Proffit’s Grove Meeting Ended Well

The Lord answered prayer and moved in power last evening. A precious soul was saved and many hearts were helped through the preaching of the Word of God. I praise the Lord for being so faithful to honor His Word and the preaching of the Gospel of grace. Proffit’s Grove is one of those rare churches that I have the privilege of going into from time to time. They are rare in these sense that they are old-fashioned, excited about Jesus, willing to honor the voice of the Spirit, and ready to mind the Lord as He moves among them in the services. Pray for them as they seek to tell their community about the grace of our saving Lord.

I have the week of next week. I hope to spend at least some of that time courting my wife. On weeks like this one, I do not have a lot of time to spend with her and I miss that time together. I thank God for my helpmeet!


Good Meeting At Proffit’s Grove

The Lord has truly us this week at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church. The services have been well attended and the Lord has met with us each evening. I praise Him for all that He has done and I look forward to the service tonight. Pray that the meeting will end on a high note, and that someone will be saved by the grace of God. I appreciate your prayers as we preach here and there.


It’s Tuesday, and I Am…Tired!

Our family gathered with a couple of hundred friends for the graveside services for Johanna Raye Carswell. The service went well, Christ was exalted and our hearts were encouraged. God has been so gracious to us during these difficult days and I praise Him for His grace. He has sustained us and ministered to us in numerous ways. We praise Him for His wonderful grace, presence and power. Please continue to pray for Nikki and Chad. They are the ones I am concerned about. They have handled themselves in an exemplary manner and I am so very proud of them. I know the days ahead will not be easy, but their love for Jesus and for one another is strong. They will be fine!

Last night, I drove to Boone, NC to begin a meeting at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church. The Pastor is Brother Delmar James. By the time the service began, I was fried. I was physically, mentally and emotionally drained. But, As He is wont to do, the Lord showed up! He helped this preacher to preach in His power last night. It seemed that I was on the outside watching myself preach. I praise the Lord for His faithfulness. Thank to Him, the meeting got off to a good start. Some people seemed to get some help, and I am looking forward to getting back tonight to see what the Lord will do in that hour. Pray for the meeting and come if you can!


Funeral At 2:00 PM Today

We will have a graveside service this afternoon at 2:00 PM at Blue Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery here in Lenoir. Please remember the family as we gather with our friends to lay the body of our granddaughter to rest. I want to thank everyone who has called or sent and E-mail over the past few days. I have been amazed at who I have heard from and mystified by who I have not heard from. Thank you for your prayers.

Please remember Pastor Scott Moneyham, Pastor Dennis Carswell (Johanna’s other grandfather), and myself as we conduct the service this afternoon.

If you would, please pray for revival services at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church in Boone, NC. I am scheduled to begin there tonight.


Johanna Plus One

Yesterday, we both met and said goodbye to our granddaughter Johanna Raye Carswell. In her birth we saw the Lord answer several specific prayers; in her death we have experienced His all-sufficient, amazing grace.

Our family has known about Johanna’s condition since April. During that time, we have sought to educate ourselves about Trisomy 18. So, when the time came for her to be born, we were under no illusions that she would be here long. We knew that she would have several profound, and ultimately fatal, physical issues. We knew that her life could be a few minutes or a few months. We knew that Trisomy 18 is a fatal condition in 100% of cases.

While we knew all those things, any many more besides, we still sought the Lord and His will in the matter. We asked Him to allow her to be born alive so her mom and dad could spend some time with the daughter God had blessed them with. We asked God that He so work in her little body that her physical deformities would be minimal. We asked God that she be spared from suffering and pain after she was born. God answered every one of these prayers for us, and we praise Him for that!

Nikki and Chad were blessed with 63 special minutes with Johanna. We were told that Johanna would have clubbed hands, she did not! She had beautiful, long fingers. While she definitely exhibited some clear signs of being a Trisomy 18 baby, she was absolutely beautiful to us. When the time came for her to leave us behind, she passed from earth to Heaven quietly and peacefully. God has been so gracious to us!

While we are saddened that we could not keep Johanna with us; we are rejoicing in our heavenly hope. We know where she is. We know she is well today. We know that we will meet her in glory someday. We will miss the many little, and big, things that mark the life of a baby girl who lives to adulthood, but we rejoice that Johanna has been spared the pain and heartache of this life.

We will have a memorial service on Monday October 26, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Blue Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery here in Lenoir. Pray that we will use that service as another opportunity to celebrate the sovereign God of Heaven and earth. He has been so good to us and we want to praise Him for His grace and His goodness.

Please keep our family in your prayers. We are all doing well as we rest in the arms of His boundless grace.


Johanna Raye Carswell

Johanna was born at 8:09 AM this morning. She weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces, she was 16 inches long. She has a headful of curly black hair. Outwardly, she was perfect. Internally, her condition prevented her from staying with us here. She left earth for Heaven at 9:12 AM.

Her Mom and Dad are grieved by her passing, but they rejoice in God’s gift of her to them. They got to spend some time holding her, loving her and were with her when she left for glory. They are doing well and are thankful for your prayers over these past long months. Please continue to pray for them as they say goodbye to Johanna. I am posting a couple of photos of Johanna Raye Carswell.

Thanks again, and God bless!


Johanna Raye CarswellJohanna's Feet

Johanna Will Be Here Tomorrow

We have to meet Nikki and Chad at the hospital at 6:30 Am. Johanna will arrive shortly thereafter. We have no idea what she will face when she is born. All we know is that she is coming tomorrow; all 4 pounds of her. Please remember our family tomorrow. I would ask you to pray especially for my daughter Nikki, my son in law Chad and my granddaughter Johanna. Please pray that God’s will might be done in everything that transpires in our lives tomorrow.

As soo as I know more, I will post it here. I hope to be able to post the first pictures of Johanna Raye Carswell. As soon as I have a free moment, I will update everyone concerning the situation.

Thanks and God bless!