I just returned from an all day prayer meeting at Dunklin Regeneration Camp in Okeechobee, a place for addicts to find genuine recovery through a relationship with Jesus Christ. It was a day of celebration, praise and worship. Every staff member is a graduate of the Dunklin program.
My friend Mickey Evans, the founder of Dunklin, went home to be with Jesus last month and I was privileged to attend the celebration of his life with more than 2,000 others in the Agri-Center in Okeechobee. The wisdom of this man is exhibited in his plans for his departure to heaven for the ministry to continue.
Tears moistened my cheeks as I heard 20 plus men read their journals for the day, prayed and took communion. I was allowed to share words of encouragement and to recognize some of the men that God has allowed me to refer to the ministry and become their mentor upon their graduation after successfully completing the program.
I am leaving today to share with a group of over comers through Jesus in Titusville at their meeting tonight. I will be preaching at a church in Titusville on Sunday. The assistant director of the program met me in Dunklin this week to attend the prayer meeting and the NET meeting the following day. His dad brought him to my office a few years back.
This man was totally bankrupt and at the end of his rope. The drug dealer was threatening to kill him if he didn’t pay up and he had no money to pay him. We referred him to Dunklin; he graduated the program and is now giving away his recovery as he directs the program in Titusville. What a joy it is to see God at work and continuing to perform miracles in so many lives.
I was also privileged to attend the NET meeting the day following the prayer meeting. Fifteen men representing a number of ministries shared their heart and gave a report of what God is doing through their lives individually and through the ministries to which God has called them. What a joy to know that God is alive and well and doing a great work among His people.
A great blessing was mine to have the privilege of spending some time with Laura Maye Evans, the widow of my late friend Mickey Evans. She is rejoicing in his home going even in the midst of her loss but heaven’s gain. Laura Maye is a great witness for God and His Kingdom. Following a visit with her I stopped by and visited with Fred Beason and his gracious wife.
Fred who served as a board member at Dunklin felt the call of God on his life to begin a regeneration program for female addicts. He and his wife are blessing the lives of many women at The Refuge Ranch across the road from Dunklin. The two of them are an inspiration and what a joy to visit with them and share the miracles that God is bringing to pass in the lives of those we have been called to serve.
This has been a time of renewal for me as I have been made aware that all the bad news that the devil is throwing at us is absolutely no threat to the mercy and grace of a God who loved us enough to send His Son to the Cross that we might have the Gospel, the “Good News”, to share with the world. I was greatly encouraged and I wish to encourage you that God loves all the people He has created. We have the “Good News”. Don’t miss any opportunity to share it.