Lord and aren’t sure what will happen to you when your time on earth has come to an end, please stop right now.
Stop and pray.
Ask God to open your eyes and your ears and speak directly to your heart.
The beaded leather bracelet in the picture above is identical to the ones tied to the walking sticks we give out. Each bead reminds us of an important truth.
The GOLD bead represents heaven.
Heaven is the place everyone wants to go when they leave this world. Did you know that it is God’s desire for you to go to heaven someday? He loves you and wants you to experience the peace and perfect life he has prepared for you. Revelation 21:21 gives us one of many glimpses of heaven: And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. That is just one picture of heaven, the wonderful place God has prepared for those who believe.
2Peter 3:9 says: The lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
The DARK bead reminds us of sin and how sin separates us from God.
God did not make us robots who would automatically love and serve him. He gave us a free will. We can choose to obey or disobey him. When we disobey God, that is called sin and sin separates us from God who is perfect and holy.
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). That means there is not one sinless person (except Jesus Christ who was fully human and fully God). The Bible also warns us what we earn from our sin. For the wages (what we earn) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord (Romans 6:23).
So, how do we receive this gift of salvation and eternal life? Ephesians 2:8-9makes it clear: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. We receive God’s grace and the riches of a relationship with him, which includes an eternal home in heaven, through faith. There is nothing we can do, no way we can earn a place in heaven. We must reach out by faith and receive the gift of eternal life that God offers.
TheRED bead reminds us of the blood of Jesus Christ.
His blood is what makes our salvation possible. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin and your sin. And he rose from the grave, conquering death forever. I love what the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 53:6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all. Yes, all of your sinand the sin of all mankindwas placed on Jesus when he shed his blood on the cross.
1John 1:7bdeclares: The blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin.
TheWHITE bead represents forgiveness and purity.
If by faith we agree that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he died on the cross for our sins and we make the decision to accept his free gift of eternal life, the Bible (God’s word) promises that you will be saved and spend eternity in heaven.
John 1:12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
Romans 10:9 Thatif you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Is there any reason why you cannot receive Jesus Christ right now?
Simply pray this with a sincere and believing heart. “Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need forgiveness. Please forgive me. I believe that you died for my sin. I want to turn from my sin and invite you to come into my life. I want to trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name, Amen.
Ifyou prayed with a sincere heart, your life has changed. The Bible says you are a new person in Christ. When your time here on earth comes to an end, you will go to your eternal home in heaven. Isn’t that good news!While you are still here, you will never be alone to face the problems of this life. Jesus will be with you, guiding you, comforting you through the difficult times. He has promised that he will never leave you or turn his back on you.
The green bead represents growing in Christ.
The Bible tells us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2Peter 3:18). As Christians we grow by:
Reading our Bibles.
Talking to God in prayer.
Telling others about what Christ has done for you.
Worship, fellowship, and serve with other believers in a church where Christ is preached.
Demonstrate Christ’s love to others.
Doyou need assurance as a believer?
In John 5:24 Jesus says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.”What an amazing promise!
If you read this and prayed to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, please let us know in the comments. We would like to send you a bracelet as a gift and a reminder of the life-changing decisionyou made. Please let us know how we can pray for you.
We started our journey to Minnesota towing a trailer filled with 1300 walking sticks and hearts exploding with heaven-high hopes of witnessing to at least that many folks at community festivals, flea markets and fairs this summer.We prayed about our journey and told God all about our plans to return to Florida without one remaining walking stick.
We are just about half way through the summer and still we have about 1000 walking sticks still filling the trailer.
In retrospect, I think God laughed and shook his head at us when we started out. I can almost hear him say, “Silly children, you think you are in control. I’m about to teach you a thing or two.”
I guess we’re not that much different than our great grandson Jesse. When his daddy and mommy purchased my sister and brother-in-law’s boat Jesse immediately proclaimed, “My boat.”And when Jesse and his daddy head out on the water, there’s no doubt in Jesse’s mind that he’s thecaptain, even though his daddy’s protective hands are always on him, still in control, and keeping them and all other boaters on the lake safe from harm.
While our trip to Minnesota offered many wonderful opportunities to share Jesus withothers, once we arrived in Minnesota God seemed to say:
Flea markets, farmers markets, festivals, even Fourth of July fireworks were all cancelled due to Coronavirus.
The state was supposed to open up and everything, but the State Fair which is far too crowded for social distancing, go back to Summer normal, but as of this post, we are still waiting to see if August events will go on as promised or if they will becancelled as well.
BUT THAT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING OF PLANS GONE AWRY!
Sandy’s 91 year old mom, who still lives on her own, took a fall at 4:00 on a Saturday morning, splitting her head open and fracturing her skull. We are so grateful that Sandy was spending the night and was there to call an ambulance.Instead of spending time in the hospital where Sandy’s mom would not only be in danger of Coronavirus but also cut off from family, she was able to return home the same day where Sandy’s sister, Diane, and Sandy were able to make sure she was well cared for.
ADDING TO PLANS GONE WRONG, THERE’S THE STORY OF PETE…
While at his sister Nancy’s, Pete took a nasty fall off the top of a ladder, tearing his rotator cuff 95-100%. He sees the surgeon later today, Wednesday, July 22, and is facing not only surgery but weeks of physical therapyas well.
The good news is that if our events had not been cancelled due to the virus, we would be facing the loss of hundreds of dollars in vendor fees because of Pete’s surgery and rehab, money from our faithful supporters that we could not afford to throw away.
We could be discouragedand ready to call it quitsright about now.
*Here we are half way through the summer and we’ve not set our tent up at one event.
*The events we hope to work in August are not yet confirmed due to Coronavirus.
*Pete is facing surgery and is in pain.
***And to top things off, a mouse found its way into our RV. Sandy has already terrorized Bella once with an ear-shattering scream.
But God has taught us not to be discouraged or alarmed when things don’t go as we planned. They are goingas God planned. And that’s what is important.
Instead of discouragement, we have learned to remain patient, knowing that the harvest belongs to God.
I am reminded of driving down country roads back in Florida, traveling to festivals where we’d spend the weekend handing out walking sticks and sharing the precious salvation message to hundreds in a weekend. We would drive for miles and miles passing orange groves on both sides of the road.
Butthe trees didn’t always look like the one in the picture. Years before, each tree was only a scattering of seeds. The seeds grew and soon there appeared branches and leaves, but still no fruit. The branches weren’t yet strong enough to bear fruit. I’m thankful the farmer didn’t look at the tree and say, “You worthless tree, you’re not bearing fruit. I’m not going to water you any more. In fact, I’m going to tell my laborers to chop you down.”No, the farmer continued to water and care for the tree until one day those beautiful white blossoms burst forth in the sweetest fragrance and not long after, the the tree was covered in tasty fruit.
And we are reminded that the fruit belongs to the ownerof the field, not the laborers, just as every soul that comes to Christ belongs to him alone, not to any one laborer or labor organization, even The Fellowship of Christian Farmers.
Galatians 6:9 reminds us:“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not give up.”
“If we do not give up.” That’s a mighty important IF.
That’s why we have not given up. We continue to hand out walking sticks, maybe not in the hundreds but one, two, three at a time, taking advantage of every opportunity the Lord gives. Despite Coronavirus, despite torn rotator cuffs, and irritations no larger that a mouse, we will not give up until God says it’s time to do so. Here’s just a few of the opportunities God has set beforeus:
We’ve been able to share with many family members, handing out walking sticks to them and their neighbors and hearing stories of them sharing the sticks and message with others.
Within 30 minutes of checking in at our camp ground, Pete had shared the Gospel with 16 campers and given them walking sticks.
We have built a special relationship with our neighboring camper Owen, a personable teenager, and have been able to share the Gospel with him and continue to pray for the day he makes a decision to follow Jesus.
We continue to search out open festivals, flea and farmer’s markets where we can set up our tent and hand out walking sticks, hopefully in August and early September.
“Whatever the LORD pleases, he does,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all the deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for
the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.”
If this summer has taught us anything, it is that God is the one in control. He is the one with the power and authority to make things happen, or to stop them from taking place. And his purpose is always for our good.
Sometimes his purpose is to prepare us and strengthen us for what is ahead.
Sometimes his purpose is to test us.
Sometimes his purpose is to train us.
The same is true in your life as well. You’re not steering the boat. God is. And that’s good news!
There are not words enough to express how grateful we are for your continued support, both financially and prayerfully through this time of coronavirus. Please continue to pray for us and possible upcoming events.
For our neighbor Owen’s salvation.
That we will have an impact on the lives of more campers and have opportunity to share Jesus with them.
That God’s will be done as far as opening flea and farm markets and that we will have opportunity and funds to take advantage of every door God opens.
That we will stay virus-free.
That Pete’s surgery and rehab will be 100% successful and fast.
The Sunbelt Festival in Georgia in October. Please pray that God would be preparing hearts even now to hear the Gospel.
Upcoming events this winter and spring in Florida.
RV and car will have no problems as we head back to Florida in September.
Thank youfor partnering together with us with your prayers and financial support. All gifts are tax deductible. You may click on the Give pageif God leads you to give to the ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International. Pleasewrite Pete and Sandy Singer in the memo.
I believe people from Florida have the most experience traveling through storms. Besides hurricanes, storms happen almost every day during the summer months. And they most often arrive right in the middle of afternoon rush hour. The sky turns dark, thunder cracks, darts of lightening flash from sky to earth, winds howl, and rain falls in sheets. And if you’re a Floridian, you just keep driving, even when the water is halfway to your hubcaps.
Florida’s stormy shores are protected by 29 lighthouses. I love lighthouses. I collect books about them, hang pictures of them, take pictures of them and even fill every nook of our RV with my collection. They are the one belonging I was unable to part with when we moved from our house into the RV.
The reason I love lighthouses is simple. They remind me of Jesus, who is the light of the world; and the call he has on each of our lives to shine his light into this dangerous, dark and stormy place.
Coronavirus. The tragic murder of George Floyd. Riots. Famines. The suffering never seems to end. We have suffered through some terrifying storms these last few months.
If we read our Bibles alongside our newspapers, we see many signs of the end times. The prophet Amos warned (Amos 6:11):
“Behold the days are coming,” declares the LORD God, “when I will send a famine on the land–not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”
Does that sound like our world today?
About a hundred years prior to that, the prophet Nahum was already saying the same thing. In Nahum 2:13b he warned:
And the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.
Pete and I realize that a free walking stick will not make a person listen to the salvation message. That’s the job of the Holy Spirit. Our job is to keep telling the story as long as God allows and to ask him to lead us to those who will listen, not only with their ears, but also with their souls. That’s why, each day of our journey we pray that God will lead us to people who will listen with their souls. People who are going through life’s storms are often the ones who listen best because they are keenly aware of their need for Jesus.
And God answers our prayers in the most miraculous ways.
While there isn’t time to share every story of how God opened up opportunities for us to use the walking sticks to share the gospel as we traveled north, I’d love to share a few.
As you read these stories, please keep in mind that without your financial and prayer support, we wouldn’t have even one story to share.
Our first major opportunity to share the gospel took place on the second day of our trip when Pete and I were walking the dog. We hadn’t planned to stop, but Bella had insisted on going outside.
That’s when we met Brooke, a young homeless woman. When she walked past us, we smiled and said, “Hello.”
A few minutes later she returned. “You said hello to me,” she said. “Maybe I can ask you a favor.”
“What’s the favor?”
From the tone of her voice and body language, it was easy to see this woman was accustomed to rejection. “Would you let me use your plug in to charge my phone?” She held up a battered phone with a broken screen. “All I need is ten minutes and I promise I’ll be gone.”
Ten minutes, plenty of time to share the gospel. I knew Pete and I were thinking the same thing, and so we did what the world might say is a foolish thing.
We invited a homeless woman into our RV.
It wasn’t long before tears were streaming down Brooke’s face. She rolled up her sleeves and showed us her needle scarred arms. “I just got out of jail,” she admitted. “Drugs. I try to stop.” She was jumpy, looking out the window every couple minutes, afraid her pimp would find her. “But it’s hard.”
When we asked if she had family who could help, the rest of her story emerged. Brooke had been raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as a child. By the time she married and had four children, she had walked away from the Lord and was occasionally using drugs. She turned to the Lord once again, but within weeks of her decision, her youngest child, only two-years-old, died.
That’s when she was thrown into the darkest and stormiest days of her life. Once again, she turned from the Lord and to drugs, which only increased her darkness. Her husband divorced her and she lost custody of her children. To support her drug habit, she became a prostitute. The night before we met her, she had slept with a stranger, just to have a bed to sleep in. Most nights she slept in the woods.
When I made her a sandwich and gave her a coke, she accepted it as if I had placed a steak dinner in front of her. As she ate, we continued to share the gospel. She understood. But did not believe God would accept someone like her. We cried with her, hugged her, and offered help so she could get off the street and into the arms of Jesus.
I’m sad to report that Brooke stepped out of our RV with Bible verses in her hand, but without turning to Jesus. As we watched her walk away, we prayed and we have not stopped praying for this young woman. God so desperately loves her and wants back.
Please let us know if you will pray for Brooke with us.
Before Brooke left, she gave me her mother’s phone number. I called her mom who confirmed everything Brooke told us. Understandably, Brooke’s family has pretty much given up on her, but her mom was thankful to know her daughter was still alive. She took down the information I gave her of Christian organizations who may be able to help Brooke.
With almost everything closed, gas stations were about the only place where we made contact with people. We shared the gospel and handed out the walking sticks at every station that we stopped in. At one station in Mississippi a man saw the Fellowship of Christian Farmers trailer and came up to Pete to tell him that he’d gotten a walking stick from Pete last Fall in Moultrie Georgia.
One gas station stands out in our minds.
The station looked like this one…after fifty years of grease, wear and tear. It was on the edge of a town that did not look at all like its name. Paradise.
“You’ve got to be more careful where you stop.” Clearly, Pete was not happy when I stepped from the car and met him at the door of the RV. “Did you lock the car? Look around, this is not a safe place.”
I looked. Pete was right. I was convinced that the phrase, Just hangingout, must have been born on this very spot. Clearly the people hanging out at this station had suffered through their share of life’s storms. An elderly man, weathered and wrinkled, sat on the ground, leaning against one of the gas pumps. At the rear of the station, two men leaned against a rusted pickup.
Despite his initial feelings, Pete approached the man sitting on the ground next to the pump. He offered him a walking stick and as he was sharing the gospel the men from the pickup, gathered around Pete. News spread fast that we were giving out free walking sticks. In all, we were able to share the gospel with six men and women at that little run down gas station. In the end, Pete was overjoyed that we had stopped there.
Another place we were able to hand out walking sticks and share the gospel was at restaurants. Since we were traveling on a tight budget, we usually stopped at Cracker Barrels because they welcome RVer’s and allow them to spend the night in their parking lots. Most times we would order takeout and eat in the RV. But one night when we were in a state that had opened their restaurants to limited dining, we decided to eat inside the restaurant.
As usual, we carried our walking sticks with us. While I looked around the store, Pete stopped to explain the walking stick to who he thought was the hostess. The lady’s eyes filled with tears. “I know who I need to give this to,” she said. By the time we left the restaurant, we’d given out thirteen walking sticks to employees and customers. And the person Pete thought was the hostess was actually the restaurant manager who was so grateful that she paid for our dinners.
We simply can’t out give God.
By the time we reached Arkansas, we’d been on the road for over a week and needed to spend the money on a campground so I could do the laundry. God provided a clean and peaceful place at a reasonable price. While there, we were able to share with the campground owner and a few campers.
We also took a side trip to Hot Springs National Park where God gave us opportunity to share the gospel surrounded by his extravagant beauty. Every encounter seemed as natural as our surroundings.
Inside the national park, God provided opportunities to share the gospel with precious folks who we probably won’t meet again this side of heaven. This sweet young woman is a nurse enjoying her day off with her son.
Unfortunately, the home for unwed mothers we had hoped to visit in Missouri was still shut down due to the virus, so we spent a night at Ron and Ruth Mays, wonderful friends from ECHO. We had a great time and when they heard the gospel presented using the walking stick they felt it would be something their pastor would be interested in. They also gave us some leads on festivals for next summer in Missouri. We are praying that God will open doors for us there.
Pete and I with Ron and Ruth at their Missouri home.
While not everyone we spoke with accepted Jesus, we did not encounter one person who refused to listen. In days like the ones we’re living in, that is a miracle and we know seeds were scattered along our route. Many of the people we spoke with were already Christians and most were anxious to use the walking sticks and reading material to tell others about God’s plan of salvation.
Please continue to pray for these things:
1. As cities begin to open up, opportunities to set up our tent at summer festivals
2. Souls saved
3. Continued health for our RV–praise Jesus we had no problems on our trip north
4. Continued health for us
5. Brooke and the others we shared with on our way north
6. God will continue to meet our needs.
We can’t thank you enough for partnering with us with your prayers and financial support. God is using you to make this ministry possible. If you feel God leading you to support this ministry, simply click on Give at the top of the page. All gifts are tax deductible.
Coronavirus. How has that one word impacted your life? Has it kept you from church fellowship? Has it kept you from ministry? Have you lost income? Have you or someone you love suffered with the virus?
Are you living with fears you never had before?
When we started ministering with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers, we’d never heard of Coronavirus. We believed plagues of this type belonged in history books, not in newspapers and blogs, and certainly not anything that would turn our 2020 world up-side-down.
At least not in America.
But here we are with the rest of the country wearing masks, going through gallons of hand sanitizer, good-byes without hugs, dealing with innumerable cancellations, and praying about things we thought would never touch our lives.
Today, as we leave Florida, saying good bye to our Florida family (our daughter and four grandchildren) is difficult, but thankfully we know we will see them when we return in September.
Saying good-bye to two special friends who are under Hospice care has been most difficult. Unless God intervenes, these dear friends won’t be here when we return. Oh, how we longed to hug them and hold them close one last time, but because of coronavirus, we couldn’t. For their well-being, we had to stand at a heartbreaking distance.
Through all this, we’ve been praying for you, praying that you will stay healthy, that God will use this time to draw you closer to Him, and that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.
Just as He promised.
We’ve also been praying for ourselves, asking God what He would have us do during this unexpected time when it seems we have no control over even a mile we travel.
But isn’t that the way it’s always been? God is the one in control, not us. Maybe, as spoiled Americans, God is using (not causing) this enemy virus to remind us that He is the ONE in control.
Before weset out on the road, I’m anxious to share with you how God amazingly answered our prayers about the direction He would have us go.
A couple weeks ago when I was home alone, God spoke to me, the way He often does with a quiet inside knowing. He impressed upon me that we should head north as planned, despite the cancelled events. Every time we stop for gas or to let Bella run–every time we exit our vehicles–we should carry a walking stick. God will lead folks to ask about the walking sticks. When they do, we are to ask permission to share the story of the beads (the Gospel) and give them the walking stick along with the printed material. He assured me that He would send the people if we carry the sticks.
Later that evening when I shared this with Pete, he shook his head in amazement. That same day, God had told him the exact thing.
And so as we leave, we’re not exactly sure of the route we’ll be taking. We know we’ll be traveling slow, stopping to walk along a few Panhandle beaches with our walking sticks, praying for the Lord to give us opportunities to share the Gospel.
After that, we will continue north. If things open up in Missouri, we have an invitation to share the Gospel at a very large home for unwed mothers. We’ve always had a heart for the brave young women who give birth to their babies instead of taking the seemingly easy way out with abortion.
Once in Minnesota, we still have several opportunities to share at community festivals, unless the governor decides it’s best to keep the state closed. We also have a large event in South Carolina in July and another significant event in Michigan in August (if the Michigan governor allows).
Pete will be driving the RV and towing the Fellowship of Christian Farmers trailer. I’ll be driving the car, so it will be quite a costly trip. But we are cutting expenses and our chance of coming in contact with the virus by spending nights in Cracker Barrel parking lots, rather than camp grounds.
Thank you for praying and so generously supporting this ministry. We believe the time is short before Christ’s return. We are humbled and grateful to be used by the Lord at this time. There’s nothing as wonderful as praying with someone to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Even with so many cancelled events, our expenses continue. During the last few weeks the lettering has been put on the trailer. We also had the expense of vehicle licensing. Since this was the first time the RV was registered in Florida, we had an added expense that we had not prepared for.
But God had, to the very penny, through a gift from dear friends. We’ve also been given a supply of top-quality masks and disinfectant wipes.
Words can’t express how grateful we are for each of you who have supported us with your gifts and prayers. You are a crucial part of the ministry of winning people to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
If God leads you to give a gift of any size, please click on the giving page. All gifts are tax deductable.
And if God is leading you to pray, we are most grateful for every prayer.
1. That the folks who received Jesus Christ at last winter’s events will be discipled in a Bible believing church and grow in Christ.
2. Safe travel as we head north.
3. Opportunities to share the Gospel along the road.
4. No vehicle problems or unexpected expenses.
5. That God will keep us healthy as we travel.
6. The safe opening of states.
7. That we will be able to minister at the home in Missouri.
May God continue to bless you as you serve Him. May He keep you and your family healthy during this time, and may He use you to bless others in His most powerful name, the name of Jesus Christ.
When I see this picture of Pete “hitchhiking” to the top of Mount Arbel in Israel, I’m reminded of the story of another hitchhiker.
He was a young man. The day after he graduated high school, he left his small town and family and headed to the big city where he got a job and enjoyed all the new freedom the big city offered.
Every so often, he’d hitchhike home, a walk of over 200 miles. It was a difficult journey. His feet would hurt and depending on the time of year, he would either be shivering in the cold or ready to pass out from the heat. On one of his trips he was offered a ride from an old man. He’d barely took his place in the car when the old man told him he was a preacher. If he thinks he’s going to convince me of anything, he’s a crazy fool, the young man said to himself. But the old preacher man shared many of the same verses that we share when we minister the Gospel with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers.
When the man quoted Romans 3:23, For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, the young man agreed. “Ya, I know I’m a sinner.” But as the preacher continued, the young man grew more and more uncomfortable. “Sure, I know I’m going to hell,” he said. “Don’t waste your time on me. Just let me out of this car right now.”
Pulling over to the side of the road, the preacher did as asked. As he drove away, I can almost see him looking into his rearview mirror and waving to the long-haired hitchhiker standing alone on the side of the road. I can almost hear his whispered prayer. Get a grip on that boy, Father. One day may he repent of his sin and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be his Savior.
The young man often told the story of the crazy old preacher who had picked him up. In fact, it gave him and his friends many good laughs. What no one knew was that the old man’s words kept playing in his mind.
Over and over.
“For all have sinned…the wages of sin is death…the gift of God is eternal life…for by grace you have been saved through faith…the Lord laid your sin on Jesus…eternal life, a gift from God.”
About five years later the old preacher’s prayer was answered. The young man came to the end of himself, he repented and asked Jesus Christ into his heart.
Who was that old preacher? Only God knows.
Who was the young man? Let me show you his picture.
You might ask what this story has to do with sanctuaries being closed on Easter Sunday.
The picture above is not a picture of the church. It’s a picture of a church building.
We are the Church.
When Pete sat down in that old preacher’s car, he sat down next to the church–next to the Lord’s sanctuary. First Corinthians 3:16-17 makes it clear:
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
When the church building’s doors are locked and its sanctuary is empty, the Church is still the Church. The Church still worships. The Church still goes about its mission to win souls and glorify Him.
The Church still celebrates Easter.
Likewise, those of us with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, continue to minister. Despite the fact that, for a short time, our events have been cancelled, our mission to tell others about Jesus goes on. We might not be setting up tents, but we are sharing. We are handing out walking sticks to those who will stop and listen, even if it is from a safe distance. We are praying and planning for the day when the tents go up once again.
During this time, we continue to need your help. Thank you to those who so generously support the ministry. We are grateful.
Please join us along our road this month by:
1) Praying for the hundreds who recently received Christ as their Lord and Savior at one of the Fellowship of Christian Farmer events. Pray for their growth during this difficult time of locked church doors. Pray that the Church will reach out, encourage, and support them.
2) Pray that the Lord will continue to prepare us to be His sanctuary and for Pete and me to be alert andobedient to the Holy Spirit’s voice. May we grab hold of every opportunity He gives us to share the colored bead story in this time of quarantine when so many find themselves in despair.
3) If you are able, click on our giving page and pray about giving. Any gift, no matter the size will be appreciated during this time of need.All gifts are tax deductible.
We love you. Have a blessed Easter. And don’t forget YOU too are His Sanctuary!
By the time the Swamp Cabbage Festival in La Belle Florida came to an end, we were exhausted. The bones in my feet throbbed as I dropped into the car next to Pete. My back seemed like it was on fire. I felt as if I could spend the next week sleeping. But as I looked back over the events of the last few days–the Gospel presented over 1100 times and almost 200 folks who prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior– none of that mattered.
I knew only one thing. It was all a small price to pay for such an incredible harvest.
“How do you think it went?” I asked Pete as we drove home when the festival was finished.
Pete’s eyes filled with tears. “There’s just nothing better than this,” he said. “I still can’t believe God is using us to share the Gospel in this way. Lives are being changed for eternity. And God is allowing us to be part of it.”
For the rest of our drive we shared stories about the people we met, those we served alongside and those we witnessed to.
*Here are a few stories and photo memories
*Sandy prayed with a little 10 year old boy who had been abandoned by his atheist father, dropped off on the doorstep of his aunt’s home. It was easy to see the aunt and her husband had little money, but they knew Jesus and had brought the boy into their home and into their church. What a joy it was to pray with this little boy to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior and to assure him that he was loved by God and created for a wonderful purpose.
*A couple in their early sixties who had just lost their son to cancer. It was the second child they’d lost, the first at only three years of age. Grief rode on their shoulders and poured from their eyes. After praying to receive Christ, Kathy spoke with them. She too had lost a child and knew just the right words to say. They left with new hope in their hearts.
*Pete spoke with group of teenagers, three boys and one girl, who came to get free walking sticks. Three boys left with only a walking stick but, even though her friends declined to pray, the girl prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. It was an amazing act of courage for a teenager.
*A family–dad, mom, and daughter around ten years old prayed the salvation prayer together. After they prayed, the dad broke out in a huge smile, rested his hands on his chest and said, “I felt something warm in here. This is real.”
We believe it’s important to work together with local churches so new Christians have a place to grow. We are so grateful for the help Pastor Jorge (on left) from Life Ministries Church in La Belle gave us. He even came out to help us set up for the event.
The Swamp Cabbage Festival is La Belle’s biggest community event, drawing people from several states and even Canada.
Pastor Jeff from Grace Baptist Church showed up bright and early on Saturday. He shared the Gospel with countless folks during the day. It was a blessing to have local Pastors share alongside us. Only the Lord knows the impact they had and will continue to have in their community.
This is what life-changing moments look like. Who knows, maybe one of these young people will go on to share the Gospel with thousands. As I look at the people in this picture, I’m reminded of this: “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.'”
Will you to partner with us? Your prayers are priceless. Check our schedule to see if we will be in your area. Stop by. We’d love to see you. And if God leads you to give, click on give. Your gifts are tax deductible and greatly needed for this ministry to continue.