By Alex Caldwell
Greetings from the brethren at Sturgis, Mississippi. We continue to enjoy good health and rejoice in God’s most holy and divine word. All praise must go to God for his most wonderful blessings. May he also bless you brethren both physically and spiritually during 1995.1 thank God for good, faithful brethren like you who have supported me financially and prayerfully in preaching the good news of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My needs have been provided for by God through good brethren. All praise belongs to God. I truly trust him with all my heart, soul, and mind (Matt. 6:33; 22:37). I pray you do, too. The Sturgis church is continually growing stronger in the Lord every time we meet. Good news! During December of 1994 we had three lost souls put Christ on in baptism. Amen! Brethren, I have been here over two years teaching and preaching on two 30 minute radio programs, and in home Bible studies, and at church every God-given Sun-day trying my best to reach lost souls, but always without success (or so it seemed). I have learned that through patience and longsuffering, all I need to do is just plant the seed, the Word of God, and let God give the increase and things will work out just fine.
I am continuing to preach twice each Sunday, and to have Bible classes at the building twice a week. Our advertising on a cable T.V. station is still drawing sinners’ interest in wanting home Bible studies or free Bible correspondence courses. We here at Sturgis want to do our best to plant the seed of God’s Word and let God do the rest (I Cor. 3:6). Home Bible studies are set up as we have opportunity. I hope and pray you will do the same. We hope and pray this will bring fruit to the honor and glory of God.
I now have one young man about 15 years old helping me in worship when I need him. I thank God for him. Please pray for the Lord of harvest to help us raise up some more workers here.
I have been very busy the last few months. I preached a three-day gospel meeting for the brethren in Oneonta, AL. I also preached a 30 minute sermon on their radio broadcast. When I preached in Memphis, TN, four brethren repented and came back to God. In December of 1994 I preached a whole week’s meeting with my good friend Ron Halbrook and the brethren at West Columbia, TX. We had many visitors in the services and we also went into people’s homes, teaching and preaching the gospel’. A Bible study group which meets at the high school allowed me to speak; I discussed differences between denominationalism and true Christianity because Ron had a recent exchange of newspaper articles with the Methodist preacher. During January of 1995, I preached for the brethren in Trussville, AL. Last of all, I also preached for two congregations in Lufkin, TX.
Faithful brethren in the area preached at Sturgis in my absence. I thank God for these brethren. Please pray for the work here at Sturgis and for me too! I thank brother Ron Halbrook and the Guardian of Truth for helping me to get this report published. Until my next report, keep the faith and pray always.
Guardian of Truth XXXIX: 8 p. 11
April 20, 1995