Because of the Times
Jan 17 - 20, 2005
Forty-two year ago within three weeks after
receiving the Holy Ghost Baptism, I heard Vesta
Mangun preach on soul winning in St. Paul,
Minnesota. At the end of her soul
wrenching, conviction gripping message on the
worth and value of souls, I heard full
grown men scream with conviction from their
pews. I went sobbing to her and said,
"Sister Mangun, I want to do what you are
doing." She replied, "I will put
your name on our list in the prayer room in
Alexandria, La. And she did.
To this day, I can walk by her in any crowd
anywhere and when she sees me, she will stop and
point at me and exclaim, "There goes my
disciple." And I am.
Sister Mangun so marvelously and
prophetically preached this year at BOTT. When
she finished she knelt to pray. I was so
moved - I went to her and knelt down
beside her half weeping saying, "Sister
Mangun, 42 years ago you prayed for me; I
feel to have you pray for me once again after
all I have experienced and been through.
She began to weep and within seconds , I was
weeping at the touch of the Master's Hand
through the sound of her voice and the power of
Vesta Mangun awakened Christianity to the
urgent cry of the Master who pleaded with one
and all... "Go ye into all the world and
preach the Gospel to every creature."
Only eternity will reveal the worth of this
great woman of God and her transmission of
burden for the lost to the Church in these final
hours of time... My personal Thanks to
you, Dear Woman of God! I am a better
person because of you!
point in the Thursday night service,
I had a great burden for Brother G. A.
Mangun. My fervent prayer was that
God would replace the virtue that has
gone out of him through his years
ministering; that he might be
strengthened and strong in these end
times. The G. A. Manguns have always
been there from the day I came into the
church. I do not ever want them to
be taken from us. Their voices
have been a tower of strength and
power for all of us...
been three times through the years that I have
had an overpowering burden for Anthony Mangun.
Once many years ago at Because of the Times when
he was young in the ministry, at the
Louisiana Camp Meeting in 2004, and at BOTT this
year in 2005. When he is taken over by the
Power of the Spirit of God, I am aware of
fire swirling around him and I cannot help but
give all the Spiritual strength I have at the moment to him. These photos
transmit at least in part that burden of
transmission for and to him.
This graphic has fond memories for me in that
whenever G. A. Mangun is in a service where I am
preaching, just before I am introduced and on my
way to the pulpit, admonishes me and
"Don't just give us some little testimony,
preach it!" Here it is captured in
this photo on left of graphic and then on the
right of graphic, I begin
my obedience to the man of God and "Preach it!"
A Collage of my burden and passion for the
call of God upon my life as I endeavor to reach
one and all at this BOTT Conference.
I am the happiest I have ever been in
my entire life since being raised from the dead
November 12, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. TO
GOD BE THE GLORY!
May I take this moment of your time to
express: The only thing that really
matters when you close yours eyes in death,
either suddenly or slowly, is TO KNOW
WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY! Everything
else pales by comparison!
And when we see Him on that day, our
ears will be straining to hear only two words - "Well Done!"
power of God was some of the greatest I
have felt in ministering at Because of
the Times this year.
Thursday night, the Gifts of the Spirit
and the offices of the Five-fold
Ministry were bestowed upon ministers
and their wives. It was phenomenal
in every aspect.
Such hunger and demonstration recall the
Book of Acts in 33 A. D. I will
never be the same! People were healed,
pressures lifted, and minds transformed in the Presence of
said that they will never be the same.
Jesus grant it is my fervent prayer!