Our tenure in Pasadena was only 15 months but the Lord was gracious and merciful. I was contacted by a church in Texarkana,TX and interviewed with it. So in March 1973 we moved all four of us to Texarkana. I will never forget the day I moved my few boxes of books and office items to my closet office in the Youth Building. As I drove up to the building there sat Keith Frazier and David McCullough sitting out there. I greeted them and they barely said high and they watched me take in the boxes never offering to help. It was my idea they weren't very interested in me nor the Lord at that time. Things kind of stated out slow but I implemented a discipleship plan with adults and youth.. We started a Wednesday night youth service we then called Joy Explosion. This caught on like wildfire. Soon the place was packed out. We had a youth discipleship group on Friday mornings at 6:30 am. Only eight at a time was permitted to participate. That Summer we went to a Youth camp at Lakeview and that is where God began to really move. I also remember the camp speaker, Mike Toby. God was beginning to work on some of our kids. One such was Keith. Jesus got a hold of his heart and He didn't let go. We became friends as I discipled him and he challenged me. I wish I could tell you all that went on those three years. We had the musical group TRUTH come, the Sounds of Joy who one of the members was Russ Taff. Sammy Tippit came and preached to us. David Wilkerson and Dallas Holm came to Texarkana. I was able to get the reigning Miss America to come and give her testimony. It was at this time that we started out ski trips first to New Mexico and then Colorado. I am telling you it was an incredible ministry as the Holy Spirit directed us. However, it was not with opposition and persecution. When you follow Jesus there will be times of testing. Just one: We were on a ski trip and when we got back the pastor called us in and reported that Timm, our son had received burns on his body when he pulled a hot cup of coffee his grandmother had just poured on himself and he was in the hospital in Shreveport. We rushed to his side and when we got there he acted like he didn't want to see us. But he soon warmed up and let me tell you, God healed him completely No scars today. Hallelujah!
What we Learned on Sunday? Insights, ideas and Inspiration