Prayer Letter May 2017

Right Time, Right Place …

Acts 8:27-29 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28  Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Our universe consists of time, space, and matter (Genesis 1:1). Therefore, since God created the universe, He is outside of time, space, and matter. It amazes me how He can so coordinate events in time and space in such a way that His will is accomplished. What unbelievers would say was “coincidence,” with God is “providence.”

I left home Friday morning, arriving at Bacon Probation Detention Center around 4 hours later. Upon entering, we made our way into A dormitory, and dispersed amongst the inmates, most of whom were sitting on their bunks. Just hours before, a young inmate was under conviction of sin. He had spent time in prayer, asking God to send some Christian along to help him. I approached this young man at his bunk, and began speaking with him. After questioning him for a few minutes, it was obvious by his answers that he was not a born again man. After showing the plan of salvation, he knelt with me, and hopefully received Christ into his spirit. Afterward, as we rejoiced together, he seemed greatly relieved. It was then that he told me how he had prayed earlier that day, and that my coming to him was a direct answer to that prayer! Hallelujah!! Thank God for His providence! A divine appointment, indeed.

The next day, in a different dormitory, I came upon a small group of inmates sitting on two bunks talking. I began speaking with them. All but one claimed to be saved already. I witnessed to the lost man for quite a while, and finally “drew the net.” However, he didn’t get in! I urged him not to wait, but he said he wasn’t ready to be saved yet. That night, though, he came to the revival service. He stepped out, and came forward to receive the Lord Jesus during the invitation. I had the joy of leading him to Christ. Divine appointment!

We also had revival meetings this month at Rogers State Prison, and Smith State Prison, all in Georgia, with several souls saved during visitation and preaching services.

Our son, Dr. Jerry, was rushed into emergency surgery in Grand Blanc, MI on the 13th. The next day, we left for Michigan, and spent the next 4 days with him. He came very close to losing his right leg due to a very bad infection. Two more surgeries were required before sending him home. Please do pray for him.

Prayer Letter April 2017

Feed and be Fed …

1Cor 9:13-14 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

There is some wonderful teaching in the above passage regarding tithing, but it is not for this time to expound upon. Rather, I’d like us to see the concept in v. 14 of “feed and be fed.” Those men of God who teach and preach the Gospel are feeding the flock. But those ministers must also “be fed.” I was highly blessed to “feed the flock” this month in Ohio, where God allowed me to preach a four day revival meeting at First Baptist Church of Ashland, where Bro. Butch White is pastor. This was a blessed time for Linda and me, and I trust for the church as well. I believe the Lord met with us in each service. Several members gave testimony of getting help from the Lord, and one precious lady was saved in the Sunday morning service. A few weeks later, Linda and I would “be fed” at our sending church, White Oak Springs Baptist Church, in Dallas, GA, where Bro. Keith Lee is pastor. We were fed by Bro. Duane Moore, who preached our annual, four day Faith Promise Missions Conference. Linda and I were moved to substantially increase our monthly faith promise commitment to missions. Yes, missionaries should tithe and faithfully support God’s missions program by sacrificially giving of their finances!

I worked with Bro. Tim M., and three other Rock of Ages missionaries this month in Florida. We held a three day revival at the North West Florida Reception Center, in Chipley, FL. On the last day of the revival, we were in danger of not having a meeting due to bad thunderstorms passing through the area. The officers will not move inmates if there is lightning happening or is expected to happen. Thankfully, the weather cleared up, and we were able to have services. Six men were hopefully converted to Christ in this revival.

We also held a three day revival at Century Correctional Institution in Century, Florida. This meeting was not without some rocky times. There were two mornings when services were delayed for over an hour due to heavy fog. The officers will not move inmates if visibility is greatly limited by fog. Then, on another occasion, our afternoon service was put on hold due when the prison’s inmate count was not correct. This type of thing does happen from time-to-time; we just have to tolerate it, and go on! In all, there was 1 inmate who believed on Christ as his personal Savior during the revival.

Prayer letter March 2017

Missionary Ministry: Doing it Right …

1Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Our verse gives us God’s inspired definition of godliness: “God was manifest in the flesh …”. This is a marvelous verse to show forth the deity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. It further shows us the right way for doing missionary ministry (or any other Christian ministry for that matter). The way is to let the indwelling Christ show out through our bodies. That Jesus each day may live through my yielded-up body is my great desire. I want to do it right, as I’m sure you do as well.

My first trip this month took me to Albany, GA. Richard P. and I held a three day revival meeting at Dougherty County Jail there. This jail is as large as some state prisons, with a maximum capacity of 1230 inmates. Each day, Richard and I would split up, and conduct services in the men’s dormitories every morning and afternoon. Each dorm has a small activity room where we set up chairs and preach the Word. All totaled, after preaching in over 12 dormitories, we saw 48 men hopefully receive the Lord Jesus Christ into their spirits. While there, I went by the former location of Albany Baptist Church. They had been so kind as to allow us to stay in their missions apartments in the past, but the building was destroyed in late January by a tornado. I met Pastor Eron White at the site with a crew of volunteers who were working hard to clear the debris in preparation to rebuild. Please pray for the church to be strong during this time, and for God to raise up a new building for them to His glory.

From there, we were off to Autry State Prison for a two night revival meeting, with a preaching service each night in the chapel. There was a good spirit in the meetings, and 17 men professed Christ as personal Savior. After returning home for a few days, I was back with Richard for a two day revival at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, GA. These men were very open to the preaching, and 14 sinners hopefully became saints when they responded to the invitations. After coming home for two days, I traveled to Crestview, FL, to conduct a 3 day revival at Okaloosa Correctional Institution with Bro. Tim M.. I preached the first night at the Work Camp to around 20 men. No one responded to the invitation, but we believe most of the men were already saved. The next night, after going through security checks, and arriving at the chapel, we were told that due to a shortage of officers, there would be no service. By noon the next day, the chaplain let us know that there would be no service that night. This happens on occasion, but thankfully not that often! Pray for us, please.

Prayer letter February 2017

Missionary Ministry: Doing it Right …

1Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Our verse gives us God’s inspired definition of godliness: “God was manifest in the flesh …”. This is a marvelous verse to show forth the deity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. It further shows us the right way for doing missionary ministry (or any other Christian ministry for that matter). The way is to let the indwelling Christ show out through our bodies. That Jesus each day may live through my yielded-up body is my great desire. I want to do it right, as I’m sure you do as well.

My first trip this month took me to Albany, GA. Richard P. and I held a three day revival meeting at Dougherty County Jail there. This jail is as large as some state prisons, with a maximum capacity of 1230 inmates. Each day, Richard and I would split up, and conduct services in the men’s dormitories every morning and afternoon. Each dorm has a small activity room where we set up chairs and preach the Word. All totaled, after preaching in over 12 dormitories, we saw 48 men hopefully receive the Lord Jesus Christ into their spirits. While there, I went by the former location of Albany Baptist Church. They had been so kind as to allow us to stay in their missions apartments in the past, but the building was destroyed in late January by a tornado. I met Pastor Eron White at the site with a crew of volunteers who were working hard to clear the debris in preparation to rebuild. Please pray for the church to be strong during this time, and for God to raise up a new building for them to His glory.

From there, we were off to Autry State Prison for a two night revival meeting, with a preaching service each night in the chapel. There was a good spirit in the meetings, and 17 men professed Christ as personal Savior. After returning home for a few days, I was back with Richard for a two day revival at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville, GA. These men were very open to the preaching, and 14 sinners hopefully became saints when they responded to the invitations. After coming home for two days, I traveled to Crestview, FL, to conduct a 3 day revival at Okaloosa Correctional Institution with Bro. Tim M.. I preached the first night at the Work Camp to around 20 men. No one responded to the invitation, but we believe most of the men were already saved. The next night, after going through security checks, and arriving at the chapel, we were told that due to a shortage of officers, there would be no service. By noon the next day, the chaplain let us know that there would be no service that night. This happens on occasion, but thankfully not that often! Pray for us, please.

Prayer Letter January 2017

Ablation again …

On Thursday, January 5th, I was having a wonderful conversation with my anesthesiologist. He didn’t have much to do, because I was wide awake during the surgery. During surgery prep, he asked me what genre of music I’d like to listen to. So I picked Gospel! He seemed quite happy with the choice, and I soon found out he was saved. At some point, however, he put me out as the surgeon burned off the cells in my heart causing PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions). For those of you who are car mechanics, the best way I can describe the effect of those PVC’s is to liken it unto an engine’s spark plug firing while the piston is near the bottom of the cylinder instead of at the top. Following the surgery, the PVC’s have stopped, thank the Lord.

In Panama City, Florida, Bro. Tim M., Bro. Keith J., and I held a three day revival at Bay Correctional Institution. This was the first time Rock of Ages has done so there. I’m happy to say that we were well received by the chaplain and inmates there. We saw 6 inmates make profession faith during the meetings. Each morning, we taught “Character under Construction” lessons, using PowerPoint presentations, with student handouts. In the afternoons, we did bunk-to-bunk visitation in dorms, and conducted preaching services each night. Bruce was one of the inmates that made profession of faith on the last night’s service. I had witnessed to him “in the yard” that afternoon, but he said he was not ready to be saved. Within the next hour, I was witnessing to him again in his dorm. I think he was shocked to see me again! Still, he said he was not ready to be saved. I urged him to come to the service to be held that night. He came. At the invitation, I made eye contact with him, and beckoned him to come and pray with me. He refused. After that, I led another man to Christ. When I got done, I saw that he came forward, and that Bro. Keith was dealing with him. I joined them, and had the privilege of seeing him make profession of faith in the Lord Jesus! Some plant, some water, but God gives the increase!

Bro. Richard P. and I held a Sunday-only meeting at Hall County Correctional Institution in Gainesville, GA. It was the first time we have ever been there, as well. We had a two hour teaching session during the afternoon, again using PowerPoint presentations and student handouts. We returned that evening for a preaching service. Richard and I both preached short messages. Mine was designed to help those who were already saved, while Richard followed up with a salvation message. Three men stepped out during the invitation to receive Christ as personal Savior.

Living in the vicinity of Georgia? Would you consider taking a certification class so that you could occasionally go with us to a prison revival? If so, please contact me for more information. Certification classes for Georgia are held at various venues. I would be happy to try to find one near you. We need volunteers to help us!

Prayer Letter December 2016

Divine Appointments …

His name is Sam. After initially witnessing to him a couple of months ago, I told him I didn’t think he was ready to be saved. Life seemed to be all about him and the raw deal he was receiving. Today (the 30th), while taking my daily walk, I again prayed that God would put him in my pathway. A minute or so later, he pulled his truck out onto the road, rolled down the window, and stopped in the road! After a short witness, he took my name and phone number so that he could call me later. What a mighty God we serve!

Our missionary journey in Georgia this month started at Georgia State Prison, where we had 4 days of services, with 99 men attending in all, and 3 days of cell-to-cell visitation in the lock-down areas. In all, 15 of those men stepped out from their peers, and hopefully received the Lord Jesus Christ, making them sons of God. Three other Rock of Ages missionaries were laboring with me: Richard P. (our coordinator), Johnny N., and Keith J.. As I have often said, we have no way of knowing for sure how many of these men were genuinely converted to Christ, nor do we know for sure how many professions made in our churches result in son-ship with the Father. We can only look for signs of salvation showing up in them over time. This we know, that real conversion does lead to sanctification, and sanctification shunned by the convert is never a good thing. A few days later, Linda and I had the privilege of being in a 2 day, services-only revival meeting at Emanuel Women’s Prison, in Swainsboro, Georgia. Richard P. and his wife, Janna were with us, and once again, the Lord gave us excellent services, with a total of 327 ladies attending. Of those, 47 ladies responded to the invitation, hopefully receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There were also many ladies who came forward to meet with their Lord for various needs. A sweet spirit permeated the whole revival meeting! Richard P., Keith J., and I then held a revival at the Paulding County Probation Detention Center, with 2 days of visitation and 2 days of preaching services. There were 14 men who professed to receive Christ as Savior.

The missionary journey then picked up in Florida. There, I was with Bro. Tim M., at Apalachee West Correctional Institution in Florida for a 3 day revival, with 6 men professedly receiving Christ as personal Savior. We held “Character under Construction” teaching sessions in the mornings, and preaching services each afternoon. This prison would not allow us to take a laptop computer into the facility, so we could not do the Powerpoint version of the lessons (“Self,” “Hope,”, and “Truth”) The lessons were well received anyway.

Please pray for these inmates that they will grow in grace, and for me as I have another heart ablation surgery on January 5th. We love you folks for standing with us in the Vineyard! Happy New Year.

Prayer Letter November 2016

Co-Laboring with My Dear Wife …

It was great to be at Whitworth Women’s Facility in Georgia this month with Linda. Since being certified for service in Georgia, this was the second time she was able to minister with me in prison. We participated in 4 services from Friday night through Sunday night. Once again, she found out how receptive these ladies were of her. She enjoyed fellowshipping and praying with these ladies. She was blessed to lead one inmate to saving faith in Christ. Altogether, there were 36 ladies who received Christ as personal Savior during the meetings with total attendance of 166 ladies.

Following Whitworth, Bro. P. and I held a three day revival at Smith State Prison in Georgia. This facility is men-only, and we were allowed to do cell-to-cell visitation for around 3 hours each day. These men are in lock-down, and thus unable to attend our nightly services at the chapel. However, men from the North dorm came each night for the preaching. There were 103 in attendance with 20 professions of faith. After this revival, we headed down to Bacon Probation Detention Center in Alma, GA, for another 3 day revival meeting. The inmates there had in some way violated their probation, and had been sentenced to serve for up to six months in the PDC. Once again, we had 3 days of visitation, this time going bunk-to-bunk in 4 different dormitories, averaging around 1.5 hours per day. There were 158 men in attendance with 45 men making decisions to trust Christ as personal Savior either in the dorms or in the services.

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Linda and I pray you will have a Christ-filled Christmas, and New Year. Please do pray for the continued Hand of God to be on our ministry. The Lord Jesus is worthy of every soul being saved, and we very much obliged to you for helping us.

 

We remain in Christ’s Intensive Care,

Rich and Linda Fulton

Prayer Letter October 2016

October Surprise …

Once again, Linda and I were blessed to be in Vermont during the peak season for foliage. The surprise was that the leaf colors were stunning this year. Even the Vermonters were saying it! The Vermont natives call folks who come there to see the leaves “peepers.” Well, we were “peepers” there doing the Lord’s bidding.

I preached a Sunday through Wednesday (October 9-12) revival meeting at Northside Baptist Church in St. Albans, VT, which is just 18 miles from the Canadian border. I believe many of God’s people were blessed and challenged to lay hold on the wonderful provisions our Lord has given to us for success in the Christian life. One dear lady came to me on Sunday night after the service. Even after many years in church, she had some concerns about her salvation. I’m happy to report that she now professes her spiritual birthday as October 9, 2016! Pastor Patterson and his wife, Sharon, were wonderful hosts, and we enjoyed being with them. Church members had us over to their houses for meals each evening. It was a blessed meeting. We also were blessed to be with Pastor Ed and Lorraine Hart (Lighthouse Baptist Church) again on the following Sunday. I preached, and our old friend Norman Frink provided the special music. He has traveled all over America as a singing evangelist. We used to have him at our church in Fairfield, CT, years ago. We had a great time of fellowship and spiritual refreshment with them. Both churches were very gracious to us, and we left blessed of the Lord!

Richard P., Howard S., Keith J., and I held revival services at Montgomery State Prison, in Mt. Vernon, GA, on October 18-20. We had unusual liberty to preach the Word during the meetings. On the last night, all four of us preached 20 minute messages. It was obvious that the inmates were working hard to get their fellow inmates to attend the services. There was a total of 116 men in the services, and 7 men made public profession of faith in Christ as Savior. As we were coming into the prison on the last night, we met the chaplain as he was leaving. He had heard good reports of the meetings from the inmates, and he asked if we could come back the following week for another 3-day revival. So, on October 25-27, Richard P. and I held another revival there with 137 men attending in total, with 5 men making profession of faith in Christ. During one of the afternoons, we were allowed to go into Wheeler County Jail for ministry. There were only 4 men in the whole jail! One inmate didn’t want to talk to us, but we were able to witness to the others. No one made profession of faith, but we were able to plant some Gospel Seed.

Please pray for those inmates who are newly converted that they will thrive in Christ. Also, please pray for Linda’s cousin Judy and her remaining family and friends. Her husband, John, passed away on Saturday, October 31.

Prayer Letter September 2016

South Carolina Blitz …

I’m starting to get a complex from preaching in prison. The last two times I preached were at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, SC, at the South Carolina Blitz, and I cleared the room both times! The first time, just before I began preaching, an inmate came in and announced “medication call.” All the inmates except one left! Fifteen minutes later, however, they all came back, and 2 inmates made profession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. The final time, I had just announced my text to around 35 inmates, when an officer made all of them go back to their cells. Turns out an inmate went missing, and our service was destroyed. The devil never quits does he? So, pastor, if you ever need a preacher to clear the room for you, just give me a call!

The Blitz was hosted by Gannt Street Baptist Church, in Cayce, SC, from Tuesday-Friday, September,27th-30th. Each morning, services were held at the church for the Rock of Ages missionaries and volunteers, followed by lunch in the fellowship hall. Here are the statistics for the blitz:

  • 35 Rock of Ages missionaries
  • 52 volunteer workers
  • 7 prisons and 2 jails attended, along with the University of South Carolina campus
  • 1569 inmates attended services
  • 210 professions of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (many of these inmates were saved during personal soul winning times which were scheduled each day.

We also had a blessed time in Georgia at Baldwin State Prison with 4 inmates making profession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and at Baldwin County Jail where we held 4 services with 29 men stepping out to receive the Lord Jesus Christ.

I would that I could convey to you the wonderful way God opens the hearts of incarcerated men and women. Many have been brought to spiritual brokenness by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit of God, which makes them eager to hear and respond to the Gospel. I’m blessed beyond measure for the privilege of co-laboring with you dear folks and with our God in this great harvest field. Let’s pray for God to use these men and women in His Vineyard!

Prayer Letter August 2016

Blessed Choice …

Mankind is blessed by His Creator with will, the power to choose. He allows evil in His world so His children can CHOOSE good. Without a choice, how could we ever choose to do good? The Bible says that the heavens declare God’s handiwork, and each day utters speech about the greatness of God. I cannot conceive that they do it willingly, but speak they do. God’s Will is for His redeemed ones to speak of His greatness constantly, and to do so willingly, by choice, out of deep love for their Redeemer. Are you willing?

Linda, my dear wife of 54 years, went with me to Whitworth Women’s Prison in Hartwell, GA this month. She began the process for Georgia certification, and was allowed to go into the meetings with us. She was very apprehensive, because this was her first time inside a prison! After three days of services with those lovely ladies, she went away thoroughly blessed. On the very first night, during the invitation, she led her first inmate to Christ! I wanted to shout the house down, but then I realized that if I did, someone might escape!

During August, I participated in four prison revivals. In addition to Whitworth, we held a three day revival at Rogers State Prison. This prison is named after Richard Rogers, an officer there who died in the line of duty on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1970, the very day on which I was gloriously saved. We were allowed to do cell-to-cell visitation in Unit A with 10 men making profession of faith in Christ over two days of soul winning efforts. Another 25 men made professions of faith during the three nights of services there. On the second night, there were 232 men attending! We held one afternoon service at Smith State Women’s Probation Detention Center. There is rapid turn-around there as most women serve 60 day sentences or less. After Richard P. preached, 18 ladies made profession of faith in Christ Jesus, and after I preached one more lady made profession. As I write this letter, we are in a three day revival at Okaloosa Correctional Institution in Crestview, FL. Last night (August 30th), at the men’s work camp, there were 14 men in attendance, and one man made profession of faith in Christ after I preached. The presence of God was very real that night, and most all of the men said they received help from the Lord. And to think, that God would allow ME to participate WITH Him to do these things: “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building” 1 Cor. 3:9. That is Amazing Grace, indeed.

May I remind you, dear supporting churches, that these precious souls are fruit abounding to your account (Phil. 4:17). I’m allowed by God to go, and you are allowed by God to send. Amen.

Please pray for Sister Shelia White. She suffered the temporary loss of her dear husband, Brother Van White, who graduated to Glory on Friday, August 19th. He is (not was) one of my dearest friends, and I can’t wait to see him again!

We remain in Christ’s Intensive Care,

Rich and Linda Fulton, Cell: 770.362.4503