Good News--God's News!
My talkative preacher brother, Brian Watson, called this evening with exciting news. Last week, while he hunted for alligator in South Louisiana, a stranger and his wife stopped to ask for directions. My brother, his hands filled with chicken necks and greasy string, greeted them, and the conversation quickly turned to God.
The man wanted to start churches for hunters in the swamps and marshes of South Louisiana, but he didn't know how to get started. The conversation was God ordained! Less than two years ago, Brian had been led to become a church planter for outdoorsmen in Texas. The two men exchanged contact information and my brother promised to find out who the man could talk to about starting churches.
As my brother researched, he found out that the person in charge of church planting in Louisiana was none other than a friend from our childhood church! He was quickly able to help the two connect with each other, and his ministry will now expand to another state.
In the short time Brian and his family have stepped out in faith to minister to outdoorsmen, God has led him in planting three churches with another one about to start. God has led in every step of the way, opening locations for churches and leading men to step up into leadership.
Brian said that they had just ordained a man into ministry, and he had recently met three hispanic men who want to lead or start churches. He also said that six people were waiting to be baptized!
The Outdoor Life church is a little different than most. It meets on a weeknight rather than on the weekend to accomodate the needs of hunters. Small group Bible studies and worship services are held in private businesses, some catering to hunters.
Brian's income is small. He has stepped out in faith to do this ministry, but God has provided every step of the way.
If you feel led, pray for my brother's health. He suffers from major allergies and asthma and needs to see a specialist. Pray for the money to do so. Also, pray for a dear friend of his who suffers from depression. This friend has been instrumental in helping start the churches. Lastly, pray for the church plants and leaders who will be stepping out in faith this year.
It is good to know that God is at work!