I’ve just been reading through what I last wrote about my travels and realise that most of what I mentioned there is very much what we’ve continued to be involved with during these past six months. Having said that there is much to be thankful for in the lives of those who have come to faith, grown in faith or come under the sound of the Gospel for the first time.
It was good to spend a couple of days in Kirby in August with pastor Graham Peel and the Passion for Kirby team. They really are a faithful group who work so hard to reach people in the town. I pray that they will reap a harvest in this northern town. I’ve mentioned the Johnny Cash’s Gospel Road audio/visual programme that I do in the past and we continue to get opportunities to use it as a stepping stone in the work of the Kingdom. In the Autumn we ran it at my own local fellowship and saw around 80 people come to listen, many of who have no real church connections. I say “we” ran it, as my old friend Dave Lloyd joined me on bass guitar and it was, as always, a joy to be with him. Wendy introduced us 50 years ago when I first became a Christian and he’s been a friend and mentor ever since. In fact we formed the country gospel band Canaan in the early 1970’s along with Bob Fraser and Dave Lewis – made a couple of albums along the way, played the Albert Hall and Greenbelt Music and Arts Festival then gently faded out of sight! Dave is now 83, but still serving the Lord in his local church and alongside me when time allows. No retirement here!! Dave and I recently did a benefit concert for our local soup kitchen called The Well Cafe her is St Annes and a Seasonal audio/visual concert ‘They said there’d be snow at Christmas…!’ and again good crowds of believers and non believers came along. Contacts were made and we pray for those whose hearts were warmed to the Good News of Jesus.
I’m still travelling around 10 or so prisons in the North of England giving Gospel concerts and I’m always encouraged by the warm response from these ‘captive’ audiences – I count it a privilege to serve the lads in this way.
I guess I forgot to mention that I produced another CD at the Shack with my old friend Keith Shackleton and they are available from me for £2.50 including p & p. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a taste of what’s new!! Oh yes, the title is BOUND FOR GLORY.
Looking at my 2020 diary things seem to be much quieter than in past years, but we look to the Lord to fill the diary with the right opportunities. I still struggle with walking any distance or standing for any length of time due to a couple of damaged vertebrae and spinal stenosis, all signs of wear and tear (probably due to carrying heavy amplifiers over many years!), but wonderfully the most comfortable place to be is sat in the car so no problem in setting off to serve, praise the Lord!
Congratulations if you’ve read through all this and thanks, I’ll put some more stuff down in a few months time.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be on your back,
May the Son shine warm upon your face,
Nothing may you lack,