Renewal Week at Wilmore Free Methodist (UPDATED with sermon links)

profBrother Roy will be preaching the messages for Wilmore Free Methodist Church‘s Spiritual Renewal Week services, February 12-15.  Service times are Sunday morning (8:30am & 10:50am), Sunday evening (6:00pm), and Monday-Wednesday evenings (7:00pm).  WFMC is located at 1200 Lexington Rd., Wilmore, Kentucky.  Nursery and children’s ministries are available in each service.

The following messages by Brother Roy from the week are available through the website TruthCasting:

NHIM Pastors Retreat Cruise

img_0387Over the past week, 26 friends and co-laborers participated in a pastors retreat cruise sponsored by New Hope International Ministries.  The goal of the cruise was to provide a time to get away and refresh for several pastors with whom New Hope works in Eastern Kentucky.  The theme of the week was “Come Apart Before You Come Apart” with the theme verse of Mark 6:33Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat” (NLT). 

The ship sailed out of Mobile, Alabama, and included two full days at sea and a day each in Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico.

A major purpose of the retreat was to provide time away from the pressures of daily life and ministry. We spent much of our time enjoying fellowship with each other, sharing victories and difficulties, and eating dinner together as a family.

The retreat provided important opportunities for our group to get to know each other personally. Hectic schedules, work and ministry obligations, and family responsibilities leave little time to visit and learn about each other when we are at home, but the fellowship in sessions and around the dinner table provided opportunity for encouragement and enjoyment of each other.

While we were together as a group for many activities, we also wanted ministry couples to have some private time together – catching a nice lunch together in the dining room, watching the waves in the moonlight, or a late night coffee and dessert date provided an important time of refreshing and renewal.

In our scheduled sessions, Brother Roy preached a message on how Hezekiah took his challenges before the Lord, Pastor David Spencer shared about his vision for church planting and evangelism in Eastern Kentucky, NHIM Board Chairman Matt Kinnell spoke about how God’s plans for our lives – both physical and spiritual – are always better than we could have imagined, the laypeople traveling with us provided input on what they expect from a pastor, and we ended with a celebration of ‘The Lord’s Supper’ as a family.

Here are some photos from our week together:

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Roy and Sue in South Africa

Roy and Sue are visiting their daughter and son-in-law in South Africa this month.  Here is a brief update from Roy:

Slums in Johannesburg

Slums in Johannesburg

We are doing well. The trip is a little hard on us ‘old folks’, but we are surviving. Yesterday, I again had the privilege of working along side Lori in Kya Sands Squatter Camp. It is a heartbreaking, dismal slum. The children, ages 3 to about 9 with a few 1 and 2 year olds mixed in, are beautiful but so needy.We did some fun games and a lesson and then gave each child a half sandwich, a cup of Milo, and an apple. They devoured the food, and I cried. It takes so little to bring a smile to the face of a child. As poor as they are, a hug and a taste of food seems to provide enough to merit a smile.

Lord, please help us at NHIM to continue to try to find ways to serve ‘the least of these’.

~ Brother Roy

Roy Preaching Revival in Eastern Kentucky This Week

prof mchsBrother Roy has been preaching revival services this week at Mount Carmel High School in Vancleve, Kentucky.  Mount Carmel is a boarding school with a large number of international students.  Roy is preaching eight services during this revival, his first extended preaching engagement since his cancer treatment last Fall.  The students have been responding well to Roy’s down-home, practical messages, and they have even learned some mountain vernacular from Ezra and Arze.  Audio of the revival services can be found on the Mount Carmel website, here.  We thank the Lord for renewed strength that is allowing Roy to begin returning to a fuller ministry schedule.

Laymen’s Retreat

Buckhorn Retreat

This past weekend New Hope sponsored a laymen’s retreat in Buckhorn, Kentucky, as a part of our ongoing ministry of church planting and evangelistic outreach in the mountain region of Eastern Kentucky.  Eighteen men attended the retreat, including NHIM President Roy Lauter, and Board Members Matt Kinnell and Joe Hardman.  Half of the men who attended have been believers for less than one year.

Retreat sessions were presenting on sharing a vision for evangelism in Eastern Kentucky, a basic introduction to theology of sin and salvation, and sharing your faith with family and friends.  The Spirit was present throughout the weekend, and several men sought a deeper relationship with the Lord.  Each of the men shared that they felt the weekend was a great encouragement and time of growth.  Please pray with us that the seeds that were planted would continue to grow and that the commitments that were made to the Lord would be kept strong.

Celebration of Missions

Roy had the honor of serving as ‘Keynote Speaker’ at WGM Northeast Celebration of missions on April 27 and 28.  The meeting was held in Punxsutawny, Pennsylvania ( home of Phil the weather forcasting groundhog).  It was a great couple of days sharing about world missions.  WGM enjoys strong support in that area. There were also several people there that had served on NHIM teams. How blessed NHIM has been across the years to have served with so many dedicated believers.  On Sunday April 29, Roy preached at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Greenwood, PA.  NHIM has many friends there and the chance to renew friendships was such a blessing.