April, 2018 Ministry Update
Mershon Ministry Update
Evangelist Paul Mershon
Dear Supporting Churches and Praying Friends,
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (III John 1:2).
Linda and I trust that this ministry update finds you and yours well, and the work of the Lord prospering as you serve Him in your respective ministries. We are careful to uphold you before the Throne of Grace as we intercede for you in daily prayer. We appreciate you and thank God for you. Thank you so very much for your prayers for us as we serve the Lord in the revival ministry. Your prayers are surely sensed and mean so much to us. Thank you and God bless you for your faithfulness.
20th SUMMER REVIVAL MEETING AT AFBC
Beginning next Lord's Day, we will be with Auberry First Baptist Church for our 20th summer revival meeting with Pastor Larry Gibson and the church family. Situated on the Big Sandy Mono Indian Rancheria in the beautiful California Sierras, this wonderful church was established over 100 years ago as a mission work with a Gospel outreach to the local native American people. Pastor Gibson and I first met in 1977 shortly after he was discharged from the United States Air Force. We have been close friends over the years, and I have had the privilege of working alongside of him in ministry when he was pastoring in Southern California, and throughout his many years in Central California. His wife, Donna, was one of our teenaged young people in the youth group at Fundamental Baptist Church in Escondido, California, when I served there as Youth Director. While conducting a revival meeting there at AFBC in 2006, we were witness to a powerful moving of the Holy Spirit that brought revival to the church. I will long remember how God met with us and did a mighty work. We are looking forward to this our 20th year with our dear friends at AFBC.
53 YEARS AND COUNTING!
Linda and I will be celebrating our 53rd wedding anniversary this month. I know that it sounds like a well-used old cliché, but it does indeed seem like it was just yesterday when we said "I do" before friends and family gathered together to witness our exchange of wedding vows at Faith Chapel in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, on that beautiful early summer day in 1965. God has graciously blessed our many years together with a precious family to include our daughter, her husband, 5 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. It has been a blessed adventure and I thank God for the many years the Lord has given us together, and especially for saving us and giving us the privilege of serving Him together in the ministry over the years. To God be the glory!
18th ANNIVERSARY OF MMBBC
Our home church, Mira Mesa Bible Baptist Church, recently celebrated its 18th anniversary. Begun as a mission work (church plant) over 20 years ago commissioned by Bible Baptist Church of National City, California, the church has grown throughout the years and produced much fruit for the glory of God. Four years ago MMBBC reproduced itself with a church plant in the city of Murrieta, California, pastored by one of our men sent out to establish the work. In addition to the anniversary celebration, the church also celebrated our pastor’s birthday as he turned 65 years of age. Pastor Del has served as the under-shepherd of the work for the past 20 years. As this will be his last birthday celebrated with the church due to his impending retirement, the church also honored him. The church had a nice banquet with many guests in attendance, and Pastor Larry Obero of BBC brought the message for the evening. It was indeed a special time. We love our pastor and are saddened by his upcoming departure but know that he is following God’s will for him. He will be engaged in other ministry activities following his retirement from the pastorate.
UPCOMING TRAVEL SCHEDULE
Our upcoming revival meeting schedule has us in central California, Montana, the Pacific Northwest, northern California, and southern California. We are praying for more meetings in Canada as the Lord has kept the doors open to us there. We will be in Alaska in August visiting family and will have an open schedule. We continue to have some open dates this year we would like to fill, and have begun scheduling for 2019 and 2020. Please do pray with us that we would keep our revival meeting schedule as full as possible. We have had a couple of busy years and praise the Lord for the many wonderful churches where we have had the privilege of ministering. God has opened the doors to some new ministry opportunities where I have not served before, so that is indeed a blessing.
PHILIPPINES MINISTRY TRIP
My pastor and I continue to discuss a Philippines ministry trip sometime in the near future. We are looking at the possibility of several weeks there preaching and ministering to local churches. One pastor in the Subic Bay area has spoken to me about a possible Bible conference with various independent Baptist churches in the area participating. Please pray with us about this as I know my pastor is very much interested in my going with him. I have not been back to the Philippines since 2005, and would be glad for the opportunity to see preacher friends there again and visit the churches where I have preached in the past.
That the Lord would sustain our health.
Safety on the road as we travel.
That we would be an encouragement to pastors and their families.
Our home church as the new pastor comes onboard.
For souls to be saved in the meetings.
We love and appreciate you all, and want you to know that we do not take your support of our ministry for granted. Thank you, and may God bless you richly for partnering with us.
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee" (Psalm 85:6).
Addicted to the Ministry of the Saints,
Paul and Linda Mershon
Mira Mesa Bible Baptist Church
San Diego, California
Pastor Willie Del