The Hendricks Family
April 30, 2018
Greetings once again in Jesus Name. I think Spring is finally here for us in North Carolina. The weather has been up and down here for sure. Add that to our travel and it has been a roller coaster ride for us as far as weather is concerned. This month alone we went from here to Barbados where it was in the 80’s came home for two days then off to Norway, Maine, where it was snowing. The Monday night service was cancelled because of ice and snow. My body is happy to be in NC for a few weeks and hope the weather holds up. Its time to plant a garden. Thank God for Spring.
In the Prisons these two months, we have had one Revival at Livesay Correctional with good attendance. We had 2 men ask the Lord to be their Savior. In our other Prisons and Jail meetings we saw 2 more men ask the Lord to save them. TO GOD BE GLORY. This past Saturday night, after the service a man came to me with tears in his eyes and said, “Preacher, that was for me tonight.” It is always a blessing when God uses you to help others. At Tabor City, on Sunday night, one of the men said, “Preacher, we were just talking about you today.” He said, “I told them, you know that country preacher that sings out of the Bible.” AMEN. I told him, “that suits me just a country preacher wanting to do something big for God.”
On April 3rd, we flew down to Barbados for our Island Jubilee 2018. The week and the meeting went great. It was a good time of fellowship, preaching and singing. There were 8 of us from the states that went as well as men from 5 Islands. What a blessing to worship together. Thank you, to Pastor Earl James, and the people of his Church, Bible Independent Baptist Church, for hosting the meeting this year.
It was a blessing to see some men I had not seen in many years at this meeting. They have grown up now and are married and living in Barbados. One brother came to me and said, “Pastor Joe, do you remember me?” I had to be honest and tell him I could not remember. With a smile on his face he said, “Let me tell you where we met.” He said, “you remember Preaching for Pastor Lambert in the chicken house? (that is where Pastor Lambert’s Church was when we met. What great memories.) He then said, “In 1994, after you preached there one night, you took me into the little room in the back and led me to the Lord.” WELL GLORY! What a blessing! He is married and living in Barbados now, but assured me he is still serving the Lord. I had not seen him in over 20 years. That made my night.
Another young man, who grew up in our Church (while we lived in Grenada) came to me one night and told me that he too was Married, living in Barbados and serving the Lord there. What a blessing to see these men now grown, with families, still serving the Lord. That is proof of what God can do. I had not seen either of these men in over 20 years but God is still doing a work in their lives. Its not about us it’s about HIM.
God sure is good to us, Praise His name! I some times wonder what it will be like when we get to Heaven and some one will walk up to you and say, “you remember when you gave to that missionary? Here is what God did in my life because of your gift.” I do believe that this will happen many times over. I am overwhelmed that God would use me and that you would invest in our ministry. I want to say thank you again for every prayer, card, kind word and financial support you give to my family and I, to keep us doing God’s will for our lives. We are in the greatest work in the World.
In closing, please pray for us in the next few weeks our men from the Islands will be coming for our Jubilee and meetings here in the States. We try to help carry them around. We have been trying to save money for over 2 years to buy a Minivan to carry them in. We are supposed to be looking next week. Please pray for God’s direction to the right van.
If I can help you in any way, or if you would like for one of our men to visit you while they are here, please give me a call at 828-461-8591. Thanks again for everything.
In His Service;
Joe & Becky Hendricks