We have certainly been blessed to meet some great people in all of our years on the road. Do you know, Bro. Jimmy Millikin? He and his family are some of the very best people we have ever met.
I can not even recall when we actually met the Millikin family. Bro. James, Sis. Wilma, Bro. Jimmy and Bro. Marty have been mainstay evangelists among the conservative Pentecostal people for many decades. They are incredible people and it seems we have known them all of our lives.
I do not remember exactly the first time we met them personally. Perhaps it was Allentown Camp Meeting in the late 80s. I do know this for sure. We were blessed by their sincerity, talent and heart to minister to others.
In 1993 we were in Florida and drove over to Lake Placid to be with them in revival. That was probably the first time we heard them in a revival setting over several nights and we immediately loved them very deeply.
In the years that followed, we were able to hear them minister from time to time and we were always blessed by their music, singing and Bro. Jimmy's preaching. We came to appreciate them as dear friends.
About eleven years ago when we begin to plan on doing more tent revivals, I approached Bro. Jimmy about him and Sis. Shauna helping us on some of them. Two years later, we had one of the most blessed summers we had ever had with the Millikin family joining us in four tent revivals. They were part of two in Oklahoma, one in Kansas and one in our hometown.
We have been blessed many times since then to minister together with our dear friends. Bro. Jimmy has become one of my best friends and also one of my biggest advocates. He is always in my corner and has been a tremendous encouragement to me and my family.
I have tried to do the same for Bro. Jimmy, Sis. Shauna and their two beautiful children. I have told people far and wide that Bro. Jimmy is my favorite evangelist and I have meant every word of it. They are worthy of applause, appreciation and support.
Bro. Jimmy has traveled in evangelism with his parents most of his life and last fall he passed the 30 year mark of preaching revivals himself. That is a long time to spend on the road, but Bro. Jimmy has a great heart for people and has loved visiting and ministering all over the USA.
Recently Bro. Jimmy and Sis. Shauna experienced a huge change in their life, family and ministry. In the last few weeks Bro. Jimmy excepted the pastorate of Westside Holiness Church in Claremore, Oklahoma. Sis. Shauna was raised in this church under her parents' ministry and it has been the Millikins home church for many years.
After several months without a Pastor, the church has now called Bro. Jimmy in that role and the Millikins are settling into their new direction and position at Westside. I imagine it will be a tremendous change for them, but I am confident that God will prosper their ministry and bless them with many souls in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Please pray for my favorite evangelist, Bro. Jimmy Millikin as he navigates this new course in life and applies himself with diligence and determination in the direction that God has called him to go. May God bless them and Westside Holiness Church.
Thank you for reading today.