Greetings from Beautiful Oakhurst, CA:
It's often told that John Wesley used to study and write his sermons from a special desk that was fitted on the horn of his saddle. Once Wesley was riding to a meeting in a distant town, so engrossed in the Lord that he lost track of time. As he came to the bank of a wide river, he was taken aback as he saw the ferry he needed to be on already departing the dock. As the ferry-men pulled the rope, Wesley spurred his horse and jumped onto the deck of the departing barge. John Wesley and others in the days of the Great Awakening, were the fathers of a movement that helped spread the Gospel all across America.....the Circuit Riders!
A few weeks ago Corinne and I drove to Los Angeles and met with some men and women, others who God has called to help spread the Gospel as modern day traveling ministers. During a whole day together of sharing our visions, of praying together, and eating a meal together, the vision of a new group of traveling ministries was created, called "Circuit Preachers International." Soon a new web site will be established and we'll be sharing much more information about this budding group of "Gospel Gypsies."
Several years ago, the Lord gave me a vision of fleets of motor homes crossing the United States like the stage coaches of old. All over the routes were "way stations." These were places where the traveling Circuit Preachers could come away for a season of rest and relaxation, mechanical help and more than anything, for an increase in spiritual vitality. We have a few such "way stations" on our routes traversing America. We are currently staying at one now in Oakhurst.
To work a ministry like our, takes lots of support. We find that we are very dependent upon God speaking to other people, who can catch a vision of our ministry of releasing Kingdom Revival to the American Church. Of course funding is always a concern to any traveling ministry, however, other logistic issues greatly add into the equation as well. For instance, getting our mail, or having our banking taken care of can create great burdens on us. Recently our mail, an entire week's worth, was lost for an entire week! Ouch! Things that most people take for granted, become a looming problem for us. Therefore our support team is essential to making this all work.
Since arriving in California in March we've been blessed to stay at several private "way stations." Along with that many of our churches have found us a place to get some fresh water, electricity with an extension cord, and of course assisting us with the great problem of dealing with "black water!" You at home turn on a faucet and make a flush and your water problems are over. We, on the other hand, have to always be concerned of getting fresh water and getting rid of waste water.... we cannot take ANYTHING for granted! Our "way station" hosts really help in making our ministry happen!
Therefore we'd like to say a special THANK YOU to some of our "way station" hosts in California: Jim & Louise; Tom & Conne and to our current hosts, Roger & Kim. The thought for this blog came this afternoon as I was climbing out of Roger & Kim's swimming pool on top of, what we enjoy calling, "Roger's Mountain." All of our pastors and churches and our individual "way station" hosts have considerably blessed us. Roger & Kim's love and hospitality is currently preparing us for our next week's departure from California. As we have nearly 2,000 miles, much of it hot, desert travel, ahead of us, we are being blessed by the awesome ministry of these special people!
There are other "way station" hosts all across the US, how can we forget Mike & Diane, Jim & Deb, Chuck & Ann, Roger & Pam! And...We cannot say enough about others on our support team, like JP The Mailman, who has tirelessly been forwarding our mail and taking care of our banking for about 8 years now. Then of course, there is our Mechanic in Chief, Dave, who's mechanical ministry has saved us thousands of dollars in repair and maintenance bills. I feel that Dave has actually ministered "in the Spirit," to "Pilgrim I."
Oh, while I'm at it, there is one other that I would love to give a big hug and kiss and a great big Thank You to... Our dear Friend and Partner, Margaret. Margaret lives in a retirement village in the Pittsburgh area. She is a faithful Partner, sending a small check almost every month. However, Margaret's special gift to us is her great love! Every so often, JP the Mailman, forwards us a special envelope. As soon as we see it, we know that Margaret has sent something special to us with her check. It's usually something like a poem she cuts out, or just a special hand written note telling us how she's praying for us. She even asks us to pray for others she knows. However, I can't recall a time that Margaret has ever asked us to pray for her, and she most likely needs it as much as most. You see Margaret has very poor eyesight, but she doesn't let it stop her form sharing her great love for us, and helping these "Circuit Preachers" on down the road!
Here's a verse that I love showing people, most don't even know it's in the Bible, but it is, and from the New Living Translation, it says: "Dear Friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. For they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers. So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth." III John 5-8
To all our Prayer and Financial Partners... we say Thank you! You guys are the greatest! To our "way station" hosts, ditto!
Keep us in prayer... we have one more California meeting this coming Sunday and then we're off to Tulsa and then back in Michigan by July 1.
Kingdom blessings ~ Larry
my web site: www.larrysilverman.com