Thursday, October 7, 2021

Part 3 - The Seed Watered And The Increase Brought

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;” – Luke 4:18

Soon after dad and mom decided to seek God together, they started attending a church just down the road from their house.  And one Sunday morning in April 1969, through the prompting of the words of the pastor and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, they prayed to receive Jesus as Lord. They were no longer blind to the Truth.

Dad passed in November 1999.  The very nature of his memorial service was a testimony to his faithfulness in his walk with the Lord.  Jesus was praised and God was glorified.  More than two hundred people came to honor him and more importantly his ministry that had made a permanent mark on their lives.  He and mom led Bible studies for teenagers in their home and in church. They shared the Gospel with anyone who would listen.  They showed great compassion for others - even strangers. Don Pierson, the Marine and man of God was laid to rest with full military honors.  As the rifle volleys echoed across the field and the lonely sound of TAPs was played by the Marine bugler, our family was reminded of his service and dedication to his country and to his Lord.  All seven of Don and Arlene’s children and five of their children’s spouses have accepted Christ as a direct result of their conversion and ministry. Rick, the youngest son, has been a pastor in Chicago area for about 40 years.  He received his Master in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his Doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Rick’s oldest son is also a pastor in the Chicago area and had served as a missionary in Venezuela. Don’s middle son, Don Jr., served as director of Child Evangelism Fellowship in Peoria for a number of years and is now, after retiring as a vice-president of  an major orthotics company is serving as a church administrator.  Don’s wife is a Christian counselor. The oldest son, Charley, attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, served as a Promise Keepers State Manager for Alabama and Mississippi in the mid 1990’s. He is an ordained as a minister of the Gospel. He and wife his founded a disaster relief ministry (Pathfinder Mission)– serving in Mississippi, Haiti, and Texas since 2005.  Charley’s wife is a Bible Study Fellowship group leader.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” – John 1:12

To be continued – tomorrow – Part 4: The Rest of the Story

Think about it – Pray about it – Believe it – Walk in it. Let your light shine and give God the glory.

By Faith Alone By His Grace Alone And For His Glory Alone

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