Friday, June 20, 2014


I recently received this "FIRED-UP" inspiring letter from a pastor's wife in Oklahoma and thought it would bless and 'FIRE UP" all my readers. I encourage you to make comments at the end.  As you read it, note how the Lord has stirred her up to witness and let the same Lord "FIRE UP" your heart to go out and reach souls for Him. Here goes....

Sis. Goodwin,

I just recently purchased your book *Compelled To Tell*.  I couldn't stop reading it. I cried many times throughout the book and had to call my twin sister in GA to tell her about it. 
What an amazing testimony you have. I am going to be buying both the hard copy of *Compelled To Tell* and also your other book *Reach Them One By One*.

My husband and I pastored Hale Station Pentecostal church and we knocked on almost every door in our neighborhood of the church inviting them to the church.  However, recently God has placed a huge burden upon me to go out there and compel them to come in.

I am ashamed that I haven't done more of it in my Christian life, but praise God for a God of second chances.  

I recently have been purchasing chick tracts and tracts from Living Water Ministries and also tracts by Mark Cahill.  I have been handing them out to random people, I've been placing some tracts that look like credit cards into the credit card slot at gas stations.  God has really been helping me to work up more courage to witness.  

Ashamedly, it's not something I learned by seeing others do but it's something God has put in my heart to do. It is commanded in the bible to go out to the hedges and compel them to come in.  
I have done jail ministry now for almost 3 years with some other church ladies.  We go every other Wednesday to the local jail here and minister.  However, witnessing in town, passing out tracts, or door knocking hasn't been something I've done much of.  But I feel like God is speaking to my heart about this so strong.  I know once I start doing it faithful maybe others will see the need to do it as well.  

Outreach like this is something I see a great need for in our holiness churches. I credit the conviction of The Lord, and your example and books, for helping me see my need to do this.  I've watched some videos of Mark Cahill and have purchased all of his books.  It has helped me to see my need to reach the lost.

I just wanted to write you and to tell you how much of an encouragement you've been to me.  I haven't ever personally met you, but I feel like I've known you all my life.  We used to pastor Sarah (Hollinghead) Burgess and she told me your class was her favorite at FGBI.  :-) You will receive so many crowns when you get to heaven!  I am only 33 but I know God is going to pass that baton to younger women like me from the older godly women like you!!! Please say a prayer for me if you will. 

My husband and I pastor Landmark Holiness Church here in Sallisaw, OK and we have 5 children.  It will be a challenge, but God is greater than our problems and big enough to equip us to reach the lost.

If y'all are ever in our area, please stop by and see us.  We have Tuesday night service and maybe soon will start having Saturday service as well.  We have Sunday at 10 Sunday night at 6 and Tueaday at 7. We would love to have y'all!!!

May The Lord continue to use you for His glory and may the Lord bless and encourage you as you have me.

I love and appreciate you!!

-Sis. Melinda McDaniel


1 comment:

  1. This is a great testimony! Keep spreading the fire, Sis. Claire!