Having finished preaching from “The Message of Stewardship”; I am reminded about how impressed I am with the fellowship God set me in. I got saved while on the road in the town of Wickenburg AZ. I prayed on Wed. and spent Thursday and Friday night in Conference in Prescott AZ where I heard the leader of our fellowship preach for the first time.
I got ahold of another book by our author Ralph Cushman entitled: “Will a Man Rob God?”. What struck me was a sense of failure that I sensed. Here is a man who has preached and taught “stewardship” in every avenue made available to him. He, along with many others, believed if the church could realize their potential in stewardship they could solve the many problems facing the world.
He takes a look at his Methodist fellowship and sees that only a small percentage of church members tithe; the minimal entry point to entering a life of stewardship where everything we have is considered a stewardship we have received by God.
I look at our fellowship and see a group of people that have taken Pastor Cushman’s teachings to heart. Faithful to tithe, attend church, pursue service and ministry; with an overarching understanding of the great commission to go out into the world to preach the gospel. Reading his book as a new convert prepared me perfectly for the calling on our fellowship.
These were all thoughts I felt as I taught the series in church the last couple of months. Then this piece of information was added to the mix. John Coon from Newsmax wrote an article in May of 2015 about 10 famous missionaries and much to my surprise and delight included Pastor Wayman Mitchell at number 5. He was included in this list: Saint Paul, Saint Peter, William Carey, Eric Liddell, Pastor Mitchell, Saint Patrick, David Livingstone, Hudson Taylor, George Muller and David Wilkerson.
While doing the series on “Stewardship” I came across this description of the end of John Wesley’s life from Wikipedia: “Because of his charitable nature he died poor, leaving as the result of his life’s work 135,000 members and 541 itinerant preachers under the name “Methodist”. It has been said that “when John Wesley was carried to his grave, he left behind him a good library of books, a well-worn clergyman’s gown” and the Methodist Church.”
From Newsmax’ article: Pastor Mitchell: “Wayman Mitchell is the founder of Christian Fellowship Ministries, a Pentecostal Bible-based fellowship of 2,100 churches in 112 nations. Personal evangelism and church planting are basic foundations of his organization, which grew out of early concert ministries he used to convert former hippies in the 1970s.”
Pastor Mitchell will be leaving behind, given more years of life, 2500 to 3500 itinerant preachers doing battle with the forces of darkness as we watch the unfolding prophetic calendar.
May God’s blessings continue to flow on Pastor Mitchell’s life.