A Letter From Dallas
I am asked often times, “What are you doing these days?” I reply, “Still singing, traveling and ministering the good news of the gospel.” I guess perhaps I assume that because I know what I’ve done all these years, in a very visible setting, other know as well. Sometimes I forget that it’s been forty-five years and over five thousand concerts all over this country and around the world.
People remind me of a concert they attended in Ohio, California or Vermont. They reference a record (or 8-track) they heard in the 70s, 80s, or 90s. Best of all, I continually hear the testimonies of those who come to faith in Christ at a concert or from listening to a recording. There are people in ministry today and around the world, in the pastorate or on the mission field who point back to a concert, a teaching or a recording as the initial sense of calling to their now realized place of ministry.
I don’t minister in the large arenas, auditoriums or even large churches much any more. I don’t believe this is so much attributable to marketing demographics as it is to God’s will and purposes in our lives for this season of ministry.
I say “our” because Linda, my wife of 45 years, travels and ministers with me now and has for the last dozen years or more. We still go out every month to churches of all denominations across this country. We not only feel a call to minister to the people who come out but also to pastors and wives who often have become over burdened, discouraged and disheartened.
George Barna’s research suggests that perhaps as many as 2,000 pastors a month are leaving the ministry. This is why God has us where we are today. All those years of ministry that took us everywhere from the L.A. Sports Arena to Madison Square Garden were just training and preparation for where God has placed us now. We really have become a home missions outreach to the American Church and occasionally overseas as well.
We desire to have times of retreat in our home with pastors and their wives to minister hope, healing and encouragement. In sports, I remember sometimes I needed a “second wind.” Many of our pastors and their wives need the same.
So, what are we doing these days? We’re doing what we believe God has called us to do, where He has called us and in the way He has directed.
God’s Cause, Our Calling
I hope you’ll join us with a common desire to reach the lost, challenge and strengthen the Body of Christ and bring hope and healing to His shepherds who have been given charges over His flock.
Please pray for us, for health and strength, for safety as we travel, for both sensitivity and boldness as we minister and for the provision necessary to sustain what God has called us to do.
Should you desire to support our work financially, we are a non-profit 501C-3 ministry and all your gifts will be receipted accordingly. Our corporate title is Praise Ministries and I continue to feel, after all these years, that is a most appropriate title. All we’ve ever done or hope to do is to the praise of His glory and marvelous Name.
Blessed to Continue the Journey with You,