If the Holy Spirit of Christ should bring my name to your mind, please pray for me, most especially this weekend, as I will be preaching Christ crucified in an open air, public proclamation of the gospel for the first time since we left the mission field.
October 2nd is the 23rd Annual Oxfordfest and one of the members of our congregation signed us up for a spot to put up a booth during this event where many vendors will peddle their wares in Old Town Oxford on Main Street We have nothing to sell, for freely we have received and freely we give. We’ll set up a table with free tracts, literature, audio sermons on CD, and we hope to answer any questions people might have concerning salvation, the Word of God, our church, etc.
I’m looking forward to taking my turn in the booth, distributing tracts, personal witnessing and individual evangelism, as well as publicly proclaiming Christ crucified unto salvation according to the Word of God. I’m hoping to preach at least four times at four different locations around the mall between 8 am and 5 pm. This will be a tall task because of my ailments. The weakness in my muscles not only makes it difficult to walk, but I often lose my voice. Yet, it is pressed firmly upon my heart that I cannot but speak the words of this Way unto all and any that would hear, so that by the means of the foolishness of preaching, God is pleased to save them that believe (1 Corinthians 1:21).
And if, by His amazing grace and compassionate mercy, Christ’s Spirit sustains me and upholds me to preach and share and witness on Saturday, I still have to teach Youth Sunday school and preach two messages on Sunday. Please pray that, although the Lord may use me on Saturday to be the means for Him to save the one lost sheep, that He would be pleased to continue to use me to be the means for Him to return to the ninety and nine the next day so that He might feed and refresh them as well.
Oh, the tremendous honor of such a benevolent God! Not only does He condescend to save a horrid wretch like me, but He is also pleased to receive glory unto Himself in using one as frail and weak as I so that His strength is displayed perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Thank you so much.
—Jon J. Cardwell