Greetings to all our Friends, Family and Supporters;
Wow, time has flown by. We are so late in getting out this newsletter! It’s the end of February and spring is just around the corner. Our last newsletter was sent out the end of October. We have some catching up to do of past, present, and future happenings, so please grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to read our newsletter.
On Saturday, March 12th, we are pleased to be hosting Rev. Richard “Stonefingers” Johnson from Sellersburg Indiana. He will hold seminars in the afternoon and hold a concert of his music in the evening. He is an accomplished musician whose music genre has been nicknamed, “Christian Swamp Music”. His ministry includes full time volunteer chaplain for the Henryville Indiana Correctional Facility. The seminar topics he will cover are, “The Purpose of
Trouble” at 1:00 PM, and “Handling Conflict” at 3:30PM. The concert will start at 7:00 PM. He will also be speaking at our chapel service on Sunday morning, March 13th at 10:00 AM. Please try to attend if you are in the area. Please check out his website for more information: http://www.stonefingers.net. We will be taking a freewill offering to give to him.
Our Spring Truckers Jamboree is almost here! Please mark the dates on your calendars; May 12-15, 2016. We have confirmation that Pat Bayman, from Ohio, Driver Dexter Richardson from Missouri, Ed Hart, Owner/President of Safeway Moving Systems from Indianapolis IN, Pastor Mel Weaver from Elizabethtown PA, will be ministering throughout the weekend, along with several others. We also have music concerts scheduled. The evening services will start at 7:00 PM. Meals will be provided for a small donation price, and dessert will be served after the evening meals. An offering will be taken during the evening services to help with ACT expenses. Truck drivers can stay in the parking lot and use our facilities while attending. Even if you are working, please stop in for as long as you can.
If you would like to participate in our jamboree, please contact me (Dock), at 618-704-4366 to set up a time for you to minister (testimony, bible teaching, and/or music) that will fit your schedule. If you would like to help in the kitchen with the meals, or help keep the facility clean, please call Mary at 618-704-8525 for more information. If you are driving in from out of town, there are several motels within a 10 minute drive from our place. Check in Vandalia Illinois or St. Elmo Illinois. There is also a campground with hookups across Highway 40 from us if you are using a motorhome, camper or tent to stay in. The name is Okaw Valley Kampground, phone number is 618-427-5140.
We have had an increase of drivers coming in this winter. It has been so encouraging. Many drivers have used our facilities for the first time because they found our information on a cell phone app called Truckers Path. This app shows drivers the closest place for them to stop and rest for their breaks. Drivers can rate our place on the app and so far we have 5 stars! This is a great opportunity for us to minister to all drivers.
If you haven’t stopped in since December, you will notice a new addition to our driveway sign stating what we have to offer to the drivers. What we have listed is: 24 Hour Lighted Parking, Laundry Facility, Coffee and Snacks, Bathroom and Shower, Prayer and Friendship, and our web site; www.acti70.org. It really looks great.
Our winter project of making two bunk beds for room #4 upstairs has been completed. Our “Master Bunk Bed Maker” is our volunteer, Eric Hoxsey. He checked online for the best heavy duty bunk bed instructions, ordered all the wood, and between himself, Chaplain Clyde and volunteer Galen, the project was completed. We were able to buy all the lumber, hardware, mattresses, and bed linens because of donations that we received. Thank You for all your help with this project.
Our spring/summer projects include planting a garden, painting the outside of the main building, and resealing more of the parking lot. If you want to donate specifically to any of these projects, please indicate which project with your donation.
Please pray with us for the following prayer requests that we have received;
Shorty: Wife is recovering from surgery, has had mini strokes since surgery and is in a nursing home recovering. He is out driving trying to pay the bills and only sees her when he gets home.
Bill: Possible colon cancer. Is in a hospital in Florida. No family with him.
Terry: Family relationship problems
Cheryl: Continued healing from pancreas surgery
Carol Korby: Her husband, Art Korby died in January. Art and Carol have been a part of this ministry since its beginning.
Minister Pat Davis: Healing of injury to left eye from a fall this winter. Possible surgery scheduled for March. Also her sister, Linda is recovering from major surgery.
As I close this newsletter, I would like to share a devotional with you. I Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” What is this marvelous light? It is the light of Christ alone. One day it is going to be so precious when we stand before him and we see him as he is, but right now we only see him thru what we see in his word. His word, The Bible, states that he is light. In him is no darkness. I believe God, by Christ, has shown us a far greater completed work when he opened the door for us to have his light living in us, and that is by his Spirit. I’m glad he said that we were bought with a precious price. I’m glad that we are a peculiar people in the fact that we have been brought out and made to shine. So, let’s walk everyday with the knowledge that he holds us up by his great power and not we ourselves, alone. We could never do it. Had it not been for the fact that his love was made complete on the cross, by all the sufferings he endured; now we stand in truth and we walk in the light as he is in the light. Let’s read 1 Peter 2:1 and 2 “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies and all evil speaking. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby.” So, get into the word daily. Allow it to bring peace to your soul, and give you direction to endure the storms of life. Revelation 3: 5 says, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Stay the course, walk the path that God directs you to walk and you will overcome; and Jesus will confess your name before his father, God Almighty. What a great day that will be!
Thank you for all your continued prayers and support for this ministry. If you ever have any questions about this ministry, I’ll be glad to answer them. Just give me a call.
In God’s Service ,
Chaplain Dock Hinman
Web site: acti70.org (you can donate on this site under one of the donate tabs)
Facebook: ACT Road Angel
Phone: 618-427-3737, or 618-704-4366