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August Newsletter 2018

The Anointing

All of us hear the word anointing in church life. Ministers talk about the anointing. People want the anointing. I grew up in church and truthfully never understood what it meant. Was it something that came and went according to our emotions? As a young man who desired everything God had for me, I wanted to be anointed, but could never get a clear picture of what that was. 

Jesus said in Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed." He said the anointing was upon Him through the Spirit. I believe that when we are Spirit filled, we carry the anointing. It is an overflowing of divine life into us as we consecrate ourselves to the Lord. It is divine enablement. It is not emotional reactions to outward circumstances. It is not noise, movement or physical activity. It is being filled and overflowing with the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is not natural ability. It is not the result of religious training. It is an impartation of the nature of God!

Observations about the anointing:
  • Anointing is not a substitute for character. There is a difference between God can use anybody and He will use anybody. Many people want the blessing of anointing, but don't want to change their life. The miracles through us must never be greater than the miracles in us!
  • Anointing brings commitment to a local church and a refusal to live independently. I John 2:18-19. 
  • Anointing produces a desire for Christ. I John 2:28
  • Anointing produces a spiritual passion for the house of the Lord. Psalm 26:8
  • Anointing produces power to destroy the works of the enemy. I John 3:8
  • The anointing always has purpose. We are not anointed to feel good. We are anointed to fulfill the same works that Jesus did. To preach, to proclaim, to give liberty to those oppressed. 
What are you doing with the anointing that is upon your life? Are you using it to extend the Kingdom of God? I pray you will walk in your anointing and fulfill your God given responsibility.

This months sermon download is; "The Power of Encouragement".  Somebody around you needs a word of encouragement today. You are the instrument of God to give that word. Here is the link:
https://www.ronaldgrayministries.org/sermondownload.html

Mission News

Cuba

A great team from Georgetown Assembly of God in Georgetown, AL with Pastor Chris Summerlin shared in children's ministry in Havana, Cuba. Pastor Sergio helped plan a great series of meetings with over 1,300 children touched with the Word of God. The team saw many children make decisions to follow the Lord. The team sang songs, did dramas, and even used some special effects to wow the children. We went to several areas where there had never been a ministry team.



Guatemala

A wonderful team of young ladies from William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS traveled to Rabinal, Guatemala to minister with missionary Mary Purvis. These young ladies with several coaches, held volleyball clinics, shared in Vacation Bible School settings, and were a joy to be with. They had such a heart for the children. They served at the Feeding Program. They gave testimonies of what the Lord is doing in their lives. Thankful for young people who want to give their lives for the Kingdom.
 Serving those who serve Jesus around the world.
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Cuba
Through the generosity of our supporters, we were able to distribute over 175 pair of reading glasses to people who cannot get prescription glasses. This helps them to read the Word of God. They were so excited to receive these gifts. A contribution was made and we purchased the glasses through a ministry called "Restoring Vision". We did have about 125 pair of glasses confiscated from us. We pray that they will still be used. Our team was also able to take down two donated laptop computers, seven suitcases of clothes for children, shoes, copy paper and toner for a copier. Thank you to all those who helped us. The people were blessed and so grateful

Upcoming Schedule:

  • August 24-26: Men's Retreat and Ministry-Evangel Assembly of God, Tallahassee, FL
  • August 27-September 7: India Mission Trip
  • September 16: Christ the King Church, St. Louis, MO
  • September 19-22: Men's Reignited Event, Toccoa, GA
  • September 23: The Rivers Church, Columbia, SC
  • September 30: Sorrento Christian Center, Sorrento, FL
  • October 7: River Rock Community Church, Carrollton, GA
  • October 11-13: ACM Conference, Columbus, OH
  • October 14: Cornerstone Church, Wichita, KS
  • October 28: Abundant Life Church, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • October 29-November 8: Cambodia/China Mission Trip

 

Please pray for our upcoming time of ministry in India. Seven of us will travel next week to Ongole. We plan to have three days of teaching on Kingdom Business and then three days of teaching on "Christ's Kingdom in Me". We are looking at the possibility of starting a Ministry Training Institute in Ongole. God is at work in India and we desire to partner with India Christian Ministries to expand the Kingdom of God.

Ronald's Remarks

August has been a busy month, not only with ministry, but with activities. Sharon and I celebrated 36 years of marriage on August 7. We had to celebrate early as I was in Guatemala on the actual day. Then Sharon celebrated her birthday on August 18. I participated in a Mission Conference in Starkville, MS and then spent a week in an IOM board meeting. So thankful to share life with these brothers who have a vision for the world. We oversee 187 missionaries in 27 countries. We spend time praying for them and finding ways to help them in their fields.

Please pray about helping us with some of our travels in the next few months. India, Cambodia, China and Cuba are coming up. Thanks for your support. 
Now is the time and You are the one who can make a difference. You can partner with us to reach out to the people around the world. We can't change everyone, but we can make a difference in at least one life. Who knows how many that person will touch?
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