Last night, August 24, 2006, Tony Howeth and I had the privilege of participating in Tyler Master’s ordination service.Â The Masters are members of the Grace Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio.Â
Pastor Roger Green did a tremendous job in the ordination council and service.Â I have never seen a greater expression of love and honor on the part of a pastor or church towards their missionary.Â Several times in the service as Pastor Green spoke from his heart to Tyler and Gretchen he was moved to emotion telling them that they were his children in the ministry, that they were loved, that their church was behind them.Â For those of you that truly believe in the ministry of the local church it was truly an emotional and exciting service.
Tony Howeth gave the Bible to Tyler on behalf of the Ordination council and gave Tyler a wonderful charge to love the Word of God and to honor it.Â I was privileged to give a brief charge to the Tyler as a former missionary to a missionary on his way to one of the hardest fields in the world.Â Pastor Green then charged Tyler and Gretchen as his pastor and later the church as to their responsiblities.
World Vision Baptist Church is very proud of Tyler and Gretchen.Â God is going to use them greatly.Â I encourage each of you to pray for them that God will give them their support and that soon they will be able to be on the mission field.
What an honor for Tyler and Gretchen to see Dr. Charles Blackstock, pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, GeorgiaÂ and the young men from the Baptist College of World Evangelism from that ministry make the 8 hour trip to honor and love Tyler and Gretchen.Â Dr. Blackstock has shown a tremendous love for missions and for the young men and womenÂ that have given their lives to try and reach Muslims with the gospel message and especially those going to the very heart of the issue in North Africa.
Brother Howeth drove me to Middletown and then we left right after the service and arrived back at the house at about 4:30 am.Â I truly enjoyed the time God gave me to spend with Brother Tony.Â He is one of the choicest men of God that I have ever known
You can learn moreÂ about the ministry of Tyler and Gretchen at the Project North Africa website by clicking on this link.