by Pastor Betzer | 3 Comments »
I just noted it’s been six weeks or so since I’ve made an entry. Sorry about that. Darlene and I went to Springfield, Missouri, about three weeks ago for both business and vacation. I had an Assemblies of God board meeting (called the Executive Presbytery) and then I flew to Chico, California for a couple days for a missions night. Upon arriving back in Springfield, Darlene and I rented a car and headed for our favorite spot, Branson, Missouri. There is a vacation resort, owned by Johnny Morris, the owner also of all the Bass Pro stores, called Big Cedar Lodge. That’s our Shangri-La!! We rented a little cabin on Lake Tablerock. Nice place, too, complete with real fireplace, a jacuzzi, and a hot tub. Now how can you ask for more than that? The weather was cold at night, in fact, got down to 18 degrees one evening, but I burned lots and lots of that marvelous oak and maple in the fireplace – complete with the crackling and popping and the delightful aroma of a burning fire. I preached the first Sunday morning away at a new little Assembly of God church in Springfield, Grace Assembly of God. It was started a year or so ago by Pastor Owen Carr, who is in his EIGHTIES! The church is flourishing, due to the marvelous ministry of Pastor Carr, whom I consider a prince of preachers. And the power of the Holy Ghost is there. A week ago today (this is Thanksgiving night, by the way) I spent the day with my dear friend Jim Bakker. I was a guest on his television program from his new studio (Morningside). Jim has been my friend for decades, and I am thrilled at the way God is using him once again.
Next Monday, Lord willing, I head for Cuba for four days, finishing a film there for our Peninsular Florida District Council. The name of this short piece of work is CUBANO FUEGO – or Cuban Fire! A sovereign move of God is sweeping Cuba. Our Assemblies of God churches have exploded with growth, going from 12,000 in 1990 to over a half million today! Praise the Lord! The goal of our 330 district churches is to raise $3 million in our annual district council to be held in Orlando next May. I was in Cuba two months ago and was astonished at the work God is doing there.
This year, a tough one in ministry to be frank, has been a busy one. But God is faithful. This year I have preached in America, India, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and Cuba. Next year I plan to slow down. But as long as God gives me strength, I won’t stop.
Please keep praying for Darlene. Her spinal surgery was six weeks ago, but she still has much, much pain. God bless you, good friend! I hope to see you in person at our 18th annual Christmas Keyboard Festival at First Assembly starting a week from tomorrow night (Friday). It will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and the following Sunday at 3: p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free and the concert featuring four Steinway grand pianos, the band, the choir and special guest Paul Todd will be fantastic.