A Word from David Stockwell
These recent days have been extraordinary, as our country has experienced unprecedented difficulties in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires in Montana, Oregon and California, and the tragedy in Las Vegas. Jesus reminded us in Luke 13:1-5 that our response, in addition to compassion, care and concern for those affected, should be personal introspection and repentance...otherwise we will all likewise perish! Let us be full of His grace, His love, His compassion as we reach out to those hurt by these events.
As you know, it is as we walk through the deepest valleys that we often find our greatest understanding and intimacy with the Lord. As you preach His Word, I'm asking Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit and His love, and to draw people to Himself as you lift up the mighty Name of Jesus!
Please mark your calendars for two important events in 2018 for Texas Baptist Evangelists:
Hosted by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, during which COTBE will have its annual meeting, local worship service highlighting our evangelists, our Afterglow meet-and-greet, booth in the exhibit hall. We are especially excited about our COTBE evangelism break-out sessions at the conference.
You'll love meeting the new Evangelism Director for SBTC, Shane Pruitt, who is working with us to get all these things accomplished during the conference. I am greatly impressed with his love for God, love for souls and soul-winning, and his love for evangelists!
We have a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn at the Irving Convention Center for our group; price is $101 per night/double occupancy, plus hotel taxes and fees. We would love to know as soon as possible whether you will be able to join us. We are working on details now, and will get back to you with more information. We hope you will plan to join us for these great opportunities and events!
We are working on some exciting plans for a joint Evangelists' Retreat, with our Texas Evangelists hosting evangelists from across the nation, a Sunday Worship Celebration featuring our Southern Baptist Evangelists, a meet-and-greet with pastors and convention attendees, booth on the exhibit floor, and a host of other great events that we want you to participate in!
Please don't miss out on these great opportunities to be encouraged, to meet and fellowship with other evangelists, and to promote your ministry and the Office and Work of the Evangelist. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon.
If you are not already a member, please prayerfully consider joining our national evangelists' group, Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, and participating with us at the national level. We need you! Click here for information on membership requirements. Also, if you are not current on your dues for COTBE, please make your payment as soon as possible by sending a check to Gary Newman at the address below, or via PayPal on through our website link.
Also, please find an encouraging word from our vice-president, Marion Warren, below. We're so thankful for Marion, and his loving ministry of encouragement and exhortation! His words will bless you.
Your friend and partner in the Gospel,
David Stockwell Evangelistic Association
PO Box G, Katy, TX 77492