Greetings to all our Family, Friends, and Supporters.
First off, I want to say thank you to all who came or supported our spring jamboree. A lot of work went into preparing for the event and in the feedback that we are receiving, everyone had a wonderful time. Our theme for this jamboree was “Having done all to stand. Stand therefore. . “, which is about putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17). Our decorations included a shield and swords above the chapel door with the theme written on the shield. The main emphasis from all the speakers had to do with letting go of the past and looking to the future, not letting our past dictate our future. Mr. Ed Hart, owner of Safeway Logistics, Indianapolis IN, was our opening speaker. Pastor Mel Weaver from Elizabethtown PA was Thursday evening’s speaker. Friday night’s speaker was Pat Bayman from New Knoxville Ohio. On Saturday night we had a concert by The Kyle Greenwell Band. John Skorski from Bradenton FL was our worship leader throughout the jamboree as well as our speaker for Sunday morning. We were also blessed with the music of Bob Carnat from Michigan and Mark Hewett from South Dakota. Mark, who is a retired truck driver, also spoke during an afternoon teaching time as well as Driver Dexter Richardson from Missouri, Driver Nathaniel Brown from Colorado, Pastor Pete LeDuc from Vandalia IL and Tyrone Harvey and the men from the New Life Men’s Center in Effingham IL. We also heard from our own chaplains. Chaplain Jimmy Stanbery, chaplain of Lil Grace Chapel in Milton PA gave a morning devotional. Chaplain Clyde Searfoss and Chaplain Steve Haile shared from their hearts regarding their testimonies and this ministry they are a part of. It was great listening to all the speakers and we were encouraged and uplifted by all that was said. We were treated to some great food thanks to our volunteers headed up by Cheryl Searfoss, and also a very clean building. Thank You to all who helped. May God Bless you for the part that you played in making this a wonderful time.
Our Fall Jamboree dates are: October 6-9, 2016. If you have never attended before, please give it a try. Even if you can only stay for your 30 minute break. Make sure you look for the jamboree pictures attached as a file with this newsletter.
If you are driving east bound on Illinois I-70, we have a new sign near mile marker 56 on the north side of the road. We were truly blessed by the sign company when we signed the contract for this sign. The owner gave us the artwork and vinyl at no charge! A savings of over $1200. So, look for the sign when you are out there and ask God to bless the owner for his generous gift to the ministry.
We are planning a cookout on Sunday, July 3rd in celebration of Independence Day. Chaplain Steve will be smoking some meat (yet to be decided) and if the weather permits, we will have everything outside, including some singing and playing, so bring along your acoustic instruments and lawn chairs. The festivities will begin at Noon, right after our chapel service.
If you are interested in buying a T-Shirt (pocket or no pocket) or a Polo shirt (men’s has a pocket) with the ACT Logo on it, we have a good supply right now. The cost is $15.00 for the t-shirts and $20.00 for the polo shirts. Give Mary a call at 618-704-8525 to order one. We have a good selection of sizes right now as well as ladies polo shirts in light pink and purple.
“Just wanted to drop a line to let you know I appreciate your ministry being there for drivers. I broke down early one morning and was able to park, and hang out inside till help arrived. Clyde was a good guy; cooking, talking, just being friendly to all who came inside. Thanks again.” Larry
“Dock, Once again I want to say thank you to you and our Savior, Jesus for the love and wonderful spirit you have. Thanks for coffee it helps out a lot. Go out into the world and preach the gospel.” James
Large chest freezer before the fall jamboree
Push mower (maybe two?)
Wood flooring to repair Chapel floor
Pat in Alabama: Healing in shoulder
Carol in California: Job for grandson
Driver from Illinois: Healing from cancer for my wife
Driver from PA: Prayer for my brother who is in jail. He needs salvation.
I would like to leave you with the following devotional. Since our jamboree theme was about the armor of God as written in Ephesians 6: 10-19, I want to explain why the armor of God is so important for believers to have. Most of us know what the armor is; Breastplate of righteousness, helmet of salvation, Waistband of truth, feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, Shield of faith, sword of the spirit. But do you know why we put these on? Verse 10 tells us that it is so we can be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Verse 13 says that it’s so we may be able to withstand in the evil day. In other words, the armor is to protect our spiritual bodies from the enemy. Verse 18 tells us that we need to pray always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. We need to keep the enemy out. Many times in my own life I have not used the weapons of our warfare correctly, and have experienced the enemy’s blow. To keep that from happening, we need to continue to grow in Christ by reading his word daily, and using specific passages of scripture to defeat the enemy’s advances. Remember, it is God’s spirit that lives inside of us that gives us the power to withstand the enemy’s advances. Let us always put Christ first in everything we say and do.
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 HIS Service,
Chaplain Dock Hinman
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