Ruth and I are making preparations to join Don and Becky Cameron and their Burning Plow Ministries Team in Kenya (East Africa) in June 2018. This is just a couple of months away! This will be our second trip to Kenya. Pastor Jean Charles of Believers' Gathering Place, will be going with us for his first trip to Kenya. We will be ministering in First Baptist Church of Kawaida (Near Nairobi) where Pastor Vincent Mokaya is building a new church facility and in Kibwezi (midway from Nairobi to Mombasa) for the First Annual National Conference of Kingsway Fellowship Int'l Ministers. We will joining Pastors Michael and Jennifer Criner from Dallas, Texas who also serve on the Board of Directors for Burning Plow Ministries. These are all wonderful people of vision and passion for the Great Commission. We look forward to our time with them and the Beautiful People of Kenya! Please pray for our safe travel and for effective ministry.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
A couple weeks ago, Ruth and I went to Arizona to visit with my Son, Aaron and his family for the first time since they moved there from Jacksonville, Fl. last August. It was the longest time I can recall being separated from them and we were excited to be there to see them and to experience their new world with them. They live in Mesa, AZ and Aaron works in Scottsdale. They love the outdoors, so they have already explored the surrounding area (which they were more than excited to share with us). It was Ethan's Spring Break, so after we attended church with them on Sunday (Hillsong Church, Mesa) we rented a Suburban and drove north to Sedona, then on to Flagstaff for the night. The next day, we visited the Grand Canyon! It was my first time back there since Aaron was a teenager. It was Ruth's first time as well as for Ethan and Marlee. It was a great joy seeing the splendor of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World with these two grandchildren. Though at times I had to turn away for nervousness of watching them scamper out on the cliffs. We enjoyed our brief vacation and really enjoyed seeing how God has placed them in their new life (Job, Schools, Church, etc. Plus their new friends are great too!) Ruth and Stephanie enjoyed shopping and decorating. Aaron and Ethan and I went to a nearby outdoor gun range to shoot some paper targets. And then there was Marlee, about to be 10 years old, but still able to love on Grandpa and play silly games with me. We came home refreshed in the love of family with great memories to cherish for a life time.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
It is very early in the morning as I lie awake praying for those in need of healing in their bodies. Several of my friends are going through severe trials as they fight for their lives. Pain seems to be everywhere. Spiritual leaders are under attack and are desperately in need of relief today. I also am experiencing pain in my body which heightens my compassion for others who are hurting. I am convinced that our Great Physician and Healer JESUS is touched and moved to compassion for those who are suffering. I know He has paid the price for our pain relief and total recovery! So I declare a pain free healed life for all of you who suffer today in the Strong and Mighty and Worthy Name of Jesus Christ!!!!
Friday, May 5, 2017
|Naomi and Austin Armour|
Thomason to Richard Molina-Kammeraad and Rachel Fellows to Jordan Hill and Abigail Fellows to Zackary Hammock and most recently, Austin Armour to Naomi Hereford. All of these are people that I saw come into this world, grow up and become amazing Jesus loving adults. It is one of the greatest rewards of being a steady influence in their lives.. There have been many weddings, funerals, dedications, baptisms etc in my 45+ years of being a pastor, but nothing quite matches these decade long relationships. Now, with the coming of Rachel and Jordan's 1 years old, Dean, I am now enjoying "grand-pastor hood". I am truly blessed!
Monday, February 27, 2017
One of the great influences on my life was Reverend Earl Gibson, my aunt Birdie (Thomason)'s husband. Though he was an uncle, everyone called him "Reverend Gibson" out of respect for his walk with God and powerful impact on the family and community. His ministry was centered around the cotton farming community of Memphis, Texas near the Red River. An Assemblies of God minister, Rev. Gibson pioneered many churches within a day's drive of their Memphis home which he built with his own hands. Whenever the large Thomason family had its get togethers, he was always the one called upon to lead prayer even though there were several preachers in the family. He was getting old already when I became keenly interested in him and losing his eyesight. I enjoyed many conversations with him, always about the Lord. He talked about Jesus like he was describing his best and closest friend and would always burst out in loud, joyful praise. I shall never forget his glowing face and dimpled grin as he encouraged his young nephew preacher boy. When I pastored a church in Rockwall Texas, I made frequent trips back and forth to Amarillo. Memphis was on the way so I would stop in to cheer up the home bound old preacher. It never failed that I would be the one who got "cheered up"! His faith in God was enormous and his spirit never grew dull as he aged. He was known in the community as one who would pray for the sick with healing results. So, when his failing eyesight prevented him from driving, people would come to his driveway and "honk for prayer". He would make his way to their cars and stick his hand through their window to pray for them. He never quit. What an example to me even after all these years. All I have to remind me of him are these memories, an old bible he wore out, and this picture. I cannot wait to see Reverend Gibson again!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
It has been almost four years since one of the most remarkable men I have ever known left this world to be with Jesus. Don Normand blessed my life in so many ways and I shall be forever greatful to God for giving me such a friend. Don was a Father to me in the absence of my own Dad. He was a spiritual mentor and pastor to me in the ministry. His example of loving people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ set the bar very high for me. He was by far the greatest soul winner I have ever been blessed to know personally. He won souls by the thousands in mass evangelism meetings, revivals and crusades, and one on one. He never met a stranger and never backed away from a challenge. I learned much by watching him work. He was a man's man. A great outdoorsman, he could fish, hunt, swim, fight, and joke with the best in the world. He was friend to Presidents, Kings, Generals, wealthy business people, Rabbis and Priests, common laborers and children. A great story teller and humorists, he was able to hold large audiences spellbound until he landed them safely into his gospel net. He loved Jesus with a passion. One of his last words to me was, "I cannot wait to see my King Jesus". His only regret was in leaving his beloved Cindy behind but he knew Jesus and their children would take good care of her. I learned much from this man about a lot of things. The fact that he included me as a part of his family and circle of friends is one of the greatest honors in my life. I truly miss him! I often find myself wondering what he is doing up there (with a big smile on my face).
Thank you Lord for Don Normand!
Saturday, February 18, 2017
I welcome you to my blog and trust it will always be a blessing to you. I pray that you will receive so much blessing that you will come back for more. It is my intent to post a new installment once a week, on Thursday. Please check back often.
I heard a prophetic word recently that said God is taking the lid off of His people's finances. That is a good word, if you are one of His people and if you have positioned yourself through faith and obedience to be in line for the good side of this word. It could be bad for you if you are walking in disobedience and unbelief. Having the lid off of your finances can allow for blessings to be poured in or out! Remember that God's Word has already said that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous! Just make sure you are on the positive side of the predicted and long awaited transfer of wealth!
Saturday, April 9, 2016
TODAY, April 9th is Heather Fawn's Birthday! When she was born at Garland Memorial Hospital in Garland, Texas, I had to wait in the Dad's waiting room because she was born via C-Section and I was not allowed in the operating room. I was not alone because my good friend Robert Yarbrough had come to be with me. When they brought Heather out to meet her Dad, she was bright red all over and crying loudly. It did not take her long to adjust to the outside world and was soon charming the hospital staff and organizing the hospital nursery. I will never forget standing at the nursery window proudly pointing out my little girl, the fairest of them all. Now years later she is still my little girl, and a devout follower of Jesus, leading others to Him and I could not be more pleased at the person she has become.
Happy Birthday Heather!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
On October 24, 2015 I reached the 65 year old marker.
It was a great time of celebration for me. My Family, Friends, and Church Congregation went all out to honor and bless me on this occasion. Parties, cards, gifts, emails, ecards, Facebook posts, phone calls all to wish me well. I feel really blessed with good people in my life.. I received well wishes from all over the United States and from people as far away as India, Philippines, Myannmar, Korea, Kenya, South Africa, England, Honduras, El Salvador and more.
I began preaching The Gospel of Jesus Christ shortly after my 16th birthday in 1966. That was 49 years ago! I am now in my 50th year of "surrender" to the Will of God for my life. The friends and companions that I have gathered over the years are a huge part of my "compensation" making me truly rich in all those things money cannot buy!
I recalled this morning a dream my Mother, Irene Pearl King Thomason, shared with me while I was a teenage preacher. In her dream she saw huge church buildings filled with large crowds of people and parking lots loaded with cars. These churches were everywhere, but I was not there. Then she saw a huge six lane freeway packed with cars going in each direction. There was an exit from this freeway that led to a small building beside the freeway with a drive through window. Cars were lined up all the way from the exit to this little drive through window where she saw me, handing out food through the window to all the passerbys.
As I reflect on my mother's dream and upon the past 49 years of ministry, I can see that God has brought thousands of hungry souls to my "window" to be fed The Word of God! I thank Him for the great honor of being able to serve Him in my small way. This does not mean that I am ready to quit, because the hungry are still coming and Jesus said that if I truly love Him, I must "feed His lambs".
So, thanks be unto God for this wonderful life I have had and do now enjoy! Thank God for the wonderful people who have passed through my life and for those who are with me still!
Onward to the Prize that is set before us!
Ronny D. Thomason