“Ricky Shanks September Report”Categories: Ricky Shanks Reports
Report from “Ricky” William Shanks in Gainesville GA
4565 Persian Trail; Gainesville, GA 30507; Phones: 843-569-8729-Home; 843-725-9283-Cell
Website: AnswersFromTheBible.ORG - Dial A Bible Study: 770-835-4000 (Ext. 3 for Spanish.) Gainesville church of Christ (GCOC.org) 2815 Wallace Rd. Gainesville GA 30507 meeting location
As mentioned last month our efforts have resumed at finding seekers at the local college. This has been very encouraging so far. With dozens of short “bookmark” Bible study cards given out to those interested and nine to enroll in a Bible correspondence course as resulted in personal studies with 2 students each week. With a short pause due to severe cold and fear they will think I have covid, I will continue their study next week. They both seem very interested so far. We look forward to God using His word to move and motivate them as we teach His word.
The new in Christ has continued to grow with excitement. Sergey and CaraAnn get with us weekly. Tammy is growing daily and becoming more mature in Christ each week. Her prayerful passion is to be a godly mother and to lead her estranged parents to seek after God as well. The first part is much easier in that she is so eager to serve God. The second depends on their hearts. Nevertheless she passionately tries.
I’m slowly getting the flock involved with nurturing them too. It is a little difficult to motivate saints to open up to new efforts in middle of pandemic. But still we are moving in the right direction. As soon as the paranoia of it all subsides we will schedule our gospel meeting to reach our lost friends locally that we had to postpone this year. Till then I will “shake the limbs” of students in college and see what fruit falls into our laps.
The flock remains at peace. As shepherds, we had to deal with another troubling devising situation which “praise be to God” resulted in a heart moved to repentance. We rejoice in this. I think brethren are being influenced more recently by how public figures are behaving in this election year. We must be quick to stop those who may try to mirrow such unloving attitudes. God calls us sheep for a reason and we must stop the mouths of wolves who come in to scatter the sheep. And it must be done as God instructs us to do it. His plan is perfect. And in His service we seek to honor Him and edify His saints in our trust. Thank you for your encouagement as always.
To His glory, Ricky