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April Newsletter 2018

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9: Says: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God."

Jesus spoke these words to a group of hot headed disciples, who thought that the Kingdom was going to come by conflict, war and political upheaval. They did not understand the militant army of God is a spiritual force that fights in the heavenlies. Men throughout history have waged crusades, held inquisitions, all in the name of peace. Churches have fought each other, wounded, debated and hurt each other all for the sake of "peace".

Peace is harmony with one another. To bring peace, one must first be at peace with himself. We cannot ever impart to others what we ourselves do not have. 

The scripture here does not say peacekeeping or peace lovers, it says peacemakers. The only source of peace is Jesus. He is the Prince of Peace. I believe we help make peace when we share our faith with others. People are in so much stress these days and need the peace that only Jesus brings. The scripture also says we are ministers of reconciliation. There is so much strife and bitterness today, both in the world and the church. Now this does not mean that we are to be people who avoid all conflict, or live totally laid back and relaxed all the time, or passive about things that God cares deeply about. We are not to compromise our convictions, but we should not be people who constantly argue and have to be right all the time. We should not be adversarial in our relationships. We are to encourage others. We should be slow to anger. We should walk in humility. 

We will be called the sons of God, or the children of God. What a blessing to resemble the Lord so much that people see us as His children!

My message of the month is "The Great I AM." We need to see God in all of His power and ability. His names convey the very nature of God. I pray it will be a blessing to you. It is a free download.
https://www.ronaldgrayministries.org/sermondownload.html

Mission News

Michael McCarty and I traveled to Cuba for a week of teaching. We taught on "Christ's Kingdom in Me." This is rich teaching on applying principles to our lives from the scriptures. So many people know Bible verses, but do not know how to apply them to their personal lives. There must be more than what we see in so many lives.  Pastors and leaders attended as we shared for two days. Pastor Sergio and Rosa were our hosts. We are looking at the possibilities of planting a Ministry Training Institute in Cuba, if the doors open.


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The mission trip to Italy has been postponed. I hope to plan something for later in the year. Please keep this in your prayers. I believe in what the Lord is doing with the Kigo family and in Italy.




I was able to teach my book for a day. So many pastors are asking me to come on a regular basis and teach. I thank the Lord for the opportunities God has given us to preach and teach the Word of God. I believe that faith was released and we were able to encourage these beautiful people who struggle in a country of difficulty.

I have a request for some needs in Cuba. I plan to return the last week of May. If you have the ability to meet the need, please contact me. You can either send the items or send money to buy the items.
A video recorder that does not use film, laptop computers, guitar strings, copy paper, pens, eyeglasses. They need a sound system that costs $350. The big item needed is a used car. Transportation is so difficult. A car would cost about $12,000.
 Serving those who serve Jesus around the world.
www.iom-online.com
A team from Grace Temple, Hattiesburg, MS and a few others are going to Kenya, June 4-15, to build a new building for this church. Pastor Alex is a Turkana warrior who has had an encounter with the Lord. He has served at Kenya Ministry Training Institute in a number of roles. He now feels that God has called him to pastor. The land has been purchased and we plan to erect a brick building. We still need about $3,000 to finish.  Please keep this trip in your prayers.

Upcoming Schedule

  • April 22: Grace Temple, Hattiesburg, MS
  • April 29: Servants Hearts and Hands Ministry, Front Royal, VA
  • May 6: Bethel Church, Orangeburg, SC
  • May 8-10: CSM Conference, Gatlinburg, TN
  • May 18-20: Men's Conference, Poland
  • May26-31: Mission Trip to Cuba
  • June 4-15: Mission Construction trip to Kitale, Kenya
  • July 23-30: Mission Team from Georgetown Assembly, Wilmer, AL to Cuba
There are a number who have already registered. I would really like to hear from you before May 30 so I can plan accordingly. It will be a life changing event.

Ronald's Remarks

I celebrated my 63rd birthday on April 15. Some days I still think that I am about 20, but other days I realize I am in my 60's. The fact is that I have spent the majority of my life endeavoring to serve the Lord. I have not always done the best, and have missed the mark many times, but I am enjoying the journey. I never thought I would travel all over the world and be able to touch the things I have. Thanks for your prayers and for the faithful support so many share with me. It is a great adventure. Thankful for my family and friends 

I plan to help lead a tour to Israel again January 15-22, 2019. If you are interested, please go to my web site for more information.
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?
Ronald, I want to partner with you to Reach the Nations. Here is my pledge of support. You can be a partner in the Harvest with any monthly support. Your financial support is a blessing to many.
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