2017 – A Year that Changed Me

These last 12 months or so have changed me. I’m not the same person I was at this time last year. Sometimes that’s an intentional goal, a quest for personal improvement, but my changes have come at the hand of circumstances beyond my control. Let me explain.

My mother went to be in God’s presence forever in August of last year. Then just 3 months later, I became an orphan at age 65 when my father joined her.

In the midst of dealing with the reality of losing both my parents in such a short time, I had a death-defying heart incident just days after my 45th wedding anniversary. Felicia was almost widowed that night.

So how was I changed after witnessing my parents’ death and facing my own?

Simply, I am convinced that every day I’ve lived since January 24, 2017, is bonus time.

After that experience, I wondered what my future would be. Would it be possible to continue traveling? Would I have the strength and stamina needed to do this demanding work? Would I have to lay down this ministry that I have been so blessed with?

God has truly been faithful, as I only had to cancel one meeting after my hospitalization. I did not book as heavily as I normally would have, but Felicia and I stepped out in faith and put one foot in front of the other. We feel we were called to this ministry, and we were determined not to let it go without a fight.

Our ministry travels in the last ten months took us to nineteen churches in nine states, including Texas, New Mexico, West Virginia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

It seemed that the excitement in the revivals increased in the months after my V-tach. God continued to bless this ministry with results.

Everywhere we’ve traveled, the attendance has been great and the altar response strong. My awareness that I have been given a life-extension to do ministry is making a real difference.

We continue to hear great reports from pastors who are busy after the revivals baptizing new Christians and welcoming new members into their churches.

Just last week, this pastor baptized 5 young people who responded to God’s message of love and redemption at one of our events.

Felicia and I are so grateful for you, the faithful friends of this ministry who have prayed for us and given generously to make it possible for us to continue answering God’s call.

Those gifts have made it possible for many to respond to the message of God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

We have been given a deep burden to preach a message of a God who loves us and calls us to faithfully follow Him. It’s a more urgent message now than ever before.

Our world is staggering in darkness. Children and grandchildren have lost their way. Many are caught in prisons of sexual brokenness and terrible addictions to drugs and alcohol.

But our message is unchanged. Jesus stands ready to heal, deliver, and save!

As we close out 2017 strong, you can help in these ways:

• Pray for our ministry. We can only go where we’re invited. Pray for more opportunities to bring God’s message of freedom to more people and more towns.

• Give generously. December and January are typically months where we have no bookings. Can you help offset the financial cost of that gap?

• Become a regular monthly donor. These automatic gifts help us save fundraising costs and let us know that provision will be there each month. Church missions budgets and Sunday School class sponsorships are other ways you can support us.

• If it’s been a while since we’ve been in your church, have your pastor call and invite us back. We’d love to see you again! You can reach me directly at (817) 975-5524.

Felicia and I are so blessed by your friendship and are so encouraged by knowing you believe in this ministry. We’re looking forward to 2018 and seeing God transform homes and churches wherever He leads us.

P.S. Your generous year-ending gift will make a huge difference right now when churches don’t book outside events. Giving securely online by clicking here will ensure we have your gift for the 2017 tax year.

The Lord is my Shepherd

We follow His lead - a short update on Wesley's health

(This is a picture of an EKG showing a heart in trouble.  Felicia declares that this was mild compared to the dramatic fluctuations that were on  my EKG. She said it looked like the wild scribbling of a 2 year-old!)

January 24, 2017 is a day I will never forget.  Every day I live since that day can be considered bonus.  When I was growing up in south Louisiana, the term we used to describe that kind of bonus was “Lagniappe.”  That’s an old Cajun expression that means “a little extra.”  That’s what God has given me.   The quick trip through the streets of Lubbock, TX, to the ER at Covenant Medical Center and the events of the next few days are a blur in my mind.  I came within minutes of meeting my Maker, but by God’s mercy, I am still here for “a little extra” time and doing very well.  Hallelujah!

With a few months to reflect I have identified some important things I learned.

  1.  Our faith makes a difference.  Amid the swirl of activity around me in the trauma room and the obvious concern of my caretakers as they hooked me up to the paddles, I was at peace.  Looking mortality square in the eyes, there was no fear.  I knew

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

This changes everything

 

This is a song I wrote to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is a rewrite of the Charles Wesley hymn of the same title from the “Amazing Love” CD we released in 2006.  Take a few minutes to listen and join in the HALLELUJAH’S.  He has defeated death and the grave.  This changes everything.

 

Good Friday meditation

He gave His all for us.

 

 

 

 

On this Good Friday, as we contemplate who Christ is an all He’s done for us, take a moment to listen to this song.  It is a rewrite of Charles Wesley’s “And Can it Be”  entitled “Amazing Love” from the album we did in 2006 of the same name.  Let these words minister to your soul today.

 

Fantastic Harvest at Summer Camps

Our 38th Year!

 

What an amazing harvest!!

God has used this ministry to introduce thousands of children to Jesus over the past 38 years. This year we had the privilege of being storyteller in two camps, Ceta Canyon, TX,  and Sacramento, NM. Between the two camps there was an awesome harvest!

There were 60 who made profession of faith in Christ, over 150 recommitted their lives to follow Him and 25 answered the call to full-time ministry.

Here’s a video where I prayed for children in Sacramento after they had made decisions the night before.  It was amazing!

We had a great time in worship with the children. They sang their hearts out to the glory of God!

They also had the opportunity to learn the books of the Bible using one of the songs from our BibleQuest program.

The children were totally fascinated with my beard!  Here are pics at each camp showing boys and girls petting my beard.  It was really a sight to see.

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We are so grateful for those who have helped support us and who make this kind of life-changing ministry possible. God gave the harvest because you were faithful to give.

We are moving into a busy fall schedule. Please pray for us.  We want to be used by God to make a difference! That is our heart.  Be sure to follow our schedule and pray for us as we go.

CHRISTMAS BOOKING OPPORTUNITIES Though it’s 100 degrees outside right now, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas worship services. We are beginning to book our Christmas stories for this December. We can come to your church and share the story of Christ’s birth as told by the Christmas Shepherd. In addition I will share a concert of Christmas music from our latest album, ‘O Come, O Come’.  We are also booking now for the Spring of ’17. We’d love to come to your church!  Email us: booking@wesleyputnam.org

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT…

Please, remember that this ministry can only continue as our friends support us with their prayers and finances.  We really need your help this month. Our camping ministry yields great fruit for the Kingdom, but we end up with little to no love offerings for July. Would you send a generous gift to help us continue this vital work?  It will be an wonderful encouragement to us.

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I first saw this wonderful Kenneth Wyatt bronze in his Red River gallery.  I was struck by it’s simple beauty and profound meaning.  It is titled, “Legacy”.  As I looked at it, I was struck with how God has given us family so that the future can be a place of hope and goodness.  I remember thinking that this bronze really captures the heart of what Wesley Putnam Ministries is all about.  We long to impart God’s love into the next generation.  When the time comes for us to go home, we want to leave a long line of believers who we will meet in heaven.

Here is how Kenneth described this piece.

“To me it represents the legacy of faith we leave behind for our children. I closed, in prayer, the eyes of the upturned face of the father as he holds his youngest. The little girl clings to her daddy by holding on to his pants pockets and reaches as high as she can by standing on his shoes.

Like my father did so many times, the man has rolled up his sleeves. I did this to show the muscles and strength of the man. I wanted the power of the man to be felt so I gave him a strong curved backbone and wide shoulders. Here was a working man and regardless of what we work at: carpenter, bookkeeper, preacher, cook, athlete, or anything else, our work also becomes our legacy to our family and to the nation.”

– Kenneth Wyatt

That day in Kenneth’s gallery, Felicia purchased this bronze as a Father’s Day gift for me.  I loved it so much, when I got home I called them back and ordered one for each of my sons who were also fathers.

If you like the message of this wonderful work of art, you can give one of the most meaningful gifts your friends and family have ever received, a signed, numbered, limited edition bronze by Kenneth Wyatt.

Wesley Putnam Ministries is making these available to the friends of our ministry this week for a donation of $125 or more to our ministry.

Click here to order.  Be sure and order soon to make sure your gift arrives before June 19.