Fruit that remains…

"By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples."
John 15:8

At the beginning of December, we had the great honor of being invited to minister at the Tim La Haye Ministries Pre-Trib Conference in Dallas, Texas. Jerry was asked to come and do the music. At the end of the meeting time the first night that we were there, a lady came up to the table where we had been seated and said to me “your husband led me and my entire family, all 7 of us, to Christ back in the 80’s”. We were of course, overjoyed and humbled to meet and visit with them. Thank You, Lord, for allowing us to meet them again.

Later that evening in our hotel room I began to reflect on this meeting and became increasingly aware that it all began with a couple very dear to us, Alan and Cherryl Smith, who were the ones responsible for inviting Jerry to Houston so many times back in the 80’s. Not only did Jerry have the extreme honor of being used of the Lord to lead this family to Himself, but also, Alan and Cherryl, were vital in this process.

The Smith family remains a vital part of this ministry today and continue to help send us. Let us encourage you today, you may not be the one who actually leads someone to the Lord directly, but you may be the reason that someone can be sent to others. Either way, it brings about fruit and fruit that remains.

John 15:8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” NKJV

1 Cor 3:7-8 “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” NKJV

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  1. stacie cronin

    Last night I was led to look for Paul Wilbur Ministry info. For years I have wanted to replace my “Israel’s Hope” cassette tape. A response from his website led me to a website where I learned that he had once been associated with Harvest. In 1986 I toured and performed with the National Christian Choir in Israel which included Christmas Eve in Bethlehem Square. I was so profoundly touched by the experience of touring Israel with with 200 believers that I was literally desperate to return which I did three months later. This trip was with only 30 people, most of whom I did not know. The two trips were so different. The first, I was a soloist/leader with the choir and frequently in a position of being used by God to minister to others. The second trip was so much more reflective and God was ministering to me. I toured with my walkman and headphones. I listened to Harvest and Israel’s Hope over and over and over. I wore the tapes out.
    I have wanted to replace them for so many years.
    Following my trips, I went to work as a correctional officer at Lorton, VA. In 1991 I was injured and remain disabled. My health deteriorates and I spend most of my time in bed. Having discovered a youtube website today, I have never been on youtube before, I have spent the afternoon listening to the music which has taken me back to the Sea of Galilee and the Mount of Beatitudes and into God’s very throne room. It has been such a blessing. My biggest disappointment is that I can’t turn the sound up louder. I rarely have enough money for my medications, but I plan to participate in Jentezen Franklin’s 21 day fast. I will use some of the unspent food money replacing tapes/cds. And during that fast, you and your ministry will be in my prayers. During the 80’s I attended several of your concerts and always left knowing I had been in God’s presence. The Holy Spirit was always there. I know there are so many more lives that have been profoundly affected by your ministry. Thank you for your faithfulness. May God continue to richly bless you.

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