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!
Blessings!
Ronny Thomason


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
Senior Saint

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Our Time In Kenya, Day 11, Sept. 15th

Day Eleven is our final day in Kenya with a shopping trip in downtown Nairobi, lunch with Don and Becky and an hour and half trip to the airport for our 10:00 p.m. flight to Amsterdam (3 hour layover) then 9 hours from Amsterdam to Atlanta (8 hour layover) and finally back to Jacksonville, arriving around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Once we got our luggage and got to our car in the remote parking lot, it's battery was dead. The airport service vehicle could not get it started so we had to go back into the airport and rent a car at 12:30 a.m. from Hertz so we could go home and get some sleep. I was so tired that I almost fell asleep several times going home.

The next morning I stopped by the Auto Parts store and bought a new battery and drove back to the airport. Once the new battery was installed the car started with no problems. We returned the rental car and went home to sleep some more.

END OF KENYA STORY

Our Time In Kenya: Day Ten, Sept. 14th

Day Ten was Monday. We left the Hunter's Lodge and drove into the next town to meet Burning Plow Team Members to pick up their luggage for the trip back to Nairobi. They would be coming by bus. We drove into Nairobi around noon and found ourselves in a huge traffic jam entering the city. It took extra time for us to finally arrive at the Cameron home in the Belozi neighborhood.

After we unloaded the car, Don and I went to the nearest shopping mall and bought a lap top computer for Caleb Otieno to use for More Than Music Ministries and to further his Bible School educatin on the internet. It cost under $400 dollars but well worth it to invest in this young man's evangelistic ministry. He came by later in the day and we presented it to him. He was one happy man!

Monday evening Don and Becky took us to a place called Safari Camp where we ate a meal consisting of all kinds of meat; beef, pork, chicken, turkey, CAMEL and CROCODILE. The venue was safari style out doors with a stage where we watched an African Dance routine and some fantastic acrobats perform. It was very entertaining and they were very good. This evening out under the stars with tons of food and good entertainment was a fitting end to our Kenyan journey. We were glad to have been able to experience it with our good friends of many years, Don and Becky Cameron.

Our Time In Kenya: Day Nine, Sept. 13th

Day Nine was Sunday at Olosinya, the Maasai Church in the Bush

We arrived at our usual 10 a.m. time after trekking through the bush on dirt trails picking up passengers as we went. The weather was perfect for a Sunday morning church service in the Maasai Bush Country of Kenya.

We arrived and entered the worship in progress for a day of celebrating the goodness of God among people who really knew how to celebrate! There brightly colored dresses and suits, their beaded neckwear, all bouncing and leaping in the presence of God.

After several acknowledgements for those two churches whose teams came to help Burning Plow canvass the area door to door and hearing some of them testify as to what i meant to them to be part of a "Mission" experience. The service was turned over to me and I began to share the testimony of my friend in Honduras, Luis Sorto, whom God had raised up from the poorest of conditions to be a great leader in his country and in the Spanish speaking world. I told them that the same God is calling some of them to rise from obscurity and join the ranks of God's Migthy Warriors. It was a very stirring and prophetic message to these simple people but they grabbed it and pulled it to themselves taking ownership of the call of God in their lives. It was awesome! I am so blessed to be able to speak so powerfully into their lives!

While two goats were being slaughtered for our lunch, we presented 60 Bibles to people who had no Bible. Some were in Swahili, others in Maasai, and some English. The recipients almost stampeded us as we were giving them out. There is such a hunger for the Word of God and Bibles are very much appreciated. Several were not able to get Bibles, so I left $200 with Don Cameron to purchase more Bibles for this church.

Following the Bible distribution, we all went outside for a water baptism service. Because the area is so dry and water is so precious, we had a pit dug in the sand and placed a plastic liner over it to hold the water. Jugs and jugs of water were hauled in and dumped into the pit until it was about knee deep. Then Pastor Vincent got into the water and baptized 7 people. They got on their knees and he leaned them forward or backward into the water. It was minimal water, but it worked! The crowd of people pressed against the edges of the baptismal pit until I thought I was going to be pushed into the water myself. They had never seen anything like this before! There was so much excitement over this event that mobs of people strained their necks to see. It was awesome!

Two of the Burning Plow team were not at Don and Becky's house in Nairobi last Saturday when I laid hands on the team and prayed for them, so I gathered them into the church after lunch and prayed over them as well. They were Vincent Mokaya and Shadrack Maunda. They both were very moved by the prayer I prayed over them and I felt the prophetic anointing as I prayed. This was the top reason for coming to Kenya, to lay my hands on these team members and impart all the gifts and anointings that have been given to me through the laying on of hands from all my mentors over the years. I believe in this Doctrine of Christ very much and consider it a great honor to place my hands on these powerful young Kenyans that God is raising up for their generation!

Following a short time for lunch and tearful goodbyes with lots of pictures, we finally left the Maasai Village and headed back to our hotel for the last evening away from Nairobi.
We had a great evening around dinner with Don and Becky Cameron just reliving the past few days. Truly God is working in Kenya!

Our Time In Kenya: Day Eight, Sept. 12th

Day Eight went much like day seven. We left Hunter's Lodge after breakfast early enough to meet the rest of the team up the highway where we left the road to cross country toward Olosinya. We arrived at the church about 10:00 to find they had already begun to worship and the music greeted us as we drove up. On the way, we picked up several women and children who wanted rides to church.  We had them packed in!

The first morning session was Vincent Mokaya teaching on Water Baptism. I am really impressed with Don Cameron's team of young preachers. They are so good at what they do! Their teaching is not just from the head but from the heart. It is evident that they love people and want to help them understand the Word of God.

After a great time of worship, Don Cameron spoke from Revelation about the White Horse Rider. He said that it is the Church triumphant and that we are now in the end times when there is coming a great harvest of souls. As he was speaking, another goat was slaughtered in the church yard and prepared for our lunch.

After lunch, we worshipped with a full house. I spoke from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 about "Our Message of Reconciliation---Be Reconciled to God" I prayed for the sick at the end of the service after several came forward to be healed. God was present to heal and I am assured that we will hear testimonies to that fact.

We left Olosinya again around 4:30 and drove back to the Hunter's Lodge where we put in our dinner order with the chef, went back to our rooms to freshen up, and then ate on the patio again. This time we had stir fried chicken with mashed potatoes. It was very good. The chef is a good cook! We turned in around 10:00 tired, but happy.

Our Time In Kenya: Day Seven, Sept. 11th

Day Seven started with breakfast in the Kibo Safari Camp. Following breakfast, the Manager, Charles talked to Don and I about his desire to have freedom for the workers to meet after hours for Christian prayers and devotions. The owner of Kibo is a Hindi from India and will not allow it. So we prayed with Charles that God will change the owner's heart. Our waiter, Jacob, was a nice young man from Mombassa who had a lot of questions about the things of God and we witnessed to him a lot while we were there. We gave him a good tip as we were leaving that morning.

We drove back toward Nairobi and stopped at the Hunter's Lodge.  This is a historic site where an Englishman named Hunter had established the Lodge many years ago but it had become abandoned in the 1950's. Recently a hotel chain purchased the Lodge and remodelled it completely. They opened back last February. We were the only guest that night but others came Saturday.  It was very nice and modern with spacious updated rooms, nice king sized beds, modern bathrooms with hot water. We would learn to appreciate this place to come to each night after a day in Olosinya.

We met our other team members who were staying up the highway at another hotel in town and they led us to the church in Olosynia around 10:00. We immediately went into the church and started the morning service. The crowd grew steadily towards noon. We were blessed by their colorful clothing and the intensity of their worship. James Oduar taught a lesson on "How To Have Assurance of Salvation" the Ruth spoke about "Standing On The Threshold Of An Open Door" about the Shunamite Woman in 2 Kings chapter 4.

While we were in church, a goat was slaughtered out under the trees and cooked on an open fire for our lunch.  Lunch was served about 1:00 consisting of a tiny bit of goat meat, lots of rice and beans.

In the afternoon session, Silas Odinga taught a lesson on "How To Study The Bible"
and I preached "Faith to Take The Next Step"
We left around 4 p.m. to go back to Hunter's Lodge.The dust was so bad and the car got so covered in it that the front passenger window would not work and was stuck in the down position. Don and I found a cardboard box and tied it over the window with rope in hopes that it would keep the monkeys out. It didn't. They got in during the night and ate some apples Becky had left in the car. We dealt with that open window for the rest of the time we were there. Later Don got it repaired for $10.

We arrived at Hunter's Lodge at about 6:00 and cleaned up and had dinner outside in their patio area. I had some steak and mashed potatoes that were very good. We got to bed around 10 p.m. tired but satisfied that we had had a good day.