Feb 24

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Praise the Lord and greetings from the side of the road in Kentucky!  We rejoice in the fact that the cross is traveling on.  We want to give you all a quick update of some of the things that are going on so you can continue to pray and rejoice with us.  The last few weeks have seen several opportunities for ministry and encouraging people in Christ; from the local sheriff, in Ashland Kentucky, who stopped to talk because he was excited to see the cross in his town and to say he was a new believer, to a front page news paper article that shared Christ with a whole city.  As always, it has been a joy to watch God work! One of the blessings that we saw was when the Lord led us to make camp in the KOA, owned by a delightful Christian couple.  Charlie is a Deacon at a local Baptist church.  He was so excited about the cross coming to his campground that he called a couple other deacons from his church to let them know and they wanted to come out to meet with me that night.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship and prayer even as one of the deacons wept with joy over the ministry of the cross.  Because of that encounter, this past Sunday evening we were extended an invitation to share and Doreen sang in their church.  In that service, two young men came forward in tears at the invitation, surrendering their lives to a deeper walk with the Lord. The sweet spirit in this mission minded church will linger in our minds and hearts for a long time.  As a result of that evening service, we were given the opportunity to go into a local jail to share the Lord. To our surprise, when we arrived the jail warden wanted us to bring the cross into the cell block where we did the service( which took a lot of maneuvering to get it in there). We were told that the jail held 55 female inmates and that they ALL wanted to come to the service!  There were not enough chairs for everyone so some sat on the floor and some stood against the wall. What an amazing time of sharing that was!!!  We had a wonderful time with the girls. There was laughter, many tears and healing of hearts in that one hour.  Fifteen women raised there hands to receive Christ!!  Praise God!!  Ryan from the Baptist church is on staff at the jail and will do the followup.

Like always, the Cross has continued to draw people to pull over on the side of the road for prayer, young and old alike, with a multitude of different needs and concerns, like one young man who pulled over and was struggling to get his life back on line with the Lord after several years of drug problems. Two other men ran out of a furniture store and chased me down asking for prayer. One young man was a new father and shared how he wants to get his life together for the sake of his new baby girl. Since her birth, he now feels the urgency to surrender to a deeper walk and become the Godly father and leader in his home that he should be.

Then this morning at 8:30, we received a phone call from a church leader in Kenya, Africa who we have been corresponding with. He has asked if I would come teach and encourage pastors from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.  After Pastor Chris’s sweet greeting, he proceeded to tell us that my voice was being transmitted over a loud speaker so that the 40 men and 50 women listening could hear me. You could here them clapping and rejoicing in the background as I shared some truths from God’s word. Please, if you all would, pray with us about this opportunity set for Aug. of this year. Pastor Chris and his wife graciously invited us to stay with them should the Lord lead in this direction. We are certainly open to this.  They have asked if we could bring Bibles to supply Pastors in Uganda. They said that many of the pastors don’t even have a Bible.

Oh yeah, one last little sweet miracle.  The Carter Cave State Park here in Kentucky said that they would open their campground and turn on the water in the shower building so that we can make camp there as our journey continues.  They said that they don’t normally open till mid March.  THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!

Thank you all so much, first of all for your prayers and also for finantial support which is needed so bad right now. Please give,  as God leads (see donate page). God Bless you all.

From the Front Lines,

Rick and Doreen Newton

Remember you give that others may live Eternally

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