I posted the other day about Pastor Stephen McKay and put up a page to give you an idea of what he does and who he is. I would like to take the time today to tell you a little something about one of the things that he is raising money for. It is not for his own ministry, he has support for that, it is to help others in their ministry. He is doing that with bicycles.
Why bicycles? Pastor McKay explained it this way, last year when was in Tanzania he discovered that the local Pastors were having to walk 20 miles and more at times to spread the gospel. Either that or if they were blessed with a bicycle, travel that way. He decided that it would be his mission in part to provide them bicycles in order to spread the gospel easier and to be able to be a blessing to these Pastors. God has worked wonderfully. Pastor McKay was back in Tanzania a couple of weeks ago and reported this:
“We arrived at Assedi’s apartment where we will be staying, and fellowshipped for a while.We then headed to downtown mwanza to exchange money into Tanzanian shillings for the week stay we will be here, and also to purchase bicycles for the pastors here.
A few months before I left I began raising money to purchase bicycles for evangelists who travel and preach the Gospel. I was able to raise $1500 and with that we were able to purchase 17 bicycles in total for them. The brothers here told me that buying a pastor or an evangelist a bicycle is the equivalent of purchasing him a Cadillac. They value them greater than we can imagine, and use them to spread the Gospel far and wide. We walked into a small bike shop and negotiated with the owner on the price. She finally came to a final price of $81.00 each. Here’s a picture of a few partly assembled.
Because we ordered 17 of them, they will have to assemble them over the next day or so and then we will have them delivered on the last day of the conference. It’s going to be a great day!“
Would you be interested in contributing to the spreading of the gospel through raising money for bicycles? If you would please contact Vessel Of Honor Ministries here: VOHM
This is a contact page and Pastor McKay will get back to you when he can, but I can assure you that it is a worthy ministry and you will be helping to spread the gospel in a part of the world that greatly needs it. God bless you!
Just a note in case anyone would like to hear Pastor Mauldin and is in the Coal Hill, Ar. area on this coming Sunday, Feb. 10th, he will be giving us an update in person. God bless you!
February 19-March 19, Melody, and I will be in the villages
in AP India
. Jeff Oakes from Stigler will join us the first 2 weeks. We have so much anticipation as we have seen God
‘s blessing poured out these 17 years in increasing measure! The people truly have open hearts and so so many are coming to Christ
and following in baptism!!
This will be a packed month! We have 45 churches
and 7 wells to dedicate and the following list is the first of 2 lists of churches and bore wells and talents applied for by pastors
in the villages! Most of these are the first and only church in a village. Pastors have graduated Bible
training schools, go to a village and get a land and start building a group of believers….our joy is to come and see the hearts of these new believers, teach them and stand beside them and strengthen their hands with tools to bless and serve the Lord
like a well or church. We also want to bless the widows with a “Talent” like in Matthew
25–to make a living…
Please help us pray for wisdom as we go and “Inspect and not just expect”.
1) Pray that we miss nothing we are supposed to accomplish or give.
2) Pray many souls come to know Christ and have the Eternal Hope!
3) Pray we walk in health, strength and safety and have God’s favor…
4) Pray incredible doors will open to accomplish more than we imagine.
5) Pray we will have everything we need to accomplish what God puts before us.
6) Pray signs and wonders will follow us as we believe and people will be healed, delivered and eternally changed!
Thank you all so so much for giving and holding us in prayer!
With so much thanks and love,
Kerry and Melody
PO Box 140402
Broken Arrow, Ok 74014
We had a long drive
this AM in a packed car with anticipation of great things…8 in a 7 passenger jeep…
Went to Devarakonda
(god of the hills) town and surrounding…
Our vision is to go to villages that have no church
and need a boost after a few years of a pastor
working hard and needs a roof or walls on a church.
Ananiya is a young man that has been helped with a bore well and a church in 2 villages he works. He was going to guide us as our faithful Emmanuel, had a wedding to perform in his village
Ananiya began by taking us to the town, and despite clear instruction and 4 places listed where we were supposed to visit…he guided!! Lord help us!!
He guided us to 3 places that were all established and good churches, wells, compound walls but had a need…
For instance, one place has 80 families, a big nice church built in 2004, bore well and a nice wall around the place with many cocionut and trees and looks so good!
The pastor and his son were there. We began to get to know them and find their need. The pastors house roof was metal, but a big house and it was needing replaced. They had no money saved to do it.
Out of 80 families, only 2 pay tithe. I’m not sure where they got money for the nice place, but these requestss trouble me deeply. He wants money from me and for 12 years he has not taught his people to give, or saved and wants someone else to provide!
God blesses us when we are faithful learning to begin with small things.
We went to hindu home nearby and shared Christ
and several accept and 2 want baptism. We gave!!
I offered pastor money for 120 chickens and shred teaching on Malachi
3 and for him to teach the tithing…
He turned his back on me. “Why should I put chickens in their hands? If they don’t take care of them, I will be to blame.” He would not take the 2000rs from my hand. We went away If he pass the test and send a good report, we may help him….
That was the way the morning went!! So challenging being taken to places that don’t meet our purpose or vision…
We went late afternoon to area near Nagar Juna Sager. This is large lake and looks like a sea. we drove on roads along lake and it is so so beautiful with huge fields along shore and big hills with rocky outcrops surrounding the whole area.
After a long long drive, we could see in the distance on the hillside a large nice beige church–looked great!! Green Forrest AG gave for this and it is so impressive at the head of that Sea village on the sid e of the big hill!
These people have round fishing boats by most every house and are people totally dependant on fishing. We had to climb up the big hill, like all the goats that were feeding the hill around the church. Fresh dirst and stones from construction and that steep climb was a challenge on my 4 legs…Ha!!
At first no one came but 3 women and a few kids But they put the big loud speaker at the door of the church which is over the village. As the drums pounded and tamborines rang and people wailed–sang,, Here they came!! About half the village is now Christian and excited with about 100 families!!
We celebrated with them and gave for a well as there is none in whole village and used lake water!
When we come again, we will try to go early, spend the day in the homes of villagers and maybe learn fishing with a net! It so makes me think of exactly what it would be like for the disciples and kind of like Capernaum
They promise us a fish dinner and then they waved as long as we could see them as we drove away….
We gave 2 prayer sheds, one big church roof in Kimballapalli–”Felt Cloth” village–which is so remote but 1200 families and first church in village will be awesome!!!
So many frustrations led to a blessing. We had long drive, flat tire and our guide was very questionable. We were to be at a meeting in MiryalaGudem at 7pm for service where Debbie Dewan
was going to speak. With all the challenge, flat etc. we got there at 1030pm. The church was still packed WAITING with 200-300 people sitting since before 7pm. INCREDIBLE hunger for the Word and Gods presence!!
Lord help us stir that hunger!!
Love and so appreciate each! We are so thankful that so many read these and pray…
The Yellow Cross by Kerry Mauldin
We visited 5 villages
, talked to many pastors
and came to a new conclusion…
Many pastors are coming from villages and we must test them before we put something big in their hand. We decided to put test of 3 chickens in the hand for them to multiply and teach the people to tithe
. If they are not teaching tithing, but just asking someone else for money, it is hard to want to give… we share with 5 pastors that request prayer sheds. The pastors caught the focus and will give reports on progress of people learning to pay tithes. Then we will help along side. This will bless the pastors so much more in the long run as the people learn to be givers!!
We began to share in Billianiakgudem to many people who sacrificed goats to their goddess so as to have good luck and hope they got eternal life.
As we began, a man led his daughter up. She was crying and acting very peculiar and all immediate recognize the demonic. This girl, Uma
, had a huge YELLOW CROSS around her neck. She knelt down 2 feet in front of me and for 30 minutes knelt there with tears and hands lifted as I shared the salvation bracelets with the many people of neighboring homes sitted on mats on the ground. The people were perplexed, but listen. As I shared, the voice out of Uma would say, “No I’ll not pray” etc…. She stayed on the knees… Finally, the people understood that only one way to eternal life comes thru Christ
. They all prayed and Uma clearly prayed also…
Her whole countenance changed!!
Her father shared that 1130 in the night last night she had awakened him and mother. She had told them to “pray”. She felt satan wanted her to follow him, but this Jesus
was speaking to her to follow Him. She and folks stayed up late in the night praying.
Now today we4 come sharing this Story…
Uma, father and all prayed to accept Christ in this village where there is no church!!! We gave for Prayer
shed to be built!
In Utlapalli village, Pastor Steven has gathered 40 believers in village of 2500 people. Only church id Roman Catholic
but only opens doors every 6 months. Someone tried to open a church 2 years ago, but fanatic hindus came and “forced all to put red stickers on the forehead and worship Mysamma, “My Mother goddess
People were frightenened.
Today, on newly purchased land, 25 met and heard and 3 took baptism in 55 gallon barrel. The people took a huge cloth and help up so all the people on the road would not cause a disturbance. On one hand, you want all the world to know, and on other hand, not cause a riot. This is rare place…
We taught the people and shared on the Word!! These are a determined few people inb this village.
Pastor Stevennwas trained in a church of david Raj that we helped the past 7 years starting with a prayer shed!!! By7 God’s grace
and strong covering of prayer, they will make it here…
In Bakkamanthulagudem Village–they gather 9pm around the well, directly in front of the church. The church shed, built of jute 5 years ago ghas collapsed. Now 35 believers and no savings. We taught the people on giving, saving and serving. All, standing in the night darkness, after working in the fields all day, listened closely and raised their hands with understanding as we taught–they will begin to tithe… We will match what they give and raise so that the church can be built. They have to report first…
Got to the village room we are staying at about 1130, we walked in and 100,000′s od ants covered all the concrete walls. They came with newspaper, burning and watched the ants fall. Spraed the deet spray around door and windows… We can do all things thru Christ….!!!!
With so much thanks and prayers…love and appreciate you all!!!
Kerry and Melody
Fruitful day every stop today!
We left early and went to Guttapalli Village for first time in 4 years. Yaddamma home helps children and young adults with various challenges.
For instance, Leah
, as beautiful 5 year old girl was found on the side of the road, abandonede by her parents when she cwas 3 days old. These years she has grown at yaddamma House
. When we first went, they had 5 acres, no water and 1 building! Fayetteville Northside Rotary drilled a well and it is great water!!
We gave a buffalo and sheep. They have 4 buffalo, 7 sheep and 2 rams along with Emu, turkey, all kinds of fowls and oxen etc… They had a big crop of millet!
we were fed breakfast setting around the open fire. Two wanted baptism.
It was a joy to see the progress! They are selling livestock as the “talents” double!! One Emu egg, huge things, bring over $100 when hatched!!
About 30 come to the church. One, Paddma weaves silk sarees on simple wooden loom. It takes 4-5 days to weave a 6 meter saree and she makes 600 rupees ($12)
spirit… India village people do not complain. It is a blessing to be with such warm hearted people!!
Dedicate 3 churches
and give for another!
At Miryalagudem we dedicate
church given by Pawhuska AG. It is built on roof
of a home as second floor. Not finished, but 3 and half walls and roof are done! They were all so thankful to have a place to worship, but dry!!
At Penchakilladinna, we dedicate church given by Westville AG. Yesaratnaum pastor
, lost toes to diabetes, but did great job on this church.
We shared on using tool of salvation bracelet to share Christ
. They were truly excited and 10 stood promising to share with at least 5 people the Gospel. One lady Sujatha,Wearing a bright green saree, had the most alive face and eyes as she prayed with tears over the souls that would come!!! We gave her 10 more bracelets!!
About 70 attend and were wanting floor… They meet in church, but need stones! Challenged the people on learning to tithe and break the curse of poverty. 8 women were widows with no income. We gave chickens as tool to pay tithes and use to buy stones. 10 work and said the would faithfully pay tithes. We are all in agreement that these caught the message and are excited!!
Appannapeta Village, a church built by West Memphis, Ar
AG, we dedicated a nice small church!! Pastor Zacharias was hit by a lorry, truck and has broken foot and hurt back. We gave him a buffalo to provide income…
This small church built with concrete blocks, looks good and has a good roof. 50 people packed inside. We were to dedicate in Janruary, but had no time…
It is now full and need bigger church! The people were in unity and when they began to sing, the power of God filled the place. Tears and annointing flowed!!
We taught the people, challenged their hearts and then gave candy and tooth brushes!!
It was a joy to see all 3 dedication churches with strong believers, excitement and hearts open to the Word!!
Last, in the night we went to SC Colony and pastor Peter has a small church of 40 and a roof that leaks much thru thatch roof. We committed for roof to this pastor who graduated from YWAM
and now pastors this village church!!
We have so so much the next few days with long drive tomorrow–160 km to one church…
Thanks so much for praying,
Kerry and Melody
By Missionary and Pastor Kerry Mauldin
We left this AM fo5r 3 remote villages
in the mountains, and on the way broke down with electrical problems in the jeep. Got an muslim electric man from Panyam village to help. As we were beside the road, a herd of camels came by, driven–herded by 3 young men. They were from Gujeratt State on herding thesecamels 7 months from town to town where they sacrifice a camel and sell the meat for muslim Bakridh holiday of camel feast. The diligence of these men and tradition that has to be met to accomplish eternal life…???
We got on the way and went to Sugalli (bracelet village). Pastor Bala Swami has pastored 4 years and face many persecutions and being beaten and driven out after people began to come to Christ
. He has stayed and about 50 members plus many children are in the church
. About 80-100 met on porch today and we share Christ.
8 took baptism in water and asKJonathon and Tammy gave baptisms, Melody and I visited hindu homes…
We met Sanjiamma “never dies”. She has a small shop and nice clean home. She shared that she went to a big town and while there, a chuirch offered her food. “This is a Christian thing, she thought, so she rejected the food. She later regretted and began to talk to this “God
“. She shared this and shared she is now ready to accept this God. She prayed
the prayer of salvation!! “I will share this with 10 more people” she exclaimed so excited!
Several women were gathered on her porch, and began to share.
Our village never prospered, but 10 years ago one man accepted this Jesus
and now many are accepting. “But you can see our village is building and prospering…”PTL!!!
These were truly excited and they talked, sang, and shared!!
At Icheruvu Village “Leg”village–Pastor came 5 years ago and began in this place that polishes stones.
We share in a home where husband and wife both work together to polish these big stones –flooring. The quota is 80 stones per 8 hour day and if not met, they get no pay.
This is hard, backbreaking, tedious and potentially injurious work. Ranga Swami 39 and wife 32 both eagerly accept Christ.
The church has grown to 60 baptised
believers with 10 taking today. Also, 10 are baptised with Holy Spirit
These villages are so thankful we came, welcoming and hospitable.
The last village–Rudravaram–we were not supposed to go. No pastor
and no church except a 7th Day church that, “No one ever comes to open the door”–church built and all grown up in weeds…
“We worship other gods, but they don’t hear our prayers”. They all wanted Eternal Life and up to 75 gathered in the night on the street to listen as we sang and shared. “They did not run when Melody and I sang…”
shared the bracelets and ALL in unity, quickly said they want thsi eternal ligfe!
In this village, a man dressed in costume that reminded of satan, was going around. No church and hungry people! One pastor with us agreed to come Sunday evenings and minister. There is so much to share and such hungry hearts. A incredibly strong potential church is birthed tonight!!! People all gathered around and such excitement and enthusiasm…
We gave 18 baptisms, gave two prayer sheds and many many accepted Christ even in village that we were not planned to be in…
Lord help us have the excitement and zeal in our hearts with hunger so apparent…
I sit now 932pm on outside, surrounded by mosquitos and sharing this update. Connection is such a challenge, but everything is truly a joy when you meet so so many that have not heard and truly have a hunger to hear…
With so much love, thanks, prayers and a thankful heart,
Kerry, Melody, Jonathon and Tammy (who both dis awesome job sharing salvation bracelets and baptisms today!!)
One of the most discussed questions among Christians and those who are not Christian, but wish to know about God, is the question of free will and choice. DISCIPLEGIDEON has an extremely enlightening post about this subject. I posted part of it below, but please read the rest at DISCIPLEGIDEON!
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I was listening to a Christian broadcast radio show this evening and it was one of those call-in shows, something like “Ask the Pastor”, where they took live phone calls and answered questions. I was privy to an excellent Q&A started by a 10-year old boy. The question went something like this: Do angels have free will like men do? And if God created angels to do his work, why did Satan turn away from God?
The pastor explained how angels and men have their own wills and can make choices on their own. That Satan chose to try to elevate his glory to that of God’s. And that God above all, honors choice. The pastor referred back to scripture and explained that when Satan rebelled, that he took one-third of the angels in heaven. Thus showing that angels indeed do have a choice…just like man has a choice.
This got me thinking. Everything in creation is under the law of God. His majesty is magnified in His creation. The laws of physics, the laws of the universe, the laws of light and energy, the laws of life and all of its processes. The only thing not under the law of God is choice. And if you think about it, it is what makes choice valuable…to God! The choice to love God is precious in His sight; if God had made us without the choice and we “automatically” loved God…then there is no intrinsic value in it for Him! So our choice to love God, brings Him glory and is the supreme desire of His heart. Do you believe that? Read the rest at DISCIPLEGIDEON
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. – John F. Kennedy
Reverend Boudreaux was the part-time pastor of the local Cajun Baptist Church, and Pastor Thibodaux was the minister of the Covenant Church across the road. They were both standing by the road, pounding a sign into the ground that read:
Da End is Near
Turn Yo Sef ‘Roun Now
Afore It Be Too Late!As a car sped past them, the driver leaned out his window and yelled, “You religious nuts!”
From the curve they heard screeching tires, and a big splash…
Boudreaux turns to Thib and asks, “Do ya tink maybe da sign should jussay………Bridge Out?”
A pastor’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the
Congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed
a rule that whenever the preacher’s family expanded, so would his
After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation
decided to hold another meeting to discuss the preacher’s expanding
salary. A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how
much the clergyman’s additional children were costing the church, and
how much more it could potentially cost.
After listening to them for about an hour, the pastor rose from his
chair and spoke, ‘Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many
gifts as He gives us. Silence fell on the congregation.
In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally
said in her frail voice, ‘Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too
much of it, we wear rubbers.’
The entire congregation said, ‘Amen.
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