April was a powerful month and I praise GOD for truly blessing my Ministry. It started off when I spoke to the wonderful volunteers who were part of the Bill Glass Prison Ministry on April 1st. I have had the pleasure of working with this ministry many times in the past, and if you ever have a chance to be a part of this ministry with either your time or donations, I highly recommend it. God has given me a heart for inmates and this is a wonderful opportunity to touch the lives of men and women who are probably at their lowest times.
God’s blessings continued as I went out to speak at Tate Baptist Church in Corinth, MS on Monday April 4th with Pastor Mickey Trammel. What a powerful service we had and God really moved that night. April 8th and 9th I preached at a singles conference with Pastor Avery Henry in Snellville, GA, which is right outside of Atlanta. Both the Friday and Saturday services were awesome. God really moved in the lives of the singles who attended, and I was blessed during my time there.
April 10th I headed to Union Chapel AMEZ Zion Church in Montgomery, AL with Pastor S. A. Fields for the Annual Men’s Day. I was invited to this event by an old rival from Auburn and now dear friend Ron Stallworth. God gave me a powerful message to deliver to these men and God moved in a mighty way. On
April 12th I was invited by another dear friend of mine, Coach Bill McDonald, to be the guest speaker at the 13th Annual West Alabama Leadership Prayer Breakfast in Tuscaloosa. We had a great turnout and this was a wonderful event that I had the honor to be asked to be a part of. After that, I traveled to Jackson, MS to Harmony Baptist Church where my close friend Pastor Ricky serves. The service was incredible and we saw God work in a mighty way.
For Resurrection Sunday I drove down to Mobile, AL to speak at Knollwood Church with Pastor Aaron Fruh. Resurrection Sunday is such a powerful time and God moved Mightily in that service. I had many wonderful emails from the members of Knollwood in the days following, telling how God worked in their lives. It was wonderful! I then headed to Jackson, TN to speak with First Baptist Church of Jackson with Pastor Justin Wainscott. This is the home church of my dear friends Bill and Stacy Klein. We had a great time of fellowship and God truly blessed us all.
On April 30th I was scheduled to speak in Gardendale, AL at Christway for their Heart of a Champion Men’s Event, but as you are all very aware, on April 27th a horrific tragedy hit our great state of Alabama. The tornados that hit all over our state were unimaginable and the widespread devastation was heartbreaking. That very night, I immediately headed from where I was speaking in Jackson, TN straight down to Tuscaloosa, AL. We were supposed to have a Charity Golf Tournament with Coach Stallings that very next day. I knew I had to get to Tuscaloosa…the place that was like home to me, the place where I dreamed of going when I was just a young kid, the place where my dream came true as I played for the University of Alabama, the place where I met my late wife Ellen Christina Bible. As I entered the city that was such a big part of my life, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I didn’t even recognize where I was most of the time; buildings just completely gone, homes just gone, people just lost. My daughter Shelly and I spent the next few days doing everything we could to help. We provided food for the people there and cleaned up some of the devastation. I’ve went back several times since then and just the magnitude of the damage and the time it will take to build the city back to where it was is hard to comprehend. There were so many other areas of Alabama that were destroyed as well. So many people have allowed God to use them to help their neighbor, to donate their time to clean up, to donate their money to provide needs, to donate their clothes and personal belongings to people who walked away with only the clothes on their back. It has blessed my heart so much to see how the people of Alabama and so many other states have come together to help those in need. April 27th will be a date none of us will soon forget. My prayers go out still today for the families who were affected by the loss of their loved ones, homes, churches, workplaces and so much more.
God Bless You!